SOUTHERN MOVEMENT RISING: REPORTBACK FROM SMA II in JAX, FL

“We are not here to make a case for the South. We are the South” – Paulina Helm-Hernandez On April 26th – 28th 2013, SONG rolled South to Jacksonville FL, where we joined forces with over 40 other Southern racial and economic justice organizations. This process is a continuation of the 1st Southern Movement Assembly held Sept 2012 in Lowndes County, AL. 30 SONG members, member leaders and staff joined 150 other movement leaders from around the region.

Southerners March for a Fair and Just Immigration Reform

SOUTHEAST IMMIGRANT RIGHTS NETWORK CONTACTS: Mónica Hernández, Regional Coordinator, SEIRN 865-548-6388 monica@tnimmigrant.org Paulina Helm-Hernández, Co-Director, SONG 404-919-1412 paulina@southernersonnewground.org América Gruner, Executive Director, CLILA 404-803-4546 clila@clila.org Isabel Vinent, Deputy Director FLIC 786-210-8287 Isabel@floridaimmigrant.org

For Jurina: A Letter for A Light Lost

She made us better. Jurina was a part of the SONG family, and as a family we grieve the loss of one of our own. One who gave everything she had to this life. One who served on the SONG board and strengthened the organization by reminding all of us why we work so hard. She pushed us all like prizefighters, as she pushed us to be better & stronger. She reminded us to welcome everyone who came in the …

The Dawns to Come: Thoughts On the Supreme Court and Gay Marriage

Thoughts on the Supreme Court and Gay Marriage Caitlin Breedlove, SONG Co-Director I wake up, I make coffee, and America is arguing about gay marriage. The television tells us one version of ‘the issues of the day’. We know something different. To me, it looks like an outpouring of complexity, and some of the same old divisions appear against LGBTQ people, and between LGBTQ people: differences in opinion about gay marriage. We live in the South, and as a leader within SONG I have had the …

Love In The Streets: A Reflection On Valentine’s Day 2013

Over $14 Billion is spent every year on Valentine’s Day.[1] Most of that money goes to last minute cheesy cards, candy hearts, flowers, stuffed animals, and other relics that are supposed to signify our love for one another. While it’s nice to get those things from your sweetie/s or your mama, a lot of us are left desiring so much more after all the hubbub of red and pink. How do we show our love for each other, for our …