Pellissippi State’s Division Street Campus hosts environmental speaker

A representative of the group Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment, or SOCM, will speak Tuesday, March 2, at the Division Street Campus of Pellissippi State Community College.

Ann League has been an active supporter of SOCM for many years. She will discuss two critical issues in East Tennessee: mountaintop removal mining and green-collar jobs. The free presentation takes place at 10:45 a.m. The campus is located at 3435 Division St., on the corner of Division and Liberty streets between Papermill Road and Sutherland Avenue.

The presentation is part of Pellissippi Common Academic Experience, in which class discussions and college activities revolve around reading of a common book. The book for this academic year is Denise Giardina’s historical novel about Appalachian coal mining, “Storming Heaven.”

“I’m pleased SOCM is taking the time to come to the campus,” said Mike North, assistant dean of Division Street Campus. “The group’s discussion of environmental issues in the region will add to the discussion of ‘Storming Heaven,’ and it will also give students an opportunity to become more involved in their own community.”

SOCM is a member-run organization that encourages civic involvement and collective action so that citizens have a greater voice in determining their future. The organization now has more than 2,000 members, says League.

For more information, contact Mike North at 865-971-5216.

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