Since 1993, Southerners on New Ground has been known, both regionally and nationally, for their organizing and training work across issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality with LGBTQ people and their allies. They work to build and maintain a Southern LGBTQ infrastructure for organizers strong enough to combat the Southern-specific strategy of the Right to divide and conquer Southern oppressed communities. SONG’s long-term goals are to build, drive, amplify, and support Southern multi-racial, multi-issue community organizing through regional capacity building, leadership development, and community organizing campaigns. The current foci are on immigration and ending the criminalization of LGBTQ people of color in the South.
The LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund supports SONG in continuing to build its relationship with the national #Not1More Deportation campaign, housed in the new formation Mijente, and together they are working for an end to the system of deportation, while deepening our understanding of the realities of LGBTQ undocumented people. Another key emerging collaboration is the Combahee River Alliance, a direct action training and development collaborative with the Highlander Research and Education Center, Ruckus Society, and BYP100 to train up a set of Black, Latinx, and other people of color leaders in strategic escalation and direct-action strategies and tactics.