STRONG AND UNITED IS A COALITION OF CONGREGATIONS, COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, AND LABOR GROUPS UNITED TO EMPOWER ORDINARY PEOPLE TO EFFECTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THE POLITICAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND ECONOMIC DECISIONS AFFECTING THEIR LIVES.
About Our Organization
In 2016, people across Oak Ridge came together in three listening sessions to share their concerns as residents. Led by three ministers, the meetings attracted several hundred people who brought up many concerns. Issues frequently mentioned included racial disparity in suspension rates at the high school; racial profiling by the police force; recreation and job opportunities for young adults; and transportation obstacles for the disabled and elderly.
When presented with public input, city and school officials agreed to several changes to address those concerns. A few months later, concerned residents began exploring what community organizing would look like in Oak Ridge. After community organizing leadership training at the Alex Haley Farm in 2017, attendees from Oak Ridge formed Strong & United, an “organization of organizations”, with the goal of creating a powerful coalition to achieve robust change and positive development in our community.
Join Us and Get Involved
Strong & United meets monthly, with member institutions serving as hosts on a rotating basis. Meeting times and locations are posted on our FACEBOOK page and this website.