Community organizers canvassing residents on commitment to fight for public health

By Clint Confehr, Staff Writer


August 17, 2023

At the Farmers Market in Summertown, Elizabeth Barger, left, and Bernice Davidson survey visitors to their table to measure interest in Statewide Organizing for Community empowerment, SOCM.

Friends of a statewide group are taking the pulse of area residents to diagnose their interest in campaigning for public health, or another cause that might benefit from organizational services.

"We decided to go with a questionnaire to find out what people are concerned about," Summertown-area resident Bernice Davidson said Saturday after a farmers market at the edge of Lawrence and Lewis counties.

"It's kind-of a pulse-taking," said Davidson, a retired Martin Methodist College professor who's concerned about the use of defoliants during no-till farming and the chemical-effect on humans an...

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