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The best way to get active outside your home is to join a group of like minded people. Knoxville has dozens of progressive groups with regular activities and opportunities for you to genuinely contribute to the community. Below are some of the best known and friendliest groups in Knoxville.

Green Party of Knox County (TN)

Knoxville's branch of the Green Party, a progressive party that is centered around social justice, equality, and grassroots democracy - and, of course, the environment. The local party encourages members to run for office and is a good sounding board for other progressive ideas. You can contact them through their website's "Contact" form. We meet on the second Monday of every month, 7PM, at Barley's in the Old City (200 East Jackson Avenue).

Democratic Socialists of America - Knoxville

The local branch of the Democratic Socialists. They meet regularly at St James Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 1100 North Broadway, Knoxville. First Monday of every month, 6 - 7:30 PM.

The Birdhouse

The Birdhouse Community Center is located at 800 North 4th Avenue in the 4th and Gill Neighborhood, just north of downtown Knoxville. The Birdhouse is a community-supported, open space that strives to be a safe and inclusive venue with social justice, equality, and artistic expression as some of its core values and motivating drives.

Sustainable Future Center

* Our Vision: An expanding network of people dedicated to sustainable living, cooperative learning and shared abundance.
* Our Values: Stewardship; Service; Personal responsibility; Community
* Our Mission: To create a working model of a co-operative, self-reliant learning community of people dedicated to sustainability and shared abundance, built on Permaculture principles.


The Platypus Affiliated Society, established in December 2006, organizes reading groups, public fora, research and journalism focused on problems and tasks inherited from the “Old” (1920s-30s), “New” (1960s-70s) and post-political (1980s-90s) Left for the possibilities of emancipatory politics today. More info.

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Bike Walk Knoxville

Bike Walk Knoxville (BWK) is the Knoxville regional committee of Bike Walk Tennessee. BWK formed in the fall of 2012 in response to an increased amount of road rage and crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians. BWK is a community-driven, non-profit organization working to create safe streets and vibrant communities in the Knoxville region. We promote bicycling and walking as mainstream and enjoyable forms of transportation and recreation... More >>>

Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter - Knoxville

#BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder. Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our de-humanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes... More >>>


Kickstand is the oldest and largest bicycle collective in the Knoxville area. Kickstand accepts donations of bikes, parts, cycling accessories (lights, helmets, backpacks), and money. Kickstand produces bicycles for the homeless, refugees, and underprivileged children. They also promote bicycling by participating in many local events. The best donation, though, is to become a volunteer. Learn how to fix your own bike for free! More Info.

Bridge Refugee Services is an ecumenical 501(c)3 nonprofit agency, operating in Knoxville and Chattanooga, and is committed to providing protection and assistance in refugees’ inspiring journey "from despair to dignity". We recognize their plight, resilience and willingness to join our community and make it their own.

You all are also welcome to become part of America's proud tradition of welcoming refugees and come join us as we work together, building lives in a new land.

Welcoming refugees to East Tennessee since 1982.


AKIN (Allies of Knoxville’s Immigrant Neighbors) is a network of people in the Knoxville area who work to encourage dialogue about issues related to immigrants and refugees; to build better understanding among immigrants, refugees and members of local receiving communities; to support and learn from immigrant and refugee communities as they engage in civic and political life; to promote more just and reasonable policies toward immigration and asylum; and to foster a welcoming atmosphere in which all people are treated with dignity and respect and recognized for their positive contributions to the community. AKIN Facebook.

Vegetarian Society

The Society was founded in 1980 as a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to promoting vegetarianism in Knoxville and East Tennesee. Our goal is to provide information about the many positive aspects of vegetarianism, including those of health, nutrition, animal welfare, the alleviation of world hunger, and the preservation of the natural environment. We think that ours is the "good news diet" and we want to share our positive message with everyone.

We meet the first Sunday of each month, 6 pm, at the Tennesee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, one mile west of the UT campus. We enjoy a cooking class from a guest chef, and then share a potluck supper together. At each meeting we offer free literature about the vegetarian lifestyle, sell vegetarian cookbooks and "white elephant" items to raise funds. More Info.

ANVIL is an organization based on anarchist principles. Using theory and action, ANVIL aims to abolish capitalism and the State, as well as to establish cooperatively owned and managed associations to democratize production and all sectors of society.

ANVIL meets 4-6 every Thursday at the Birdhouse, 4th & Gill, Knoxville. Meetings are open to the public. For more information contact

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Taoist Tai Chi - Knoxville

Learn Tai Chi from the qualified instructors at Taoist Tai Chi in Knoxville. They are headquartered on Central in "Happy Hollow", but have classes througout Knoxville. Check out their website for schedules. Make sure to get to one of their Open Houses.



SEEED is a green community development non-profit focusing on creating and sustaining jobs for Knoxville’s urban young people, as well as ensuring clean energy technologies are available for low income residents...

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