Community Leadership Workshop: Family Care Act (Columbus, GA)

On Saturday, October 31 at 10:30am, the Georgia Job/Family Collaborative conducted a community leadership workshop on the Family Care Act legislation at Mildred Terry Library, 640 Veterans Parkway, Columbus GA.


Charmaine Davis, Georgia Director of  9to5, National Association of Working Women, facilitated the workshop.


The Family Care Act calls for employees with sick time to be able to use the time to care for a child or other household member who is ill. Participants learned how a bill becomes a law and how to meet with legislators about the Family Care Act.


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Conversation on Race and Education, Part II

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:00 pm
Durham Main Library Auditorium
300 N. Roxboro St.
Durham, NC


On June 18, SARN held Conversation on Race and Education, with Durham Public School’s Superintendent Bert L’Homme. He laid out the challenges DPS faces in this time of austerity budgets at every level of government. In Part II we’d like to get back together at the library to explore moving forward on a shared vision for Durham Public Schools.

Forum is organized by Southern Anti-Racism Network (SARN).

Event is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.

Contact: Sandi Velez, or 919-441-7588.

Race and Confederate Symbols – Columbus, GA


Tuesday, August 25, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
640 Veterans Parkway
Columbus, GA


Southern Anti-Racism Network hosted a forum on August 25th to explore the history of the Confederate Battle Flag as adopted in 1956 by the Georgia State Legislature as the state flag.


State Representative Calvin Smyre and State Representative Carolyn Hugley were invited to participate. Both Representative Smyre and Representative Hugley talked about their experiences in 2003 when Governor Roy Barnes led the initiative to remove the Confederate Battle Flag symbol from the state flag.


A brief history was be presented by Theresa El-Amin of the Confederate battle flag as adopted across the South.


The call to remove the Stone Mountain Confederate monument was also discussed.


Contact: Theresa El-Amin, or 762-821-1107

Conversation on Race and Education – Durham, NC

Thursday, June 18, 2015
300 N. Roxboro Street
Main Auditorium


Bert L’Homme, Superintendent of Durham Public Schools presented to the community the “State of Durham Public Schools”.

Durham Public Schools have come a long way since August 2000 when Superintendent Ann Denlinger announced that 51.5% of African American students were failing and 80% of white students were succeeding.

Years of community protests and school board changes led to a high level of community engagement through the Superintendent’s Task Force on Closing the Achievement Gap along with numerous grassroots efforts taking on the high rate of out-of-school suspensions.


Superintendent Bert L’Homme reported on the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative and other programs to improve graduation rates and close the achievement gap.



Contact: or (919) 824-0659

Education Not Incarceration – Columbus, GA

Monday, April 27, 2015 6:00-8:00 pm
Columbus Public Library
3000 Macon Road Columbus, GA 31906


MCSD Speakers
– Tammi Clarke, Director, Project AWARE/PBIS
– Reginald Griffin, Coordinator, Edgewood Student Services Center
– Eddie Lindsey, Principal, Key Elementary

The speakers described plans for progress with their projects and schools, and shared challenges and opportunities they see.

This event was a response to Superintendent of Education, David Lewis calling for community organizations and neighbors to engage in the “Great Conversation” outlined in the Jamie Vollmer book, Schools Cannot Do It Alone.

Contact: Theresa El-Amin or (762) 821-1107

Conversation on Race and Economic Inequality – Durham, NC

Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00pm
Durham Main Library
300 N Roxboro St.
Durham, NC

Featured Speakers

William “Bill” Bell
Mayor of Durham, NC
Mayor Bell will spoke on the City of Durham Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI) sharing his vision and progress to date.





Adrienne Harreveld
Consortium on Social Equity, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
Adrienne, Research Coordinator for the Duke-UNC Initiative on Poverty and Inequality, will presented her findings.




The forum was organized by Southern Anti-Racism Network (SARN).

Conversation on Race and Economic Inequality

Thursday, February 19 at 6:00pm
Columbus Public Library
3000 Macon Road
Columbus, GA

Morton Harris, attorney for 55 years at the prestigious Hatcher-Stubbs law firm, presented data on the growing wealth gap. Katherine White, CSU Assistant Professor assisted Morton Harris with a PowerPoint presentation.

Participants were be asked to THINK BIG on ways to end poverty, increase employment opportunities, create affordable housing and end hunger in Columbus Georgia.

Hosted by Southern Anti-Racism Network Steering Committee: Kwabena Ali, Theresa El-Amin, Tom Graves, Alberta Hardy, Natasha Hardy, Cathy Hawkins, Wandra Jordan, Stella Mendoza, Hilda Perez, Katherine White.

Event was free and open to the public.
Contact: or 762-821-1107

Community Speak Out on Crime and Law Enforcement

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Mildred Terry Library
640 Veterans Parkway
Columbus, GA

Residents of Columbus expressed their concerns and offered solutions on crime and law enforcement issues identified on Tuesday, January 27 at the “Conversation on Law Enforcement and Community Trust”.

A “fishbowl” format was be used to allow 4-5 speakers to be in conversation on similar concerns. Groups rotated out of the fishbowl until all speakers had an opportunity to be in the conversation.

Chief Boren, Marshal Countryman and Sheriff Darr were invited to listen to community concerns. Time was preserved for law enforcement agencies to respond to issues and proposals brought up during the discussion.

Hosted by Southern Anti-Racism Network Steering Committee:

Kwabena Ali, Theresa El-Amin, Tom Graves, Alberta Hardy, Natasha Hardy, Cathy Hawkins, Wandra Jordan, Stella Mendoza, Hilda Perez, Katherine White

For further information, or 762-821-1107

Law Enforcement and Community Trust‏

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
6:00 – 8:00pm

Columbus Public Library,
3000 Macon Road, Auditorium

Major Freddie Blackmon, Columbus Police Department
Marshal Greg Countryman
Sheriff John Darr

Theresa El-Amin, Regional Director, Southern Anti-Racism Network

The three law enforcement officers were asked to provide a brief history of their agencies and to describe programs initiated to promote positive community relations with law enforcement.

At the tribute to Shirley B Winston on December 31, Chief Boren mentioned that twenty-five (25) Columbus Police officers have been killed in the line of duty since CPD began keeping records.  Participants at the forum will saw the names of all 25 fallen members of the Columbus Police Department from 1874 to 2013.

Fountain City Poetry Slam artists – Black Fist and Unique brought spoken word on the timely topic of community and law enforcement.

Community policing and the effectiveness of body cameras were addressed by speakers and attendees familiar with police training requirements and proposals for reforms of police agencies.

The forum was organized by the Columbus steering committee of the Southern Anti-Racism Network (SARN): Kwabena Ali, Russell Chambers, Theresa El-Amin, Tom Graves, Alberta Hardy, Natasha Hardy, Cathy Hawkins, Wandra Jordan, Stella Mendoza, Hilda Perez and Katherine White.

The event was free and open to the public.

Contact: or 762-821-1107

Conversation on Race and Criminal Justice

En Espanol

Reparations Now!

Thursday, October 23, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Hayti Heritage Center
804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham


This forum was the second in a series of conversations to address the impact of “250 years of slavery; 90 years of Jim Crow; 60 years of separate but equal; 35 years of state-sanctioned redlining” as described by Ta-Nehisi Coates in his acclaimed contribution, “The Case For Reparations” printed in the June 2014 issue of The Atlantic.

Larry Hall
N.C. House of Representatives

Sandra Velez
Founding Director, Bridges/Puentes prison ministry

Artemesia Stanberry
Associate Professor, Political Science
North Carolina Central University (NCCU)

State Representative Larry Hall talked about legislation passed and needed to address racial disparities in criminal cases. Sandra Velez provided an eye-witness report of incarceration and its impact on families.

This event was free and open to the general public. Refreshments catered by Blue Coffee Café. For more information contact Rita Gonzalez (Spanish/English) or 919-949-6352.