Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:00 pm
Durham Main Library Auditorium
300 N. Roxboro St.
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, email@example.com or 919-441-7588.
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: PSSARN@aol.com or (919) 824-0659
Monday, April 27, 2015 6:00-8:00 pm
Columbus Public Library
3000 Macon Road Columbus, GA 31906
– 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 PSSARN@aol.com or (762) 821-1107
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:00pm
Durham Main Library
300 N Roxboro St.
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.
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).
Thursday, February 19 at 6:00pm
Columbus Public Library
3000 Macon Road
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: PSSARN@aol.com or 762-821-1107
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Mildred Terry Library
640 Veterans Parkway
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 762-821-1107
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: email@example.com or 762-821-1107
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.
N.C. House of Representatives
Founding Director, Bridges/Puentes prison ministry
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (Spanish/English) or 919-949-6352.