75 and Counting!

SARN board member and longtime activist Dick Paddock is turning 75!  Let’s help him celebrate and support Southern Anti-Racism Network.

Wednesday, December 14th 6:00 p.m.
Dockside Restaurant and Crab House
US 15-501 & Mann’s Chapel Road
Chapel Hill, NC

Buffet and full-service cash bar $25.00 per person
Donations welcome

Opening comments by Theresa El Amin Full-service Open Mic, catering to social awareness, and the theme of: Justice, then Peace

RSVP: Dick Paddock  (919) 929-1786 repadd7@icloud.com

If you can’t attend, you can donate online in his honor.

You can download the flier here.

Conversation on Race, Crime and Punishment

Tuesday, November 1, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Mildred Terry Library, 640 Veterans Pkwy.
Columbus, GA

This forum will highlight the consequences of former prosecutors serving as judges in criminal cases. Also, instances of prosecutorial misconduct and its impact on sentencing in criminal cases.

Paul Austin, recently released after over 30 years in prison, will tell his story of prosecution and persecution under the criminal justice system in Muscogee County and the State of Georgia. Thanks to the Georgia Innocence Project, determined family members and friends, Paul is free.

Waleisah Wilson, Executive Director of New Life-Second Chance, will tell her personal story of crime and punishment as well as the work she does to find jobs for the formerly incarcerated.

Related topics to be discussed are the “Band the Box” ordinance passed by Columbus Consolidated Government (May 2015) and the school-to-prison pipeline problems so prevalent in the Muscogee County School District.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Contact: Theresa El-Amin, pssarn@aol.com or 919-824-0659 mobile

Property Tax Freeze Debate (Columbus)

On Saturday, October 15, Southern Anti-Racism Network (SARN) invites all community members to hear both sides of the property tax freeze debate. Event will take place at Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road, Auditorium, 4:30-6:00pm.

The question on the November 8 ballot will read: “Shall the Act be approved which eliminates the current base year assessed value homestead exemption for purposes of Muscogee County school and consolidated city-county government ad valorem taxes for homestead property acquired after January 1, 2017.”

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Cedric Hill will represent the “Thaw the Freeze” position in support of the question on the ballot for the November 8 election.

Representatives of “Citizens to Keep the Freeze”, “Naw to the Thaw” and others organizing a “Vote No” effort to defeat the question on the November 8 ballot have so far declined the invitation to participate in the October 15 debate.

If there is no response by October 14 (from opposition groups or individuals) to the invitation to participate in the debate, up to four attendees at the October 15 event (in opposition to the ballot question) will be given the opportunity to participate on stage in the debate.

Questions will be submitted to the moderator on index cards. Equal time limits for both positions to respond to questions about the property tax freeze amendment will be established.

Moderator: Eddie White, former Vice-President of AFGE Local 1987, AFL-CIO, resident of Macon GA

For more information: Theresa El-Amin, pssarn@aol.com or 919-824-0659 mobile.

Controlling Our Own Neighborhoods

Thursday, September 8, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Columbus Public Library Auditorium
3000 Macon Road
Columbus, GA

This community conversation builds on the “Conversation on Community Policing and Crime Prevention” held at Columbus Public Library on August 25. Invited to speak on August 25 were Mayor Tomlinson, Chief Boren, Sheriff Darr, Marshal Countryman and Seth Brown, Director of Crime Prevention.

Only community members who are not elected officials, running for office or working for Columbus Consolidated Government will participate in the fishbowl conversation. Also, the fishbowl participants will be community members who attended the August 25 conversation.

Open Discussion will include everyone in attendance on a 90 second time limit per person for comments or questions.

Event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Organized by Southern Anti-Racism Network
Contact: Theresa El-Amin, pssarn@aol.com, 919-824-0659 mobile

Download the flyer here.

Conversation on Community Policing and Crime Prevention (Columbus, GA)

Thursday, August 25, 7-9pm
Columbus Public Library
3000 Macon Road
Columbus, GA

With national headlines reporting deaths of unarmed young people at the hands of police, Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and all heads of law enforcement were asked, “What’s in place or needs to be in place to prevent Columbus from experiencing such a tragedy?”

Invited to speak were Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, Chief Boren, Marshal Countryman, Sheriff Darr and Seth Brown, Director of the Crime Prevention Department.

Community members were given opportunities to make comments or ask questions.

Contact: Theresa El-Amin, pssarn@aol.com, 919-824-0659 mobile

School Board Candidate Forum – July 12

On Tuesday, July 12, school board candidates for the July 26 run off election participated in the Columbus NAACP Political Action forum at Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road at 5:30pm.

President Tonza Thomas, Columbus NAACP Branch spoke on the Opportunity School Districts referendum up for vote on the November 8 ballot.

School board candidates discussed their ideas for improving student academic performance and graduation rates. Also, the impact of poverty on low performing schools and what should be done.

For more information:
Theresa El-Amin, Columbus NAACP Political Action Committee, theresaelamin@aol.com
Tonza Thomas, President, Columbus NAACP Branch, 706-505-4913

Mothers and Daughters of the Movement: Voices from Chattanooga

On Thursday, May 12, 2016 6-8 pm SARN sponsored an evening with mothers and daughters of the movement.

Oakhurst Presbyterian Church
122 2nd Ave Decatur Ga 30030
Nibs Stroupe, Pastor

The discussion was moderated by Sheryl Woods (SARN board member) and featured the following movement leaders:

Maxine Cousin
Founder, Concerned Citizens of Chattanooga

Annie Thomas
Co-Founder, Concerned Citizens of Chattanooga

Madusa Carter, aka Black Rapp Madusa

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson
Regional Organizer, Project South

We Love Our Children


Monday, February 23,
5:30 – 7:30pm
Columbus Public Library
3000 Macon Road
Synovus Room A

Parents and their children attended a community support gathering. Activities for children and teens were available thanks to Columbus Public Library.

Sponsor: Southern Anti-Racism Network, pssarn@aol.com, 762-821-1107

Building A Village