Conversation on Community Self-Determination

On Thursday, August 17, Southern Anti-Racism Network (SARN) will host a Black August event to bring attention to the principle of self-determination and the use of community wealth. The event will be held at the Columbus Public Library Auditorium, 3000 Macon Road, 6:00-8:00pm.

(August 17 is also known as Marcus Garvey Day. Marcus Garvey, August 17, 1887- June 10, 1940 was founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association-UNIA)

Public records of all Crime Prevention grants awarded for fiscal years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 were requested by SARN from Columbus Consolidated Government and received in early July. A report on the top 5 grantees for each fiscal year will be presented on August 17. The community will begin the examination of the effectiveness of Crime Prevention grants in actually preventing crime in Columbus.

Theresa El-Amin, SARN regional director, has charged that the Crime Prevention grants are incestuous and not strategically focused. She declined to accept a $13,000 grant award from Crime Prevention after appealing to the chair of the Crime Prevention advisory board and the full City Council for the adequate funds needed for the Strong Parental Involvement in Community Education (SPICE) program. The SPICE request was for $22,000.

Grantees receiving the most funds from Crime Prevention over the past 5 years will be invited to talk about their programs and how their programs had an impact on preventing crime.

Seth Brown, Director of the Crime Prevention Department of the Columbus Consolidated Government (CCG), has been invited to attend and answer questions about Crime Prevention grant making.

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson has also been invited to provide her perspective on the state of public safety in Columbus and what needs to be done to reduce crime.

Light refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

Contact: Theresa El-Amin, 762-821-1107 or PSSARN@aol.com

Conversation on Race and Health Care

On Thursday, June 22, the Southern Anti-Racism Network (SARN) will host a “Conversation on Race and Health Care” at the Stanford L. Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville Street in Durham, 6:00-8:00pm.

Dr. Elaine Hart-Brothers, Community Health Coalition, will present “On Ways to Close the Same Old Gap”.

Dr, Jonathan Kotch, Health Care for All NC, will speak on transforming the current health care system through establishing a national health plan like “Medicare for All”.

Marissa Mortiboy, Partnership for a Healthy Durham, will present Durham County Department of Public Health data on disparities in access to care and quality of health care based on race and poverty.

Facilitator: Theresa El-Amin, SARN Regional Director

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

For more information- PSSARN@aol.com or 919-824-0659

Screening of “13th”

On Saturday, June 3, Columbus Public Library and the Southern Anti-Racism Network hosted a screening and discussion of “13th”, the acclaimed documentary about the impact of the 13th Amendment. Approximately 20 people attended the screening and discussion of that followed on mass incarceration and “slavery by another name”. Theresa El-Amin, Regional Director, Southern Anti-Racism Network led the discussion after the 1 hour and 40 minutes viewing of “13th”.

On Monday, June 19 a second showing will take place at Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road at 7pm. A discussion will follow led by one of the attendees from the June 3 viewing of “13th”. SARN is once again co-hosting the event with the Columbus Public Library.

Contact PSSARN@aol.com or gmccullough@cvlga.org for more information

Below is an excerpt from a review by Roger Ebert.

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Between the lines, “13th” boldly asks the question if African-Americans were actually ever truly “free” in this country. We are freer, as this generation has it a lot easier than our ancestors who were enslaved, but the question of being as completely “free” as our White compatriots hangs in the air. If not, will the day come when all things will be equal? The final takeaway of “13th” is that change must come not from politicians, but from the hearts and minds of the American people.

Despite the heavy subject matter, DuVernay ends the film with joyful scenes of children and adults of color enjoying themselves in a variety of activities. It reminds us, as she said in her Q&A with NYFF director Kent Jones, that “Black trauma is not our entire lives. There is also Black joy.” That inspiring message, and all the important, educational information provided by this excellent documentary, make “13th” a must-see.

Public forum on Camelot Education issue

On Thursday, May 11, 5-8pm, Southern Anti-Racism Network (SARN) will host a second forum on the Camelot Education issue. Meeting to be held at North Columbus Public Library.

“We’ll do this meeting Durham style.”, says Theresa El-Amin, SARN regional director, Further explaining, “In Durham, we don’t tell people what they can say, just how long they get to say it.”

The format will be two-minute rounds. A stack of speakers will be taken as attendees sign in starting at 5pm. First segment will be “Conversation on Race and Education” running from 5:30-6:30pm.

Participants can speak a second time after everyone who signed up to speak has spoken. Only two rounds per speaker during “Conversation on Race and Education” segment.

Beginning at 6:30pm, participants will be invited to express their concerns about the Camelot Education issue. Three-minutes on first round and 2-minutes on second round. Sign up for Camelot issue throughout the first segment of “Conversation on Race and Education”. Speakers list closes at 6:30pm for Camelot issue segment.

Ray Rodriguez, Camelot Chief Strategy Officer, has been invited to participate. He will be called on to comment throughout the Camelot Education segment and given 5 minutes each time to respond to concerns after several speakers have generated questions.

There will be no exceptions to time limit ground rules. As with the parents forum on April 18, a law enforcement officer will be hired to enforce the ground rules of the meeting.

Moderator: Theresa El-Amin, SARN regional director (assisted by SARN members)

Refreshments will be served.

Event is free and open to the public. However, parking is very limited at the North Columbus Public Library. Please park outside the library parking area so that library customers and those with disabilities may have the preferred parking. Additional (limited) parking is available next door at Britt David School and unlimited parking directly across the street from the school in Britt David Park.

Parents Advocate for Special Needs Students

Tuesday, April 18
6pm – 8pm
Mildred L. Terry Public Library
640 Veterans Pkwy, Columbus, GA 31901

On Tuesday, April 18, 6:00-8:00pm, a forum at Mildred Terry Library, 640 Veterans Pkwy will highlight the advocacy of parents of children with special needs. Camelot Education and Southern Anti-Racism Network are co-sponsoring the event.

“Exclusion, segregation and inequality are what define education for children with disabilities throughout the state of Georgia. It’s time to end discrimination against students with special needs.” says Theresa El-Amin, regional director, Southern Anti-Racism Network.

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

Contacts:
Quentin Mumphery, qmumphery@cameloteducation.org 773-562-5792
Theresa El-Amin, PSSARN@aol.com 919-824-0659

Celebrate with SARN on April 9th in Durham!

Celebrate with  Southern Anti-Racism Network!  

Sunday, April 9, 2017 5-7 pm
Hayti Heritage Center
804 Old Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27701

Join us for an evening of music with Jasme Kelly, renowned jazz singer. “Her music is both gripping and smooth.”

Support our work as we welcome Theresa El-Amin back to North Carolina and celebrate the  completion of the SARN regional expansion!

$10 suggested donation

Refreshments provided
Silent auction

Contact: Doug Stuber, 919-271-0727

Download the event flyer here.

Share and Support new video from OkayAfrica and BAJI

From Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI):

This week, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and OkayAfrica have teamed up to deliver a timely PSA video regarding the recent Muslim ban and other executive orders. View the Video here – http://www.okayafrica.com/video/video-3-things-you-need-to-know-if-confronted-about-your-immigration-status/

The spokesperson, Yasmin Yonis, is a fierce human rights activist, writer author and speaker. Yasmin and her family were refugees, resettling in the U.S. from Somalia. As both a vocal and visible advocate and a Muslim Somali woman, Yasmin’s voice is much needed and necessary, as too little attention has been paid to the way African migrants are uniquely impacted by the ban, which targets African countries and refugee resettlement.

We want the video to be shared far and wide, especially with the communities most impacted. We are also asking Black communities, media and allies to support the video rollout, and also serve as a community to Yasmin. Being visible and outspoken can often invite adverse attention and trolling. Let’s flood the timelines and comment sections  with positive, supportive messages of love and power.

Below are some sample tweets and posts you can share
Social Media Tags
Twitter – @BAJItweet @OkayAfrica @YasminYonis
Facebook – Facebook.com/BAJIpage/  Facebook.com/okayafrica/
Title – 3 Things You Need to Know if Confronted About Your Immigration Status Link – http://www.okayafrica.com/video/video-3-things-you-need-to-know-if-confronted-about-your-immigration-status/

Sample Tweet – Watch @OkayAfrica + @BAJItweet 3 Things to Know if Confronted About Immigration Status ” feat. @YasminYonis https://youtu.be/uvM-j0luRtw 

Sample Post  – Facebook/Instagram –  Check out the Video ” 3 Things You Need to Know if Confronted About Your Immigration Status” by BAJI and OkayAfrica teaming up to empower Black immigrants impacted by the #MuslimBan. Stand together against islamophobia and hate.

Thank you!

Lovette Kargbo Thompson
Atlanta Organizer 
Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
E-mail: lovette@blackalliance.org

Charlotte SURJ chapter disbanded

The decision to disband by Charlotte SURJ could be described as a drastic response to a rather obvious formation error. All white groups training “not-very-conscious” white people is a bit dangerous. No structure for accountability to folks fighting for their liberation from white supremacy/racism. Accountability is necessary if you understand self-determination of oppressed peoples.

SARN started with a collaborative approach in search of “reliable allies” in the struggle to dismantle white supremacy as a system of oppression. The leadership of people of color is central in movement building efforts to end white supremacy. Looking forward to moving this discussion forward between SARN and SURJ activists in the South. Collaboration is possible between white anti-racism activists and people of color.

Read more here.