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, 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,, 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,, 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,
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,, 762-821-1107

Building A Village



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.