Reparations Now!

On July 17, Akinyele Umoja will speak on the historical basis for the demand of reparations. The “Conversation on Race and Reparations” will take place in Columbus GA at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road. Theresa El-Amin will serve as moderator.

Father’s Day Essay Contest

FatherChildrenStudents 8 to 12 and 13 to 18 years were invited to submit an essay on the topic: “What my father means to me.” The essays could be about a biological father, male relative, male coach or mentor who is special to the student.

Essays were be presented on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road, 1:00 – 3:00pm.

 

Cash prizes of $25, $15 or $10 were be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively in both age groups.  Gift cards werel be given to the subject of the essay in the amount awarded students for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Father’s Day Essay Contest sponsored by Southern Anti-Racism Network (SARN) www.projectsarn.org

For more information: fathersdayessay@aol.com or 762-821-1107

Father's Day photo

Father’s Day photo

Father's Day group photo

Father’s Day group photo

Mother’s Day Essay Contest

MotherChildStudents 8 to 12 and 13 to 18 years old were invited to submit an essay on the topic: “What my mother means to me.” The essays were 100 words or less.

Essays were presented on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Mildred Terry Library, 2:00 – 3:00pm.

Contestants read their essays on May 3rd and cash prizes of $25, $15 or $10 were given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively in both age groups.

Other gifts were available for mothers of essay contestants to choose one.

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Columbus Consolidated Government employees and prison laborers are both getting a bad deal

The following is a letter SARN Board Chair Theresa El-Amin published in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on April 30, 2014 by

Interesting that Mayor Tomlinson disclosed the employee pension plan is only 88% funded during the televised debate with Colin Martin on April 21. Granted, 88% is better than the 72% I heard in 2012 when the 15-year clock started ticking. She also mentioned that employees received raises to offset the 4% payment they are required to make into the pension. New employees would pay 8% into the plan. With the hiring freeze and a raise to current employees, how did the plan get from 72% to 88% funded? Columbus Consolidated Government has until 2027 to bring the pension plan to 100% funded. It’s a bit too soon for Mayor Tomlinson to make promises others will have to keep.

The finances of Columbus Consolidated Government become more mysterious day-by-day. Both candidates are pandering to property tax protesters. Colin Martin couldn’t flip fast enough from his earlier position indicating dependence on the regressive Local Option Sales Taxes (LOST) and that home improvements could yield higher property taxes. On April 21, Colin Martin declared to property owners that their “property tax freeze” is safe with him.

Beyond the cosmetic picture of pet adoptions, white water rafting and the natatorium is dependence on free prison labor, murder rate at 3 per month, a $6.5 million deficit, unfair taxation and poverty that is a nightmare for many citizens in Columbus.

The Mayor’s Commission on Unity, Diversity, and Prosperity held a conference on March 20. 2014 titled The Dream Lives: A Wake-up Call, Perpetuating the Dream in a Climate of Haves and Have Nots.

Who needs to wake up? Where are the investigative reporters when we need them?

Theresa El-Amin
Columbus

What’s the connection? Prison labor and poverty in Columbus Georgia

Prison/Poverty

Forum
Thursday, April 3, 2014
6:00 – 7:30pm
Columbus Public Library
3000 Macon Road, CB&T-A

Speakers
Dr. Gary Sprayberry, Department Chair for History and Geography at Columbus State University; Richard Jessie; Theresa El-Amin; Jerome Lawson

Speakers will share ideas on improving the quality of life for Columbus
residents living with poverty and unemployment

Moderator: Tonza Thomas

Organization Sponsors
Columbus Black History Museum and Archives
Southern Anti-Racism Network

Contact: 706-575-3646 or 762-821-1107 or theresaelamin@aol.com

Download the flyer here.

Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee – 49th Anniversary

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Welcome to Selma

Welcome to Selma – March 9, 2014

Amelia Boynton Robinson and Marie Foster

Amelia Boynton Robinson and Marie Foster – March 9, 2014

John Lewis

John Lewis – March 9, 2014

Hosea Williams

Hosea Williams – March 6, 2014

At the foot of the bridge

At the foot of the bridge – March 9, 2014

Theresa El-Amin at Bridge

Theresa El-Amin at Bridge – March 9, 2014

Dick in his Moral Monday t-shirt

Dick in his Moral Monday t-shirt – March 9, 2014

Dick in his Moral Monday t-shirt

Dick in his Moral Monday t-shirt – March 9, 2014

Awaiting the walkers at the bridge

Awaiting the walkers at the bridge – March 9, 2014

Coming across the bridge

Coming across the bridge – March 9, 2014

Coming across the bridge

Coming across the bridge – March 9, 2014

Coming across the bridge

Coming across the bridge – March 9, 2014

Coming across the bridge

Coming across the bridge – March 9, 2014

Raleigh Rally to DC

Raleigh Rally to DC – March 11, 2014

Raleigh Rally to DC

Raleigh Rally to DC – March 11, 2014