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 will be asked, “What’s in place or needs to be in place to prevent Columbus from experiencing such a tragedy?”

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

Community members will be given opportunities to make comments or ask questions.

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

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.

Location:
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

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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

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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

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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, tsvelez@aol.com or 919-441-7588.

Race and Confederate Symbols – Columbus, GA

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
640 Veterans Parkway
Columbus, GA

 

Southern Anti-Racism Network hosted a forum on August 25th to explore the history of the Confederate Battle Flag as adopted in 1956 by the Georgia State Legislature as the state flag.

 

State Representative Calvin Smyre and State Representative Carolyn Hugley were invited to participate. Both Representative Smyre and Representative Hugley talked about their experiences in 2003 when Governor Roy Barnes led the initiative to remove the Confederate Battle Flag symbol from the state flag.

 

A brief history was be presented by Theresa El-Amin of the Confederate battle flag as adopted across the South.

 

The call to remove the Stone Mountain Confederate monument was also discussed.

 

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

Conversation on Race and Education – Durham, NC

Thursday, June 18, 2015
6:00pm
300 N. Roxboro Street
Main Auditorium

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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.

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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

Education Not Incarceration – Columbus, GA

Monday, April 27, 2015 6:00-8:00 pm
Columbus Public Library
3000 Macon Road Columbus, GA 31906

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MCSD Speakers
– 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