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.

Join us for the Moral March on Feb. 11th!

The Moral March (HKonJ) is set for February 11th.  Please join us and stand, then march with the NC-NAACP to bring awareness to the fact that African Americans and people of color are in danger of a further backslide, should the current administration’s aspirations become reality. Racial justice, environmental justice, economic justice, and the defeat of HB2 are all priorities of the Southern Anti Racism Network.

Voting injustice has led to disasters at the state and federal levels.  Be a voice and join progressive partners from across the state to demand an end to white supremacy, and to restore the basic human and civil rights we hold so dear, and that no one voted to take away!

Saturday, February 11
2 East South St.
Raleigh, NC

We will see you there!

‘White privilege’ makes some uncomfortable

‘White privilege’ makes some uncomfortable

By James A. Haught

Years ago, I visited our state’s former black mental hospital and fell into conversation with a witty, friendly, black psychiatrist.

He taunted me:  “You’re a racist, you know.”

“No, no, no,” I protested — but he continued:

“Just look at yourself.  You were born white, male and smart.  You could go out into the world and take whatever you could get — and you never stopped to think that I couldn’t do it.”

I was speechless.  Finally, I answered:  “Damn!  You nailed me precisely.”

Until that moment, I never saw clearly that society stacked the deck in my favor, giving me benefits not available to minorities.  It was sobering.  Later, I learned that sociologists call my advantage “white privilege.”

Currently, the wealthy white community of Westport, Conn. (average family income $150,000), is in an uproar because a human rights group and the public library invited high school students to write essays on the topic: “In 1,000 words or less, describe how you understand the term ‘white privilege.’”

To the surprise of sponsors, a backlash arose.  Some white parents felt insulted and claimed that the essay contest was designed to make their teens ashamed of their benefits.  National news coverage followed.

The chairman of the Westport human rights group, a retired black IBM vice president, replied:

“There’s a lot more controversy around it than many of us expected…. All of a sudden, we’re race-baiting or trying to get people to feel guilty.  That’s not what it’s all about.”

Actually, the topic isn’t simple.  There are many other sorts of privilege beyond race.  People born with high I.Q. have advantage over those born with less.  Americans with normal weight and appealing features get better acceptance than those who are heavy or homely.  People with affluent parents who sent them to good universities have a leg up over youths from blue-collar families who couldn’t afford college.  Foreign-looking people with odd names — especially Hispanics — don’t get the same breaks as standard white Americans.  Despite years of female progress, males still hold advantage.  Despite progress, gays still are less accepted than “straights.”

I was born in the 1930s in a little West Virginia farm town with no electricity or paved streets.  But even there, I was privileged.  My father was the town postmaster and my mother a teacher — which put us in the white-collar elite, compared to sweaty farmhands.  It gave me confidence and self-worth that never left me.

Last year’s “Black Lives Matter” crusade spotlighted racial privilege.  At one protest, a picket held a sign saying “They don’t shoot white women like me.”  That’s another white privilege.

Here’s the bottom line:  Whites needn’t feel ashamed of their privilege — but they should work hard to ensure that everyone in every ethnic group gets the same benefits.

( Haught, the Gazette-Mail’s editor emeritus, can be reached by phone at 304-348-5199 or e-mail at haught@wvgazettemail.com.)

SARN Metro Atlanta Meeting

You’re Invited!

Come out to meet with anti-racism organizers to hear about challenging white supremacy.

Southern Anti-Racism Network formed in 1999 in North Carolina to build projects and campaigns to end racial disparities in criminal justice, economic opportunities/employment, education, environment/housing and health care.

Join us to share your thoughts on conditions in Metro Atlanta that tell a tale of inequality, oppression and exploitation.

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Comfort Inn and Suites, 5th Floor, Blue Sky Bar and Restaurant
5087 Clark Howell Hwy, Atlanta GA 30349

Pleas RSVP to PSSARN@aol.com