Southern Anti-Racism Network

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Not one step back

Criminal Justice Reform Summit

October 16 and October 17
10:00am-1:00pm each day

Host: Southern Anti-Racism Network


Opening: Reverend J H Flakes, III
Speakers: District Attorney Danny Carr Jefferson County (Birmingham, Alabama); Waleisah Wilson, Southern Center for Human Rights


Rodrigo Arreola and Richard Jessie on victims of police murder
Byron Hickey, former Columbus GA police detective on civilian review boards

Zoom meeting info

Oct 16, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time
Meeting ID: 844 2410 8988 Passcode: 580620

Oct 17, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time
Meeting ID: 848 9106 3677 Passcode: 641465

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SPICE 2020 Summer Events: July 25 and August 15

In March, Southern Anti-Racism Network reached out to build relationships with additional community partners to address the COVID-19 pandemic impact on the Strong Parental Involvement in Community Education (SPICE) program. Housing Authority of Columbus agreed to identify families with children between the ages of seven years old and ten years old for survey outreach to their parents. We conducted surveys at E.J. Knight and Wilson Homes in anticipation that we would be able to use computer labs in Housing Authority communities for SPICE classes given the library computer lab was closed. Unfortunately, the Housing Authority has not opened up its offices out of an abundance of caution in this spike of coronavirus community spread in Columbus.

Columbus Public Library has proven essential in our efforts to give support to parents in this new situation of using technology for teaching and learning. Alan Harkness offered the resource of the Bookmobile. We conducted two summer events on July 25 at South Columbus United Methodist Church and on August 15 at Wilson Homes.

Parents participating on July 25 were Petra Gertjegerdes with daughter Bailey Myricks at Rigdon Road; Angela Tripp with son Derrick Simmos at Dorothy Height; and Mary Naik with daughter Mariah Naik at Dorothy Height. Jennifer LeDenney, SPICE Coordinator, provided one-on-one instruction in setting up Chromebooks for students and their parents. Three Chromebooks were distributed on July 25.

Parents participating on August 15 at Wilson Homes had the benefit of completing verification week so most parents in attendance had picked up Chromebooks for their children who are students at Fox, Brewer and Downtown elementary schools. We asked parents who expressed interest in helping their neighbors to become parent/organizers. One parent, Lakeisha Ross, received a Chromebook for Co’Marion Ross, student at Fox Elementary. Susana Ortiz, parent of a student at Brewer agreed to be a parent/organizer. Serita Duffie, parent of students at Dorothy Height and Wilson Home resident agreed to be a parent/organizer. Isnaida Russell, parent of student at Fox Elementary and resident of Wilson Homes agreed to be a parent/organizer. Julie Boylan, parent of student at Downtown Elementary also agreed to be a parent/organizer. Five Chromebooks were distributed on August 15.

Jennifer LeDenney made sure all parents receiving Chromebooks were properly set up with Zoom and other applications that might be useful. Thanks to Bookmobile drivers Dan and Dorsey we had electricity and WI-FI to complete the set up. Serita Duffie, parent organizer, has agreed to survey additional parents at Wilson Homes for participation in SPICE. We look forward to building deeper community relationships in Housing Authority communities to close the achievement gap.

Photos of the July 25 and August 15 events

SARN Mission Statement

SARN develops campaigns and projects in the South to end racial disparities in criminal justice, economic opportunities, education, environment/housing and health care.We’re a network of activists who cross the lines of race, gender, class, age and immigration status to challenge divisions in the movement to end white supremacy.

Building a Village

We are building a village to support high academic achievement and positive behavior for all students in Muscogee County, Georgia. We are parents, students, educators, community activists, people in business and people of faith who believe it takes a village to raise a child.

Strategic Priorities

Parent Participation and Support
High Expectations for All Students
Academic and Social Support Services
Early Childhood Learning Opportunities
Teacher Quality, Retention, and Support

Ending School-to-Prison Pipeline

High suspension rates of African American and disabled students, the education achievement gap and the growing prison population are inextricably linked. Community education about this social concern is necessary to end the school-to-prison pipeline.