Theresa El-Amin

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Theresa El-Amin


Theresa El-Amin is a Georgia activist. She began her activism with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1965. She was a union organizer for many years in the Midwest and Northeast. Theresa is founder and regional director of the Southern Anti-Racism Network since 1999. Other current affiliations include Solidarity, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the NAACP.[1]

Background

Theresa El-Amin, born in Georgia in 1948, daughter of a nurse and union shop steward, went to Tuskegee, got involved in SNCC, went through Freedom Summer and the inevitable assault by the FBI, then took a job at the local telephone company when the SNCC office closed.

There El-Amin became a shop steward herself, learned about the familiar struggle against racism (by the company and the union alike) and the emerging struggle over the changing workplace, notably the assorted dangers of long hours at the VDT. This led her to 9 to 5 and the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), and a move to Cleveland, organizing clerical workers (including a big victory at the Cleveland Public Library).

By the time she reached Providence, El-Amin had also become a regular at Labor Notes meetings, an ardent supporter of the South African labor federation COSATU and of Black Workers for Justice back at home. She had organized for SEIU, 1199, and joined the Board of DARE as it began to gain prominence.

Sara Mersha had learned about DARE, from a fellow-student doing work-study there, and met El-Amin. In 1998 she came back to Providence, and to Direct Action for Rights and Equality as a staffer, filling in a sense that gap left when her mentor had left town for other opportunities.[2]

Radfest 2003

On Saturday evening, there was a second plenary panel, titled “The State of Black Politics.” The panelists were Linda Burnham (Women of Color Resource Center), Theresa El-Amin (Southern Anti-Racism Network, Solidarity), Bill Fletcher, Jr. (TransAfrica Forum), and Salim Muwakkil(Chicago Tribune, In These Times).

Black Left Unity

On the weekend of May 31-Jun 1,2008, dozens of African American organizers, artists and activists convened the first Black Left Unity Meeting at the Sonia Hayes Center in Chapel Hill, NC.The gathering was a continuation of the Black Left Unity caucus that meet in Atlanta during the US Social Forum.

Those who attended the conference included Saladin Muhammad, Black Workers for Justice and the Black Workers League; ILWU Local 10 leader Clarence Thomas; activist and poet, Amiri Baraka; Million Worker March leader, Brenda Stokely; Ana Edwards, Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality; Ajamu Baraka, U.S. Human Rights Network; Patrisse Cullors, Labor Strategy Center; Efia Nwangaza; Theresa El-Amin; Kali Akuno from the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; Jaribu Hill, Mississippi Workers for Human Rights; Vickie White, People’s Organization for Progress; labor organizer, Angaza Laughinghouse; Larry Adams, New York City Labor Against the War (NYCLAW); cultural artist, Luci Murphy; educators Muntu Matsimela, T. Menelik Van Der Meer and Sam Anderson; Yvette Modestin, Afrocaribenas y de la Diaspora; Colia Clark; and activists representing Fight Imperialism-Stand Together (FIST) and the Troops Out Now Coalition.[3]

“Forging a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century”

10th Anniversary Meeting of the Black Radical Congress, “Forging a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century” Black Radical Congress, June 20-22, 2008, St. Louis, Missouri.

Endorsers for the Congress included Theresa El-Amin Southern Anti-Racism Network.[4]

Labor Notes

In 2009 Theresa El Amin, Southern Anti-Racism Network, director, NC Jobs with Justice, Durham was a member of the Labor Notes policy committee[5].

Solidarity Summer School 2015

Neoliberal Assault and Popular Resistance A panel will discuss the nature of neoliberalism and what is different about both ruling class strategy and working class resistance in the neoliberal era. Speakers will address more specific aspects of attacks and resistance including ecological struggles, Black Lives Matter and anti-racist struggle, and more. Featuring:

Old and New Project Policy Council

Old and New Project Policy Council, circa 2015, Loren Anderson, Steve Bloom, Joaquin Bustelo, Theresa El-Amin, Deborah Engel-DiMauro, Salvatore Engel-DiMauro, Kate Hibbard, Matt Hoke, Dequi Kioni-Sadiki, Tekla Lewin, Ana Lopez, Thano Maceo Paris, Carlito Rovira, Meg Starr, Sean Sweeney.[6]

(Members of this council monitor the work of the editors and vote on all policy decisions for the "Old and New" project. More information here.)

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