Southern Anti-Racism Network to hold forum on prison labor

The Southern Anti-Racism Network will hold a forum on labor rights on Wednesday, April 4 at the Columbus Public Library.

The forum, titled, "Labor Rights as Human Rights," will focus on the use of prison labor in Muscogee County. It is part of the organization's "Conversation on Race" series.

Richard Jessie, Columbus NAACP, 2nd Vice-President and Ben Speight, Organizing Director for Atlanta Local 728, Teamsters Truck Drivers and Helpers will speak. The forum will be moderated by activist Theresa El-Amin.

"I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a prison labor truck on the streets of Columbus with a mesh-like opening as the only ventilation for prisoners working for Columbus Consolidated Government" El-Amin, Regional Project Director of the Southern Anti-Racism Network and chair of the Labor and Industry Committee of the Columbus NAACP branch, said in a press release.

The April 4 forum will also commemorate the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A short video featuring King standing in support of labor rights will be shown.

The forum is co-sponsored by One Columbus and the Columbus Black History Museum and Archives.