Theresa El-Amin

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Theresa El-Amin is an African-American civil rights activist, union organizer and former member of the Green Party of the United States Steering Committee.

El-Amin attended Tuskegee University[1] and became an activist in 1966 with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.[2] She began working in Tuskegee and Atlanta.[3] In Atlanta, El-Amin worked for the phone company and was active in the Communications Workers of America (CWA). In the 1980s and 1990s, El-Amin was involved with the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Black Workers for Justice (BWFJ). She organized clerical workers at the Cleveland Public Library.[4] Later, she helped found the United States Labor Party in 1996.[1] She worked with Jobs from Justice from 1993 to 2006[1] and with the Green Party of Rhode Island in the 1990s. In 1999, she became the founding director of the Southern Anti-Racism Network.[5]

On February 5, 2013, El-Amin was arrested in Columbus, Georgia.[6] She continues to speak and organize around issues of racism, incarceration, the death penalty, and social justice.


  1. ^ a b c "Inventory of the Theresa El-Amin Papers, 1960s-2010". Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "SNCC passes the torch | The CLog". Creative Loafing Charlotte. February 29, 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Civil Rights, Students & 1968: Where are we Today?" (PDF). Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "BNA". Government Employee Relations Report. Bureau of National Affairs. 25 (1195): 100. January 5, 1987. Union organizer Theresa El-Amin told BNA that working conditions, not salaries, prompted the unit to seek representation. Over the past 10 years, Cleveland's library staff has been cut by more than half, she said, dropping from 1,000 to 450. 
  5. ^ "The Color Of Green « Green Pages". Green Pages. Fall 2007. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Theresa El-Amin Arrested". Southern Anti-Racism Network. February 5, 2013. Archived from the original on February 25, 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013.