Eleven Truthful Tuesday protesters arrested at SC State House
Three ministers were among 11 activists arrested for blocking the road to the SC State House entrance March 4, on the day the Senate took up the “Nullify Obamacare” bill, recently amended to the “ACA Anti-Commandeering Act.” The civil disobedience action was the latest in a sustained effort to educate the public about the Affordable Care Act and to shame state lawmakers into expanding Medicaid. To not do so will result in some 1,300 deaths this year.
See photos of the arrests here.
Visit TruthfulTuesday.net to learn more about the movement and see a calendar of next steps. Or you can call the SC Progressive Network at 803-808-3384 or email email@example.com. Sen. Tom Davis defends his controversial bill outside Senate chambers.
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All of March: “Sign UP SC” is a campaign to enroll South Carolinians in the healthcare insurance marketplace. The Network has partnered with the Legislative Black Caucus and other organizations to hold educational and sign up events. To host an event in your town, reply to this email. To get help signing up, call the Network Navigators for a phone consultation or appointment: 803-445-1921.
March 5, 6:30pm: Charleston Central Labor Council meeting (1st Wednesday), 2556 Oscar Johnson Dr., N. Charleston. Open to union members and supporters. For more info contact AFL-CIO President, Erin McKee, 843-324-6384.
March 17, 7pm: (3rd Monday) Charleston Progressive Network meeting, ILA Hall, 1422 Morrison Dr. in the conference room at the north end of the building. For details, contact George Hopkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-819-0066.
Thursdays, 6pm: MUSC CAFÉ meetings, ILA Hall, 1142 Morrison Dr. MUSC CAFE is an association of employees, patients, and community supporters dedicated to fair treatment for workers and great patient care. The group is affiliated with the Carolina Alliance for Fair Employment. Please join us! Call 843-830-4471 for details, or email email@example.com.
March 4, 7pm: Columbia Central Labor Council meeting (First Tuesday), 2025 Marion St. Open to union members and supporters. For more, call CLC President Jenny Patterson at 843-270-1308.
March 5, 10 am: Anti-Sick Leave hearing, Gressette 308. Testimony on the anti-sick leave bill needed. H-3941 passed the House last year, and this is our only chance to testify against this bill, which will prevent local governments from requiring employers to provide earned sick leave. We need to turn out workers who don’t have sick leave to testify: Restaurant workers, care givers, etc. who have to go to work sick or get fired. Single mothers who have to send their kids to school sick because they can’t take a day off. Employers who DO provide sick leave as a good business practice. Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
March 6, 9am: Public hearing on S-906, Earned Sick Leave Act, 406 Gressette. This bill, by Sen. Marlon Kimpson would require all employers in SC to offer earned sick leave to employees. We need to turn out workers who don’t have sick leave to testify. Restaurant workers, care givers, etc. who have to go to work sick or get fired. Single mothers who have to send their kids to school sick because they can’t take a day off. Employers who DO provide sick leave as a good business practice. Reply to email@example.com for details.
March 6, 11:30am: Repeal “Stand Your Ground” bill-introduction press conference, lower lobby, State House. People are encouraged to show up in support of H-4801, the “Reasonable Protection” act that has been filed by Rep. Harold Mitchell that repeals the “Stand Your Ground” part of state law. For more information, or to sign up to speak, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 9, 8pm: Truthful Tuesday Conference call. Call-in number (530) 881-1000, pass code: 207768#. We’ll be debriefing after the highly successful CD action. Congratulations and thank you to the 11 who blocked the roadway Tuesday, elevating the ACA debate in SC to new levels. We’ll be discussing next steps. All are welcome.
March 9, 5-7pm: Peace Potluck and meeting, home of Kate and Skip Webb, 1917 Senate St. Columbia. Bring a vegetarian dish, and share food and conversation as we plan for the coming month and beyond at Carolina Peace’s monthly planning meeting. On the agenda: Tuesday March 25th Speaker Josh Ruebner, Repeal Stand Your Ground, Cutting the Pentagon Budget, Drone action in April and green event for Earth Day. Volunteers and newcomers welcome. RSVP/Share on Facebook.
March 9, 3pm: monthly meeting of Columbia NORML. For details, email email@example.com or call 803-768-4405. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
March 11: Another Truthful Tuesday. Senate continues debate on the ACA Anti-Comandeering Act (formerly “Nullify Obamacare” bill.) This is the only bill that will address Medicaid expansion this legislative session. For details, call 803-808-3384.
- 10 am: People planning to participate in civil disobedience action will meet downstairs at Immaculate Consumption (Pendelton and South Main, just behind the State House).
- 11am: CD action: block entrance to the garage. Supporters not planning on being arrested should gather at the corner of Pendelton and Sumter by 10:45am.
- Noon: gather outside Senate chambers in State House (upstairs lobby) to engage Senators as they go into session (legal action).
March 1-5pm: Exhibit Opening, 2025 Marion St. Historic Columbia opens Making a Way Out of No Way: The Legacy of Modjeska Monteith Simkins, its first exhibit at the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House. Through this permanent exhibit, Historic Columbia tells the story of South Carolina’s most influential human rights advocate of the 20th century. This exhibit combines images, text, video and never-before displayed artifacts to offer unprecedented coverage of the activist, her life, work and lasting impact on the state of South Carolina. This exhibit is offered free to the public on five dates in March and April thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. Additional Exhibit Viewing Dates: March 20, March 25, April 3, April 8. Private tours can also be arranged for groups of 10 or more.
March 27, Immigrants Rights tour. Fast for Families, a national bus tour supporting a path to citizenship, will visit Congressman Trey Gowdy’s Greenville office. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
March 5, noon: York County Progressive Network meets at Sila on Anderson Road. For details, call Mary Keenan at 803-580-0198 or email email@example.com.
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