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This month the Network launches the Healthy Democracy Road Show to educate voters on the state of democracy and health care in South Carolina. We spent the last legislative session lobbying lawmakers on the Affordable Care Act – “Obamacare” — and Medicaid expansion. Now, we are focusing on targeted communities across the state, taking our message to the people most affected by state lawmakers’ refusal to accept federal funding.

We have the names and addresses of 250,000 registered SC voters who were denied a Medicaid card because of petty, partisan politics. We are working to undo some of the myths and misinformation about health care in South Carolina, and educate voters before they head to the polls Nov. 4.

This is a grass roots campaign that will need an army of foot soldiers to be effective. We need your help!

Over the summer, we’ve held trainings for organizers using state-of-the-art maps of targeted communities. Go here for more about the Healthy Democracy campaign.

  • To schedule a training in your area, call 803-808-3384.
  • Download a copy of the Organizers’ Tookit here.
  • Download and share this flyer.

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Aug. 28: Healthy Democracy Campaign Launch

11:45am – 12:15pm: Press conference to announce the launch of the Healthy Democracy Road Show, North side of State House. We’ve also reserved the downstairs lobby in case of rain. Speakers include US Sen. Bernie Sanders, victims of SC state policy to refuse Medicaid expansion, health care professionals, and advocates for Medicaid expansion.

1pm-2pm: Healthy Democracy Campaign fundraising luncheon with US Sen. Bernie Sanders at Nonnah’s, 923 Gervais St. A minimum $25 donation at the door. Free parking in the lot at the rear of the building off of Park Street. Please RSVP to or 803-808-3384 by Aug. 26. Reservations required as seating is limited.

7-8:30pm: Town Hall on the Fight for Economic Justice, Lourie Center, 1650 Park Cir, Columbia (Maxey Gregg Park corner of Park and Blossom). The Senator will speak to the urgent need to build a progressive movement in South Carolina. Sponsored by the SC Progressive Network. The event is free; ample parking available.

• AUGUST CALENDAR •

CHARLESTON

Aug. 4, 7pm, Carolina Alliance for Fair Employment (CAFE) monthly meeting (first Monday). ILA Hall, 1422 Morrison Dr. Open to all interested in community organizing to support workers’ rights. For details, contact Thomas Dixon at tad3189@gmail.com or 843-437-1949.

Aug. 6, 5:45pm: AFFA meeting with Latta Chief of Police Crystal Moore, Charleston Marriott, 170 Lockwood Blvd. She was fired by the city’s mayor because he condemned her “questionable lifestyle,” yet Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore soon found out that the citizens of this conservative town in the Pee Dee cared so much more about her work than her sexual orientation. Chief Moore’s story has catapulted SC employment discrimination into national headlines. Meet this “unexpected” activist during Charleston Pride Week. 5:45 PM reception and Cash Bar. 6:15 Program begins. Everyone welcome.

Aug. 6, 6:30pm: Charleston Central Labor Council meeting (1st Wednesday), 2556 Oscar Johnson Dr., N. Charleston. Open to union members and supporters. For details, call Joe Shelley at 843-729-9386.

Aug. 9, 9am: Charleston Pride Parade. March with Network members behind our banner! After the march, there will be a Charleston Pride Rally at Brittlebank Park, 11am-3pm. See full schedule for Charleston Pride Week here.

Aug. 18, 7pm: Charleston Progressive Network meeting (3rd Monday) ILA Hall, 1422 Morrison Dr. in the conference room at the north end of the building. For details, contact George Hopkins at hopkinsg@cofc.edu or 843-819-0066.

COLUMBIA

Aug. 5, 7pm: Columbia Central Labor Council meeting (first Tuesday), 2025 Marion St. Open to union members and supporters. For details, call CLC President Jenny Patterson at 843-270-1308.

Aug. 6, 6-7:30pm: Hiroshima Day Vigil, Tapp’s Arts Center, 1644 Main St. Commemorating the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and calling for nuclear disarmament and abolition. Featuring a screening of the short film “Witness to Hiroshima,” music and reflection in memory of the residents of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Followed by a preview of the “Hiroshima: Never Forget” art exhibit. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Carolina Peace and the Columbia Society of Friends.

Aug. 7 – Aug. 31: Hiroshima: Never Forget Art Exhibit, Tapp’s on Main, 1644 Main St. Featuring art from Jeri Burdick, Susan Lenz, Sean McGuinness, Kimi Maeda and others, posters from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the short film “Witness to Hiroshima.” Aug 7, the public is invited to handcraft origami peace cranes, for all ages. 5:30 pm till closing. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help table/fold peace cranes in shifts. Email david@carolinapeace.org with your availability.

Aug. 10, 3pm: NORML chapter meeting, (2nd Sunday) 2025 Marion St. Meeting agendas will be available to those in attendance.

Aug. 12, 7pm: Columbia Network meeting (2nd Tuesday), 2025 Marion St. Come plug into any of several organizing projects going on in the Midlands. Meetings are casual and open to all. Call 803-808-3384 or email network@scpronet.com for details.

Aug. 16, 10am-noon: NORML Adopt-A-Highway Pick-up. We will meet at the Busted Plug statue, the giant fire hydrant by Palmetto Baptist. Our route is the length of Taylor between Bull and Huger. After our clean up, for those who feel up to it, we can go to Soda City Farmers’ Market on Main.

Aug. 23, 10am-6pm: Jubilee Festival of Heritage, Mann-Simons Cottage, 1403 Richland St. The Network will have a table and will be showcasing a preview of our Healthy Democracy Road Show. Volunteers needed. Call 803-808-3384 or email network@scpronet.com for details.

Aug. 28: Public launch of the Healthy Democracy campaign!

11:45am – 12:15pm: Press conference to announce the launch of the Healthy Democracy Road Show, North side of State House. We’ve also reserved the downstairs lobby in case of rain. Speakers include US Sen. Bernie Sanders, victims of SC state policy to refuse Medicaid expansion, health care professionals, and advocates for Medicaid expansion.

1pm-2pm: Healthy Democracy Campaign fundraising luncheon with US Sen. Bernie Sanders at Nonnah’s, 923 Gervais St. A minimum $25 donation at the door. Free parking in the lot at the rear of the building off of Park Street. Please RSVP to or 803-808-3384 by Aug. 26. Reservations required as seating is limited.

7-8:30pm: Town Hall on the Fight for Economic Justice, Lourie Center, 1650 Park Cir, Columbia (Maxey Gregg Park corner of Park and Blossom). The Senator will speak to the urgent need to build a progressive movement in South Carolina. Sponsored by the SC Progressive Network. The event is free; ample parking available.

GREENVILLE

Aug. 19, 7pm: Healthy Democracy Road Show training for activists, Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1135 State Park Rd. Free and open to all. For details, or email network@scpronet.com or call 803-808-3384.

ROCK HILL

Aug. 6, noon: Rock Hill Progressive Network (1st Wednesday) will meet at Sila Thai Restaurant, 957 N. Anderson Road. We welcome tea drinkers if you don’t want to eat. For more information, email keenanmsc@gmail.com or call 803-580-0198.

Save the date! 

Annual Retreat Nov. 15-16 at Penn Center, near Beaufort. Don’t miss the Network’s most important gathering of the year. Call 803-808-3384 or email network@scpronet.com to reserve your space. See photos from last year’s retreat here.

This calendar listing is for Network members. Send items to becci@scpronet.com. To join the Network as an organization or individual, go here.

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Network publishes booklet about Modjeska Simkins

The SC Progressive Network recently published a booklet about Modjeska’s extraordinary life and social justice work in South Carolina. You can download it here, or pick up a free copy at the Network’s office, located in Modjeska’s historic home at 2025 Marion St. in Columbia. Read a review by Herb Hartsook on the USC’s Libraries SC Political Collections blog. We are in the process of mailing the booklet to libraries and colleges across the state. To obtain bulk copies, call 803-808-3384.

B. Sanders

I-VT

$7,229,492
≤ $200: 59.1%#2

Industry Total
Retired $502,170
Democratic/Liberal $229,530
Public Sector Unions $114,400
Lawyers/Law Firms $105,249
Health Professionals $82,972
Leadership PACs $71,500
Education $56,780
Building Trade Unions $49,500
Environment $48,890
Industrial Unions $48,450

by Greenhouse | data OpenSecrets.org

B. Sanders

I-VT

$7,229,492
≤ $200: 59.1%#2

Industry Total
Retired $502,170
Democratic/Liberal $229,530
Public Sector Unions $114,400
Lawyers/Law Firms $105,249
Health Professionals $82,972
Leadership PACs $71,500
Education $56,780
Building Trade Unions $49,500
Environment $48,890
Industrial Unions $48,450

by Greenhouse | data OpenSecrets.org

B. Sanders

I-VT

$7,229,492
≤ $200: 59.1%#2

Industry Total
Retired $502,170
Democratic/Liberal $229,530
Public Sector Unions $114,400
Lawyers/Law Firms $105,249
Health Professionals $82,972
Leadership PACs $71,500
Education $56,780
Building Trade Unions $49,500
Environment $48,890
Industrial Unions $48,450

by Greenhouse | data OpenSecrets.org

B. Sanders

I-VT

$7,229,492
≤ $200: 59.1%#2

Industry Total
Retired $502,170
Democratic/Liberal $229,530
Public Sector Unions $114,400
Lawyers/Law Firms $105,249
Health Professionals $82,972
Leadership PACs $71,500
Education $56,780
Building Trade Unions $49,500
Environment $48,890
Industrial Unions $48,450

by Greenhouse | data OpenSecrets.org