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Final Statewide Swing

10 cities in 10 days, mobilizing 150,000 registered voters

Oct. 21: Columbia, noon, Governor’s Mansion, Richland and Gadsden Streets, and Bamberg, 5pm, Bamberg County Hospital, 509 North St.
Oct. 22: Sumter
, 1pm, North Hope Center, 904 North Main St.
Oct. 23: Orangeburg,
1pm, Regional Medical Center, 3000 St. Matthews Rd. (Hwy. 601) DOWNLOAD FLYER here
Oct. 24: Charleston
, noon, ILA Hall, 1142 Morrison Dr. DOWNLOAD FLYER here
Oct. 27: Kingstree,
11am, Greater Bethel AME, 300 West Main St.;  Conway, 3pm, Bethel AME Church, 1530 Racepath Ave.; and Bucksport, 5:30pm, James R. Fraiser Community Center, 1370 Bucksport Rd.
Oct. 29: Spartanburg,
noon, ReGenesis Health Center, 550 South Church St.
Oct. 30: Greenville,
noon, Greenville County Square, 301 University Ridge

Nov. 4, 7am-7pm: ELECTION DAY! Help us GOTV.

The Network will be heading up election protection efforts in South Carolina, monitoring the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline.

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More about the Healthy Democracy campaign here.


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 to reserve your space. See photos from last year’s retreat here.


Oct. 1, 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.

Oct. 2, 1pm: The Medical Marijuana Study Committee will meet in the MUSC board room in the Colcock Building, across the street from 18 Bee St. We are still gathering personal stories from individuals who have benefited or could benefit from the use of marijuana as a medicine. You may share those accounts by email,, or mail them to our office: Columbia NORML, 2025 Marion St.

Oct. 6, 7pm, Carolina Alliance for Fair Employment (CAFE) monthly meeting (1st Monday), ILA Hall, 1422 Morrison Dr. Open to all interested in community organizing to support workers’ rights. For details, contact Thomas Dixon at or 843-437-1949.

Oct. 13, 7pm: Jack Shuler will discuss The Noose, Lynchings and the Death Penalty, at the ILA Hall, 1142 Morrison Dr. The event is free and open to the public, and copies of his new book will be on hand. Shuler is John and Christine Warner professor and associate professor of English at Denison University. He is the author of Blood and Bone (2012) and Calling Out Liberty (2009). His presentation is sponsored by SCADP, the ACLU of South Carolina, the Charleston NAACP and the SC Progressive Network.

Oct. 14, 7-8:30pm: the newly formed Charleston Peace Alliance will meet at the ILA Hall on Morrison Drive. Please join us as we work to advance the local peace movement. Everyone interested is encouraged to join.

Oct. 20, 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 or 843-819-0066.

Oct. 26, 7pm: Carolina Peace hosts the acclaimed one-person play My Name is Rachel Corrie. Based on Corrie’s own writings, the play follows her maturing as a precocious and idealist adolescent through her finding her voice as a peace activist and traveling to Gaza. $15 at door. Advance tickets $12 through PayPal at Proceeds benefit the Jenin Freedom Theatre in the West Bank.


Oct. 4-5, 3pm: The documentary Freedom Ain’t Free will be shown at W.J. Keenan High School Auditorium, 316 Pisgah Church Rd. The film tells the story of human rights advocates who for decades have worked for the freedoms of the disenfranchised. SC Progressive Network Co-chair Emeritus Joe Neal and Network Director Brett Bursey are interviewed in the film. For information about ticket outlets or to host a screening, contact Gene Washington, 803-786-1051, Tickets available at the door for $15.

Oct. 7, 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.

Oct. 8, noon: Press conference and march at the SC State House in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow the Circuit Courts’ decisions in support of same-sex marriage to stand and to SC Attorney General Alan Wilson’s decision to continue defending the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Sponsored by the Hancock LGBT Center and SC Equality. All welcome to stand in support of the state’s LGBT community.

Oct. 10, 5-7:30pm: Free screening of DREAM: An American Story with Chilean filmmaker Aldo Bello. USC, Gambrell Hall Auditorium, 153 Gambrell. Discussion will follow the film.

Oct. 12, 3pm: NORML chapter meeting, (2nd Sunday) 2025 Marion St. Meeting agendas will be available to those in attendance.

Oct. 14, 7pm: Columbia Network meeting (2nd Tuesday), 2025 Marion St. We’ve got lots going on all across the state, as we are in the final push on our Healthy Democracy Road Show. We need all the volunteers we can get. Meetings are casual and open to all. Call 803-808-3384 or email for details.

Oct. 14, 6:30pm: Special screening of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, AMC Dutch Square 14, 800 Bush River Rd. Finally a Columbia theater agreed to screen this controversial documentary – but you MUST buy your ticket in advance here.this feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. This shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet. RSVP/Share on Facebook.

Oct. 25, 7pm: Carolina Peace hosts the acclaimed one-person play My Name is Rachel Corrie. Based on Corrie’s own writings, the play follows her maturing as a precocious and idealist adolescent through her finding her voice as a peace activist and traveling to Gaza. $15 at door. Advance tickets $12 through PayPal at Proceeds benefit the Jenin Freedom Theatre in the West Bank.


Oct. 11, 11am-1pm:  Post Office Rally at the Poyner Auditorium, downtown Florence. Call SCAPWU 803-960-3379 for more information.


Oct 1, 7pm: Rock Hill Progressive Network (1st Wednesday), This is Rock Hill’s first monthly meeting in the evening. We have been meeting at noon on the first Wednesdays, but we want to see if an evening meeting is more convenient for folks. The Network’s Healthy Democracy Campaign is our state’s most strategic voter education/mobilization effort. The campaign’s focus is on our state’s policy to refuse to expand Medicaid (click here for details and videos about the campaign). York County Progressives are encouraged to come and get plugged into the exciting work of the SC Progressive Network. The meeting is at  The Oratory, 434 Charlotte Ave., upstairs in Faber Hall (the building alongside the back parking lot). Network Director Brett Bursey will speak to how we can meet the challenges and opportunities in a state too large to be a republic and too small to be a lunatic asylum.
  For more information, contact Mary Keenan at or call 803-580-0198.

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Network survey shows SC county voter registration offices unclear about law

If you are sent to prison in South Carolina, you lose the right to vote. By state law, that right is to be restored upon completion of your sentence. But a new survey of the state’s voter registration offices reveals that how the process for re-enfranchisement works — and doesn’t work — depends on where you live. Read the full story on our blog.

The Will of the People Fund

A grass roots group called The Will of the People has recently formed with a singular focus on South Carolina’s marriage equality fight. The mission is simple: To raise funds for non-attorney costs to support both a pending lawsuit as well as future marriage equality litigation in our state. The catalyst for the organization’s creation is the pending lawsuit by two women against the State of South Carolina in Federal District Court. The suit seeks an order requiring the state to recognize their 2012 legal marriage in Washington, DC.

The Will of the People is a volunteer organization; therefore, nearly 100% of the money raised will be used for filing fees, legal brief writings and clerical costs in the ongoing fight for marriage equality in SC. An account has been set up in the name of The Will of the People Fund at Wells Fargo Bank in South Carolina. All contributions are tax deductible. Send checks payable to The Will of the People Fund to The Will of the People Fund, PO Box 5006, Columbia, SC 29250.

Learn more about The Will of the People Fund on Facebook and Twitter @RealWOTPF.

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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. To obtain bulk copies, call 803-808-3384.