January 17, 2015

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April 15: Annual Spring Gathering

Reclaiming Democracy in the Palmetto State

Program: 1-5   •   Dinner: 5:30-7:30

Francis Burns United Methodist Church, 5616 Farrow Rd., Columbia

Join us for the SC Progressive Network’s 21st annual spring conference! The recent election is an opportunity for a deeper discussion about the system we’re operating under and the crippling effects of money and gerrymandering on our democracy. We’ll take a deep dive into state politics and discuss how we can realistically make and sustain progressive change. The program will be followed by dinner and social time.

RSVP/Share on Facebook. Questions? Call 803-808-3384. Program details posted HERE.

CHARLESTON

April 3, 7pm: CAFE meeting (1st Monday) of Charleston Alliance for Fair Employment, ILA Hall, 1142 Morrison Dr. For more about CAFE, see their Facebook page.

April 25: NEW DATE! Charleston Progressive Network Chapter meeting (usually 3rd Monday, rescheduled for April). For details, contact George Hopkins at hopkinsg@cofc.edu or 843-819-0066. Stay in touch with Charleston chapter on Facebook.

COLUMBIA

April 2, 3-5pm: MLK’s “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” will be shown at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2701 Heyward St. Screening of the Tavis Smiley Reports Special on one of MLK’s most notable speeches commemorating the 50th anniversary of the actual speech. Following the hour-long special will be a Q & A session. RSVP/Share on Facebook.

April 4, 7pm: Columbia Central Labor Council (1st Tuesday), 265 Oak Grove Rd., Swansea. Open to members and supporters of organized labor. Questions? Call William Christopher at 803-727-8237.

April 4 – April 28, 7-8:30pm: Woke-Shops at Benedict College, Duckett Hall 113. April 4 – Voter registration: “The Democratic Deficit”; April 18 – Funding for Sexual Health: “The Sexual is Political”; April 24 – “Know Your Rights. Know Your History”; April 28 – “Solution Conference.” The series is organized by the SC New Legacy Project, the youth contingent of the SC Progressive Network. Share/RSVP on Facebook.

April 6, 6:30-8pm: Columbia Veg Society invites you to its monthly vegan potluck (1st Thursdays). Come out to Whole Foods for delicious food and delightful conversation. All are welcome – vegans, vegetarians, pescetarians, veg curious folks, flexitarians, and children, too! Bring your favorite vegan dish in a typical family/casserole size. Feel free to pick up something vegan from Whole Foods’ Deli or Hot Bar. Please also bring your own dish/utensils. RSVP/Share on Facebook.

April 7, 9am-5pm: USC hosts “Bridging the Divide: African American Communities and Law Enforcement” at the Law School Auditorium, 701 Main St., Room 160. For information or to register, go here.

April 11, 6pm: Monthly meeting of Simple Justice/Black Lives Matter (2nd Tuesday), Union Baptist Church
1800 Germany St.

April 11, 7pm: Midlands monthly Network meeting (2nd Tuesday), Union Baptist Church, 1800 Germany St. We’ll be updating progress on projects and upcoming actions. Call 803-808-3384 with questions. Stay in touch with the Network on Facebook and Twitter.

April 15, 1pm-7:30pm: Join us for the SC Progressive Network’s 21st annual spring conference! The recent election is an opportunity for a deeper discussion about the system we’re operating under and the crippling effects of money and gerrymandering on our democracy. We’ll take a deep dive into state politics and discuss how we can realistically make and sustain progressive change. The program will be followed by dinner and social time. RSVP/Share on Facebook. Questions? Call 803-808-3384. Program details posted HERE.

April 23, 4-6pm: An Outrage, a half-hour documentary film about lynching in the American South, Seibels House, 1601 Richland St. Screening will be followed by Q&A with the film’s directors and historians Bobby Donaldson (USC) and Meeghan Kane (Benedict College). Free and open to all. For details,  contact the SC Progressive Network at 803-808-3384 or network@scpronet.com. Crisp monochrome cinematography, thought-provoking interviews with scholars, and rarely-seen archival photographs document the rise of lynching in the postbellum South. This riveting documentary (which premiered at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC) travels to six different lynching sites around the South, with African-American historians, community activists, and descendants of lynching victims seeking to excavate the racist motivations behind this appalling practice.

Fridays during legislative session, 5:30pm: Weekly briefings by conference call led by John Crangle and Brett Bursey, who will offer a summary of legislation the Network is tracking, backing or blocking. The line will then be open for questions or comments. To participate, email network@scpronet.com; you’ll be sent the call in number.

Sundays, 11am: Garden of Grace United Church of Christ welcomes you to their weekly services, 1020 Atlas Rd.

Sundays, 11am: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia invites you to join their weekly services at 2701 Heyward St.

Sundays, 12:45pm-2:15pm: Food Not Bombs, Finlay Park. We are looking for cooks, servers etc. to help out at the Gadsden St. entrance (or the stage if it is raining). We can always use donations of plastic dinnerware, too. Jars of peanut butter and jelly are also welcome. Call 803-331-6383, or email squawonky@aol.com or jturnipseed@sc.rr.com.

Carolina Peace: see calendar. Newcomers and volunteers welcome.

Harriet Hancock LGBT Center, 1108 Woodrow St., is open Monday-Friday 6pm – 8pm, or by appointment by emailing info@harriethancockcenter.org. RSVP/Share on Facebook.

CONWAY

April 10, 6-8pm: Reclaiming Democracy: How Has South Carolina Failed? Why 78 percent of SC voters have NO choice at the ballot box, and what to do about it, a conversation with SC Progressive Network Director Brett Bursey, Coastal Carolina University, EHFA Rm. 137. Sponsored by the Social Justice Research Initiative. A social with Horry County members and allies will be held at the Grumpy Monkey restaurant at 8pm.

GREENVILLE

April 20, 6:30pm: Reclaiming Democracy in the Palmetto State, Hughes Main Library, 25 Heritage Green Place. Join us for a voter education program “Why don’t more people run for political office?” Moderator, Professor Liz Smith; speakers are Rep. Chandra Dillard and Water Commissioner Deb Sofield, John Crangle, the Progressive Network’s director of government relations, and the League of Women Voters. Free and open to the public. There will be  tables set up for “action”: draft legislation for an independent commission to draw district lines, voter registration, draft ethics legislation on dark money, how to be a rapid advocacy responder, and a chance for each participate to answer the question,” Why don’t you run for political office”?  We will report on the results at the end of the program. For details, email kempeka@yahoo.com or lwvgreenvilleco@gmail.com.

Sundays, 10am: Piedmont Humanists meet at 3620 Pelham Road, Earth Fare Plaza. There is a speaker or video each week.

ROCK HILL

April 5, noon: Rock Hill Progressive Network Chapter monthly meeting (1st Wednesday) at Taqueria el Manhattan, Cherry Road. Anyone is welcome to eat lunch or just sit with us. Although we are named Rock Hill, we encompass Lancaster, Chester, all of York counties and the surrounding area.