Fall Retreat  •  Sept. 29-Oct. 1

Santee State Park

Don’t miss the SC Progressive Network’s annual fall retreat – our first statewide meeting since establishment politics imploded on the national and state level. The landscape has shifted dramatically, and we need to take advantage of new opportunities while addressing new challenges.

We will gather at Santee State Park (at its autumnal finest!) for a weekend with friends and allies to talk politics, build alliances, sharpen strategies, and recharge our batteries. Come for a day or the whole weekend. We promise you will leave more energized and inspired than when you arrived.

Join grassroots activists from across the state for a weekend of fellowship, networking and mapping strategy. The retreat will include enough structure to be focused and productive, but with enough free time built in so participants can caucus, get to know each other, or explore the area on their own.

Cabins, tents, and RV options for overnight guests. Childcare available on request. Fees and program details will be posted soon. RSVP/Share on Facebook. Questions? Call 803-808-3384 or email

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Aug. 5, 11am-noon: Walk for the Humane Treatment of Charleston Carriage Animals, US Customs House, East Bay St. Join us to demonstrate our support for the humane treatment of animals. This peaceful walk will start at the Custom’s House on East Bay and proceed down N. Market Street and S. Market Street. We urge all participants to wear white and make a hand held sign. Signs with sticks will not be permitted. Bring a friend and come out to show your support.

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

Aug. 21, 7pm: Charleston Progressive Network meeting (3rd Monday). For details, contact George Hopkins at or 843-819-0066.


Aug. 1, 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.

Aug. 5, 9am-1:30pm: United Methodist Church (UMC) conference/workshop on Violence in Relationships, Columbia’s Frances Burns UMC, 5616 Farrow Rd. Registration $20 at this link: Scholarships available based on need.

Aug. 6, 2:30-4:30pm: Hiroshima Remembrance, EdVenture’s Canal Room, 211 Gervais St. Our 26th annual vigil will mark 72 years since the first use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and call for nuclear disarmament. Featuring music, poetry, dance and silent reflection. Family friendly. Younger attenders will have the opportunity to create appropriate art and to fold paper cranes, a traditional Japanese symbol of peace.  Concludes with a walk and flower ceremony at the river. Free and open to the public. Information at 803-237-2656. Sponsored by the Columbia Friends Meeting and the Carolina Peace Resource Center.

Aug. 7, 6:30pm-8pm: Last class in Carolina Peace’s Nonviolence Summer School is Animals & Nonviolence, considering animal rights and vegetarianism. Meeting in Room 201 at the Richland Library, 1431 Assembly St. Readings and discussion questions for this class are available free here. Contact David at 803-215-3263 or for more information.

Aug. 8, 6-7pm: Simple Justice #Black Lives Matter interest meeting, One Columbia, 1219 Taylor St. Learn more about the Columbia BLM chapter, and get updates on ongoing actions and next steps.

Aug. 8, 7pm: The monthly meeting of the Midlands Progressive Network, Seibels House, 1600 Richland St. We’ll be getting updates on Network projects and prepare for our annual fall retreat Sept. 22-24 at Santee State Park. Meetings are informal and open to all. Bring a friend and a snack to share. Children welcome. Call 803-808-3384 with questions.

Aug. 13, 3pm: Monthly meeting of Columbia NORML (2nd Sunday), Modjeska Simkins House, 2025 Marion St. More about Columbia NORML on its Facebook page. For details, contact Wayne at

Wednesdays, 6pm: New Legacy Project meets at the Modjeska Simkins House, 2025 Marion St. Join the youth contingent of the Progressive Network. Email for details.

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 or

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


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

HOBCAW BARONY (near Georgetown)

Sept. 29-Oct. 1: Sierrafest, SC Sierra Club’s annual retreat, Hobcaw Barony. Details at the group’s web site.


Aug. 2, noon: Rock Hill Progressive Network Chapter monthly meeting (1st Wednesday) at Sila Thai Restaurant, 979 Anderson Rd. Contact Mary Keenan at or 803 580-0198 for details.