January 17, 2015


SC Progressive Network Spring Conference
Saturday, April 15, 1-5pm
Francis Burns United Methodist Church, 5616 Farrow Rd., Columbia

Our spring conference this year will focus on the distinction the Network makes between movement building and electoral work. The recent election has both Democrats and Republicans trying to redefine and rejuvenate their parties. It 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 the fatal flaws of our political system and why the Network considers elections secondary to building a movement to make and sustain progressive change. The conference will be followed by social time and dinner. Stay tuned for more details.


March 8: A Day Without a Woman! We stand in solidarity with women in a national strike, an action organized by the Women’s March on Washington and supported by its sister marches, which includes us. Three ways women can participate:

  1. Wear red in solidarity.
  2. Do not engage in paid and unpaid work.
  3. Avoid spending money.


March 6, 7pm: CAFE meeting (1st Monday) of Charleston Alliance for Fair Employment, ILA Hall, 1142 Morrison Dr. For more about CAFE, see their Facebook page.

March 20: Charleston Progressive Network Chapter meeting (3rd Monday). For details, contact George Hopkins at hopkinsg@cofc.edu or 843-819-0066. Stay in touch with Charleston chapter on Facebook.


March 1, 6pm: New Legacy Meeting, Modjeska Simkins House, 2025 Marion St. The youth contingent of the Network will offer updates on its projects and plans. For details about the NLP, email daniel@scpronet.com.

March 2, 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.

March 4, 6pm: Women’s Herstory Month ART Showcase, 1426 Hampton St.a project of Simple Justice. RSVP/Share on Facebook.

March 7, 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.

March 9, 5-7:30pm: Auntie Bellum and WREN Happy Hour, The War Mouth, 1209 Franklin St. Come network and talk politics with women in the Midlands. RSVP/Share on Facebook.

March 10, 6pm: Health Care for All-SC is sponsoring a talk about healthcare in South Carolina at the Lexington Medical Center Auditorium. The talk will be lead by Robert L. Zarr, MD, MPH, FAAP, a board-certified pediatrician at Unity Health Care in Washington, DC.  He is the immediate past president for Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP). Light refreshments will be served. Event is open to the public. Questions? Contact Dr. Emilio Perez-Jorge at evperezjorge@lexhealth.org.

March 12, 5:30pm: We’re holding the first of our weekly legislative briefings by conference call. The session will be 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. If you want to participate but can’t make Sunday’s call, let us know, as the scheduling of the briefings is still up for debate.

March 13: Deadline to apply for Spring Session of the Modjeska Simkins School for Human Rights. Details here.

March 14, 6pm: Monthly meeting of Simple Justice/Black Lives Matter (2nd Tuesday), Modjeska Simkins House, 2025 Marion St.

March 14, 7pm: Midlands monthly Network meeting (2nd Tuesday)Modjeska Simkins House, 2025 Marion 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.

March 17, 5:30pm: 350 Columbia monthly meeting, 805 Hemphill St. (off Kilbourne on South side of Rosewood Drive). We’ll catch up on a number of issues and share some ideas about future actions (Earth Day and the People’s Climate March are coming up in next month!) Follow 350 Columbia’s Facebook page.

March 20 – June 12, 6:30pm-8:30pm: Spring Session of the Modjeska Simkins School for Human Rights, a project of the Progressive Network, the Seibels House, 1601 Richland St. See web site for details.

March 26, 7-9pm: Trivia-Yeah! Women’s History Month celebration with Auntie Bellum at The Whig, 1200 Main St. RSVP/Share on Facebook.

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.

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.


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


March 1, noon: Rock Hill Progressive Network Chapter monthly meeting (1st Wednesday) at Sila Thai Restaurant, 979 Anderson Rd. 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.