Message from SC Progressive Network Director Brett Bursey:
After one of the most painful weeks in our state’s Jim Crow history, the SC Progressive Network is stepping away from the microphone and media circus to refocus our energy on the long-term struggle ahead. We have grieved. Now we must get back to work.
We are committed to insuring that the struggle for equality and democracy continues beyond the funerals and the flag controversy.
It appears that the flag will be coming down before the end of the current special session. The state Senate convenes at 10am July 6, and will take up the bill to move the flag off the grounds as it awaits House action on the budget. The House goes into session at 1pm July 6, and will take up vetoes and the budget while awaiting the Senate bill to remove the flag.
Our allies in the legislature have counted the votes and believe there is the necessary two-third to move the flag.
That said, a continued citizen presence and insistence on removing the flag will facilitate getting the job done promptly. But be mindful that grandstanding on the flag’s removal, especially by national figures, isn’t helpful. In the interest of using the occasion to fend off the fundamentalists and bring more rational thought to our legislature, we need to recognize that conservative legislators like Senators Tom Davis and Paul Thurmond are voting to bring the flag down.
Then we work on getting them – and others in power – to address the larger, more insidious problem of systemic racism in South Carolina.
On July 4, there will be a “Unity and Healing” gathering at the State House that is being billed as a family event with music and speakers starting at 4:30pm.
The Network will have a table and be talking to those in attendance about the work yet to be done, and inviting them to get involved in the revolution of social values to which we remain committed.
Network members who want to help spread the message should come by the Network’s tent and pick up some invitations to distribute to crowd.
Questions? Call our office at 803-808-3384.