Oct. 2, 7pm: CAFE meeting (1st Monday) of Charleston Alliance for Fair Employment, ILA Hall, 1142 Morrison Dr. For more about CAFE, see their Facebook page.

Oct. 14, 6pm-10:30pm: 2017 AFFA Gala, grand ballroom of the Charleston Gaillard Center. We don’t want you to miss the 2017 AFFA Gala. Not only will we share our vision for what’s to come, this year will be a special tribute to Warren Redman-Gress, who recently retired after 16 years as AFFA’s Executive Director. Individual tickets and tables are still available. This event will sell out. Purchase your tickets TODAY! 

Oct. 16, 7pm: Charleston Progressive Network meeting (3rd Monday). For details, contact George Hopkins at or 843-819-0066.


Oct. 3, 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.

Oct. 5 and 14: The Network is sponsoring the run of Building the Wall at Trustus, with two benefit performances: Oct. 5, 7:30pm – Premiere – and Oct. 14 at 2pm. Buy tickets HERE. Light refreshments, open bar. The one-hour show will be followed by Q&A with GAIR Director Laura Cahue and members of the impacted community. Get an inside view of what’s happening on the ground in South Carolina. For more information or to RSVP by phone, call the Network’s office at 803-808-3384. Read our blog post for background on the issue.

Oct. 8, 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

Oct. 10, 7pm: Monthly meeting of the Midlands Progressive Network (2nd Tuesday), Seibels House, 1601 Richland St. We’ll get updates on Network projects and debrief from our fall retreat Santee State Park. We’ll also get the latest on the State House scandal(s) from our Govt. Affairs Director John Crangle.Meetings are open to all. Bring a friend and a snack to share. Call 803-808-3384 with questions.

Oct. 12, 5:30pm – 8pm: 26th annual I Believe Anita Hill Party, 701 Whaley St. Known as South Carolina’s largest networking opportunity for women it is also the longest-running event honoring Anita Hill for her courage in testifying against then US Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991. The party is free thanks to the contributions of our hosts. Contributions welcome at the door.

Oct. 22, 2:30pm: Greater Columbia branch of the AAUW invites you to SC PUBLIC EDUCATION $$$:Past, Present, and Future – A Panel Discussion about Funding, Lexington County Main Library, 5440 Augusta Rd., Lexington. Confirmed Panelists: Bernadette Hampton, SC Education Association; Kathy Maness, Palmetto State Teachers Association; Debra Knight, Chair of Lexington 1 School Board; Emily Heatwole, Director of Communications and Governmental Relations – SC Department of Education. We will also be collecting for Birthdays in a box for Children’s Garden in Columbia. Vanilla cake mixes, vanilla frosting, candles, birthday favors for toddlers (hats, etc.), birthday banners, cupcake holders, sprinkles, birthday wrapping paper, etc. Direct any questions to Anne Mellen, Co-President – AAUW-GC at

Nov. 3, 6pm: Find the Power Rally at the SC State House, brought to you by New Legacy Project, the youth organizing body of the Progressive Network. The first half of the rally will consist of identifying/locating the oppressive power embodied by several of the monuments on the State House grounds. Modjeska School grads will say a few words at each monument, and the march will culminate on the steps of the State House. The second half will entail finding our own power. Too often our collective demonstrations are in reaction to the regressive and predatory activities of our white supremacist capitalist system. This rally will be different. A united front of organizations will be present to articulate a positive vision for the future of South Carolina and how we get from here to there. Omari Fox will emcee the evening. Join us in finding the power! RSVP/share on Facebook.

Nov. 4, 5-10pm: SAFE 2.0, Tapps Arts Center, 1644 Main St. The Subversive Art Festival Extravaganza 2.0 is the second iteration of a festival organized by the New Legacy Project. This year’s theme is “Dream Dangerously.” We are told that emancipatory collective actions are predestined to fail. We should accept the coordinates of our current society with its economic, racial, social and environmental injustices because it is the only workable system. Is this our dream? The time has come to reimagine our future society and demand that which power would have us deem impossible. SAFE 2.0 will be a space to challenge the limits of what is presented as the only “workable” system(s) of organizing our society. Join local artists and organizers as we re-frame the narrative of what is possible in South Carolina. Let’s create our own dreams! RSVP/share on Facebook.

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.


Oct. 4, 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.