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Dec. 4, 7pm: CAFE meeting (1st Monday) of Charleston Alliance for Fair Employment, ILA Hall, 1142 Morrison Dr.

Dec. 13, 6:30pm: AFFA‘s December Meeting will feature guest speaker Jonathan Danilowitz at The Schoolhouse, 720 Magnolia Rd. Jonathan is known in Israel for his lawsuit against El Al airlines, after the company at which he worked for many years refused to grant spousal benefits to his partner. In 1995, the case reached the Supreme Court, which ruled in his favor; a decision seen as a groundbreaking precedent protecting the civil rights of gay and lesbian people in Israel. Jonathan is traveling from Israel and will join us to share his personal story of activism. RSVP/Share on Facebook.

Dec. 18, 7pm: Charleston Progressive Network meeting (3rd Monday). Network members encouraged to attend. Questions? Call the state office at 803-808-3384 or email


Dec. 1,  6-8pm: Columbia Vegan Drinks December Edition, The Local Buzz, 141 S. Shandon. Columbia Veg & Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary invite you to The Local Buzz for Columbia Vegan Drinks! The Local Buzz was opened in the Fall of 2015 by Stephanie (Stephie) Griggs Bridgers, with the hope of establishing a place where you can walk in and automatically feel at home. It serves a variety of freshly made delicious sandwiches, soups, salads, baked goods (including Vegan, Gluten Free, and Paleo), smoothies, coffee drinks, beer, & wine. Columbia Vegan Drinks is a monthly social networking event for people interested in promoting and learning about veganism. RSVP/Share on Facebook.

Dec. 5, 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.

Dec.5, 5:30-7pm: Annual Modjeska Simkins Birthday Party, 2025 Marion St. Join us for our annual celebration of the life and legacy of Modjeska Monteith Simkins at her historic home, now the Progressive Network’s HQ. Share cake, stories, and enjoy live jazz. Short program at 6:30. All are welcome to this casual drop-in. RSVP/Share on Facebook. (This event will replace the Network’s monthly December meeting.)

Dec. 10, 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 Borders at

Dec. 12: monthly meeting of the Midlands Progressive Network (2nd Tuesday), CANCELLED. Instead of our regular meeting, we’ll be celebrating the late, great Modjeksa Monteith Simkins on her birthday. (See notice above.) Call 803-808-3384 with questions.

Dec. 13, 6pm (usually on alternate Wednesdays): New Legacy Project meets at the Modjeska Simkins House, 2025 Marion St. Join the youth contingent of the Progressive Network. Email Daniel Deweese at 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

American Association of University Women (AAUW) of South Carolina advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Bookmark their web site to keep in touch with their work and events.

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

SC Education Association is celebrating 50 years of working for public schools. See their web site for news and services.

Sierra Club’s South Carolina Chapter web site includes a calendar of events and a blog. Bookmark the site.


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


Dec. 6, 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.