Fall Retreat  •  Sept. 29-Oct. 1

Santee State Park

Don’t miss the SC Progressive Network’s 21st annual fall retreat – our first overnight meeting since 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.

Click here for details. Questions? Call 803-808-3384 or email

Register HERE

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Sept 4, 7pm: CAFE meeting (1st Monday) of Charleston Alliance for Fair Employment, ILA Hall, 1142 Morrison Dr. For more about CAFE, see their Facebook page.

Sept. 16-23: Charleston Pride 2017. Tickets available at For additional information, including parade, vendor, sponsorship, and the full schedule, see

Sept. 18, 7pm: Charleston Progressive Network meeting (3rd Monday). For details, contact George Hopkins at or 843-819-0066.

Sept. 24, 9:30am-3pm: SC American Association of University Women (AAUW) Leadership Retreat, Gage Hall, Unitarian Church of Charleston, 6 Archdale St. The day will be led by Cordy Galligan who will help us capitalize on the opportunities to promote our  mission, build and retain membership, make real change through political advocacy, and encourage philanthropy within the AAUW and our communities. A delicious luncheon, plenty of networking, and women authors will display and promote their books. A block of rooms has been reserved at Embassy Suites by Hilton in North Charleston. Rooms are $149. Guestroom reservations can be made at 800-362-2779. $30 registration fee includes materials, lunch and Charleston tour. Register by Sept. 18 at or mail your registration to: Pat Hall, 180 Ford Road, Gaffney, SC 29340.


Sept. 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.

Sept. 6, 7, 20 & 30: Columbia Friends of Planned Parenthood and Tapp’s on Main present the 5th annual Figure Out! This month-long event features a figurative nude art show to support the work of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic. Figure Out! will showcase local artist talent in photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed media. Click here for details and to register for all of the events!

Sept. 6, 7pm: Peace Day Organizing Committee meeting. Volunteers needed to plan Peace Day events. Contact David at for location. You can still help even if you cannot attend the meeting.

Sept. 8, 8-10pm: Laugh Out Loud for Equality, Art Bar, 1211 Park. Join SC Equality for a night of fun and laughter at the with Jenn Snyder voted by the readers of Free Times as Best Local Comedian. Also appearing are Zlata Cass, Shawna Jarrett, Kevin Delgado and Mimi Benfield. The event is free but donations accepted at the door. RSVP/Share on Facebook.

Sept. 9, noon-3pm: Road to Real Justice Allyship Workshop, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2701 Heyward St. Women’s March South Carolina is offering a workshop to help concerned citizens learn how to be better, stronger allies to communities of color. Light lunch and helpful resources to take with you provided. Open to the public. Men and women. Admission: $20. Tickets & Info.

Sept. 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 at

Sept. 12, 6-7pm: Interest meeting to learn more about Simple Justice/#BlackLivesMatter and updates on ongoing actions. Meet at One Columbia, 1219 Taylor St.

Sept. 12, 7pm: The monthly meeting of the Midlands Progressive Network (2nd Tuesday), Seibels House, 1601 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.

Sept. 16, 11am-6pm: Jubilee Festival of Black History and Culture. Now in its 39th year, this FREE outdoor festival brings artisans, dancers, musicians and storytellers together to celebrate South Carolina’s black history and culture on the grounds of the Mann-Simons Cottage in downtown Columbia. This year’s festival will celebrate Midlands musicians and the lives of two of the region’s most influential musicians, John Blackwell and Skipp Pearson, who died this year. The festival will showcase the musical lineage of South Carolina with a headlining performance by Cheri Maree, who had close relationships with both artists. See Historic Columbia for details. Modjeska School graduates will offer tours of the Modjeska House, as well. Stop by 2025 Marion Street for a look around the HQ of the SC Progressive Network.

Sept. 17, 1-4pm: 3rd annual Peace Day at the Statehouse, on the grounds at Main and Gervais. Come celebrate the International Day of Peace featuring live music from CJ Mack and the PeaceMakers, activities for young people, and an organizational fair of groups working for peace and justice. Free. Donations accepted. Sponsored by Carolina Peace. RSVP/Share on Facebook.

Sept. 23: Community Perceptions of Policing – Protect and Serve or Contain and Control? Time and location TBD. Ty DePass will lead discussion. Light refreshments provided.

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.


Sept. 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.