We have seen an influx of new supporters.  People who are seeing firsthand what is happening and are now fleeing the Democratic Party.  We welcome you.  We want you.  We will work with you to make the world better for all of us.  This is what democracy looks like.

And because of the great interest in the Green Party, we have started bi-weekly meetings, alternating every other meeting on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.  Please join us for our June meetings on Saturday, June 11, 4:00pm and Sunday, June 26, 4:00pm at 2125 Dorchester Rd (there is parking at the rear of the building).  This is two doors in from the intersection of Dorchester and Rivers, and a short 1 block walk from the CARTA Super Stop.

Saturday, March 26, 11:30am at the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Hall, 1142 Morrison Dr, Charleston SC 29403

County convention for Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, Orangeberg, and Calhoun counties. We will hear from candidates seeking the Green Party nomination, elect county party officers, and nominate delegates to the South Carolina Green Party state convention to be held on April 30 in Columbia. All Greens and those interested in the Green Party are welcome!

Following the convention we hope you can join us for lunch. Location TBD – Santis, Taco Boy, and Home Team BBQ are all nearby (you will buy your own lunch).

The Charleston Green Party wholeheartedly endorses the Charleston County Library Referendum in the upcoming November 4th election. We believe that the large increase in population in Charleston County and the fact that the average age (44 years) of the existing buildings more than justifies the expenditure for new facilities and renovation to some of the existing structures, To quote US. News and World Report: ” it turns out that the very electronic revolution that was suppose to make libraries obsolete has made them indispensable”. Access to free information and education should continue to be available to all Americans.

Thom Taylor, Chairman
Charleston County Green Party

Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 15, 6:30pm at Earth Fare on Folly Road Blvd (in the South Windermere shopping center). This will be our last meeting prior to the Nov. 4th election. Come and meet Sue Edward, our candidate running against Bobby Harrell and Dimitri Cherny, independent and the only candidate running against Mark Sanford.

You won’t want to miss it! Bring a friend and join us!


Mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Green Party events are in listed in GREEN.

Monday, October 13, 7:00pm, ILA Hall
Jack Shuler, author of “The Thirteenth Turn”
The story of a rope, a symbol, and rough justice in America.

The hangman’s knot is a simple thing to tie, just a rope carefully coiled around itself up to thirteen times. But in those thirteen turns lies a powerful symbol, one of the most powerful in history, and particularly in America, whose relationship to the noose is all too deep and complicated.

Our history with hangings is shockingly recent. The last man to be hanged in the United States was Billy Bailey, who was executed in Delaware in 1996 for committing a double murder. Hanging has since been disallowed in that state, but it is still legal, in certain situations, in New Hampshire and Washington. An incident in Jena, Louisiana, in 2006, in which nooses were used to symbolically menace black students, is a fresh reminder of just how potent this emblem of racism and savage violence still is.

All that meaning, and all that history, is a lot to see in a coiled rope. But the fact is, that meaning is felt by all of us. And Jack Shuler, a professor of American literature and black studies, is the right man to explore it: from Judas Iscariot, perhaps the most infamous hanged man, to the killing of Perry Smith and Richard Hickock, the murderers at the heart of Capote’s In Cold Blood, and beyond. Shuler goes era by era, tracing the evolution of this dark practice in episodes, and revealing the ways each one impacted the society around it. As he investigates the death of John Brown and the 1930 lynching that inspired the song “Strange Fruit,” his travels take him across America—and not just the South—uncovering our deep secrets and searching for meaning.

Shuler’s account is a kind of shadow history of America: for all the celebrated strides we’ve made towards integration and harmony, those victories are hollow without an appreciation for what they vanquished. The Thirteenth Turn is a courageous and searching book that reminds us where we come from, and what is lost if we forget.

Jack Shuler is John and Christine Warner professor and associate professor of English at Denison University where he teaches American literature and Black Studies. He earned his Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center – CUNY in 2007.

Sponsored by ACLU of South Carolina, NAACP Charleston, SC Progressive Network, and South Carolinians Abolishing the Death Penalty


Thursday, October 16, 5:30pm, 116 ECTR [CofC Education Center], 25 St. Philip Street
‘Fruitvale Station’ film screening & community discussion

Fruitvale Station is a 2013 film written and directed by Ryan Coogler. It is based on the events leading to the death of Oscar Grant, a young man who was killed by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Station in Oakland, California. A discussion will follow the film.

The College of Charleston African American Studies Program has compiled a list of resources that are useful when talking to students about the murder of Michael Brown and the recent protests in Ferguson, MO. You can find the #BlackLivesMatter resource page here:


Monday, October 20, 7:00pm ILA Hall
South Carolina Progressive Network Charleston Chapter monthly meeting


Sunday, October 26, 2:00pm, ILA Hall
My Name is Rachel Corrie
Sliding scale suggested donation $10-15

My Name is Rachel Corrie is a one-woman play based on the diaries and emails of Rachel Corrie. Rachel Aliene Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) was an American student at Evergreen State College and member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who traveled to the Gaza Strip during the Second Intifada. She was killed by a Caterpillar D9R armored bulldozer operated by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) while protesting against the destruction of a house by the IDF in the Gaza Strip, apparently acting as a human shield.

The play features Ashley Malloy and is directed by Josh Perlstein. This performance tour not only intends to tell Rachel’s story, but also to raise awareness and funds for The Freedom Theatre in the West Bank, Palestine. The theatre was founded in 2006 as a place where young people could find refuge and transform their frustrations towards the Israeli Occupation into acts of theatrical creation.

Immediately following the perforamnce will be a discussion about the situation between the Israelis and Palestinians. All are welcome.

This event is sponsored by Lowcountry Peace.


Wednesday, October 29th, 7:00pm, College of Charleston SSMB Room 129 (this is the auditorium in the new science building on the corner of Calhoun and Coming Streets)
“The Race for What’s Left”: Fighting Over the World’s Last Resources
Free public talk with MICHAEL KLARE

The world is facing an unprecedented crisis of resource depletion—a crisis that encompasses shortages of oil and coal, copper and cobalt, water, and arable land. With all of the Earth’s accessible areas already being exploited, the desperate hunt for supplies has now reached the final frontiers. This talk takes us from the Arctic to war zones to deep ocean floors, from a Russian submarine planting the country’s flag under the North Pole to the large-scale buying up of African farmland by Saudi Arabia and other food-scarce nations. With resource extraction growing more difficult, the environmental risks are becoming increasingly severe—and the intense search for dwindling supplies is igniting new conflicts and territorial disputes. The only way out, as will be argued, is to alter our consumption patterns altogether, a crucial task that will be the greatest challenge of the coming century.

Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies and has written widely on U.S. defense policy, the arms trade, global resource politics, and world security affairs. He is the author, most recently, of Resource Wars (2001), Blood and Oil (2004), Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy (2008), and The Race for What’s Left: The Global Struggle for the World’s Last Resources (2012). He is also the defense correspondent of The Nation magazine and has contributed articles to Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Harper’s, Le Monde Diplomatique, The National Interest, Newsweek, and Scientific American, among others. Klare has also worked with many non-governmental organizations in the peace and human rights fields and currently serves on the board of directors of the Arms Control Association.

This event is sponsored by CofC’s First Year Experience.


Saturday, November 1, 10:30am, corner of 5th Avenue and St Andrews Blvd.
Adopt-a-Highway trash pickup

Our next pickup date is Saturday, Nov 2. Meet us at 10:30am in front of the Emanuel AME Church, which is on the corner of 5th Avenue and St Andrews Blvd in West Ashley. We will have gloves, orange vests, and orange trash bags – bring water and sunscreen!


Monday, November 3, 7:00pm, ILA Hall
Carolina Alliance for Fair Employment Charleston Chapter monthly meeting


Tuesday, November 4, 7:00am – 7:00pm
At a polling place near you

Be sure to get out and VOTE!!!


Tuesday, November 4, 7:00pm
location TBD
Election watch party

Come watch the election results with Green Party candidate Sue Edward and fellow Greens!

Our next meeting is Wednesday, July 16, 6:30pm at Earth Fare on Folly Road Blvd.  Look for us in the café – and bring a friend!
Mark your calendars!
Saturday, August 9, 8:15am
Charleston Pride Parade

Join us as the South Carolina Green Party marches in the 5th annual Charleston Pride Parade! The parade is Saturday, August 9, 9:00am – 11:00am. The parade route is approximately 2 miles, beginning at Ann Street and continuing down King Street to Broad Street. Floats and parade participants will disband at Colonial Lake.

We will meet at Wragg Mall (corner of Meeting and Ann Streets) at 8:15am. Wear green and comfy walking shoes, and bring water.

The South Carolina Green Party is excited to announce its 2014 State Convention, to be held on Saturday, May 3rd,  from 12:00 to 3:00 PM in the banquet room of the Arabesque Restaurant, 2930 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205.  If needed, overnight accommodations ($55) are available at the Riverside Inn, 111 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, SC 29033.

The main agenda items are the election of Steering Committee members and the nomination of candidates for the 2014 elections.  Candidates seeking the Party nomination are:

  • State House District 20: Jon Eames
  • State House District 114: Sue Edward

The South Carolina Green Party is a ballot qualified political party established in 2002 and is the state chapter of the national Green Party of the United States.

Let us know asap if you need a ride!

Our January meeting is Wednesday, January 15, 6:30pm at Earth Fare.  Please join us!

We will not have a business meeting this month. Instead, join us for a social gathering as we wrap up the year and look forward to 2014.  Join us at The Original Ms. Rose’s, 1090 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:30pm for food, drinks (alcohol is optional), and lively Green conversation among old and new friends!

Our November meeting is Wednesday, November 20, 6:30pm, at Earth Fare.  We will be in the cafe – please join us!



We will not have a monthly meeting so that members can attend the Bill McKibben lecture at Physician’s Auditorium.


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 16, 6pm, Physician’s Auditorium
“The Climate Heats Up” by Bill McKibben of 350.org



Thursday, October 17, 7pm, ILA Hall
Join us for a fun evening with political satirist and troubadour Dave Lippman.

Veteran satirical songster Dave Lippman is fired up, with Wild Bill Bailout firing back, over healthcare, climate scare and War in Who Knows Where. This show has delighted and terrified audiences throughout the Free World, and in some pretty cheap places as well. Attendance is optional but strongly suggested.

Dave Lippman has toured from San Francisco to Sydney, from Boston to Berlin, from the Midwest to the Mideast. Utah Phillips said of Lippman, “God that man can talk! What a great writer!” “Viciously funny,” said the Guardian. “Lippman is a national treasure,” countered the L.A. Herald-Examiner.

Lippman has been performing his brand of musical comedy for over 30 years. His most notorious CD is I Hate Wal-Mart; his most recent is Food, Clothing, & Glaciers.

Visit http://www.davelippman.com/mp3s/ for audio and video samples of the show.

This event is free.


Saturday – Sunday, Oct 19-20, Penn Center
SC Progressive Network fall retreat

Space is filling fast! View the schedule and register at 09/03/register-now-for-network-retreat-at-penn-center-oct-19-20/


Monday, October 21, 7pm, Stern Center Ballroom, CofC
“The Meaning of Matthew” with Judy Shepard

Judy Shepard will discus her son Matthew and what each of us can do to Erase Hate.

In 1998, Judy Shepard lost her son, Matthew, to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate. Speaking from a mother’s perspective, she has made the prevention of hate crimes the focus of her efforts. She will share her thoughts on what we can do as individuals and communities to make this world a more accepting place for everyone, regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity and/or expression.


Tuesday, October 22, 7pm, ILA Hall
South Carolina Progressive Network Charleston Chapter monthly meeting

This meeting has been rescheduled from Monday in order to allow members to attend the Judy Shepard lecture.


Saturday, November 2, 10:30am, in front of Emanuel AME Church, corner of 5th Ave and St Andrews Blvd

Adopt a Highway trash pickup.