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 THIRTEENTH TURN
A HISTORY OF THE NOOSE
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
Election watch party
Come watch the election results with Green Party candidate Sue Edward and fellow Greens!