October 2011

Our October meeting is Wednesday, October 19, 7:00pm at Earth Fare on Folly Road Blvd (in the South Windermere shopping center).  Look for us in the cafe.  Please bring a friend and join us!

Please also make plans to attend these important events (Green Party events and events involving Greens are listed in green (how about that!)):


Occupy Brittlebank Park, Wed Oct 19 12:00pm – Sun Oct 23 3:00pm, Brittlebank Park, 180 Lockwood Blvd

Occupy Charleston will be occupying Brittlebank Park for 99 hours in a show of solidarity with our sisters and brothers fighting the good fight up on Wall St, demanding accountability from corporate America for ruining our economy and demanding that they loose their iron hold on our politics.

OBP will be erecting a tent city, cooking food, doing marches and holding meetings. They will have live music and open assemblies and speeches and whatever else they decide to plan!

Is the Party Over?  Thu Oct 20 11:00am – 12:00pm, Brittlebank Park, 180 Lockwood Blvd

Local Political party leaders talk about their differing views regarding the continuing relevance of traditional political parties.  Larry Carter Center, will represent the Green Party.  Larry is executive director of the Charleston County Green Party and also on the SC Green Party Steering Committee.  George Temple, Chairman of the Charleston County party and Carol Temple, will represent the Democrats. Stuart Flood, will represent the Libertarians.  Stuart is Chairman for Charleston County and serves on the National Committee, representing the states of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas.  Republicans TBA.

Lowcountry Progressive Network Meeting, Mon, Oct. 24, 7:00pm, ILA Hall, 1142 Morrison Dr

Come be updated on the photo ID law, elect regional Progressive Network coordinators, and make plans for the Oct. 29 state Network conference. Call 803-808-3384 or email network@scpronet.com for information.

16th Annual SC Progressive Network Strategy Summit, Sat, Oct. 29, 10:00am – 5:00pm, Brookland Baptist Fellowship Hall, 1066 Sunset Blvd, Columbia

Activists from across the state will gather in Columbia to shape organizing efforts for the coming year. This is an all-day event.  Registration is $10 and includes lunch. Call 803-808-3384 or email network@scpronet.com with agenda suggestions and to RSVP.

Adopt-a-Highway trash pickup, Sat, Nov 5, 10:30am, 5th Ave/St Andrews Blvd

Our last pickup of 2011 is Saturday, Nov 5.  Meet in front of the historic Emanuel AME Church on the corner of 5th Ave and St Andrews Blvd in the Maryville section of West Ashley at 10:30am.

South Carolina Green Party Steering Committee monthly meeting, Sat, Nov 12 noon – 4:00pm, Richland County Public Library, Columbia (downtown/Main branch)

Monthly meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome.

Vigil to Close the School of Americas (aka School of Assassins), Fort Benning, Georgia, Nov 18-20
If you want to attend, contact anna@charlestonpeace.net for carpooling info.

No Nukes Tour featuring Howie Hawkins

Saturday, noon, 235 Robert Scott Smalls Bldg, CofC (this is the math building on Calhoun directly across from Starbucks and Kinkos)

The outline of environmental injustice overshadows nuclear power. This injustice extends to commercial nuclear plants, uranium mines, fuel enrichment and fabrication plants, and waste sites. Most of all, this injustice affects miners, nuclear workers, and families living near radioactive facilities.

Recent studies indicate that there is nuclear power-related environmental injustice, particularly in the southeastern United States. Is this ongoing inequality deliberate? Or have the habits and patterns of the past become so much a part of the landscape that the image of a colorblind society can be maintained even while injustice persists?

A press conference will follow at 4pm at the Mt Pleasant Library.

About Howie Hawkins

Howie Hawkins has been an organizer in movements for peace, justice, labor, the environment, and independent politics since the late 1960s.

He has run for a number of local, state and national offices as a Green. Most recently, he received over 60,000 votes as candidate for NY Governor. He offered a platform for a New Green Deal in his campaign for Governor of NY.

After attending Dartmouth College in the early 1970s, Howie worked in construction in New England and helped organize a workers cooperative that specialized in energy audits, efficiency retrofits, and solar and wind installations.

He was a co-founder of the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance in 1976 and the Green Party in the US in 1984.

Howie moved to Syracuse in 1991 to develop cooperatives for Common Works, a federation of cooperatives working for an economy that is cooperatively owned, democratically controlled, and ecologically sustainable.

“We need a Green New Deal that restores the commitments in the old New Deal including full employment, income security, and the right to health care. And we need to go beyond the old New Deal with a Green New Deal that taxes the rich to fund a public investment program that puts people back to work building a sustainable prosperity based on replacing nuclear and fossils fuels with clean renewable energy, mass transit, organic agriculture, and clean manufacturing “

Howie is a member of Teamsters Local 317 and unloads trucks at UPS.  Howie Hawkins will participate in all tour stops.