We are moving our January meeting from the 3rd Wed to the following week so that we can attend the presentation by Bob Zellner at CofC that night (see below for details).  We will meet on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 7:00pm at Earth Fare.  Hope to see you there – the election cycle has started and we will be making plans for the filing period and county convention.

Upcoming events

Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock
Not Rated, 66 minutes
Sun, Jan 15, 4:00pm, Olde North Charleston Picture House, 4820 Jenkins Ave, North Charleston (in the Park Circle business district)
Presented by the Greater Park Circle Film Society

Free show!

The free monthly Community Cinema Series previews PBS Independent Lens films from September to May prior to their release. Films are followed by lively panel discussions that connect communities with relevant organizations, resources, and opportunities to get involved in some of today’s key social issues.

As a black woman who was a feminist before the term was invented, Daisy Bates refused to accept her assigned place in society. Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock tells the story of her life and public support of nine black students who registered to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, which culminated in a constitutional crisis — pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself. Unconventional, revolutionary, and egotistical, Daisy Bates reaped the rewards of instant fame, but paid dearly for it.

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RALLY TO STOP THE REPUBLICANS FROM TURNING BACK THE CLOCK ON CIVIL RIGHTS
6PM Mon, Jan 16, 2012, Longshoreman Hall 1142 Morrison Drive

Featuring speaker REV. JESSE JACKSON

Let the Republicans Know They Are Wrong on the Issues!!!!!
The Republican Primary is coming to South Carolina Next week, and the candidates will try and out conservative the next one. Will we let them broadcast their mean spirited policies without a fight? Hell No- We won’t Go!
Show the nation we care!!!!

Anyone against this agenda must show up on Monday! Let your voice be heard! Now is the time for action! Join Us One and All!!!!!

For more info see http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102678470997-56/Turning+Back+the+Clock.pdf

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“The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement”
Wed 1/18/2012, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, CofC Stern Student Center Ballroom

Civil Rights activist Bob Zellner will share his experiences as a white Southerner committed to racial justice.

Bob was the first white southerner to serve as Field Secretary for SNCC (“Snick”), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

Arrested 18 times in seven states, he organized in McComb, MS., Albany, GA, Danville, VA, Talladega, Montgomery and Birmingham, AL, as well as New Haven, CT, and Boston. Zellner was charged with everything from criminal anarchy in Baton Rouge to “inciting the black population to acts of war and violence against the white population” in Danville, VA. From 1963 to 1965, Zellner studied race relations in the Graduate School of Sociology at Brandeis University. During Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964 he traveled with Rita Schwerner while taking part in SNCC’s and CORE’s investigation of the disappearance of her husband Mickey, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman.

When SNCC became an all black organization in 1967, Bob and his wife Dottie joined SCEF, the Southern Conference Educational Fund to organize an anti-racism project for black and white workers in the Deep South called GROW, Grass Roots Organizing Work, also called Get Rid Of Wallace. GROW built a residential educational facility in New Orleans and began organizing the Gulfcoast Pulpwood Association while working in Laurel, Mississippi where a wildcat strike involving black and white Masonite factory workers and woodcutters spread across the southern states. And remains active to the present day.

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GOP debate, Thur Jan 19, North Charleston Coliseum

All of the crazy GOP’ers will be in town for the week prior to their primary and will debate on CNN on the 19th.

Many local groups will be out to protest – Charleston Peace, Carolina Alliance for Fair Employment, Occupy Charleston, Green Party, Democratic Party, and Drinking Liberally among others. We will take to the streets and be seen and heard – the GOP does not represent the 99%!

The debate starts at 8pm, and the doors will close at 7:30. We will be there starting at 5.

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You Got to Move film and reception honoring community leader, Mr. Bill Saunders

Thursday, February 2, 2012, 5:30 p.m.

Alumni Center, School of Education, Health and Human Performance
College of Charleston Alumni Center – entrance on St. Philip St.

Bill Saunders,a former worker in a mattress factory and former owner of WPAL
radio station in Charleston, SC, was involved in creating a hospital workers’
organization at the Medical College Hospital in Charleston, which organized a
100-­day-­strike in 1969.

In a ceremony at the Citadel in 2003, Mr.Saunders was finally awarded the
Purple Heart for an injury he received in the Korean War in 1951. He is the CEO
of the Committee of Better Racial Assurance and continues to work for human
rights for all people.

You Got To Move was directed and produced by Lucy Massey Phenix who was
inspired by the work of Myles Horton and the Highlander Folk School in
Tennessee.

Film Sponsored by The Avery Research Center
Contact information: Professor Jon Hale
The Center for Partnerships to Improve Education
School of Education, Health, and Human Performance
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
halejn@cofc.edu s

Adopt a Highway

The Charleston Green Party has adopted 5th Avenue and adjoining streets in Maryville/Ashleyville as part of the Adopt a Highway project. Our next pickup is Saturday, February 4, 2012 – meet us in front of the Emanuel AME Church at 10:30am.