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).

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!

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!



Our next monthly meeting is Wednesday, July 17, 6:30pm at Earth Fare in the South Windermere Plaza.  We will be in the cafe – please join us (and bring a friend!)


Upcoming local and Green events

Saturday, July 20, 11:00am, Marion Square

Rally for Trayvon Martin

More info will be posted soon. 


Monday, July 22, 7:00pm, ILA Hall

Monthly meeting of SC Progressive Network, Charleston Chapter

All progressives are invited!

This meeting was rescheduled from July 13 so that members could participate in a Trayvon Martin vigil.


Tuesday, July 30, 6:30-8:30pm, Bon Securs – St Francis Hospital, 2095 Henry Tecklenburg Dr, First floor room mall #1

Medicare’s 48th birthday party and Healthcare For All meeting

RSVP by Sunday, July 28 to Marta T. Hampton, MD at or 843-509-0012


Saturday, August 3, 9:00am, King St

Charleston Pride Parade

South Carolina Green Party is marching in the parade!  All Greens are invited to march with us!

Saturday, August 3, 12:00pm, Brittlebank Park

Charleston Pride Festival


Saturday, August 3, 7:00pm, Greater Park Circle Film Society

“God Loves Uganda”

This documentary film follows evangelical leaders in America and Uganda along with politicians and missionaries as they attempt the radical task of eliminating “sexual sin” and converting Ugandans to fundamentalist Christianity, and the dangers of mixing religion and politics.

Sponsored by the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry and the Alliance For Full Acceptance


Monday, August 5, 7:00pm, ILA Hall

Monthly meeting of Carolina Alliance for Fair Employment, Charleston Chapter

All are invited!


Thursday, August 8, 6:00 – 9:00pm, Mad River Grill

Party 4 a Purpose, fundraiser for Carolina Alliance for Fair Employment

$5 at the door gets you a free drink and CAFE gets to keep the $5!  Plus, raffle and more!


Saturday, Sept 7, 10:30am, 5th Ave (Maryville)

Adopt a Highway trash pickup.

Charleston Green Party sponsors this route!


Every Friday, 6:00 – 9:00pm, location varies – see link

Drinking Liberally

Drinking Liberally is a non-partisan social group where left-leaning (and those of us who are in full-blown tilt) can discuss news and politics.

All are welcome – this is NOT a Dem-only group!

Our February meeting is Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 pm, at Earth Fare on Folly Road Blvd.  Look for us in the cafe!


Announcement of SC Green Party Special Convention, 3/9/2013

The South Carolina Green Party will hold a special convention for the purpose of nominating our candidate for the May 7 special election for the US House of Representatives District 1.  The convention will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road in Mt Pleasant, SC 29464.

(Accommodations available at the Masters Inn, 300 Wingo Way, Mt Pleasant, $58.)

Following the convention there will be a business meeting of the South Carolina Green Party Steering Committee.

Contact or or if you have questions or need a ride!

Our next meeting is Wednesday, January 16, 6:30pm at Earth Fare in the South Windermere Plaza on Folly Road Blvd.  We will be planning for the upcoming special Congressional election so bring a friend or two and join us!
SC Progressive Network Charleston Chapter meeting
Monday, Jan 14, 7pm, ILA Hall
Join fellow Charleston area progresssives to discuss strategies and plans for this new year of advocacy and activism for social justice in SC. The Charleston chapter of the SC Progressive Network will meet on Monday, January 14, at 7 pm, in the ILA Hall on Morrison Drive. Meet, greet, network, and build solidarity among Lowcountry Progressives!
Adopt-a-Highway trash pickup
Saturday, Feb 2, 10:30am
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 will be Saturday, February 2.  We meet in front of the Emanuel AME Church at 10:30am.
Seismic Airgun Event Charleston
Tuesday, Feb 5, noon, Marion Square
Imagine if a jet plane flew over your head every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, for weeks at a time.

Seismic airgun testing is used to find deep pockets of oil in the sea floor and is step one toward offshore drilling in the Atlantic.  A jet plane is just a small taste of the disruptive and deafening impact that seismic airgun testing will have on marine life if we don’t take action now.   The proposed seismic airgun testing for the Atlantic is projected to disturb and injure up to 138,500 dolphins and whales.  After seismic testing in Peru earlier this year, hundreds of dolphins washed up dead on the shores often with blood in their ears.  The decibels produced by seismic airgun blasts are loud enough to kill a human and for marine life the stakes are too high.

The U.S. Department of the Interior plans to make a decision in 2013, so join us to send a clear message: NO seismic airgun testing in the Atlantic!  Join Oceana Tuesday, February 5th at Marion Square in Charleston for a press conference and demonstration urging the Department of the Interior to reject seismic airgun testing in the Atlantic!   We will hold a press conference followed by a mock-seismic airgun test demonstration for 15 minutes using noise-makers to simulate the seismic testing proposed in the Atlantic that will occur every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, for days to weeks at a time.

Contact: Katie Parrish, Oceana,, or at (239) 537-9507

Please come and voice your opposition to seismic airgun testing! 
– Sue
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Movie trailer and info
Many of us were interviewed by Braxton Williams for his documentary on the struggles faced by third party candidates against the duopoly machine.  Braxton has shared some links and asked us to help spread the word!
We should have a full trailer by February.

Charleston Green Party Social Gathering, Wednesday, December 19, 6:30pm, Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails

We will not have a business meeting this month.  Join us as we eat, drink, and be merry at Original Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails1090 Sam Rittenberg Blvd in West Ashley near the North Bridge (this is the old Sunfire Grill location).   Bring a friend or two and join us!

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