Move to Amend, Tuesday, December 4, 7:00pm at the ILA Hall

Join us as we welcome 2004 Green Party Presidential candidate David Cobb of Move to Amend!
Fiery speaker and lifelong activist David Cobb is touring the country for Move to Amend, the national coalition of over 241,000 people and organizations whose goal is to amend the US Constitution to end corporate rule and legalize democracy.

Cobb tells the story of the American creation myth and the Constitution as it pertains to Corporate Personhood and illegitimate but legal corporate constitutional rights, followed by about an hour of facilitated discussion / Q and A.

This event is co-sponsored locally by the Charleston Green Party, the Charleston chapter of the South Carolina Progressive Network, the Charleston chapter of the Carolina Alliance for Fair Employment, and the International Longshoremen’s Association local 1422.


Southern Human Rights Organizers Conference, December 7-9, ILA Hall.

Join human rights organizers, social justice activists, students, youth, workers, and labor and faith leaders in Charleston. Registration: General-$50 Students, youth, and seniors $15. Unemployed free. For details call 662-334-1122 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE 662-334-1122 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or toll free at 888-949-9754 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE 888-949-9754 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or


Charleston Green Party Social Gathering, Wednesday, December 19, 6:30pm, location TBD.

We will not have a business meeting this month.  Join us as we eat, drink, and be merry at a local restaurant.  Details will be posted once we confirm a venue.  Please join us!

Polls are now open!  Get out and vote Green candidates!  You may find your polling place here and sample ballots here.  Polls close at 7pm.

Join us tonight for an election watch party!  We will be at Back Home Bar and Grill, 1812 Sam Rittenberg Blvd in West Ashley.  It’s in the same shopping center as Barnes & Noble but at the far opposite end of the parking lot (around the corner from Moe’s).

Congratulations to Theresa Klapperich, Charleston Green Party member and treasurer, who is our newest member of the SC Green Party Steering Committee!

Do you have cable?  Watch for advertising in support of Dr. Jill Stein on MSNBC, CNN, and HLN starting today!

Lots happening in October!  Please attend one or more of these upcoming events!

Candidate forum for State House 114, Mon Oct 15, 7:00pm, Old St. Andrews Parish Church, 2604 Ashley River Road (West Ashley)
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women
This is a 2-part debate: Charleston County district 6 and State House 114

Come see Green Party candidate Larry Carter Center face off against petition candidate John Steinberger (tea party and Fair Tax advocate)  for State House 114.  Bobby Harrell has so far refused to debate – what is he afraid of?


Charleston GP meeting, Wed Oct 17, 6:30pm, Earth Fare
This is a special meeting!

Film maker Braxton Williams is making a documentary on the struggles of third party candidates in a two party-controlled system.   The main focus of the film is Libertarian candidate for CD-1, Keith Blandford.  Braxton will be at our meeting to interview Greens, as we are facing the same obstacles.

In addition, Dr. Bill Kreml will be visiting us from Columbia to share info on an advertising blitz and accompanying ground work for Jill Stein.  Ads started today (if anyone has cable, please watch for them on MSNBC, CNN, and HLN).

State House 115 Candidate Forum, Thursday, October 25.7 pm at the Town Hall of James Island

Sponsored by the James Island Messenger

Come support petition candidate Carol Tempel as she faces off against Republican Peter McCoy.  Send your questions to:

Adopt-a-Highway Trash Pickup, Sat Nov 3, 10:30am, meet at the corner of 5th Ave and St Andrews Blvd in front of the Emanuel AME Church

This is our last pickup of 2012.  Invite your friends!  We need a good turnout in order to cover our entire assigned route.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, June 20 at Earth Fare.  For this month only, our meeting will begin at 7:30pm.  Starting in July we will meet at 6:30pm.

Mark your calendar!

Candidate Forum for Senate district 41 special election, Tuesday, June 26, 7pm, Berkeley Electric 3351 Maybank Highway Johns Island, SC (next to the fire station)

Sue Edward is the Green Party candidate and will be participating in this forum.

Green Party Annual National Meeting and Presidential Nominating Convention, Thursday, July 12 – Sunday, July 15, Baltimore MD

Special Election for SC Senate district 41 , Tuesday, July 17

General Election, Tuesday, November 6

Our February meeting is Wednesday, February 15, 7pm at Earth Fare.  We will be in the cafe.  Bring a friend and join us!

Green Party Calendar

Monthly meeting, Wednesday, February 15, 7:00pm, Earth Fare

Monthly meeting, Wednesday, March 21, 7:00pm, Earth Fare

Candidate filing period, Friday, March 16 noon – Friday, March 30, noon

Charleston Green Party County Convention, Saturday, March 31, 2:00pm, Charleston County Main Library (downtown)

South Carolina Green Party State Convention, Saturday, April 28, Columbia

Adopt-a-Highway trash pickup, Saturday, May 5, 10:30am, corner of 5th Ave and St Andrews Blvd in front of Emanuel AME Church

Green Party Annual National Meeting and Presidential Nominating Convention, Thursday, July 12 – Sunday, July 15, Baltimore MD

Upcoming events

Dave Lippmann, Friday, February 17, 6pm, Mad River Bar and Grille, 32B North Market Street, Charleston, FREE ADMISSION

Thrill to the post-corporate comic stylings of satirical songster Dave Lippman. The anti-war troubadour afflicts the complacent, takes the air out of the windbags of the week, and de-distorts history. On the extreme other hand Dave’s alter-ego, Wild Bill Bailout, the Bard of the Bankers, champions the beleaguered 1% in this hysterically funny, not-to-be-missed show.

Presented by Charleston Peace and the SC Progressive Network.

South Carolina Progressive Network’s “Thunder & Lightning Awards”, Saturday, February 18, 7pm, The Big Apple, 1000 Hampton St, Columbia

This is an annual celebration to recognize outstanding activists in South Carolina. This year, we will honor those who played a significant role in stopping the Photo ID law. Internationally renowned singer-songwriter Dave Lippman and his alter ego “Wild Bill Bailout” will entertain, and attendees can bid on silent auction items donated by local artists and activists. To RSVP, email or call 803-808-3384.
Citizen’s Advocacy Training Workshop, Thursday, Feb 23, 6-8:30pm, YWCA, 106 Coming Street

Learn how to effectively get your message across to elected officials about issues that matter with special focus on voting rights, immigration, reproductive freedom, and equality. Presented by the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, League of Women Voters, SC Equality, and others. RSVP to or with any of the sponsoring groups.

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.


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


“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.


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.


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

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 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.

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 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 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 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.

Our September meeting is Wednesday, September 21, 7:00pm at Earth Fare on Folly Road Blvd.  Look for us in the cafe.  Please bring a friend and join us!

Adopt-a-Highway trash pickup – Saturday, September 10, 10:30am.  Meet us in front of the Emanuel AME Church on the corner of 5th Ave and St. Andrews Blvd in West Ashley.

Our August meeting is Wednesday, August 17, 7:00pm at Earth Fare on Folly Road Blvd.  Look for us in the cafe.  Please bring a friend and join us!

Upcoming events

South Carolina Green Party Steering Committee monthly meeting – Saturday, August 20, Richland County Main (downtown) Library, Columbia SC, noon-4:00pm.  This meeting is open to the public.

Rally and March to end the wars – Saturday, August 27, US Customs House (corner of E Bay and Meeting), 11:00am.  Rally begins at 11:00am, followed by a march to Marion Square at noon.  It’s time to end these senseless wars and to bring our troops home.  Bring signs and lots of friends – let’s make this an event that can’t be missed by media or passersby!

Adopt-a-Highway trash pickup
– Saturday, September 10, 10:30am.  Meet us in front of the Emanuel AME Church on the corner of 5th Ave and St. Andrews Blvd in West Ashley.

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