Our next meeting is Wednesday, August 18 at 7pm at Earth Fare on Folly Road Blvd.  We’ll be in the cafe – all are welcome so please join us!

Welcome back college students!  If you are interested in forming a chapter of College Greens at your school, please let us know!

Upcoming events:

The Cove – Saturday, August 21, 7:00 pm, Olde North Charleston Picture House, 4820 Jenkins Ave (near North Charleston High School)

The Cove follows an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, shining a light on a dark and deadly secret. Utilizing state-of-the-art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide. The result is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery, adding up to an unforgettable story that has inspired audiences worldwide to action.   The documentary won the U.S. Audience Award at the 25th annual Sundance Film Festival, and the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 82nd Academy Awards.

This film is presented by our friends at The Greater Park Circle Film Society and Drinking Liberally. There will be guest speakers and a discussion following the film.

3rd Annual Charleston International Peace One Day Festival – Sunday, September 19, Riverfront Park

We are an official vendor again this year and will have a table to distribute campaign literature, provide general Green Party info, sign up volunteers, register new voters, and generally have a good time!   Please sign up for a shift!

Charleston Green Fair – Sunday, September 26, Marion Square

We will mingle with the crowd and hand out candidate information to fair goers.  Please sign up for a shift!

Adopt a Highway – Saturday, November 6, 10:30 am

Meet us in front of the historic Emanuel AME Church on the corner of 5th Ave and St Andrews Blvd for our quarterly trash pick up.  Afterward, we will have lunch at the nearby Pizza Hut.

Our next monthly meeting is Wednesday, April 21 at 7pm at Earth Fare on Folly Road Blvd.  Look for us in the cafe.  Bring a friend and join us!

Please see the previous post for the state convention info.  A more detailed agenda will be posted soon.  The start time for registration and lunch may change from noon to 11:30am so be sure to check back here for info.

Our 2010 candidate slate is the most exciting ever!  Keep an eye on your local media for our upcoming press release!  There are many local and state-wide races and all need volunteers so there are plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved.

Please join us for the annual state convention of the South Carolina Green Party in Columbia on Saturday, May 1st, 12:00-4:00 p.m. We will be meeting at the Happy China Restaurant, 2250 Sunset Blvd, Columbia, 29169, 803-796-7477.

We will follow our usual agenda, beginning with elections for the Steering Committee, then nominations for federal and statewide offices, elections for delegates to the national Green Party convention, and then planning for the 2010 general election in November. A specific agenda will be in the next edition of the Bulletin.

Everyone is encouraged to attend! Official voting delegates to the state convention have already been chosen through precinct meetings and county conventions leading up to the state convention, following the timetable set up in the bylaws; however, all SC Green Party members are encouraged to participate in our planning for the upcoming election cycle.


This is a letter from Garry Baum, Public Information Director, South Carolina State Election Commission dated March 4, 2010:

Under a recent Federal court order, the rules governing how a candidate may be nominated by more than one party (fusion) have changed.   Previously, fusion candidates were required to file with all parties during the March filing period.  Now, fusion candidates must file with only one party in March, and may file with additional parties after the filing period closes.   Below is the detailed procedure for fusion candidates to be placed on the November 2 General Election ballot.

Candidates Representing More Than One Party (Fusion Candidates)

Each of the following requirements must be met for the name of a candidate to be placed on the ballot in a General Election as the nominee of more than one party for the same office:

  • The candidate must file a Statement of Intention of Candidacy (SIC) form between noon, March 16th and noon, March 30th with the appropriate official of at least one of the parties through which he wishes to gain ballot access.
  • The candidate must file an SIC form with each additional political party through which the candidate wishes to gain access. Any additional SIC form is not required to be filed during the March filing period.
  • The candidate must complete a party notice or pledge with each party with which he files an SIC.
  • The candidate must not have been defeated in any primary or convention preceding the election.
  • Each party must certify the candidate to the appropriate election commission by noon, August 15th.

For more information see S.C. Code of Laws Sections 7-11-10, 7-11-15, 7-11-210, and 7-13-350. link:

Calling all Greens in Charleston County!

The Charleston County Green Party Precinct Meeting is Saturday, February 27 at 1:00pm at the Charleston County Library main branch, 68 Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston.  We will elect precinct officers and delegates to the county convention.  Bring your voter registration card in order to know your precinct info.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events!

Candidate filing period, March 16 – March 30.

Charleston Green Party monthly meeting, Wednesday, March 17, Earth Fare

Charleston Green Party county convention, Saturday, March 20, 1:00pm at the Charleston County Library main branch

SC Progressive Network spring meeting, April 10 in Columbia.  Focus will be on SC Progressive Voter Coalition (ProNet’s PAC) and electoral strategy.

SC Green Party state convention, Saturday, May 1 in Columbia

Adopt-a-Highway trash pickup, Saturday, May 22

Our next Adopt a Highway trash pickup is Saturday, February 6 at 10:30am.  Meet us in front of the Emanuel AME church on 5th Avenue.  Afterward we’ll have lunch at the Pizza Hut next door.   Please RSVP if you’d like to join us!

November monthly meeting

Our November Charleston Green Party meeting is Monday, November 2, 7pm at Earth Fare on Folly Road Blvd.  Bring a friend and join us in the cafe!

Other announcements:


Our next Adopt-a-Highway trash pickup is Saturday, November 7 at 10:30am.  Meet us in front of the Emanuel AME Church on the corner of 5th Ave and St Andrews Blvd. Details and directions can be found on our Adopt a Highway page.

SC Green Party Coordinating Committee meeting

The next SCGP Coordinating Committee meeting is Saturday, November 14, 1-3pm, at the at the new Black Caucus Community Center, 2523 Read Street, Columbia, SC 29204.  All are welcome to attend; Coordinating Committee members have voting privileges.

Vigil to close the SOA

The Green Party is planning on a large presence at the annual vigil to close the School of Americas/WHINSEC (aka School of Assassins), and many GP members from several southeastern states will be attending.  Members of Charleston Peace are arranging carpooling from the Charleston area – for info, contact anna (at)

Greens to join mid-October protests against US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

Green Party leaders, activists, and members across the US plan to participate in mass rallies, marches, coordinated local and regional demonstrations, and other forms of protest to take place on and around Saturday, October 17 calling for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Here in Charleston, we will hold a silent candlelight vigil in remembrance of those killed in these ongoing senseless wars while demanding full withdrawal, not further escalation.  Join us on Saturday, October 17, 7pm at the fountain in Marion Square (corner of King and Calhoun Streets).  Bring yourself, several friends, candles in jars or flashlights (it will be windy!), and signs.

Eugene Platt announces 2010 candidacy for State House district 115

Eugene Platt, Charleston Green Party member and the only Green serving in an elected position in the state of South Carolina, has formally announced his candidacy for State House Seat 115 in 2010. Currently, Platt serves on the James Island Public Service District Commission. He has held that position since 1993 and most recently was reelected in 2008 as the top vote-getter among eight candidates.

Platt pledges, if elected, to be one of the strongest voices in the State Legislature for working families. To that end, he would not even wait until the Legislature convened in 2011 to introduce legislation to end South Carolina’s status as a so-called “Right to Work” state—he would pre-file such a bill. Platt notes that “Right to Work” states have not fared nearly as well economically as those states which honor workers with fewer restrictions on their rights to form and use unions to ensure fair pay, good working conditions, and health care.

Platt, a product of the public schools of this state—from elementary school through the University of South Carolina—would be a strong supporter of those schools. To that end, he is unequivocally opposed to the use vouchers that use public funds for private school education. He also says State college tuition increases should not exceed the general rate of inflation.

Naturally, as a Green, environmental and social justice issues are among Platt’s chief concerns. On numerous occasions he has spoken out against unbridled development. Irresponsible developers do not consider him their friend.

Platt says the criminal justice system must be completely revamped, focusing on the safety of law-abiding citizens. To that end, the State Highway Patrol should be increased by at least 100 new troopers to insure the safety of our highways. At the same time, recognizing that capital punishment compromises our corporate morality and has no place in a civilized society, he would work to end it in South Carolina—and the nation. (The United States is one of the very few democracies that still impose capital punishment, putting it out of step with most of the civilized world.)

State House District includes most of James Island and Folly Beach. Platt, a progressive Green, expects to face both a conservative Republican and a centrist Democrat in the November 2010 election. He says he is encouraged by growing disenchantment about both major parties being expressed by voters not only in House District 115, but all across America. Voters want true altenatives—and they are truly ready to “Live Green, Vote Green.” This is reflected in the fact that the Green Party is the fastest growing political party in the United States!

Eugene Platt
Green Candidate for State House Seat 115

For additional information about the candidate and the Green Party, visit these websites:

October Green Party Meeting

Monday, October 5, 7pm at Earth Fare on Folly Road Blvd.

Bring a friend and join us for our monthly meeting.  We’ll be in the cafe.

Israel/Palestine delegation report of the Occupation

Wednesday, October 7, 7pm at Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street

Join us for a 20 minute DVD of the protest site Bil’in to commemorate Bassim Abu Rahma. This DVD, put together by Friends and Justice and Popular Committee in Bil’in, gives an excellent overview of the extent of oppression on the lives of Palestinians throughout Israel and the West Bank. Following the DVD, North Charleston resident Karen Clarke will share slides of her recent trip to Palestine and Israel.  There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of discussion.

Sponsored by: Amnesty International Charleston,Charleston Peace, and Charleston Green Party

James Yee

Sunday, October 18, 4pm at Gage Hall, 4 Archdale Street

Our friends at the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry will feature James Yee at their monthly meeting.  Everyone is invited to attend.

James Yee served as the Muslim Chaplain for the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. When Captain Yee advised camp commanders on detainee religious practices and objected to the cruel and degrading abuses to which the prisoners were subjected, he was falsely accused of spying, espionage, and aiding the alleged Taliban and Al-Qaeda prisoners. He was arrested and locked in the naval brig in Hanahan, SC for 76 days in solitary confinement, subject to much of the same treatment, such as sensory deprivation techniques, that had been imposed on the Guantanamo detainees he had been ministering to.   After months of government investigation he was cleared and exonerated of all criminal charges. He resigned from the Army in 2005 with an honorable discharge and has publicly exposed the abuse of detainees at Guantanamo Bay and the failures of U.S. military justice.

He will detail what really goes on at Guantanamo and tell the world about how he struggled to prove his innocence.

James Yee’s talk is sponsored by the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry along with the American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International.

The minutes from the SC Green Party annual meeting have been posted.  Charleston Green Party was well represented along with attendees from Columbia and the upstate.

Karen Clarke recently returned from a trip to Palestine and Israel.  The Post & Courier printed a Q&A and  Karen has shared the unedited version with us here: Q and A with Karen Clarke.  Plans are being made for Karen to speak about her trip and we will let you know once we have more info.

September is a busy month for the Charleston Green Party.  Please plan on joining us at these events!

Saturday, September 12

10:30am, Adopt a Highway, 5th Avenue

Join us for our next Adopt a Highway trash pickup in West Ashley.  Details and directions can be found on our Adopt a Highway page.

Monthly meeting

Since the first Monday of September is Labor Day, we will hold our monthly meeting following the trash pickup and NOT on Monday at Earth Fare.  The exact time will depend on how quickly we finish the pickup, so do plan on helping!  Meeting location will be at one of the nearby restaurants.  If you can not attend the pickup but want to attend the meeting, give us your phone number so we may let you know when and where we are meeting!

Sunday, September 20

1:00 – 6:00pm Charleston Peace One Day Festival, Brittlebank Park

Charleston Green Party will have a table at the festival to distribute literature, pins, and more.  Please plan on taking a shift.

Sunday, September 27

12:00 – 6:00pm Charleston Green Fair, Marion Square

Charleston Green Party will be leafletting at the fair.  Please plan on taking a shift.

Future events

November 7, Adopt a Highway, 5th Avenue

November 20-22, Vigil to close the SOA, Fort Benning, GA

The Green Party is planning on a large presence at the annual vigil to close the School of Americas/WHINSEC (aka School of Assassins), and many GP members from several southeastern states will be attending.  It is NOT too early to make your plans, especially if you need a hotel room.

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