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
I Approve this Message
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.

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.

Join us!

In December we will not have a formal meeting.  We will have a social gathering  on Wednesday, December 21, 7pm, at Home Team BBQ, 1205 Ashley River Rd in West Ashley.  Join us for a drink or two and a few laughs as we wind down the year and look forward to 2012.  Hope to see you there!

Mark your calendar

Unity Rally and Prayer Vigils to oppose the Anti-Immigrant Law, S.B. 20, Dec 18 and 19

The U.S. Department of Justice and several civil and human rights organizations are challenging the constitutionality of South Carolina’s anti-immigrant law, SB 20 in U.S. District Court in Charleston.  SB 20, signed into law in June, encourages racial profiling by allowing law enforcement to investigate the immigration status of anyone they pull over whom they suspect may be in the state illegally.  For info:

Charleston Interfaith Service

Who: South Carolina Faith leaders, organized by the South Carolina Immigration Coalition

What:  Interfaith SB 20 Prayer Vigil

When: Sunday, December 18, 6 pm

Where: Midland Park United Methodist Church (2301 Midland Park Road in North Charleston)

Unity and Peace Rally

Who: South Carolinians who oppose SB 20, organized by the South Carolina Immigration Coalition

What:  Rally at Washington Square Park and demonstrate outside U.S. District Courthouse

When:  December 19, 9:00 am

Where:  Washington Square Park (78 Broad Street, Charleston); Walk over to U.S. District Courthouse (85 Broad Street, Charleston)

Protest at the GOP debate in Charleston, Jan 19 (time and location TBD)

Join local groups as we say to the GOP “you don’t represent 99% of the US”.   There will be lots of media attention as this debate is just 2 days before the GOP primary – let’s be seen and heard!

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 November meeting is Wednesday, November 16, 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!

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.

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