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.

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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: http://www.sc-coalition.org/home

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!)):

Events

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 network@scpronet.com 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 network@scpronet.com 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 anna@charlestonpeace.net 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.