Deportations & Forced Migrations in Honduras Talk Wed Oct 18th






Deportations & Forced Migrations:
The View from Honduras
with Neesa

Heyward Street United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall
2501 Heyward St. Columbia, SC

Neesa Medina speaks on the impact of US foreign policy on Honduras. Since the 2009 military coup in Honduras, murders and attacks against Honduran human rights defenders have reached alarming levels. The U.S. continues to send tens of millions of dollars in aid to the Honduran police and military who have been involved in human rights abuses. In addition, the U.S. backs neoliberal projects that lead to displacement and migration.

Neesa Medina is a Honduran feminist sociologist and she currently works as a Security and Gender Analyst at CDM (Centro Derechos Mujeres/Center for Women’s Rights) in Honduras. At the national level, she has been active on the issues of violence against women, reproductive rights and women’s rights. She helped draft and present the Alternative Report to the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and has testified as an expert on more than a dozen cases of women seeking asylum in the United States.

FREE and open to the public. Donations accepted in support of the speaking tour.

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Sponsored by
Carolina Peace Resource Center
Witness for Peace-Southeast

Free Movie “The Fog of War” Thursday Oct 12th 7PM

MOVIE: “The Fog of War”
Stavros Lecture Hall, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
1000 Wildwood Ave (Wildwood & Mt. Vernon)
Columbia, SC 29203
Subtitled “Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara”, this
Oscar winning Best Documentary tells the story of America as seen through the eyes of former Secretary of Defense under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.  Interviews with McNamara illuminate  the questions of how much violence is justified in war,  what is the threat of nuclear war, and ultimately who was responsible at the top for the Vietnam war.  Running time: 1 hr 47 min
FREE and open to the public.
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Part of the Peace Film Series
Sponsored by
the Carolina Peace Resource Center and Peace Studies, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

Free Movie “The Day After Peace” Thursday Sept 21st

MOVIE: “The Day After Peace
THURSDAY Sept 21st 7PM

Stavros Lecture Hall, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
1000 Wildwood Ave. (Wildwood & Mt. Vernon)
Columbia, SC 29203
Join us on the International Day of Peace Sept 21st for a screening of the documentary “The Day after Peace” (2008). Synopsis: Against all the odds an individual manages to create an annual global ‘Peace Day‘; but can he inspire an actual ceasefire and silence the cynics by proving the day can actually save lives? A film by Jeremy Gilley featuring Jude Law, Kofi Annan, Angelina Jolie, Annie Lennox, the Dalai Lama, Jonny Lee Miller.  Running time: 1 hour 22 min.
FREE and open to the public.

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Sponsored by
the Carolina Peace Resource Center and Peace Studies, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

Peace Day at the Statehouse Sunday Sept 17th!

Carolina Peace hosts the 3rd Annual  Peace Day at the Statehouse  SUNDAY Sept 17th from 1pm to 4pm at the SC Statehouse grounds (Main & Gervais) featuring live music from CJ Mack & the PeaceMackers and the Columbia Community Drum Circle, activities for all ages including face painting, cornhole, “Summer of Love” theme photobooth.  Plus an organizational fair of groups working for peace, justice & the environment.

FREE!  Donations accepted.

1pm-2pm Columbia Community Drum Circle, 2pm CJ Mack & the PeaceMackers, ~2:45PM Group picture as giant peace sign.

Participating groups…
Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) South Carolina
Gamecocks fro Peace
SC Progressive Network
Simple Justice Black Lives Matter
Faith Coalition on Gun Violence
Our Revolution South  Carolina
Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Columbia
Greater Columbia Action Together
Planned Parenthood
Indivisible Midlands
Progress South Carolina
Students for Justice in Palestine
Columbia Friends Meeting
SC Dharma Group
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia
Upstate Peace Network
Vegan Outreach


CONTACT David, david [a]

Peace Potluck/Monthly Meetings in August, September

Carolina Peace holds a monthly Peace Potluck & Meeting, which serves as the coordinating meeting for Carolina Peace’s Columbia, SC area activities, at the historic Modjeska Simkins House located at 2025 Marion St.  The next two are scheduled for…

SUNDAY Aug 27th 6PM (Dinner) 6:30PM Business Meeting

SUNDAY Sept 24th 6:30PM (Dinner) 7PM Business Meeting





Bring a vegetarian dish and share food and conversation.  Then hear updates on Carolina Peace’s work and learn about volunteering opportunities.  Come early for dinner or just drop in for the business meeting.

RSVP Requested:  david [a]  or call/text 803-215-3263

Support the DREAM Act of 2017 & Oppose the RAISE Act

Help mobilize support for beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), otherwise known as Dreamers. Also, express your opposition to the RAISE Act, which reduces the number of legal residency and refugee visas the United States issues. No human being is illegal!

Hiroshima Day 2017 Remarks

Carolina Peace Resource Center President David Matos gave the following remarks at the 26th Annual Hiroshima Vigil sponsored by Carolina Peace and the Palmetto Friends Meeting (Quakers) on Sunday Aug 6th, 2017:






Today marks the seventy-second anniversary of the first use of the atomic bomb in war. The bombing of Hiroshima, Japan took place on Monday Aug 6th 1945 at precisely 8:15AM. From daylight the denizens of Hiroshima were plunged into darknesss: a flash, an explosion, an all consuming firestorm, and then black rain ensued. An estimated 70,000 were killed immediately. An equal number more died within a year due to burns, injuries and radiation poisoning. Three days later the devastation would be repeated in Nagasaki.

Why do we gather every year to remember Hiroshima?
It’s not because we are renewing the debate over whether the bombing was necessary or not, although we can have that discussion.
Sadly, it’s not because death and destruction on a massive scale is uncommon in human history.
We light the lantern of memory each year to honor the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the only uses of nuclear weapons in war in human history, to remind ourselves why we must never allow nuclear weapons to be used in war again.

Scarred and discriminated against, the Hibakusha, the Japanese atomic bomb survivors, have traveled the world with one message: “Never let this happen again.” Now that their generation is all but gone, will we heed the charge?

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Commemoration of Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Sun, Aug 6, Columbia, SC

Join us next Sunday August 6th in remembering #Hiroshima and renewing our commitment to work toward a more peaceful world where nuclear weapons will never be used again. Featuring music, poetry, dance, and children’s activities including making origami peace cranes. 2:30pm-4:30pm at Edventure’s Canal Room, 211 Gervais St. FREE.
Sponsored by Carolina Peace and the Columbia Friends Meeting (Quakers)
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Fund Healthcare, Not Warfare






The health care reform bill currently being considered in the US Senate (misleadingly named the Better Care Reconciliation Act) represents a massive injustice, targeting the most vulnerable by slashing $772 billion in Medicaid funding over a decade to pay for tax cuts while pushing 22 million Americans off  medical insurance according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.  Meanwhile, the Trump administration is asking for a 10% increase in Pentagon spending, a whopping $540 billion in additional spending over a decade.  These are the wrong priorities for our nation.  We demand Congress fund Healthcare Not Warfare.   Many upcoming actions will be putting pressure on our Senators to do the right thing and oppose healthcare bills that gut Medicaid spending.  Read more…

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