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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Nonviolence Summer School this June & July




Carolina Peace is offering a free Nonviolence Summer School starting Monday June 12th in Columbia, SC featuring:

  • Free classes on Monday evenings based on a curriculum developed by Colman  McCarthy, founder of the Center for Teaching Peace.  Through classical readings on nonviolence and small group discussion, participants will gain a deep understanding of nonviolent theory.  Classes will cover the following topics: Introduction to Nonviolence (June 12th), Gandhi (June 19th), Dorothy Day (June 26th), MLK (July 10th), Methods of Nonviolence (July 17th) Feminism (July 24th), Civil Disobedience & War (July 31st), Animals & Nonviolence (to be scheduled).  Click on the links above for readings and discussion questions for each class (strongly recommende but not required for participating in classes). Classes will be held from 6:30PM-8:30PM at the Modjeska Simkins House, 2025 Marion St. Columbia, SC.  Donations toward rental will be accepted.
  • Nonviolence Training on SATURDAY July 15th (Times & Location to be announced) featuring Clemson professor Todd May.  Free/Donations accepted.
  • Nonviolence Projects.  Individual or small group projects to practice nonviolence.

Interested?  More information & free registration, contact David




RESCHEDULED:Carolina Peace to host bystander intervention workshop WED April 12th

RESCHEDULED: We have rescheduled the Bystander Intervention training scheduled to Wednesday April 12th 7PM. We apologize for any inconvenience.

You see a driver yelling at an African-American person as they walk down the street; you witness a man harassing a woman with a hijab on public transit; you notice someone stopping a trans woman from going into a bathroom at a restaurant.

Learn how to intervene.

Carolina Peace Resource CenterShowing Up for Racial Justice Columbia and Columbia College Multicultural Affairs will conduct a bystander intervention workshop at 7 p.m. on April 5 at Columbia College in the Student Union Lounge. Continue reading “RESCHEDULED:Carolina Peace to host bystander intervention workshop WED April 12th”

Protect “DREAMERS” by signing your support for the BRIDGE Act

Dear South Carolina Friends,

As you may know, Congress is reviewing the BRIDGE Act introduced by Senator Graham and we are calling for our South Carolina Congressional Members to work across the aisle and with the new administration to see that we support our Dreamers. This legislation will protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients. Continue reading “Protect “DREAMERS” by signing your support for the BRIDGE Act”

Yemen Faces US Sponsored Bombs, Famine

The UN and humanitarian aid groups are sounding dire warnings of a man-made famine in Yemen threatening to starve half a million children who are already acutely malnourished. An estimated 7.3 million Yemenis are in need of food relief. Meanwhile, a Saudi Arabian lead blockade of the port of Hodeida is blamed for stopping the movement of food. Northern Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan also face similar issues with civil war, violence and man-made famine according to the UN. Continue reading “Yemen Faces US Sponsored Bombs, Famine”

5 famous women activists to remember

By Kara Anderson

Countless women throughout history have worked tirelessly in pursuit of peace; here are five peace activists whose courage, love and determination we should never forget.

  1. Mother Theresa
Mother Teresa

Dedicating her life to the poor and sick, she earned the Noble Peace Prize 1979.

Mother Teresa founded the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic group of women committed to helping the vulnerable, including those with AIDS, terminal illness, blindness, leprosies, ect.

In 2016, the Roman Catholic Church canonized Mother Teresa as Saint Teresa.

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South Carolinians protest Trump’s transgender policy

By Rachel Pittman

A group of South Carolinian citizens and students gathered at the State House on Saturday, February 25 for a peaceful protest against the Trump administration’s refusal to stand by protections for transgender students that were publicized in 2016 by the former administration.

Last year, the Obama administration took the position that Title IX, a federal law that outlaws sex and gender discrimination, protected the rights of trans students to use restrooms and other facilities that correspond with their gender identity. While the legislation is often associated with the “bathroom argument” provoked by North Carolina’s HB2,  the protection for trans students extends beyond restroom usage into the territory of locker rooms and even sports. Continue reading “South Carolinians protest Trump’s transgender policy”

Feminism and peace in today’s world: a conversation with Auntie Bellum’s Roxy Lenzo

By Rachel Pittman

Roxy Lenzo, Auntie Bellum Associate Editor

Auntie Bellum is an online publication and progressive voice for gender equality in the South. The publication functions as a platform for southern women, taking a rebellious attitude towards racism, sexism and inequality and working to fight injustice through the written word.

We spoke with Auntie Bellum Associate Editor Roxy Lenzo about feminism, misogyny and the South. Her answers were hopeful and looked forward to progress locally, regionally and across the nation and world.

How do you see feminism overall in terms of its place in our world today? Is feminism as a term becoming more accepted, or do you feel that we have taken steps backwards?

Feminism has made leaps and bounds of progress but still has so far to go. The strides feminism has made can make it easy to look at women’s rights and think we’ve made it and our work is done. But it’s not the time to slow down when women still make 77 cents on the dollar (less if they’re non-white and able bodied), and family expectations are considered women’s work.

The word “Feminist” has been dragged through the mud, but I feel the ideals and goals of feminism are becoming more accepted.
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