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.

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” –Mother Teresa Continue reading “5 famous women activists to remember”

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.
Continue reading “Feminism and peace in today’s world: a conversation with Auntie Bellum’s Roxy Lenzo”

Augusta – Screening of “13th” – Tue, Mar 14, 5:30 pm

The Central Savannah River Peace Alliance is hosting a screening of Ava DuVernay‘s documentary 13th on Tuesday, March 14, 5:30 pm, at the Headquarters Library, Room A, at 823 Telfair St in Augusta. The film explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. Discussion to follow.

Admission is free and open to the public. Room is wheelchair accessible. Share on Facebook and Twitter.

SC House Passes Bill Attacking Free Speech on Palestine/Israel

The SC House just passed a bill sponsored by Christian Zionist state legislator Rep. Alan Clemmons…  bill H.3643 which invokes a controversial and vague State Department definition of anti-semitism to silence legitimate criticism of Israel on campuses in South Carolina.  Language in the bill referencing a “What is Anti-Semitism Relative to Israel?” fact sheet is a direct attack on First Amendment protected political speech and intentionally blurs the line to conflate and equate legitimate viewpoints on Palestine/Israel with anti-Semitism, a backdoor form of censorship.  We challenged the bill in subcommittee hearing and were ignored, and were taking our case to the House Judiciary Committee, but Clemmons bypassed the House Judiciary Committee and put the bill directly on the floor of the house.  The bill now goes on to the SC Senate where it has been referred to the Education Committee.  We need your help getting our concerns heard!

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Refugee Task Force Holds Winter Clothing Drive

South Carolina is famous for its mild winters.  But we still have to bundle up for the cold, which can be a problem for those from even warmer climes…  or those forced to leave everything behind.

Carolina Peace’s Refugee Task Force is holding a Winter Clothing Drive for Refugees now through Friday March 10th.  Most refugees arrive with very few possessions.  Please donate winter clothes of all sizes.  We also welcome donations of children’s clothing.  Items benefit refugees resettled here in South Carolina.

DROP OFF LOCATIONS:

Redeemer Lutheran Church
WEDNESDAYS 6PM-8PM
(February)
525 St. Andrews Rd Columbia

2931 Blossom St.
Columbia, SC
Please leave items  in box on porch.
Look for sign saying REFUGEES WELCOME!

Reformation Lutheran Church
FRIDAY March 10th 10 am-Noon
1118 Union St. Columbia, SC
If you would like to give your donation directly to a refugee family, please join us 10am at Reformation Lutheran Church.

Another Location, Arrange a Pick Up
Text 817.881.8199 for Katrina.
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Email: Refugee Task Force, rtf@carolinapeace.org
Facebook: South Carolina Welcomes Refugees

Fasting Clemson Professor Presents Nonviolence Workshop

Carolina Peace Resource Center local chapter the Upstate Peace Network held a Nonviolent Resistance Workshop on Tuesday Feb 7th at the Hughes Library in Greenville, SC featuring Clemson professor Todd May, author of many books including one on nonviolence informed by decades of participation in nonviolent movements.  The event was a model

of coalition building: Upstate for Equality, Greenville Black Lives Matter, Piedmont Humanists, and From the Ground Up were among organizations co-sponsoring the event. The library meeting room filled quickly. Event organizer Max Burgess with the Upstate Peace Network gave brief introductory remarks, then Greenville Black Lives Matter presented a short slideshow of women in the civil rights movement. An energetic thin bald white man, smartly dressed and with glasses, Todd May then took the floor, warming the crowd with self-deprecating humor about his New York Jewish roots. Continue reading “Fasting Clemson Professor Presents Nonviolence Workshop”