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CAROLINA PEACE YEAR IN REVIEW, 2019

We kept the spotlight on US complicity in Saudi Arabia’s bloody intervention in Yemen with a Teach-In, Vigils and a Call-In Day.  We opposed escalating tensions with Iran as well.

We screened thought provoking documentaries “MLK: A Call to Conscience” (Feb) and “The Great White Hoax” (Nov) at the Lutheran Seminary and hosted a screening of the Oscar nominated 1983 feature film “El Norte” at the Nickelodeon Theatre.  As always, free and open to the public and followed by Q & A and facilitated discussion.

We partnered to host Central American Asylum-Seeker Crisis Panel Discussions at Tapp’s Arts Center and at USC in April. The Tapp’s talk featured among other speakers Debbie Billings (who organized the event) speaking on her trip to Honduras with Witness for Peace, Azadeh Shahshahani of Project South, and Honduran asylum seeker Luis Garcia with translator from Witness for Peace-Southeast, the last of which Carolina Peace helped to organize. The USC talk featured Dr. Debbie Billings, Dr. Breanna Grace and Dr. Ben Roth and was co-sponsored by the Walker Institute for International and Area Studies and the Consortium for Latino Studies at USC.

Published our annual Indie Grits Picks, a guide of movies and events at the Indie Grits Festival that address peace, justice & environmental concerns.

Our #RaisetheCap Campaign encouraged citizens to ask Presidential candidates if they would reverse the Trump administration’s cuts in accepting refugees for resettlement and #RaisetheCap back to prior levels.

We collaborated with SRS Watch on a public forum in Aiken, SC to raise awareness about the risks of the proposed Plutonium Bomb plant at the Savannah River Site.

We co-sponsored and helped organize the 29th Annual Hiroshima Vigil “Remembering Hiroshima, Preventing Nuclear War: An Educational Experience” at the State Museum in collaboration with the Columbia Friends Meeting. The event was recognized by the city of Columbia with a special day of remembrance for Hiroshima.

We held a Raise the Cap on Refugees Rally at the SC Statehouse in response to the Trump administration’s  consideration further drastic cuts to refugee resettlement in the US.  The Trump administration later lowered the cap from 30,000 to 15,000.  Under the last year of the Obama administation it was 85,000.

We partnered with PICNA (Peace and Integration Council North America) to a host a Kashmir Vigil in September to protest one month of Indian black out and repression in Kashmir and a Seminar on Human Rights in November featuring Imam Malik Abdul Mujahid speaking on human rights for Uighurs, Kashmiris and Rohingya at the Midlands Tech Northeast campus.

We hosted a talk with the Rohingya Refugee Crisis at Columbia College with speaker Dr. Afroze Habib in October.  We also organized a talk with Dr. Sandrine Catris on China’s mass internment of Uighur Muslims in eastern Xingiang province at USC.

We held monthly vegetarian Peace Potlucks & Meetings, Carolina Peace’s monthly general interest/organizing meeting as well as monthly meetings for our Refugee Task Force working group.

A Spring and a Fall Intern served with Carolina Peace in 2019.  They were each compensated for their service with a $500 stipend.

Weekly email blasts outlining Carolina Peace events and calls to action as well as allied activist events.

Statewide Facebook presence with pages and groups including Lowcountry Peace and the Upstate Peace Network.

Our local chapter Aiken Peace
Hosted “Dispatches from Tijuana: the Central American Caravan” with Columbia, SC based photojournalists Sean Rayford and Thomas Hammond and special guest speaker Ana Garcia, Community Organizer on Immigration Policy with SC Appleseed (January)
Held a Teach-In on Yemen (Feb)
Held Spring, Summer and Fall Peace Potlucks… vegetarian social gatherings.
Sponsored a Sierra Club “Ready for 100” Community Conversation on Clean and Affordable Energy which helped kick off the CSRA series of community conversations. (April)
Co-sponsored the SRS Plutonium Bomb Plant Forum organized by SRS Watch at the Aiken Municipal Center and spoke up at a DOE Hearing on the Plutonium Bomb Plant in North Augusta.
Participated and tabled at Lights for Liberty event on Newberry Street
Participated in the local Global Climate Strike event in Aiken
Co-sponsored Augusta Mobilizations for Migrant Rights meetings
Organized The Crisis with Iran Talk with Dr. Thomas Wood to be rescheduled for early 2020.

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