2017 Year in Review

Early crowd at Jan 31st Refugees & Immigrants Welcome Rally

Carolina Peace Accomplishments in 2017

  • United We Stand: Refugees and Immigrants Welcome Rally Jan 31st at SC Statehouse
    nearly a thousand gathered in response to the Trump travel ban, largest demonstration since Confederate flag protests.
  • Building the Beloved Community with Kevin Martin of Peace Action & George Friday Jan 12th
  • “Who are the DREAMers?” Panel Discussion in Aiken, SC with local chapter Aiken Peace
  • Power to the Peaceful activist gathering Feb 5th
  • Tabling at MLK Day at the Dome, Columbia Women’s March & Rally, People’s March on Columbia, Gun Violence Awareness Day, Palestinian Cultural Night at USC
  • Refugee Task Force Winter Clothing Drive for Refugees saw an overwhelming response.
  • “Fire at Sea” Movie at Nickelodeon, Refugee Simulation and a Panel Discussion on the Global Refugee Crisis at the Columbia Museum of Art on World Refugee Day (June 20th)
  • MLK’s “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” featured a screening of the MLK: A Call to Conscience documentary followed by a Q&A panel at UU Congregation of Columbia
  • Coordinated with a coalition of groups opposing H.3643, a bill that would misclassify criticism of Zionism as anti-Semitism, and testified in SC House and Senate subcommittees.
  • No War, No Escalation, Stop the Bombs Vigil (April 12) held in response to over a thousand civilian casualties from US bombing.
  • Bystander Intervention Workshop at Columbia College (April 12th)
  • Sponsored CSRA Peace Sultan & Saint film screening in Augusta, GA (April 30)
  • Nonviolence Summer School on Monday nights in June & July
  • 26th Annual Hiroshima Day Vigil co-sponsored with Columbia Friends Meeting (Quakers)
  • No War on North Korea Vigil at SC Statehouse (Aug 16th) in response to escalating nuclear crisis.
  • Raised the alarm on the VC Summer canceled reactor boondoggle and called for reforms with the Stop the Blank Check coalition.
  • 3rd Annual Peace Day at the Statehouse festival featuring CJ Mack and the Peacemackers and the Columbia Community Drum Circle. Rock Hill for Peace organized events marking the International Day of Peace (Sept 21st) as well.
  • Peace Film Series screened the documentaries “The Day After Peace” (Sept), “The Fog of War” (Oct) and “The Occupation of the American Mind” (Nov) at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.
  • Co-sponsored Exiled Palestinians speakers (Oct) and Report Back from Palestine panel (Nov) with Students for Justice with Palestine at USC.
  • “Deportations & Forced Migration: the View from Honduras” with Neesa Medina co-sponsored with Witness for Peace-SE in Columbia, SC and at Winthrop University with Rock Hill for Peace.
  • Petitioning in support of the DREAM Act and in opposition to US/Saudi intervention in Yemen.
  • “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World” documentary with speaker Steven Naifeh at Columbia Museum of Art co-sponsored with Columbia World Affairs Council
  • Six interns served with Carolina Peace during 2017 during the Spring and Fall
  • Weekly emails informing the Columbia area community of educational and activist events.
  • Monthly Peace Potluck organizing meetings at the historic Modjeska Simkins House.

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