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
david@carolinapeace.org

 

 

 

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”

Bill Attacking Free Speech on Palestine/Israel Now in SC Senate

SC State Rep. Alan Clemmons recently smeared the liberal Jewish peace group J Street as “anti-Semitic”, an extreme opinion that was widely panned.  But the SC House recently passed a bill sponsored Clemmons that would enshrine the same kind of smear tactics into SC law.  H.3643  invokes a controversial and vague State Department definition of anti-semitism to smear and  silence legitimate criticism of the state 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’ve challenged the bill in both House and Senate subcommittees; both mostly ignored our concerns and rubber stamped the bill without discussion.  However, the bill was blocked in the last session by Senator Brad Hutto.  Now there is a rush now to get the bill passed with the new session in January of 2018.

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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”