Free Movie “The Day After Peace” Thursday Sept 21st

MOVIE: “The Day After Peace
THURSDAY Sept 21st 7PM

Stavros Lecture Hall, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
1000 Wildwood Ave. (Wildwood & Mt. Vernon)
Columbia, SC 29203
Join us on the International Day of Peace Sept 21st for a screening of the documentary “The Day after Peace” (2008). Synopsis: Against all the odds an individual manages to create an annual global ‘Peace Day‘; but can he inspire an actual ceasefire and silence the cynics by proving the day can actually save lives? A film by Jeremy Gilley featuring Jude Law, Kofi Annan, Angelina Jolie, Annie Lennox, the Dalai Lama, Jonny Lee Miller.  Running time: 1 hour 22 min.
FREE and open to the public.

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Sponsored by
the Carolina Peace Resource Center and Peace Studies, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

Peace Day at the Statehouse Sunday Sept 17th!

Carolina Peace hosts the 3rd Annual  Peace Day at the Statehouse  SUNDAY Sept 17th from 1pm to 4pm at the SC Statehouse grounds (Main & Gervais) featuring live music from CJ Mack & the PeaceMackers and the Columbia Community Drum Circle, activities for all ages including face painting, cornhole, “Summer of Love” theme photobooth.  Plus an organizational fair of groups working for peace, justice & the environment.

FREE!  Donations accepted.

1pm-2pm Columbia Community Drum Circle, 2pm CJ Mack & the PeaceMackers, ~2:45PM Group picture as giant peace sign.

Participating groups…
Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) South Carolina
Gamecocks fro Peace
SC Progressive Network
Simple Justice Black Lives Matter
Faith Coalition on Gun Violence
Our Revolution South  Carolina
Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Columbia
Greater Columbia Action Together
Planned Parenthood
Indivisible Midlands
Progress South Carolina
Students for Justice in Palestine
Columbia Friends Meeting
SC Dharma Group
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia
Upstate Peace Network
Vegan Outreach


CONTACT David, david [a]

Peace Potluck/Monthly Meetings in August, September

Carolina Peace holds a monthly Peace Potluck & Meeting, which serves as the coordinating meeting for Carolina Peace’s Columbia, SC area activities, at the historic Modjeska Simkins House located at 2025 Marion St.  The next two are scheduled for…

SUNDAY Aug 27th 6PM (Dinner) 6:30PM Business Meeting

SUNDAY Sept 24th 6:30PM (Dinner) 7PM Business Meeting





Bring a vegetarian dish and share food and conversation.  Then hear updates on Carolina Peace’s work and learn about volunteering opportunities.  Come early for dinner or just drop in for the business meeting.

RSVP Requested:  david [a]  or call/text 803-215-3263

Hiroshima Day 2017 Remarks

Carolina Peace Resource Center President David Matos gave the following remarks at the 26th Annual Hiroshima Vigil sponsored by Carolina Peace and the Palmetto Friends Meeting (Quakers) on Sunday Aug 6th, 2017:






Today marks the seventy-second anniversary of the first use of the atomic bomb in war. The bombing of Hiroshima, Japan took place on Monday Aug 6th 1945 at precisely 8:15AM. From daylight the denizens of Hiroshima were plunged into darknesss: a flash, an explosion, an all consuming firestorm, and then black rain ensued. An estimated 70,000 were killed immediately. An equal number more died within a year due to burns, injuries and radiation poisoning. Three days later the devastation would be repeated in Nagasaki.

Why do we gather every year to remember Hiroshima?
It’s not because we are renewing the debate over whether the bombing was necessary or not, although we can have that discussion.
Sadly, it’s not because death and destruction on a massive scale is uncommon in human history.
We light the lantern of memory each year to honor the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the only uses of nuclear weapons in war in human history, to remind ourselves why we must never allow nuclear weapons to be used in war again.

Scarred and discriminated against, the Hibakusha, the Japanese atomic bomb survivors, have traveled the world with one message: “Never let this happen again.” Now that their generation is all but gone, will we heed the charge?

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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




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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