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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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
525 St. Andrews Rd Columbia
2931 Blossom St.
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.
Email: Refugee Task Force, firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook: South Carolina Welcomes Refugees
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”