Commemoration of Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Sun, Aug 6, Columbia, SC

Join us next Sunday August 6th in remembering #Hiroshima and renewing our commitment to work toward a more peaceful world where nuclear weapons will never be used again. Featuring music, poetry, dance, and children’s activities including making origami peace cranes. 2:30pm-4:30pm at Edventure’s Canal Room, 211 Gervais St. FREE.
Sponsored by Carolina Peace and the Columbia Friends Meeting (Quakers)
More details: https://www.facebook.com/events/204584853388254/

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

Thousands gather at Jan. 21 “Stand Up” rally


Thousands of South Carolinians of all ages, genders and races joined together at Columbia’s State House and Music Farm concert venue with millions of others worldwide to rally for women’s rights and other causes on Jan. 21, one day after the inauguration of now-President Donald Trump.

The rally was in partnership with the Women’s March on Washington
D.C., and was also part of the South Carolina Progressive Network (SCPN) Stand Up Rally. The event advocated for progress in a number of social justice areas, and attendees were encouraged to be engaged and become involved in making this progress happen.

Continue reading “Thousands gather at Jan. 21 “Stand Up” rally”

A Thousand Protest Trump Executive Orders on Refugees, Travel Ban

On Tuesday January 31, the Carolina Peace Resource Center held a United We Stand: Immigrants and Refugees Welcome Rally at the South Carolina State House. The rally was a protest against the executive orders signed by President Trump that curtail refugee resettlement and indefinitely suspended resettlement of refugees from Syria as well as instituting a travel ban from seven nations into the United States.
Close to a thousand people attended the protest, forming an expansive sign line across the State House grounds. Carolina Peace provided materials for protesters to craft their own signs, and the finished products combined with signs brought by other attendees to make a visually stunning show of support for immigrants and refugees.

Carolina Peace President David Matos led the crowd in cheers that welcomed immigrants and refugees. After his initial remarks, the protesters lined Gervais St. to chant and hold signs for nearly two hours.

Local voices for peace attended the march, such as poet Nikky Finney, pictured above. The crowd made an impressive sight to passersby and vehicles driving by the State House.

As the sun began to set, the crowd relocated to the grounds in front of the State House grounds to listen to several informational speakers including a representative from the American Civil Liberties Union and Omari Fox from Simple Justice: Black Lives Matter.

The crowd continued to rally and cheer on the grounds and the overall mood was one of goodwill and acceptance. Several local press sources covered the event. Below are links to articles about the event:

http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/2017/01/31/donald-trump-statehouse-protest-sc/97289334/

http://www.postandcourier.com/news/crowd-of-about-gathers-in-columbia-to-protest-president-donald/article_690c23b4-e80f-11e6-b6d7-273522ccd18d.html

http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article129896284.html

Overall, the event was an exciting show of support for immigrants and refugees and an inspiring event for Carolina Peace. We are grateful for the outpouring of support that was shown and are excited to see what we can accomplish together in the future.

Photos from January 15 “Rally for Affordable Health Care”

On January 15, 2017, people rallied to support affordable health care for all. Here are some pictures from Paul Palmer and Lisa Roberts.

Posted by Carolina Peace Resource Center on Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pics from “Building the Beloved Community”

On January 12, 2017, Carolina Peace Resource Center held a discussion Building the Beloved Community: The Relevance of King and Gandhi in a Time of Oligarchy, Trump & Pence with Kevin Martin and George Friday. Here are some pictures, courtesy of Paul Palmer.

Posted by Carolina Peace Resource Center on Friday, January 13, 2017

Columbia, Jan 12: Building the Beloved Community

Updated January 17, 2017: See some pictures.

Building the Beloved Community: The Relevance of King and Gandhi in a Time of Oligarchy, Trump & Pence
with Kevin Martin and George Friday

Talk/Strategy Discussion at the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House, 2025 Marion St, Columbia, SC. Thursday, January 12, 7 pm – 9 pm. (Facebook RSVP & Share) Continue reading “Columbia, Jan 12: Building the Beloved Community”

Peace in Colombia? South Carolina Hosts Marcia Mejía Chirimia

61-marciaMarcia Mejía Chirimia is a human rights defender and an indigenous Nonam leader from the community of Santa Rosa de Guyacán in Colombia. She is scheduled to make two presentations on the peace process in Colombia with an emphasis on how women, indigenous, and other marginalized communities are impacted on Thursday, October 6.

The first is at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC at 10 AM in Owens Hall, Room G-01. This page provides directions. Owens Hall is Building 18 on this map. RSVP & Share on Facebook.

The second is at 6pm at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC in Gambrell Hall, Room 246. Your best option for parking if off of Pendleton Street. RSVP & Share on Facebook.

Admission for both events is free and open to the public. Q & A follows the presentations.