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  • 6 Apr 2021 11:01 AM | Minerva Castro-Hernandez

    Lowcountry Indivisible (LCI) is pleased to invite members of all other Beaufort County liberal organizations to attend our monthly meetings, now held via ZOOM. You MUST REQUEST THE LINK IN ADVANCE. Send your request to replyLCI@gmail.com.

    The April 10th, 10 AM meeting will feature: Susan Dunn, Legal Director of the SC ACLU speaking on voter suppression legislation in SC and across the nation; April Richardson, SC Coordinator of Black Votes Matter speaking on her organization's efforts.


  • 12 Mar 2021 5:50 PM | Anonymous

    I am sending this to you because you are my friend and I hope providing protection to our friends and neighbors is also important to you.   ( & please share!)

    I'm asking for your help (yet again) to get South Carolina to join the 47 other states with a Hate Crime Law.

    This bill took the first step today toward a South Carolina Hate Crime Law.  While we are encouraged that there is movement, the bill’s wording was changed to limit its coverage. 

    The SC House Judiciary Subcommittee voted unanimously to delete the words “gender” and “sexual orientation” from the individuals protected and they sent the modified bill to the full House Judiciary Committee for a hearing Tuesday March 16.

    The Lowcountry Coalition Against Hate and the SC Stamp Out Hate Coalition members want this protection restored.  The FBI reports 1 in 5 The crimes are motivated by anti-LGBTQ+ bias, and that violence against that community is on the rise.  Leaving our LGBTQ+ community out of the bill removes protection for some of us who most need it.

    We need to ask the full Judiciary Committee to restore this wording and protection.  Here is how you can do that:

    1.      Send an email to all Judiciary Committee members here: https://stampouthate.sc/contact-legislators/  ( takes 1 minute)

    2.      Call the Judiciary Committee members directly.  They may not read their email, but most answer the phone.  The contact list for these House members follows.

    Ask them to restore the necessary protection in H. 3620 by including the words “gender” and “sexual orientation” to the list of the victim’s characteristics.

    Many thanks for your support from your partners at Lowcountry Coalition Against Hate.


    Click Here for list of Judiciary Committee Members.


    Priority of Calls

    1.       Chairman Chris Murphy

    2.      Members who are not Sponsors

    3.      Sponsoring Members who presumably accept the Original Wording.

    If you cannot personally call everyone on this list, please ask a few friends to help you by making 3 to 5 calls.


    Risa Sreden Prince

    President

    Lowcountryagainsthate@gmail.com


  • 1 Mar 2021 5:21 PM | Barb Hammes



    15 organizations that could use your help during Women’s History Month and beyond.

    Like Girls Who Code, Dress for Success, and more. Do good, feel good.

  • 1 Mar 2021 2:10 PM | Barbara Ulrich (Administrator)
    Lean Ensemble Theater presents CRY IT OUT, a free virtual production available for viewing anytime from March 5-14. Registration is required at www.leanensemble.org or call 843-715-6676

    Regardless of the date you choose, you will be able to view the show using the access link you receive anytime from March 5-14.

    CRY IT OUT: Cooped up on maternity leave and starved for conversation, corporate lawyer Jessie strikes up a fast friendship with community college drop out Lina.  They don't have much in common, but marooned at home with infants, they build a sleep deprived bond.  When a nearby stay-at-home dad, Mitchell, offers to join them, it complicates the neighborly comaraderie, not at least because he's clearly upset that his wife is putting her career first.

    (remember the world before Covid?!)


  • 23 Feb 2021 2:20 PM | Barbara Ulrich (Administrator)

    Member Diane Polevoy shares this book written by a four year old (with help from her mom) from Bluffton.  Thanks A lot Coronavirus provides a view of the impact of COVID from a child's point of view, and sends the message that the cup is truly half full! A good one to share with your kids and grandkids.

    https://www.facebook.com/BraalynMiller

  • 21 Feb 2021 3:55 PM | Anonymous

    I was very frustrated with McConnell's statement that he believed the House Managers proved Trump guilty, yet he admitted he created the procedural excuse for Republicans to acquit. I believe the only way to teach the lesson of democracy is to reach out to corporations and ask them to join us in ending contributions to the campaigns of the Senators who voted to acquit.

    I understand that many corporations have pulled out of supporting candidates.  Mine is a more targeted approach--to withhold campaign funding to any of the Senators who voted "not guilty".  I would also target especially the corporations in our area such as Publix (who had an heir give $300,000 to the riot on Jan. 6), Dick's Sporting Goods, Hobby Lobby (which was a Trump supporter), and others to be identified.

    I have drafted a letter (click here to view) to corporate executives.  Please contact me if you wish to add your signature.

    Email address:  barbara.ernico@gmail.com


  • 19 Feb 2021 1:39 PM | Barb Hammes

    Please see link to important message from WREN regarding 3 things you need to know, including 11 organizations fighting this outcome.

    https://www.scwren.org/blog/collective-statement-from-south-carolina-organizations-on-the-passage-of-s-1/

  • 6 Feb 2021 5:50 PM | Lauri Mitchell

    FEBRUARY 13, LOWCOUNTRY INDIVISIBLE ZOOM MEETING

     

     

    Lowcountry Indivisible (LCI) is pleased to invite members of all other Beaufort County liberal organizations to attend our monthly meetings, now held via ZOOM. You MUST REQUEST THE LINK IN ADVANCE. Send your request to replyLCI@gmail.com.

     

    The February 13, 10 AM meeting will feature: Rachelle Salo, the coordinator for the Carolinas from  national Indivisible, speaking on strategies for progressives to pursue in Red States, including reflections on Georgia's 2020 experience. NOTE: We are hopeful of adding a second speaker on SC's vaccine roll out, but that has not been confirmed yet. Stay tuned via LCI's FaceBook page. 

     

    If you have questions you would like asked of any of the speakers, please send them with your request for a link.


  • 2 Feb 2021 5:39 PM | Minerva Castro-Hernandez

    Overview of Hate Crimes Legislation in South Carolina Legislature

    • South Carolina is one of only 3 states that does not have a hate crime law on its books.  A hate crime law adds enhanced penalties for crimes committed for reasons of hate due to reasons such as a person’s religion, race or sexuality.  Although Democratic lawmakers in both the SC Carolina House and Senate have pushed for the passage of hate crime enhancements for years, some Republican lawmakers are now demonstrating support in 2021 after the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and more than 80 businesses signed a letter asking the General Assembly to pass a hate crimes bill in 2021.  In addition, SC House Speaker Jay Lucas has also expressed his support and formed a new House committee last year focused on criminal justice training and reform, which is also tasked with examining a possible hate crime bill (Criminal Statutory Review Subcommittee).  Local Bluffton legislator Wes Newton is chairing the Subcommittee in this session of the legislature and has expressed his support for a hate crimes bill as has local Senator Tom Davis.

      Hate Crime Legislation

      Any hate crime bill must include several elements, according to the South Carolina state coalition, Stamp Out Hate, which is leading the advocacy efforts:

    • ·      Criminal Penalty Enhancement

    • ·      Sentencing Increase Guidelines

    • ·      Institutional Vandalism Statutes

    • ·      Statewide Data Collection System

    • ·      Mandatory Reporting to the FBI

    • ·      Law Enforcement Training Mandates

    • ·      Explicit Protected Classes

    • There are several different versions of proposed hate crimes bills that have been or will be introduced into the SC legislature that either seek specific enhancements or seek to limit any expansion of hate crimes legislation (SC Senator Hembree [Horry] has pre-filed a bill that would not allow any additional penalties for hate crimes beyond those in the Federal hate crime statue).  Several Black lawmakers have jointly introduced a hate crimes proposal that would extend sentencing enhancements to crimes committed against the homeless.  Another House Bill (H. 3247) introduced by Black lawmakers includes a fine and additional prison time if found guilty of a crime based on hate.  Malloy [Darlington] introduced a bill that allows prosecutors to consider someone’s murder during to their perceived color, race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability as an aggravating factor and S. 14 increases penalties felonies and misdemeanors for crimes based on hate.

      The primary bill, however, that will most likely be considered is one that will be introduced by Rep. Bernstein [Richland], that did pass out of a House Committee in the last session.  Her legislation would add penalties for crimes committed based on their actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation or disability.  For a violent crime, an offender could face an additional five years sentence and a fine of up to $10,000 more. For stalking or harassment, the penalty could increase by up to three years and $5,000, and for malicious injury offenses, it could increase by up to one year and $1,000.  It would also allow a victim of a hate crime to file a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator. In that case, a court could order a perpetrator to pay a fine of up to $25,000 for each violation.

       

      Need for Hate Crimes Bill in South Carolina

      ·      South Carolina has seen a consistent increase in hate crimes from 2016 – 2018 with 111 hate crimes identified in 2018.

      ·      The majority of hate crimes reported were motivated by race and ethnicity (67), followed by religion (28), sexual orientation (8), gender identity (6), and disability (2). It’s important to note, some of the reported hate crimes were motivated by a number of categories.

      ·      Hate crimes are often underreported and many victims are reluctant to report them to the police.  Further, many reported hate crimes to not lead to arrests, prosecutions, or even a record of hate crimes.

      Current Advocacy Efforts

      Stamp Out Hate is a coalition of over 150 community organizations, businesses, and other groups supporting the proposals. 

      The Lowcountry Coalition Against Hate (on Hilton Head) is a group spearheaded by League member, Risa Prince, that was founded in 2018 in response to hate speech identified during a Hilton Head Island mayoral election.  The coalition saw a clear need to advocate for a hate crime law. To that end, they worked hard to lobby municipalities to pass resolutions in support of such a law. The town councils of Hilton Head, Beaufort, Bluffton, Hardeeville and Port Royal have all passed resolutions in support of hate crimes legislation.

      Proposed Actions

    • ·      Send a proposal to Lynn Teague for presentation to the LWVSC Board at their 2/9 meeting suggesting that we join over 150 other organizations in support of a hate crimes bill at Stamp Out Hate (https://stampouthate.sc/).

    • ·      Send a proposal to the LWVHHI-Bluffton Area League Board suggesting that we join the Lowcountry Coalition Against Hate which is based on Hilton Head Island.

    • ·      Encourage individual League members to add their name to the list of individuals who support the hate crimes legislation https://stampouthate.sc.

    • ·      Encourage league members to offer support in working with all of the groups seeking pass hate crimes legislation.

    • ·      Contact Low Country Coalition Against Hate to encourage their members to contact their legislators and urge them to support the Hate Crimes legislation when it is reported out of the Subcommittee.

    • ·      Contact Rep. Newton (and Rep. Bradley or Rep. Herbkersman if you live in one of their SC House Districts).  Inquire how to be helpful in realizing the passage of a hate crimes measure in this session of the legislator. 

    • ·      Once we know more about which hate crime bill(s) look like they will make it to a hearing you will be sent a more specific email advising what actions to take on a specific bill.

    Submitted by:  Barb Hammes

    Prepared by:  Chris deVries

  • 24 Jan 2021 3:12 PM | Susan Sigalow

    South Carolina is looking for medical and non medical(administrative) volunteers to help with the covid vaccination program. Here’s the link,https://scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-vaccine/covid-19-vaccination-volunteers

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