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  • 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.

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • 6 Feb 2021 5:50 PM | Lauri Mitchell




    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


    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 (

    • ·      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

    • ·      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,

  • 23 Jan 2021 12:18 PM | Lauri Mitchell

    Your Program co-chairs reached out to Fair Fight, Stacey Abrams's organization in Georgia, about providing a speaker for one of our programs.  Unsurprisingly, they are quite busy and declined our invitation.  They did provide a link to their playbook, which I'm sharing here.  I think many of you will find it of great interest.

  • 22 Jan 2021 4:54 PM | Minerva Castro-Hernandez

    Despite vociferous opposition from doctors, lawyers, religious leaders, advocates, and everyday people, the Senate Medical Affairs Committee gave the bill a favorable report yesterday (9-8), and we expect it to move to the Senate floor for debate next Tuesday. We are potentially within days of the bill becoming law. This radical and dangerous ban will put women’s lives, health, rights, and futures on the line – we need your support to speak out immediately.

    Here's how you can help:

    Contact your Senators, even if you think they are already on our side. They need to hear from constituents immediately. Email, text, or phone all work. You can use the link below to contact them,  and even better if you personalize the email and let them know you are their constituent and why you are opposed.

    For more information:

    Submitted by:  Erin Hall

  • 20 Jan 2021 10:04 AM | Minerva Castro-Hernandez

    We have been communicating with Vaccine Advisory Committee asking that they include age 65 and above in the next phase (1b) of the roll out. Currently, only essential workers will be in that category, pushing the older, more vulnerable group, to a much later vaccination. Our concern being that the highest hospitalization and mortality rate rests with the elderly. Our pressing concern is the high contagion rate of the new variant while will cause much greater risk to this group and overwhelm our hospitals who won't have the beds or staffing to meet their needs. Our latest response from the director of the Vaccine Advisory Committee suggests they will continue to review input from the community later this week. 

    Our latest letter to Dr. Jane Kelly and Senator Tom Davis is below. 

    LLL members willing to email their support for including the over 65 group, can send emails to VAX and Senator Davis at the following email addresses:

    Vaccine Advisory Committee:  

    Senator :   (who has been advocating for these changes)

    Thank you for anything you can do to help with this effort!

    Mary Faas

    Dr. Kelly / Vaccine Advisory Committee:

    We appreciated your response to our input regarding the rationale for decision making re/ Phase 1b. We have read your Jan.15th DHEC recommendations for that phase. We respectfully continue to disagree with your reasoning.
    Your primary goal, as stated, for 1b is preventing deaths and the best distribution of a limited vaccine. While essential workers may well be at a substantially higher risk of exposure to COVID, based on occupation,
    they are not at a substantially higher risk of hospitalization and death. We believe that is is more important to place age groups of 65 and above in a higher tier, because they are the group that will most likely suffer severe
    consequences with hospitalization and death. 

    With the newer variants expected to markedly, and detrimentally, affect the US in March, we need to pay special attention to protecting the MOST vulnerable populations who would overwhelm our hospitals. Again, that is 
    by virtue of age, not occupation.  Furthermore, the impact on our hospital beds in our community cannot be overstated; patients with heart attacks, car accidents, cancer and other illnesses will be disproportionately affected
    with inadequate capacity to address their needs. We are all familiar with the horrific scenes in the California hospitals.

    We understand that people living and working  in congregate settings (prisons,shelters,group homes) will likely have greater exposure, but we encourage you to review the data on mortality rates in those populations vs. mortality rates
    with our elderly.

    One other issue worthy of note…supply and administration in SC. We continue to have a very low administration rate of vaccine. There are obviously many infrastructure problems and likely staffing issues. We need some innovative
    thinking on how to best get these shots in arms. Why are we not recruiting retired health care professionals as they are doing in FL and GA? Why are we not using Senior Centers, schools, churches, stadiums to increase access?
    The current system with a call number and  links to appointments have not been working well enough for many of the elderly in our community, who have not been able to schedule appointments.

    We really need to adapt our thinking as to who gets the vaccine next, and how.

    Thank you for this consideration.

    Mary Faas APRN
    Arthur A Gorman, MD

  • 10 Jan 2021 6:13 PM | Anonymous

    The Hilton Head MLK Committee for Justice, in partnership with numerous community luminaries and activists, is pleased to present an online program in honor of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    This program will be presented on January 14 – 19, 2021 and will consist of online sessions, celebrations, religious ceremonies and musical performances – along with a driving parade on MLK Day.

    See the attached program for more detail. 

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