The SC Progressive Network is organizing a counter-inaugural event in Columbia on Saturday, Jan. 21, to respond to the disaster unfolding in our nation's capital. While we normally focus exclusively on South Carolina, these are not normal times. The election and its alarming aftermath have only further alienated voters already disaffected by a system controlled by money, gerrymandering, and crippling partisanship. If ever there was a time for us to unite and fight for this country, it is now. Marching in Washington is important, but the real work gets done here at home.
So we will rally on Jan. 21 at the SC State House to amplify our voices, strengthen our coalitions, and map a way forward together.
Since the election, the Network has seen a spike in membership and involvement, online and in the real world. We believe that a mass action in Columbia will give SC activist groups a platform to talk about their work, solicit community support, and mobilize the newly engaged. Rather than rehashing what we all know is wrong, speakers will talk about what their organizations are doing, how people can get involved, and how we can collaborate to maximize collective power. We will keep speeches short, and include music, poetry, and other acts to keep the program engaging.
After the rally, we will offer hands-on and practical workshops at a nearby facility that are free and open to the public.
We are setting up working groups to handle various responsibilities, and will meet each Wednesday at noon at our offices in the Modjeska House to touch base and keep everyone on task. Bring your own lunch, or get carry-out from deli across the street.
We need volunteers to handle logistics, hospitality, and outreach. We also need help organizing what we're calling a democracy fair, a mini-carnival on the grounds.
Want to help? Sign up for the working group(s) that interest you by responding to this email. You will be added to the e-list(s).
Logistics and hospitality: Rally set up and break down; parking and security details; arranging carpools and ride-shares; sound and stage; water/food, etc.
Fair: Plan, set up, and manage three or four booths with games, information and opportunities for prizes.
Outreach: Messaging and press work; creating and circulating posters, flyers, email blasts; social media campaign.
Workshops: Prepare and present sessions on the Network projects, the state of civics and social justice in SC, and a people's history - a sampling from the Modjeska School's teachings.
If you can't participate in the working groups but have ideas, resources, or suggestions, please share by email or a phone call.
Please consider helping to defray costs for the event. Donate by clicking here or calling the Network's office at 803-808-3384. Thanks, all.
SC Progressive Network
PO Box 8325
Columbia SC 29202 United States