Yemen: End the War Vigil FRIDAY March 25th 5PM-6:30PM South Carolina Statehouse Main & Gervais, Columbia, SC March 25th marks 7 years of war in Yemen, the forgotten war. While the US no longer participates in offensive actions taken by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in Yemen, it still supplies arms, intelligence and logistical support, fueling the violence. Millions of Yemenis face starvation and lack of medical care due to a Saudi blockade blocking food, fuel and medicine, a situation deemed by the UN to be “the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.” Our message for our elected leaders: YEMEN: END THE WAR, END THE BLOCKADE! Join us for vigil at the SC Statehouse (corner of Main & Gervais) on Friday March 25th from 5PM-6:30PM. Some signs provided. Media will be invited. Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center in collaboration with the South Carolina FCNL Advocacy Team
Members of the Interfaith Fellowship of Augusta, members of the Progressive Religious Coalition, and members of the Central Savannah River Area Peace Alliance, an affiliate of Carolina Peace Resource Center, issued the following statement calling for peace in Ukraine:
We mourn the loss of life and the suffering which the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine, launched on February 24, 2022, has greatly intensified. With the Love at the heart of all our traditions and organizations, we call for an immediate ceasefire, a withdrawal of the Russian military from Ukraine and a commitment to resolving differences between the two states peacefully.
On Monday, March 7th, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., all residents are invited to the intersection of Walton Way Extension and Jackson Rd for a roadside vigil for peace.
Organizers have prepared signs with messages such as “Love your Neighbor,” “Side with Love” and “War is Not the Answer.”
Sharing the Journey Together: Celebrating World Refugee Day WEDNESDAY June 30TH 6:30PM to 8PM Reformation Lutheran Church 1118 Union St. Columbia, SC 29201 outside event. Join us for an evening of cultural sharing and networking in celebration of World Refugee Day. Hear an update from Lutheran Services Carolinas about the expected increase of new refugees arriving in Columbia this summer and how you can get involved. Lutheran Services Carolinas is the agency that receives and resettles all new refugees in Columbia. Learn about the refugee experience and the cultures of refugee communities through sharing. Mask wearing and social distancing encouraged. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVP/Share on Facebook
Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center and Lutheran Services Carolinas. ____
CALL FOR CULTURAL CONTRIBUTIONS… There is still space in our program for cultural contributions that reflect the refugee experience and/or the culture of resettled refugee communities, including: • Personal Stories/ Storytelling • Poetry, your own or from others. • Songs/Musical Performance • Dance Performance or Teach us Your Dance! • Fashion show of traditional dress. • Due to Covid precautions, we are NOT asking for food contributions this year. • Anything else you think would be a good idea. Cultural sharings should last about 5 to 10 minutes to allow us to hear from many voices. Please share only as your are comfortable sharing with a public audience. CONTACT: David, email@example.com or text/call 803-215-3263.
END THE WAR IN YEMEN VIGIL MONDAY March 22nd 4:55PM-6:30PM SC Statehouse (Main & Gervais)
March 22nd marks six years of the war in Yemen, a war in which the US actively supported Saudi and Emirati military intervention until the Biden administration finally suspended that support. Former SC Governor and head of the Nobel Peace Prize winning World Food Programme David Beasley now warns as many as 400,000 Yemeni children will starve due to a man-made famine in Yemen. We call on the Biden administration and our elected leaders to act decisively now to END THE WAR IN YEMEN and END THE MAN-MADE FAMINE .
Arrive before 5pm if possible. Some signs provided. Please wear a mask and exercise social distancing. Media will be invited. We need your help getting the word out about Yemen. #YemenCantWait #EndtheWarinYemen #StoptheFamine
The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) conducted interviews with politicians & military personnel to determine “lessons learned” from the war & occupation of Afghanistan. Now that these interviews have been published & widely dubbed the Afghanistan Papers, what lessons can peace activists learn to bring peace to Afghanistan, stop ongoing military interventions and prevent the destruction of future wars?
On Monday, February 10, 2020 at 5:30 PM – 7 PM, come to the Order of St. Helena in North Augusta. The address is 414 Savannah Barony Drive, North Augusta, SC 29841.
No War on Iran Protest Vigil WEDNESDAY Jan 8th 5PM-6:30PM
SC Statehouse (corner Main & Gervais)
Join us for a “No War on Iran” Protest Vigil held in response to rapid and disproportionate escalation and threats of war with Iran. Gather in front of the SC Statehouse for a sign line vigil, 1100 Gervais Street (corner of Main & Gervais). Some signs provided. Please no profanity. Media will be invited.
The Carolina Peace Resource Center is a nonpartisan 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is a voice for peace and a resource for nonviolent organizing in South Carolina and beyond. We specialize in peace education, grassroots organizing and advocacy on the full continuum of peace, justice and environmental issues. We are an all-volunteer organization and operate on a shoestring budget we use wisely.
ACTION ALERT: Act to Save Refugee Resettlement
The Trump administration has not announced further drastic cuts to the Refugee Resettlement program for FY 2020 yet, so there is still time to advocate against the cuts and for raising the refugee ceiling. Administration officials have been batting around numbers such as 10,000 or 15,000 a year (half the current 30,000) or even zero. Under the last year of the Obama administration almost 85,000 refugees were admitted; the historical average is 98,000/year. The Trump administration must consult with Congress before finalizing. Your voice is needed now! A few phone calls and letters add up when we act together.
Peace Day at the Statehouse
SATURDAY Sept 21st 9AM-Noon
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to line up enough things to make Peace Day at the Statehouse a success this year, so the event is canceled. We will try again next year. We apologize for any inconvenience and encourage people to attend the Climate Strike at the SC Statehouse Friday Sept 20th 5:30PM-7PM instead.
Remembering Hiroshima, Preventing Nuclear War:
An Educational Experience
SUNDAY Aug 4th, 2PM-4PM
The State Museum, Gervais Room (2nd Floor by Main Staircase)
301 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201
Join us for the 29th Annual Hiroshima Vigil/Remembrance in Columbia, SC. This year we’ll feature an interactive exhibit featuring storytelling, arts and craft making (peace cranes, lanterns), video and more remembering the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and highlighting efforts to prevent nuclear war. Drop in!
Free and open to the public. $1 Admission to the rest of The State Museum. Facebook Event Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center and the Columbia Friends Meeting (Quakers)