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, firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 803-215-3263.
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.
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)
Please join us in support of the Columbia City Council passing a proclamation declaring Hiroshima Vigil/Remembrance Day on August 4th. There will also be a resolution on the agenda in support of the “Ban the Box” campaign.
Check out the full text of the Hiroshima resolution here…
Hiroshima In Our Hearts: Moving Beyond the Bomb SUNDAY Aug 5th 2pm-4pm
SC State Museum, Gervais Room
301 Gervais St. Columbia, SC
Join us for the 28th Annual Hiroshima Vigil in Columbia, SC… “Hiroshima In Our Hearts: Moving Beyond the Bomb” is a special observance, remembrance and a vigil to acknowledge the horror of nuclear weapons and the need for nuclear disarmament. We will will remember the destruction caused by nuclear weapons, celebrate community, and pledge to walk together in peace with music, spoken word, creation of a mandala, origami, and reflections.
FREE and open to the public. RSVP/Share on Facebook
Sponsored by Columbia Friends Meeting (Quakers) Carolina Peace Resource Center
Passthe #DREAMActNow / #No Wall
RALLY TUESDAY Jan 30th 5PM-7PM
SC Statehouse, 1100 Gervais St.
Join us for a rally to push Congress to passthe #DreamActNow, putting legal protections into law for DREAMers, the 800,000 young undocumented Americans who received protection under the DACA program until the Trump administration ended it. We will also demand #NoWall, opposing Trump’s misguided plan to waste $18 billion of taxpayer money.
Sign line vigil from 5pm-6pm. Speakers after 6pm.
Bring a sign, some provided. No profanity or highly partisan messages please. Spread the word! #DREAMActNow #NoWall Facebook Event Sponsored by the Carolina Peace Resource Center
Deportations & Forced Migrations:
The View from Honduras
with Neesa Medina
WEDNESDAY Oct 18th 7PM
Heyward Street United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall
2501 Heyward St. Columbia, SC
Neesa Medina speaks on the impact of US foreign policy on Honduras. Since the 2009 military coup in Honduras, murders and attacks against Honduran human rights defenders have reached alarming levels. The U.S. continues to send tens of millions of dollars in aid to the Honduran police and military who have been involved in human rights abuses. In addition, the U.S. backs neoliberal projects that lead to displacement and migration.
Neesa Medina is a Honduran feminist sociologist and she currently works as a Security and Gender Analyst at CDM (Centro Derechos Mujeres/Center for Women’s Rights) in Honduras. At the national level, she has been active on the issues of violence against women, reproductive rights and women’s rights. She helped draft and present the Alternative Report to the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and has testified as an expert on more than a dozen cases of women seeking asylum in the United States.
FREE and open to the public. Donations accepted in support of the speaking tour.
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/