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  • Sunday, August 21, 2011

    SOUTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    PROGRESSIVE TALK RADIO IN SOUTH CAROLINA:
    WOIC 1230 AM

    Check out their program schedule here.


    COMMUNITY TELEVISION AND RADIO IN SOUTH CAROLINA:

    South Carolina ETV is currently made up of 22 TV transmitters, including 11 digital and 11 analog transmitters. There are five full-fledged TV stations in the ETV network that produce programs.

    Allendale, WEBA-DT/14
    ETV Lowcountry, WJWJ-DT/16
    Charleston, WITV-DT/7
    Columbia, ETV Headquarters, WRLK-DT/35
    Conway, WHMC-DT/23
    Florence, WJPM-DT/33
    Greenville, WNTV-DT/29
    Greenwood, WNEH-DT/38
    ETV Carolinas, WNSC-DT/30
    ETV Upstate, WRET-DT/49
    ETV Sumter, WRJA-DT/27
    To locate our channels, visit AntennaWeb.org

    To check out their TV program schedule, click here (PDF)

    ETV Radio is comprised of eight radio transmitters, with the broadcast center in Columbia. The radio frequencies of all stations in the network are on the low end of the FM dial, between 88.1 and 91.3.

    Aiken, WLJK/89.1
    Beaufort, WJWJ-FM/89.9
    Charleston, WSCI/89.3
    ETV Radio Headquarters, Columbia, WLTR/91.3
    Conway, WHMC-FM/90.1
    Greenville, WEPR/90.1
    Rock Hill, WNSC-FM/88.9
    Sumter, WRJA-FM/88.1

    To check out their Radio program schedule, click here


    CURRENT TV:
    Current TV, founded by Al Gore, includes some of the best journalism in America today. In particular their Vanguard series is amazing and should not be missed by ANYONE who wants to know in depth coverage of some of the major stories in the world. And now CurrentTV has Keith Olbermann as well.

    In most areas Current TV is available on:
    DIRECTV Channel 358
    DISH Network Channel 196
    Comcast Digital: Channel 107
    AT&T U-Verse: Channel 189

    Check out their program schedule here.


    BLOGGING SOUTH CAROLINA:

    South Carolina Progressive Network Blog: This space was created for members and friends of the South Carolina Progressive Network to promote and advance the good work they are doing in communities across the state. We want to connect organizations and individuals of like mind to maximize collective power, and we are working to grow the grass roots to change government and social policy from the ground up.


    Recurring Events in South Carolina:

    • CHARLESTON •First Wednesday, 6:30pm: Greater Charleston Central Labor Council meeting, 2556 Oscar Johnson Dr., N. Charleston. For details, email erinm776@gmail.com.

    Third Thursday, 7pm: Charleston Peace meets at the Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St. For details, call 843-763-7304.

    First and Third Saturdays, noon: Peace vigil at Marion Square, corner of Calhoun and King. Sponsored by Charleston Peace.

    Fourth Saturday, 10am-noon: Genetic Literacy, Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. For information, email jamesecj@aol.com or call 843-762-7139.

    • COLUMBIA •
    First Tuesday, 7pm, Columbia Central Labor Council meeting, 2025 Marion St. The 17 unions in the Columbia area meet monthly to promote issues important to working families. The SC Progressive Network is a union shop and member of the Central Labor Council. For details, email jennypatterson@knology.net.

    First Sundays, 3pm: Regular working meetings at the Rosewood Community Garden, an organic vegetable garden at 1100 S. Holly St., behind Ben Arnold Center. All who live near the garden are welcome to become growers. Reap the benefits of fresh food and community! For more information on this and other Carolina Peace Common Ground projects, click here. Call 803-446-2772 or write to info@carolinapeace.org to join the community gardening listserv.

    Sundays: West African Drum and Dance Classes, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, corner of Heyward and Woodward. Master drummer Amara Camara teaches drum lessons 2:30-3:30pm. West African dance classes 4-5:30pm. For details, call 803-260-6486 or email tonijones@sc.rr.com. The money is used to buy rice for the Ratoma neighborhood in Conakry, Guinea, West Africa.

    Sundays, 3pm: The public is invited to a weekly discussion group on the environment, led by Mel Jenkins of Environmentalists, Inc., at the USC Green Quad (West Quad). Discussions include local environmental and energy issues. For details, call 803-929-0200.

    Every Wednesday, 5pm: Women in Black, State House. For details, call 803-446-2772.

    Every Wednesday, 6:15-8pm: Progressive Social Hour, Tio’s, 921 Sumter St. Sponsored by Carolina Peace.

    Third Thursday, 6pm: PFLAG Columbia meets at St. Martin’s in the Fields Episcopal Church in the Community House, next to the parking lot behind the church, 5220 Clemson Ave. For information, call 803-781-0515.

    • HILTON HEAD •
    Every Saturday, 10-10:30am: Women in Black Silent Vigil, Hilton Head Public Library, Hwy. 278 and Beach City Road. Email marysull@hargray.com.

    Second Wednesday, 7pm: Hilton Head for Peace programs. For details, call 843-681-4010 or email fintaylor@hargray.com.

    • MYRTLE BEACH •
    Third Saturday, 2-3pm: Peace vigil at Chapin Park, Business 17, Myrtle Beach, next to the library. Sponsored in part by Low Country Peace Network. For information, email DwightFee@aol.com.

    • ROCK HILL •
    Second Monday, 7pm: Catawba Central Labor Council meeting, 1024 East White St.. For details, email bwise1@gmx.com.


    SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL UNION:

    Click here for the South Carolina AFL-CIO website to get involved in protecting your rights in the workplace. Click here for the AFL-CIO Action Center to see what you can do now.

    For more union info, contact:

    South Carolina AFL-CIO
    P.O. Box 39
    Swansea, SC 29160
    Phone: 803-926-8680


    South Carolina Hispanic/Latino Health Coalition
    http://www.schlhc.org/index/index.asp

    We recognize that many Hispanics in South Carolina confront multiple barriers to healthcare. These include access, information, knowledge, resources, and cultural competency, both in terms of providers and those utilizing services. With this in mind, the overarching goal of the South Carolina Hispanic/Latino Health Coalition is to work together to advocate for the availability of quality, culturally and linguistically appropriate healthcare services in South Carolina.

    We are a non-profit organization made of various professionals (both health-centered and non-health professionals) who seeks to improve the health of Hispanics/Latinos in Columbia via healthcare services, outreach programs, and research.

    Check out their initiatives here.

    Contact them for more info:
    PO BOX 722
    Columbia, SC 29202-0722
    Info@schlhc.org
    www.schlhc.org


    South Carolina Green Drinks Groups

    Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks.

    We have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Come along and you'll be made welcome. Just say, "are you green?" and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever is there. It's a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network.

    These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had moments of serendipity. It's a force for the good and we'd like to help it spread to other cities. Contact your local node to get the latest info about coming along.

    Here are some Green Drinks Groups in South Carolina: (click on the links to find out more info)

    Beaufort

    Charleston

    Florence

    Greenville

    Myrtle Beach

    Rock Hill


    South Carolina Association of Social Workers:
    2537 Gervais Street, Columbia SC 29204.
    Phone: 803-256-8406.

    Click here for local chapters.


    NAACP SOUTH CAROLINA:
    The South Carolina State Conference is the leading civil rights organization in the state of South Carolina. The organization was chartered in 1939 and now operates through a network of branches, youth councils and college chapters located across the forty-six counties of the state. The NAACP is driven by volunteers committed to the mission of the oldest civil rights organization in America.

    Our Mission

    Through a dedicated volunteer force we seek to eliminate the impact of racial discrimination in housing, employment, voting, health care, education, and the Courts.

    Getting Involved

    To join your local NAACP, call us at 803-754-4584.


    Eastern Cherokee, Southern Iroquois and United Tribes of SC
    Official site of the Eastern Cherokee, Southern Iroquois & United Tribes of South Carolina, Inc

    Volunteer Opportunities

    For more info visit their website, or contact them by email: taygoinres@aol.com


    SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault:

    SCCADVASA is a statewide coalition of all domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers in South Carolina. Since 1981, we have been an advocacy leader in representing the critical needs of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

    PO Box 7776
    Columbia, SC 29202
    1-800-260-9293
    803-256-2900

    For emergencies contact your county member program
    National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
    National Rape & Abuse Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)


    South Carolina Progressive Network:
    South Carolina Progressive Network
    PO Box 8325, Columbia, SC 29202
    network@scpronet.com

    The South Carolina Progressive Network is a coalition of grassroots activists who have joined forces to promote social and economic justice in the Palmetto State. Created in 1995 as a tool to engage South Carolinians in their communities and in their government, the Network connects people to each other and to resources designed to leverage the work of progressive organizations.

    Meetings: The Network meets each month in Charleston, Greenville and Columbia to share information, coordinate projects and plan events. Meetings are informal and open to anyone interested in good government and improving the quality of life in South Carolina. See calendar listing for details.

    Join us! While the Network is a member-driven organization, you don’t need to be a member to participate in meetings or other Network events. Our members are comprised of groups and individuals who support our mission statement and agree to pay annual dues based on a sliding scale. To join, download the appropriate form and mail to PO Box 8325, Columbia, SC 29202.


    Among their current important projects are:

    • Universal Internet Access in SC
    Help us in our campaign to provide universal Internet access in South Carolina. Click here to find out how (PDF).


    • Study Group:
    Every 4th Tuesday, 7pm: Progressive Network Study Group, Network offices, 2025 Marion St. Free and open to anyone. Meetings are informal; bring snacks and drinks to share. We encourage participants to read the suggested material before each session. For details, call 803-808-3384 or email network@scpronet.com.


    • Missing Voter Project:
    Since 2004, the SC Progressive Network‘s Missing Voter Project has registered about 6,500 new voters. This year, we are being much more strategic, and want to leave organized community teams in place to continue to work on our ailing democracy after the elections are over. This is a non-partisan project. We will train organizers on registering in schools and jails, targeted neighborhoods and events. We will organize teams, who will determine their own schedules. The project focuses on historically under-represented citizens.

    Democracy is not a spectator sport. Do your part! Contact the Network office to set up a FREE training for your organization by calling 803-808-3384. We will provide you with all the tools you need to do a registration drive in your community.



    SC Legislative Black Caucus
    http://www.sclbc.org/index.php
    1105 Pendleton Street, Suite 207
    207 Solomon Blatt Building
    Columbia, SC 29201-3732
    Phone: 803.734.3041 | Fax: 803.734.8711


    SC HIV/AIDS Council
    http://www.schivaidscouncil.org/

    The South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council (SCHAC) is an organization dedicated to developing strategies to reduce the rate of HIV/AIDS and improve the quality of life of citizens throughout South Carolina impacted by the human immunodeficiency virus.

    Click here to see their list of programs

    Click here for their calendar of events.

    Click here for a list of HIV testing sites in South Carolina

    For more info, call: Phone: 803) 254-6644 or email: support@schivaidscouncil.org


    ALTERNATIVE FUELS:

    There are two kinds of alternate fuels that are readily available that lower your carbon foot print and use AMERICAN resources and create AMERICAN jobs rather than supporting big oil companies and oil nations like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela.

    BIODIESEL: Pretty much ANY diesel engine can use biodiesel. Biodiesel burns cleaner and in most engines is better for the engine. It can be more expensive than regular diesel depending on the location, but is better for the environment, is better for most diesel engines, and is good for the local economy. You can find nearby stations and cooperatives (often the best option) that offer biodiesel by clicking here and either clicking on your state on the map or entering your zip code. We used biodiesel in a rental car one year and loved it.

    ETHANOL: Cars labeled FlexFuel (now becoming common in some states) can use up to E85 (85% ethanol/15% gasoline). E85 burns cleaner than gasoline and is usually cheaper. I have used E85 in California and found it to be 10-40 cents cheaper than the cheapest gasoline at the same station. CLICK HERE TO FIND STATIONS IN SOUTH CAROLINA OFFERING E85. This can be a really good way to help the American economy, help the environment, AND save money.


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