CCDP Newsletter: Transition & Legislation

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LEADERSHIP IN CCDP & PENINSULA DEMOCRATS

As we mentioned in our county meeting last month, the Charleston County Democratic Party is choosing new leadership in March. We wanted to remind people interested in running for Chair of the party that the nominating committee is currently accepting nominations. If interested, please email Ben Pogue at ben@benpoguelaw.com.

Additionally, the Charleston Peninsula Democrats are accepting nominations for the club’s 2021-2022 leadership team! If you or someone you know is looking to make a difference and has one hour per week to give towards community outreach to elect Democrats, this is the volunteer position for you! Email chspeninsuladems@gmail.com to learn more!


LEGISLATIVE CALLS TO ACTION

As we mentioned last week, S. 1, which is the six-week abortion ban, is currently being discussed in the State House after passing the State Senate. This bill is specifically crafted to go up against Roe v. Wade in SCOTUS. It will cost taxpayer money, and it could likely cost the lives of women and girls in our state. It outlaws abortion before many women know they are pregnant and causes them to have to undergo extremely invasive procedures to jump through the exception for rape and incest. It also loops in law enforcement without the consent of women if they report rape or incest, and our own sheriff, Kristin Graziano, is against this provision. This bill will primarily hurt poor women who are unable to travel out of state to seek an abortion elsewhere. Women of means, no matter political ideology, will still seek abortions. And overall: abortion is a form of women’s health care. It doesn’t matter if you like it or not. It should be a decision between a woman and her physician.

The bill received a favorable report from the House Judiciary Committee yesterday along party lines and is now headed to the House floor, probably next week. We must tell our state legislators to vote NO on this bill. We cannot sit back and just let the State Legislature declare that the women of South Carolina do not have control over their own bodies.

Furthermore, the State House is also discussing an open carry bill (H. 3094) that would allow people with permits to openly carry handguns in public. This would be a very dangerous policy for our state, putting more strain on law enforcement and business owners. Additionally, the children of South Carolina, who already have to go through active shooter drills, would grow up seeing openly carried handguns as well. Finally, passing this bill will open the gate to less regulation of gun carrying, as other states who have passed this have gone on to remove the training requirement, which has already been proposed in other bills filed in the state legislature.

We urge you to voice your strong opposition to these bills to your representatives and to take to social media to make these opinions clear. To find your state legislator and his or her contact information, please click the button below. We cannot stand idly by and do nothing to prevent these bills from passing!

Additionally, business owners can add their voices against the S. 1 here and faith leaders can add their voices of opposition here.

FIND YOUR STATE LEGISLATOR

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Upcoming Events

All meetings until further notice will be conducted “virtually” using Zoom. You can connect by computer or telephone. We will continue to use MobilizeAmerica to RSVP.

THU
FEB11
8:30AM
Virtual Coffee with Colleen

Join Charleston County Democratic Party chair Colleen Condon and fellow Democrats for a cup of coffee and great conversation. No specific topics. We have been meeting for 13 years and do not want to give it up, so it will be on Zoom until further notice.

Virtual Event (by computer or phone)

Click here to RSVP >
TUE
FEB23
PM
East Cooper Democrats February Meeting

Join us Tuesday, February 23rd for a discussion on our unincorporated neighborhoods and issues that impact their residents. We will hear from Richard Habersham from the Phillips Community and Jason Crowley with the SC Coastal Conservation League on the proposed Alt 1 for Highway 41.

Virtual Meeting (by computer or phone)

Click here to RSVP >

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER GIVEAWAY

This week’s question is:

“How can you help stop S. 1 and H. 3094 from passing the State House?”

Submit your answer HERE and check back next week to see if you’ve won!


Give Back

CCDP SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM
 CCDP is looking for some eager volunteers who would like to join our social media team in order to help carry out CCDP’s message via social media platforms. If you are interested, please email erin@charlestondemocrats.com.


Contribute

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Our mailing address is:
Charleston County Democratic PartyPO Box 21422Charleston, SC 29413-1422
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