CCDP: What Will You Do In 2023?

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Emancipation Proclamation Day Parade!

The Charleston County Democratic Party is looking for volunteers to march in the annual Charleston Emancipation Proclamation Day Parade on Sunday, January 1st. The Parade begins at 2:00 pm, but organizers are asking marchers to line up at 11:30 am at Burke High School. CCDP will march to the International African American Museum (near the Aquarium). Please respond to the Mobilize link below to march in the Parade.

You’re encouraged to come watch the Parade from the side of the road if you are unable to march with CCDP. 

Charleston’s Emancipation Parade is a tradition dating back to 1866 and celebrates the signing of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to “forever free all slaves in southern states”. The Parade is part of a series of annual events that celebrate the region’s African American heritage and history, and Democrats are encouraged to march with CCDP and enjoy the day’s festivities.

RSVP to March with CCDP at the Jan 1 Parade

We are continuing to highlight local charities you can support this holiday season (and afterward). Whether you are donating time or money, these local charities would appreciate your assistance:

Lowcountry Blessing Boxes

The Lowcountry Blessing Boxes can be found in many locations all over Charleston. The purpose of the blessing boxes is to “stock non-perishable food, basic toiletries, baby supplies, and any other items that would be a blessing to someone who finds themselves in need. Items are anonymously donated and anonymously received at any time of day or night.” Kids can help shop for and deliver these items to the blessing boxes.

Learn More about Lowcountry Blessing Boxes

Beyond Delivery

Beyond Delivery provides Charleston area moms with a meal, care package, and support. Expecting and new moms can sign up for this free program and will receive a delivery of a frozen lasagna and an infant care package. Beyond Delivery also offers the option to send a meal and care package as a gift to a new mom.

Congratulations, Rep. Marvin R Pendarvis!
US House, District 113

“I hope to be at the forefront of a new wave of young, ambitious, and driven political leadership in South Carolina that will push this state forward in a way yet to be seen.

— Rep. Marvin R Pendarvis (

Contact Rep. Pendarvis

Upcoming Events

JAN 11
Emancipation Proclamation Parade

Join Charleston Democrats as we march in the Emancipation Parade. This parade has been celebrated in the City of Charleston since 1866! We will meet at Burke High School. A more precise meeting location will be e-mailed after you sign up!

Burke High School>RSVP Here
Jan 58:30AM
Coffee with Democrats

We’re taking a couple of weeks off to spend time with family over the holidays but will meet again on the first Thursday in January (Jan 5). We encourage you to get a tasty treat from Wildflour Pastry in the meantime, and hope to see you in 2023!

Wildflour Pastry
James Island Folly Beach New Year Celebration

Let’s celebrate the start of 2023 together! Join us at Famulari’s for some good food and fellowship.All the Democratic candidates that were on the ballot in November will be invited to join us.Food will be provided, drinks will be on you! Hope to see you there!

Fam’s Brewing Co.RSVP Here>
JAN 10
Charleston County Democratic Women January Meeting

We will be meeting at the County Democratic Office and we are not meeting on our normal first Monday of the month due to the New Year’s Holiday.Our guest speaker will be Brandon Upson, the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party Black Caucus.Social time from 6-6;30; meeting from 6:30-7:30

CCDP OfficeRSVP Here>
JAN 16
MLK Jr Day Parade

Join Charleston Democrats as we march in the MLK Jr Day Parade! This celebration was one of the first national tributes of its kind. It is the largest MLK Jr celebration in South Carolina and one of Charleston’s longest running events! A precise meeting location will be emailed to you after you sign up at the link below.

RSVP Here>
JAN 26
SCDP Labor & Progressive Caucus Monthly Meeting

Are you interested in progressing South Carolina and protecting labor rights? Maybe you are new to the state and want to get involved with pushing for REAL change, but are unsure of how to get involved. Join the SCDP Labor & Progressive Caucus every 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

RSVP Here>

Give Back

Blessing Box Donations Needed!
Please consider donating to our CCDP Blessing Box. You can #StockTheBox at any time, or drop off items to the office during office hours or by appointment. Our community members appreciate and depend on our kindness!

A few things to remember when donating Blessing Box items:

  • DO donate non-perishable items that will hold up in the weather
    • example: canned vegetables and meats/fish, sauces in jars, boxes of rice or pasta
    • protip: donate items that don’t require milk/butter/oil to prepare, get cans with pop-tops that don’t require can openers
  • DO donate small personal care items that will fit in the blessing box
    • example toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant,
  • DO NOT donate any open or expired items.

Lowcountry Period Project Supplies Needed!
Did you know that our volunteers build period packs in support of the Homeless Period Project? The project provides pre-made kits for homeless shelters and nurse’s offices at Title IX schools in the Lowcountry. These items are a luxury to homeless women and girls and many are forced to choose between hygiene and food. Please consider donating the following items so we can continue to support this amazing project!
-individually-wrapped feminine pads
-individually-wrapped tampons
-individually-wrapped wipes
-individually-wrapped panty liners

Thanks again for your generosity!

Email to arrange a drop off time.


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