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Attend Rally For A Moral Budget 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 12 at the South Carolina State House

The South Carolina Green Party endorses the Rally For A Moral Budget 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 12 at the South Carolina State House.

The rally is not accepting formal sponsorships by any political party. This nonpartisan event, drawing together South Carolina religious organizations, labor unions, public workers and civic organizations will demonstrate our support for a SC budget that preserves and protects the interests of the people.

Join the emergency call for a moral budget in South Carolina. Our political leaders claim there is no alternative to further cuts to critical state services. We believe there is an immediate and fair alternative through tax reforms. A growing number of religious, community and business groups are calling on politicians to reform the state’s antiquated tax structure.

Join the emergency call for a moral budget in South Carolina. 1PM March 12 at the State House.


Speakers will present the moral arguments for resisting cuts, as well as highlighting proposals to reform the state government, tax structure, and budget process.

It is especially important to share information and meet when desperate cuts are being planned as though there were no alternatives. The South Carolina legislature cannot be permitted to balance the budget through regressive taxation while favoring non-essential programs like school vouchers.

The cuts proposed by both the SC state and US federal government will severely impact the poor and middle class. Salary cuts and layoffs of public workers will surely further depress the SC economy.

Workers in Wisconsin are threatened with the loss of labor rights. We in South Carolina, who do not enjoy the right to organize freely, should demonstrate for genuine labor rights in this state, and the preservation and extension of such rights around the country..

We enthusiastically encourage everyone who can to attend the rally at 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 12 at the South Carolina State House. Please contact the South Carolina Progressive Coalition and help popularize and distribute information about the rally around the state.

Flyer and info for the rally:

Join the emergency call for a moral budget in South Carolina. Our political leaders claim there is no alternative to further cuts to critical state services. We believe there is an immediate and fair alternative through tax reforms.

A growing number of religious, community and business groups are calling on politicians to reform the state’s antiquated tax structure.

  • Sales and service tax exemptions left nearly $4 billion out of the state budget last year.
  • 60% of South Carolinians paid no state income tax last year.
  • Facing an $800 million shortfall to maintain bare-bones state services, increasing tax revenue is a moral imperative.

Initial Sponsors:
Church World ServiceSC AFL-CIOSC Alliance for Retired AmericansSC Christian Action CouncilSC Education AssociationSC Employees AssociationSC NAACPSC Progressive NetworkSC School Boards AssociationTies That Bind

Get involved!

To become a sponsor, or for materials to organize in your community, contact the SC Progressive Network at network@scpronet.com, 803-808-3384.

  • Download a rally flyer to send to friends, or to post at your workplace, church or business.
  • RSVP on Facebook, and invite your online friends.
  • Read “The Budget As A Moral Document” here.
  • Read the SC Christian Action Council’s statement on the budget here.

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Dec. 11 Vigils in support of the Copenhagen Summit @ Charlotte and Conway

December 11 is a world-wide day of action in support of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.   Local folks in Charlotte and Conway are getting globally involved by holding actions in support of rolling back climate change.

If you’re in the area, its important to meet up and demonstrate a healthy concern for the current environment and and the world we’ll leave behind.

Charlotte:

Charlotte Vigil in support of the Copenhagen Summit

Friday, December 11th at 6:00 pm

A peaceful family-friendly candlelight vigil in support of climate action by world leaders.
Let’s all get together and show our support, pictures will be taken and sent to the 350.org website for worldwide release.
Afterwards, everybody is welcome to join the Greenpeace lead activists at Fuel Pizza for a meet and greet.

For more information, please email CharlotteGreenpeace@gmail.com

link: http://www.350.org/node/13313

Sponsored by: Greenpeace in Charlotte

Conway:

Conway/Myrtle Beach Vigil in support of the Copenhagen Summit

Friday, December 11th at 6:00 pm

The Grand Strand Sustainability Network and the CCU Sustainability Initiative are organizing a candlelight vigil to be held in Spadoni Park on the CCU campus on Friday, December 11 at 7 pm. We are seeking local environmental leaders who would like to give a brief talk and plan to show a few videos created by 350.org.

links: http://www.meetup.com/GS-SustainabilityNetwork/calendar/12009533/

http://www.350.org/node/13306

Sponsored by: Grand Strand Sustainability Network

Climate researchers are nonplussed over the recent theft of emails from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.  Opinions are mixed [see here and here] as to how to respond to the theft, but the scientific evidence for human alteration of the environment is overwhelming.  The attack on East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit won’t sway general public opinion, or the determination of those meeting in Copenhagen, but will likely provide the climate change denial-industry with an alternate reality touchstone.  As Obama’s birth certificate is/was to the birthers, so shall these academic emails be to the anti-environment crowd.

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