The Executive Board has issued this statement on the boards of SCANA and state-owned utility Santee Cooper halting construction of the nuclear reactor at Fairfield County's V.C. Summer Nuclear Facility:
"This is a fiscal meltdown of epic proportions. Not only have the people of South Carolina have had to pay ridiculous energy bills for power they will never get, but our grandchildren will be on the hook for this boondoggle. That's not to even mention the 5,600 workers who had been unceremoniously fired when this decision came down. Those workers, SCE&G and Santee Cooper customers in Columbia, Charleston, and the Lowcountry, and South Carolina taxpayers deserve better. In a just world, SCANA and Santee Cooper executives as well as the members of the Public Service Commission would be defenestrated, and their profits and compensation used to provide some severance pay to those workers, relief for electric bills, or both. Unfortunately, we do not live in a just world."
"We call on the General Assembly to come back to Columbia as soon as possible to address this as well as the Governor's unrelated budget vetoes."
The Greenville Young Democrats invite you to the Summit for Change on Saturday, September 2nd at the West End Community Center (404 Vardy Street, Greenville) from 1:00pm to 3:30pm.
The Greenville Young Democrats are hosting this summit to bring all organizations working to bring about progressive change in Greenville together to see how we can work together to push forward our agendas; to make our passion into policy. The best way to do that here in Greenville is to help elect progressive candidates to champion our causes. That begins with the upcoming elections we have in November in Greenville County. We want to here from you and we want you to hear from us.
This November, we will have three candidates on the ballot in Greenville County:
Lillian Brock Flemming- District 2, Greenville City Council
Russell Stall- At Large seat, Greenville City Council
Dexter Reaves- District 6, Greer City Council
They have agreed to address the Summit about their candidacies and what we all can do to support them.
What we begin to build here at this summit will not only benefit the Greenville community this year but will carry forward to 2018 with congressional races, solicitors' races, the South Carolina gubernatorial race, and beyond.
Every organization that attends will have the opportunity to address the summit in 3-5 minute remarks and set up an information table for your organization. It will be great chance to network, share the great work you have done, and bring others to your cause.
Representatives from Upstate 100, Greenville Black Lives Matter, and From the Ground Up will also address the summit along with YDSC officers Jeni Atchley and Austin Jackson.
We look forward to learning about each other and seeing how we can help each other. The Greenville community needs us now, not only to keep protesting but to ensure we are electing leaders who will embody and fight for our ideals and values
The 2017 YDA National Convention is scheduled for August 9-12 at the Westin Galleria hotel in Dallas, TX. South Carolina needs to send a delegation of at least 22 to vote at full strength. Attending the YDA National Convention is a great experience and we hope that you can join us in Texas in August.
Things to know about National Convention:
Please let us know if you have any questions. It is very important that we hear back from you as soon as possible.
He's finally done it.
"President" Donald Trump, in the latest of deliberate actions intending to hurt former President Barack Obama but end up hurting South Carolinians, has announced he is pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement.
This is your daily reminder that climate change is real, is hurting our state now, and will devastate us in the future if nothing is done.
As a matter of fact, our state government has known about this for at least five years now. The Haley administration suppressed the report for a year and a half before The State finally got a copy of the report from the Department of Natural Resources in early 2014.
This is going to hurt us all, full stop.
In June, the Young Democrats of America will host two Leadership Academies in Washington for high school and college/university students. In both Leadership Academies, Fellows will attend training and workshops from Democratic and Progressive presenters on campaign and volunteer management, politics, policy making, issue advocacy, and professional development. The goal is to prepare students to return home ready to work on Congressional and statewide campaigns anywhere in 2018.
The College Leadership Academy in particular will involve a full day of lobbying Congress on issues currently facing students on campuses across the nation.
The High School Leadership Academy, open to current high school students aged 14-18 graduating between 2018 and 2021, will be from June 14 to June 17 in Washington, DC. Click this link to apply.
The College Leadership Academy, open to current college and university students aged 18-24, expecting graduation between 2018 and 2021, will be from June 18 to June 21 in Washington, DC. Click this link to apply.
For more information, please contact Akilah Ensley, DNC Committeewoman for YDA, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information closer to home, please email email@example.com.
On January 20, I stood in front of a crowd at the MLK Memorial in Washington to warn our fellow Young Democrats of an existential crisis. We knew the new president and his administration were coming for immigrants. We knew he would provoke China and Mexico by starting trade wars. We knew he'd get the government to build a wasteful and unnecessary monument to his ego; a physical avatar of his xenophobia. We knew he'd go after Muslims, Latinos, women, and that he even had designs for the Black and LGBT communities. We knew he did not care for the Constitution he swore to uphold that day and that his party would let him rip it to shreds to meet their ends.
We did not believe we'd get from inauguration to constitutional crisis in twelve days.
Luckily, there is hope. The very next day, 6,500 South Carolinians marched in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, and Clemson to defend women's rights and stand against him. They joined more than three million people across the country and another quarter million around the world in the largest one-day protest in American history. This was followed by two protests Sunday at GSP International Airport in Greer and at the State House in Columbia against the arbitrary, overbroad, and unconstitutional travel ban targeting Muslims in seven Middle Eastern countries. This was followed by a larger State House demonstration just last night.
Senate offices in Washington, Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Rock Hill have been slammed with your comments. Jaime Harrison has even volunteered to send your comments straight to Sens. Graham and Scott's DC offices when he goes there tomorrow. You can email your comments here.
Make no mistake: what is coming out of the White House are the beginnings of a fascist administration. Keep fighting anyway. Fight for your rights. Fight for what you believe in. Still, fight.
Bryanta Maxwell is President of the Young Democrats of South Carolina.
From The Briefing:
Election Day is less than six days away! Secretary Clinton is running neck and neck with the Republican nominee in South Carolina, and could come out on top only with your help. We are asking all of our members and all South Carolina voters (and Democrats) to perform these actions:
1) MAKE A PLAN: Vote absentee in person, if you qualify. Qualifications include working on election day; on vacation outside your county on election day; being on post outside your county; in school outside your county of residence. Even if you plan to vote on Election Day itself, make a plan to vote.
Check your voter registration. Know where your polling place is. Know whether you are going there in the morning, at lunch, or after work or class. Most absentee precincts in South Carolina will be open Thursday, Friday, and Monday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. On Tuesday, your normal polling places will be open from 7 AM to 7 PM.
2) HELP THE STATE PARTY: Specifically, phone bank or canvass for state candidates through SCDP. Most county party offices are open every day until the election from 12-8 M-F, 10-6 on Saturday, and 2-6 on Sunday. Staging locations will go live on Monday; most County Party and campaign offices are staging locations.
3) HELP HILLARY, IN SC: Marcurius Byrd and Austin Jackson have Hillary phone lists from Educators for Hillary. Bree Maxwell has a virtual phone bank for Millennials for Hillary. If anyone wants to phone bank for the Clinton campaign, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get you started.
4) The Coordinated Campaign also needs volunteers for Rides to the Polls on November 8. Please contact Ernest Boston at email@example.com for more details.
Thank you to everyone already working hard to elect Secretary Clinton, Senator Kaine, and our local Democrats to office in 2016. We'll see you at the polls!
Last month, the Young Democrats of South Carolina executive council formally approved its Presidential appointments. Appointed officers are brought on for their expertise or to perform needed tasks for our organization. Their terms run out with the President's, therefore their appointments run to May 1, 2018. This year, our appointed officers are:
PHILLIP DUDLEY of Anderson, who is now our Data Director.
JESSICA BRIGHT of Walterboro, who now serves as our Outreach Director.
IAN RUTLEDGE of Greenville, who now serves as Communications Director.
Bree Maxwell, YDSC's President, also created two officers who will serve on an ad-hoc basis, a Political Director and a Fundraising Director.
PHILLIP CHAMBERS of Spartanburg, an aide to Congressional candidate Chris Fedalei, and SH'KUR FRANCIS of Charleston, an aide to Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, will serve in these respective roles.
YDA National Committeewoman LAUREN BILTON of Columbia and National Committeeman DERRICK QUARLES of Greenville were retained to their posts.
The YDA Southeast Region will hold its Fall Conference on Saturday, September 10, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Conference will be campaign-oriented, helping our neighbors at the Young Democrats of North Carolina with a campaign invasion and compiling a list of priority races in each state to coordinate resources across the region.
The Conference is free of charge, but Region officials want participants to register. You can do so at this link.