Newsletter for Aug 12, 2021

In this Newsletter:

Message from the ChairArmed with knowledge and truth
GWCDP NewsAugust Breakfast Meeting in the books
Seeking volunteers for Floyd’s Fish Fry & Cookout
Upcoming Elections & Voting RightsVoter Registration Drive
Testifying to the SC Senate Committee on Redistricting
Candidate Spotlight – Mia McLeod
Our CommunityBench painting service project – Boys & Girls Club
Greenwood County Community Remembrance Project Coalition
News & NoteworthyBiden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan
Legislative UpdatesLegislation for Fairness in Redistricting in SC submitted
Upcoming Events 

Message from the Chair

I was interviewed recently on Cheryl’s Morton‘s Finding Me podcast. Co-host Rev Natasha Gresham asked how members of our community can begin to get involved in the important political discussions that are happening today.

That was a huge question! Of all the things that immediately sprung to mind, one thought rang louder than all the others: ARM YOURSELF WITH KNOWLEDGE AND SEEK OUT THE TRUTH.

We can disagree on any number of topics, but as long as we come at it from an informed and honest place then we can have a constructive conversation and perhaps minds can be changed. But if we cling to Facebook memes and inflammatory headlines as our source of knowledge then there’s no point in having a conversation at all.

Recently, my House Representative made the following statement directly to me:

Let me ask you this: Do you think this statement came from a place of knowledge? Do you believe he actually read the 100-page document created by respected scholars from across our nation? It’s freely available online and I have indeed read it. And I encourage you to do so as well!

“But I have a right to my opinion!” some cry. And indeed we do. An opinion formed from knowledge is respectable. But an opinion formed without information is merely prejudice.


August Breakfast Meeting in the books
We had an incredible meeting at the Morris Chapel Baptist Church Family Life Center this past Saturday. There was a lot of information and inspiration shared! If you weren’t able to make it, or just want to review & share what you witnessed, we’ve captured everything and posted it all to YouTube

Bishop McCray welcomes us,
Party updates are shared by the Chair

Testifying in front of the
SC Senate Committee

Volunteer of the month & Motivations

Congrats to Denise Waldrep for earning our Volunteer of the Month award for August! We were happy to gift here with a commemorative portrait of the White House with Champ and Major sitting on the lawn.

Seeking volunteers for Floyd’s Fish Fry & Cookout

Floyd’s Fish Fry & Cookout is only ONE MONTH away! Grab your tickets while you can for this huge event on Sat, Sept. 11. You can order online or call (864) 715-2341 to secure yours before they sell out. (Click the image to the right to see the full poster)

Volunteers Needed! We have opportunities for you to assist on the day of the event. From setting up, to serving food, to playing games with kids – we have a place where we could use your help!

Please see our online Floyd’s Fish Fry volunteer form to see if there are activities that are a fit for you.

Upcoming Elections & Voting Rights

Voter Registration Drive
On Saturday, Aug 14, from 1 – 6 pm we will have a Voter Registration tent at the 2nd Annual Black Market Commerce Event in Uptown Greenwood (by the fountain). Click the image to the right to see a larger poster.

Volunteers Needed! If you have an hour or two to spare, could you spend it with us at our tent? Reply to this email if you can help raise awareness about our civic duty to vote!

Testifying to the SC Senate Committee on Redistricting
Last week, GWCDP Chair Bill Kimler testified in front of the SC Senate Committee on Redistricting about the funny Senate lines drawn through Greenwood.

Watch the short clip below to see what he said!

Candidate Spotlight – Mia McLeod

Mia McLeod is the SC State Senator from District 22 (Kershaw & Richland counties) with a long history of service. She is running for Governor of South Carolina!

Recently, Mia shared her plan to deal with the COVID-19 Delta variant that’s running unchecked through our state.

Meanwhile, Henry McMaster‘s grand plan is to lie about its severity to anyone who will listen.

Visit to learn more.

Mark your calendar: The Democratic Primaries will be held on June 14, 2022!

Our Community

Bench painting service project – Boys & Girls Club
When we were scouting locations for the upcoming Floyd’s Fish Fry, we noticed that the metal picnic benches at the Boys & Girls Club needed a little TLC.

This Saturday, Aug 14, at 9 am, we will give the benches a fresh blue coating and make them shine!

Volunteers Needed! If you can join us for an hour or so, please reply to this email.

Greenwood County Community Remembrance Project Coalition
The following was submitted to us as a great educational opportunity for high school youth in Greenwood:

The Greenwood County Community Remembrance Project Coalition is sponsoring a high school youth study program in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, AL.

The program will focus on the history of racial violence in America from the end of the Reconstruction era through the 1950s. Specific focus will be given to our local history and the events of the Phoenix Riot in Greenwood County.

It will involve eight study sessions to be led by the Rev. Chris Thomas and the Rev. Doug Kauffman, with additional guest presenters. Sessions will begin on Sunday, August 8, 2021 and continue every other Sunday evening until Sunday, November 21, 2021. These sessions will begin at 6 pm and conclude between 7:30 pm and 8 pm. Sessions will be held on the campus of Connie Maxwell Children’s Ministries.

Committed participants will take an all-expenses paid trip to Montgomery, AL on Wednesday, January 5, 2021 through Friday, January 7, 2021 and visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum. The trip is sponsored by the Greenwood Rotary Club.  Participants will also write an essay on the legacy of racial terror in America, and submit these essays to EJI as part of their essay writing contest initiative.

Interested high school students should contact Reverend Chris Thomas, Director, the GLEAMNS Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historical Preservation Site at (864)337-0065 (Cell) or via email, or Doug Kauffmann, Lander University, (864) 551-9922

News & Noteworthy

Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan
This week, Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan cleared the US Senate with almost half of the Republican Senators supporting it (much to the consternation of the Greenwood Republicans).

What’s in this plan? The Washington Post put together an amazing graphic that touches on many of the positive provisions found in this legislation. Click the image to the right to see the full graphic and learn more about it!

Legislative Updates

Legislation for Fairness in Redistricting in SC submitted

Did you know… There is NO PROVISION in the South Carolina State Constitution that lists any criteria for how district lines are to be drawn? While they must follow federal guidelines, this is the first time in many years where Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which governed problematic states including South Carolina, is no longer in effect, having been struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013.

SC State Senator Mike Fanning and SCHouse Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter drafted and submitted bills earlier this year to instill fairness and nonpartisanship into the process. 

S.750 and H.4229 (both named the “SC Fairness, Accountability, and Integrity in Redistricting Act”) were submitted back in April but neither made it out of Committee prior to the session ending. The Republican-led legislature had more pressing business like open-carry laws and anti-mask, anti-vaccine ideology to work on at the time.

Read the text for yourselves and see what could have been if a Democratic majority with proper priorities had been in charge of the legislation that comes up for debate.

Upcoming Events

See our Calendar Page for these and other upcoming events.

Community Care Movement
Bench painting @ Boys & Girls Club
Sat, Aug 14
8 am – 11 am
reply to this email to volunteer

2nd Annual Black Market Commerce Event
Sat, Aug 14
1 pm – 6 pm
Uptown Greenwood @ the Fountain

Floyd’s Fry Planning Committee
Sun, Aug 15
2 pm

Greenwood City Council
Mon, Aug 16
5:30 pm
Municipal Building
520 Monument St
Watch on FB Live

GWD County Council
Tue, Aug 17
5:30 pm
Greenwood Public Library
Watch on YouTube

Precinct Leader Info Session
Thu, Aug 19
5:15 pm – 5:45 pm
Greenwood Public Library

Exec Committee
Thu, Aug 19
6 pm
Greenwood Public Library

Precinct Leaders Mtg
Thu, Aug 19
7 pm
Greenwood Public Library

Mon, Sep 6

Floyd’s Fish Fry & Cookout
Sat, Sep 11
11 am – 3 pm
Boys & Girls Club
Tickets on sale now!

SC House Redistricting Hearing
Tue, Sep 21,
6 pm – 8 pm
Piedmont Tech – Medford Center

Breakfast Meeting
Sat, Oct 2
9 am – 11 am

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