Advocate Stories

Share Your Story.

by Sarah Nichols on Feb 12, 2019

To all of our dear advocates and supporters out there: This isn’t the first time we’ve told you this, and it certainly won’t be the last, but your voice matters. And so do your stories. Research has proven time and again that personalized messaging to lawmakers is the most effective form of advocacy. When your

Advocate Stories, Leadership and Civic Engagement

SC Legislature App in 5 easy steps

by Courtney Thomas on Feb 7, 2019

The General Assembly started their session with innovation in the release of the “SC Legislature” app.  This mobile app will make staying connected during the legislative session easier and more efficient. Here are 5 easy steps to effectively use this new app: Download the app As with all applications, the SC Legislature app requires a

Economic Opportunity, News, Policy Updates

Pay Equity Press Conference

by Megan Plassmeyer on Jan 15, 2019

WREN, alongside Representative Wendy Brawley, hosted a Statehouse gathering and press conference today to announce support of the Act to Establish Pay Equity. “Today is the day we make a pledge to do everything in our power to prevent gender and racial pay disparities,” said Representative Wendy Brawley. “I ask my colleagues and community members

Economic Opportunity, Policy Updates

Comments needed for Medicaid Waiver

by Ashley Lidow on Jan 8, 2019

South Carolina officials are proposing that very low-income parents and caregivers who qualify for Medicaid fulfill new reporting requirements to show they are working at least 80 hours a month or participating in job-training or volunteer activities. If they do not, they face the loss of their health coverage. The state is seeking a Section

Economic Opportunity, Policy Updates

All About the ERA

by Ashley Lidow on Jan 4, 2019

As the 2019 Legislative Session approaches, we are watching closely to see what bills are introduced in the South Carolina legislature. A bill to ratify the ERA was prefiled (introduced prior to the official start of session) by Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter. So what is the ERA? ERA stands for Equal Rights Amendment and it would

Leadership and Civic Engagement

New Year’s WRENsolutions

by WREN Staff on Dec 19, 2018

It’s the start of the new year: the time when people make promises to themselves and to others on how this year is going to be better than the last. It’s often hard to stay true to your resolutions, but here at WREN, we know one thing for sure: in 2019, we are committed to

Special Events

WRENsgiving

by WREN Staff on Nov 20, 2018

It is easy to get discouraged with all of the bad news and hateful messages that can circulate on the internet and our phones. So here at WREN, we want to take a moment to express our thanks and gratitude for the many things we have to be thankful for–including you, dear reader, and everyone

Economic Opportunity

Upward Mobility in the Upstate

by Anna Brannigan on Nov 16, 2018

For one of our recent Facebook Live Fridays, we were joined by Faith Adedokun from the Network for Southern Economic Mobility (NSEM).  She and Courtney Thomas went live to discuss economic mobility in the Upstate.  NSEM is a group of Southern communities, formed in order to bring cities together and figure out how to move

Freedom from Violence, Special Events

Transgender Day of Remembrance.

by Nyomi Guzman on Nov 15, 2018

This Tuesday, November 20th, WREN will be observing Transgender Day of Remembrance. Gwendolyn Ann Smith founded Transgender Day of Remembrance in 1999, as a way to remember trans people whose lives were taken as a result of anti-trans violence in the last year around the world. Trans Day of Remembrance is recognized through a memorial.

Leadership and Civic Engagement, News

More Women at the Table: Midterm Election Updates

by Ashley Lidow on Nov 7, 2018

The results are in and we at WREN have been closely watching the midterms to see who will represent us at the SC Statehouse and beyond. Reports are showing that there was incredible voter turnout with the SC Elections Commission estimating more the 55.7% of voters casting ballots this cycle. That is the second highest