Health and Education, News

News from the US Supreme Court

by Chloe Holowczenko, WREN Policy & Programs Assistant on Jul 16, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic doesn’t make an exception for anyone, which includes the highest court in all the land. The Supreme Court wrapped up their decisions on Thursday, July 9, which is unusually late this year; a day where they would have typically cleared out the docket for the season. Already, the justices broke tradition in

COVID-19, News

WREN Statement on Paid Leave and School Reopening

by WREN Staff on Jul 15, 2020

This morning Governor Henry McMaster convened a press conference with leaders from the South Carolina General Assembly to address school reopening in the Fall.  The Governor and others emphasized the importance of choice in deciding whether students have in-person instruction or continue virtual learning.  However, without guaranteed paid leave from their jobs, parents do not

News, Policy Updates, Research

Our Voice 2020

Jun 15, 2020

On behalf of WREN and in partnership with the National Women’s Law Center, Change Research surveyed 1,450 South Carolina women of various sexual orientations and LGBTQ people representing a range of gender identities who are likely to vote in the 2020 election. The purpose of this survey was to understand the lives, issues, and policy

Economic Opportunity, Research

South Carolina’s Gender Wealth Gap

by WREN Staff on Jun 10, 2020

Description: This brief aims to raise awareness and inspire action to close the gap and advance prosperity in South Carolina. It defines the gender and racial wealth gap; quantifies the gap in South Carolina; highlights some of the factors that create and perpetuate it; and offers high-level policy recommendations.  Disclosures: Analysis conducted by Jessie

Advocate Stories, News

A Message of Solidarity With Our Network

by WREN Staff on Jun 2, 2020

WREN joins with people across this state and country who demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other victims of state-sanctioned terror and racism. For far too long, too many have denied or made excuses for the harm that White supremacy and police brutality have caused to Black and Brown people,

COVID-19

Disconnected: Broadband in South Carolina

by Melissa Moore on May 26, 2020

I’m living a blessed life online these days. I just celebrated Mother’s Day, a couple of birthdays, and a handful of happy hours in front of my laptop. Virtual boot camp classes have been boosting my heart rate every weekday morning before I sign onto Zoom for my daily staff check-ins. After I log a

COVID-19, Policy Updates

Letter to the General Assembly on COVID-19

by Ann Warner on May 12, 2020

  As the South Carolina General Assembly reconvenes, our CEO, Ann Warner, penned a letter to each member.  In the letter (below) Warner encourages each legislator to consider the lives and livelihoods of women as our economic recovery. In her letter, she emphasizes the need for a state-level response to the needs presented in this

News, Policy Updates

Press Release: South Carolina Legislature Passes Bill to Stop Shackling Pregnant People Who Are Incarcerated

by Ali Titus, ACLU Policy and Communications Director on May 12, 2020

Criminal Justice and Reproductive Health Advocates Celebrate Expanded Protections for Parents and Families FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 12, 2020 CONTACT: Ali Titus, ACLU of South Carolina, atitus @aclusc.org, 803-318-2500 The South Carolina House of Representatives passed legislation today that will limit the types of restraints used on pregnant people who are incarcerated and virtually abolish

News, Special Events

#WRENThisTogether: Building a Movement…and a Mullet.

by Kate Mayer on May 5, 2020

  Whew, WHAT. A. DAY. Midlands Gives 2020 has been one for the books—we were bestowed the magical unicorn known as a “Cheerful Giver” matching gift, donor outreach nearly screeched to a halt when our database crashed, and we pulled it all together while sitting at our makeshift desks working from home. And thanks to