Category: Advocate Stories

Advocate Stories, Freedom from Violence, News

Jamal Sutherland should still be alive today.

May 14, 2021

The following statement is from the ACLU of South Carolina, CAJM, Charleston Activist Network, Charleston Immigrant Coalition, Charleston BLM, Black Liberation Fund, Lowcountry Action Committee, SC4CJ, and WREN regarding the release of video of the death of Jamal Sutherland at the Al Cannon Detention Center:  Jamal Sutherland should still be alive today. The killing of

Advocate Stories, Freedom from Violence, Policy Updates

WREN Testimony in Support of S.591 

by WREN Staff on Apr 28, 2021

Presented by Ann Warner on April 28, 2021 to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee  Thank you, Chairwoman Senn, and Subcommittee members, for giving me an opportunity to speak today on S. 591. My name is Ann Warner, and I am the CEO of the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN). WREN’s mission is to build a movement to advance

Health and Education, Partner

Betsy’s Testimony in Opposition to S.525

by Betsy La Force, Coastal Conservation League on Apr 22, 2021

This testimony was provided to WREN by Betsy La Force of the Coastal Conservation League. Betsy presented this testimony in front of the House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs on April 22nd, 2021. “Thank you, Mr Chairman and members of the subcommittee, for the opportunity to speak today. I’m Betsy La Force

Advocate Stories, Freedom from Violence, News

An Urgent Call from Ann Warner, WREN CEO

by Ann Warner on Apr 16, 2021

This week began with news of yet another murder of an unarmed Black man, Daunte Wright, by police in Minneapolis, followed by protests in his community and the heartbreaking appearance of his anguished mother and family on national television. We are now learning about the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old child, Adam Toledo, by police

Advocate Stories, News

Meet Maura

by WREN Staff on Mar 7, 2021

Maura Schray is a service-learning student from the University of South Carolina. She will join the WREN team and assist our Network Engagement Manager in the Spring 2021 semester. Learn more about the newest addition to our team below:  1. Where are you from? I am from Nazareth Pennsylvania, which is on the eastern edge

Advocate Stories, Freedom from Violence, Health and Education

Statement in Opposition to H.3477

by WREN Staff on Feb 23, 2021

Testimony prepared by WREN CEO Ann Warner for the House Judiciary Special Laws subcommittee on February 23, 2021. “Thank you, Chairman McCravy, and members of the subcommittee, for the opportunity to testify today. My name is Ann Warner and I am the CEO of the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization

Health and Education, News, Partner

Press Release: Coalition of LGBTQ Advocates in South Carolina Call on Legislators to Reject Anti-Transgender School Athletics Bill In Advance of Subcommittee Hearing

Feb 19, 2021

Proposed legislation would jeopardize the mental, social, and physical health of transgender youth in South Carolina and open state to lawsuits.   Columbia, SC- Today the South Carolina legislature announced that a hearing will be held next week on H3477, legislation that would prohibit transgender youth in middle and high school from participating in student athletics.

Advocate Stories, Freedom from Violence, Health and Education

CEO Ann Warner’s Testimony in Support of the Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act

by WREN on Feb 18, 2021

Statement provided on February 18, 2021  Thank you, Chairwoman Brawley, and members of the 3-M Social Services, Mental Health and Children’s Affairs subcommittee, for the opportunity to testify today. My name is Ann Warner and I am the CEO of the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with a mission to

Freedom from Violence, Health and Education, Partner

Collective Statement from South Carolina Organizations on the Passage of S.1

by WREN Staff and Partner Organizations on Feb 18, 2021

Today, South Carolina has become the latest state to demonstrate its disrespect and disregard for the lives and welfare of its residents by signing into law S.1 – the extreme and dangerous 6-week abortion ban. In the middle of a raging pandemic that is causing unprecedented loss of life and livelihood, it is appalling that