Category: Advocate Stories

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,

Advocate Stories, COVID-19, Leadership and Civic Engagement

Voting in the Pandemic: We Need Action!

by Lynn Teague, VP for Issues and Action, League of Women Voters of SC on Apr 20, 2020

COVID-19 and existing South Carolina election procedures are a potentially deadly combination. COVID-19 is not going away in 2020, so the election procedures must change to protect us. Current South Carolina law will unnecessarily spread this disease by compelling the majority of our citizens to congregate in polling places on election day. This is a

Advocate Stories, COVID-19

Social Distancing With WREN

by WREN Staff on Mar 31, 2020

We know that as we move into this unprecedented time of social distancing, we find ourselves spending more time at home (and with our families) than we’re used to. Schools have closed and many employers have moved to working from home, WREN made that leap two weeks ago. With the closure of many public activities

Advocate Stories, Be The Voice, COVID-19, Health and Education

A Message from the Front Line

by Dr. Jessica Tarleton, MD, MPH on Mar 27, 2020

As physicians, we are used to sometimes working in gray areas. We may feel internal unease when we counsel a patient that we are not sure whether this treatment or that will be better, but we or our patients must choose.  The gray areas of these days, though, feel different. There is duality of telling

Advocate Stories, News

Breaking: Alicia Garza,Fatima Goss Graves, and Brittany Packnett to Keynote Lowcountry Forum

by Melissa Moore on Nov 7, 2019

Hurry! Only a limited number of tickets available so CLICK HERE to get your tickets! Announcing Keynote speakers, Alicia Garza, Co-Founder of #BlackLivesMatter and BlackFuturesLab, Fatima Goss Graves, CEO of National Women’s Law Center, and Brittany Packnett of Pod Save the People, Ferguson Uprising, and Campaign Zero for “Building Together: Harnessing Our Power for Gender Equity“ WREN

Advocate Stories, News

Columbia City of Women: Now accepting nominations

by WREN team on Nov 6, 2019

As a part of our Columbia City of Women initiative, we want to share our honoree for the month of November: Anna Heyward Taylor. Her story is indicative of the many creative, inspiring, and innovative women who have shaped the culture of Columbia and South Carolina. Born in 1879 to Columbia’s elite ruling class, Taylor’s

Advocate Stories, News

Meet Maya

by WREN team on Nov 1, 2019

Our nest is getting bigger! Meet WREN’s newest staff member and Communications and Development Associate, Maya Ward. 1.Where are you from?  I was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. I have spent the past five years in Spartanburg, South Carolina where I attended college and started working.  2.What did you do previously before coming to

Advocate Stories

It takes a village (with good laws and policies)

by Ashley Lidow on Oct 15, 2019

As many of you may know, 2019 has been the year where I decided to become a parent. When folks say that it takes a village to raise a child they are not exaggerating. Without writing a novel about what it has been like to be pregnant I will tell you: *spoiler alert* it is

Advocate Stories, Policy Updates

We are proud of you.

by Ann Warner, CEO on Sep 12, 2019

On Sept 10th, the 6-week abortion ban was heard by the Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee and served as the final opportunity for the public to provide verbal testimony. While it’s frustrating to spend our precious time discussing a blatantly unconstitutional and reckless bill that was fast-tracked outside of regular legislative session, it was also incredibly

Advocate Stories, Policy Updates

Statement in Opposition to H.3020

by Ann Warner on Sep 9, 2019

The Medical Affairs Committee has limited testimony for the Sept. 10th hearing on H.3020 so the speaker slots have been filled. That being said we need AS MANY written testimonies as possible to be used in committee and floor debates. Senators have asked for stories from all 46 Senate districts. You can submit testimony directly