Category: COVID-19

COVID-19, News

Advocates Urge Governor McMaster to Increase Protections for People Living and Working in Long-Term Care Facilities

by ACLU, Able SC, P&A, AARP, YWCA of Greater Charleston, WREN on Oct 19, 2020

COLUMBIA – South Carolina disability rights, gender justice, and racial justice advocates today joined forces to urge Governor McMaster to implement protections during COVID-19 and beyond for residents of congregate facilities for seniors and people with disabilities and those who care for them. AARP South Carolina (AARP), Able South Carolina (Able SC), the American Civil Liberties

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

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

COVID-19, Policy Updates

COVID-19 Policy Priorities

by WREN Staff on May 1, 2020

The WREN team is committed to serving our network by continuing to educate and advocate for the health, economic well-being, and rights of women, girls, and their families. Our COVID-19 policy priorities will center women and caregivers by focusing on protections for front line workers, addressing women’s economic devastation, paid leave, and reproductive freedom.  The

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