Category: Economic Opportunity

Economic Opportunity, Health and Education, Policy Updates

SC Narrowly Avoids 34 Million Dollar Budget Cut to Family Planning Services

by Megan Plassmeyer on Apr 13, 2018

This week, the South Carolina Senate debated the state budget, specifically addressing four amendments that would have been extremely harmful for women across the state. Unlike Gov. McMaster’s executive order issued last summer that was designed to block state agencies from paying state or local taxpayer money to doctor’s or medical practices that provide abortions,… Read more

Advocate Stories, Economic Opportunity, Special Events

2018 WREN Summit Highlights

by Megan Plassmeyer on Apr 11, 2018

On April 9th-10th, 2018,  the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN) hosted their annual summit at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and USC Alumni Center. Registrants had the opportunity to engage in conversation with diverse business owners, community leaders, students, and advocates, while taking part in hands-on skill building activities designed to address and increase… Read more

Economic Opportunity, Policy Updates

The Impact of Breast Feeding

by Carson Cook on Mar 5, 2018

The benefits of breastfeeding to mom and infant are well documented and The American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and the US Surgeon General recommend that infants be breastfed exclusively for the first 6-months of life and breastmilk should remain a part of their diet at least up… Read more

Advocate Stories, Economic Opportunity, Freedom from Violence, Health and Education, Policy Updates

Video Series: Using the Statehouse Website

by Megan Plassmeyer on Feb 7, 2018

We get it, the Statehouse website probably hasn’t made your list of most frequent stops.  Read below to see how you can better utilize this free resource, and become a #superadvocate this legislative session. You can also click here to access our Advocacy 101 Toolkit. Watch Live Video While the Statehouse website can’t stream movies… Read more

Advocate Stories, Economic Opportunity

Importance of Community Development Tax Credit

by Guest Author, Amber Stewart (SCACED) on Feb 6, 2018

Read below to learn from our guest author, Amber Stewart, Masters of Social Work Student Intern for the South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development. Please join SCACED (South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development) in supporting the reauthorization of the Community Development (CD) Tax Credit; House Bill 3842 and Senate Bill 412. Every day,… Read more

Advocate Stories, Economic Opportunity, Health and Education

Be the Voice

by Eme Crawford on Nov 21, 2017

We know better than most the huge number of barriers that people in South Carolina face when they need to access reproductive health services, including contraception and abortion care. We are working hard to push back against new restrictions and push for policies that support women’s health and well-being. In fact, WREN’s Ann Warner just had a… Read more

Economic Opportunity, Freedom from Violence, Health and Education, Leadership and Civic Engagement

Tremendous Impact: A Look at Wren’s First Year

by Eme Crawford on Nov 20, 2017

You and 27,000 WREN members are building a movement to advance the health, economic well-being, and rights of South Carolina’s women and girls. You donated. You volunteered your time. You made calls and sent emails to your elected officials. You enabled WREN to: Mobilize Citizens & Organizations to Take Action 1,900 people participated in advocacy… Read more