Category: Freedom from Violence

Economic Opportunity, Freedom from Violence, Health and Education

Make your voice heard to support SC children: Sign up to testify at the fall 2021 Children’s Committee Hearings

by Ashley Crary Lidow on Sep 2, 2021

Are you passionate about the welfare of children in South Carolina? If so, you should consider testifying at the fall 2021 Children’s Committee hearings across the state. This is an amazing opportunity to provide information to legislators from the House and Senate, as well as key stakeholders who shape many policies that affect the children

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

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

Freedom from Violence, Health and Education, News

New Report Confirms, South Carolina as Dangerous State for Women, Transgender People, Survivors with Disabilities

by WREN Staff on Apr 16, 2021

An increase in sexual and intimate partner violence reveals a systemic issue in reporting violence and the accessibility of care for transgender people and survivors with disabilities.  COLUMBIA, SC– South Carolina consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous states for women.  A new report from Able SC, SCCADVASA (the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual

Freedom from Violence, Health and Education, News, Policy Updates

Statement in Opposition to the “Save Women’s Sports Act” (H. 4153)

by WREN Staff on Apr 8, 2021

Testimony presented to the House Judiciary Special Laws Subcommittee on April 8, 2021.  Thank you, Chairman McCravy, and members of the subcommittee, for the opportunity to testify today. My name is Ashley Lidow, I use she/her pronouns, and I am the Director of Policy and Government Relations for the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN),

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

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