Category: News

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


Press Release: State Superintendent Molly Spearman Urges SC Subcommittee to Reject H3477

by SC United for Justice and Equality on Mar 3, 2021

Today, during the South Carolina Special Laws subcommittee hearing on H3477, a bill that would prohibit transgender youth in middle and high school from participating in student athletics, powerful testimony was heard from supporters of transgender equality from all walks of life. Parents, medical providers, advocates, and transgender students directly impacted spoke virtually against the

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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.


Press Release: South Carolinians Oppose Abortion Ban That Would Make SC Dangerous for Women  

by WREN Staff on Jan 15, 2021

COLUMBIA, SC- Through four hours of a subcommittee hearing, a multiracial, multigenerational coalition of advocates presented testimony before the Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee in opposition of the 6-week abortion ban.  More than 100 people signed up to testify today, and the vast majority spoke in opposition to the bill. They included physicians, patients, faith leaders, attorneys,


State of the State Address to Air on January 13th

Jan 13, 2021

What is the State of the State? This is an annual address given by the Governor to report on the economic health of the state and recognize events and individuals from the previous year.   The State of the State serves both a political and administrative purpose. It is tradition for the Governor to address the

Health and Education, News, Policy Updates

How To: Testify Against the Abortion Ban

Jan 8, 2021

On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at 2:30pm or 30 minutes upon adjournment of the House, whichever is later, the SC House Constitutional Laws Subcommittee will meet to hear testimony on S.1, a 6-week abortion ban. South Carolina, we’ve seen this before, now it’s time to take action.  Members of the public will have the opportunity

COVID-19, Economic Opportunity, News, Policy Updates

The Fight for Paid Leave Continues in 2021

by WREN Staff on Jan 5, 2021

As of January 1st, while still in the middle of a public health emergency, Congress decided that emergency paid leave is no longer mandatory in the United States. 87 million workers have lost their guaranteed emergency leave amidst the worsening public health crisis and continued school closures.  Rather than extending the requirement for employers to

News, Policy Updates

Press Release: Governor McMaster, Advocates, Legislators agree—paid family leave is good for South Carolina

by WREN Staff on Dec 16, 2020

COLUMBIA, SC – Today, Representative Beth Bernstein will prefile a bill to provide 12 weeks of paid parental leave to state employees. Bernstein’s bill will join Senator Darrell Jackson’s S.11 in explicitly providing paid family leave for state employees for the birth or adoption of a child. WREN applauds Senator Jackson and Representative Bernstein for

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Press Release: South Carolina Voters Struggling with Utility Bills and Want Help

by Conservation Voters of SC on Dec 15, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 12, 2020 POLL: South Carolina Voters Struggling with Utility Bills and Want Help One in three South Carolinians have had difficulty paying bills during the pandemic. Nine in 10 support waiving late fees for missed utility bills, preventing utility shutoffs. COLUMBIA, SC – A new poll released today finds that since the