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Voting: What You Need To Know

by Chloe Holowczenko, WREN Policy and Programs Assistant on Sep 30, 2020

Voting: The one thing on everyone’s minds and coming up awfully quick. In 33 days, on November 3rd, Americans will cast their vote under unprecedented conditions. In the midst of a deadly pandemic, with unpredictable or non-existent childcare, and while juggling work, school, and personal responsibilities, we must take action to maintain our democracy and

News

Together SC Announces New Board Members, Selected by South Carolina Nonprofits

Sep 22, 2020

COLUMBIA, SC, September 22, 2020 — Together SC, the state’s network of nonprofit organizations, and their allies for good, recently announced four new board members elected by its nonprofit member organizations from across South Carolina. They include: Nichole Echols, executive director of the Pee Dee Branch of Harvest Hope Food Bank in Florence; John Hart

News, Uncategorized

WREN Statement on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

by WREN Staff on Sep 19, 2020

The Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network joins our community in mourning the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg’s influence on this country cannot be overstated. During her decades-long tenure on the Supreme Court and as a litigator for the ACLU, she reshaped the legal landscape of our country to protect women

Health and Education, News

News from the US Supreme Court

by Chloe Holowczenko, WREN Policy & Programs Assistant on Jul 16, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic doesn’t make an exception for anyone, which includes the highest court in all the land. The Supreme Court wrapped up their decisions on Thursday, July 9, which is unusually late this year; a day where they would have typically cleared out the docket for the season. Already, the justices broke tradition in

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

News, Policy Updates, Research

Our Voice 2020

Jun 15, 2020

On behalf of WREN and in partnership with the National Women’s Law Center, Change Research surveyed 1,450 South Carolina women of various sexual orientations and LGBTQ people representing a range of gender identities who are likely to vote in the 2020 election. The purpose of this survey was to understand the lives, issues, and policy

Economic Opportunity, Research

South Carolina’s Gender Wealth Gap

by WREN Staff on Jun 10, 2020

Description: This brief aims to raise awareness and inspire action to close the gap and advance prosperity in South Carolina. It defines the gender and racial wealth gap; quantifies the gap in South Carolina; highlights some of the factors that create and perpetuate it; and offers high-level policy recommendations.  Disclosures: Analysis conducted by Jessie

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,

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