AUMF: Another Way

The South Carolina Advocacy Team requests the following actions.  Senator Tim Scott’s birthday is  September 19th. That is on a Sunday, so please call his office on Friday 9/17. Tell the staff that you are a constituent and sending birthday best wishes, and ask that he request that SJ Res 10 come to a vote. The number is (202) 224-6121.  This is not a group call, but a call-in action.

Please remember that if you get an LTE published, the SC Advocacy Team would like to send it to FCNL and we can share it on the Columbia Friends  website. 

The South Carolina FCNL Advocacy Team is focused on repealing the Authorization for Military Force (AUMF) for Iraq so that military actions and assassinations cannot occur without the approval of Congress.   Please see the full text of the bill here: .   The following letters to the Editors are in support of this effort.    

Environmental Justice Program, Part II

Real EJ Work: CASE STUDIES– Pathways, Not Projects”

Monday, September 13, 2021
from 6:45 till 8:00 PM on ZOOM!

Join us for enlightening presentations of what EJ work looks like with our expert panel in 3 different regions of the state doing the real work of empowering solutions from within the communities for the long haul.
Panelists for this session are Reverend Leo Woodberry, New Alpha Community Development Corporation in the PeeDee; Erniko Brown, Chairperson of the Environment and Climate Justice Committee of the SC State Conference NAACP & Organized Uplifting Resources and Strategies (OURS) in the Upstate; and Omar Muhammad, Low Country Alliance for Model Communities (LAM-C) in the Low Country.

Pre-register Here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Westinghouse Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Photo by High Flyer

A 10-year license for the South Carolina atomic factory near Columbia would be
dangerous. A 40-year license renewal as described in The State’s Sunday front-page story would be senseless. (“Federal study supports new 40-year license for Columbia nuclear plant”) Things change. Forty years ago, the phrase, “Google it,” would have been meaningless, and no one had a phone in their pocket. Forty years from now, it’s barely credible that a few nuclear reactors will remain. Perhaps there will be none at all.
Setting aside the real environmental dangers of leaking nuclear waste, the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission recommendation to renew the license for 40 years doesn’t make common sense.

  • Joanne Williams, Columbia, Quaker

Fund Peace Pole Now

New “Vista Peace Pole” will be dedicated in August.
Final fundraising donations needed now.

Help share the message “May peace prevail on Earth” in eight
languages in Columbia’s popular downtown district.

On August 6, 2016, the Columbia Friends Meeting (Quakers) planted a peace pole at their meetinghouse on Pisgah Church Road as part of the 26 th Annual Hiroshima Peace Vigil. Representatives of many faith communities shared prayers for peace as the pole was planted. The planting was the beginning of the Columbia Peace Pole Initiative, dedicated to planting peace poles around the Midlands in the coming years.
Within Columbia, South Carolina, a self-declared Mayor’s for Peace City, peace poles have sprouted up in various locales as the result of grassroots collaboration.

This year the Initiative, working with One Columbia for Arts and Culture ( has commissioned Columbia artist Eileen Blyth to design the Vista Peace Pole to be installed in the downtown Vista, where a series of public art works see a high degree of foot traffic. This sculpture will be installed within a two-block median on Senate Street, between the South Carolina Statehouse and the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The peace pole sculpture, proclaiming “May peace prevail on Earth” in eight languages, promises to provoke thoughtful reflection and make a statement about our shared desire for a peaceful world. Plans are to dedicate the Vista Peace Pole in early August as part of Columbia’s 31st annual Hiroshima Remembrance Vigil.

Members of the community have raised one-third of the total $9,000 budget. Now we ask you to help raise the remaining funds for this project by giving as generously as you can.
You can send your tax-deductible check (made out to One Columbia and designated for “Columbia Peace Pole Initiative”) to: One Columbia, 1219 Taylor St., Columbia, SC 29201.
Receipts for tax deductions sent by request.

You can also donate via One Columbia’s PayPal account: (Note that a 2% fee
will be incurred.) More information: Elaine Frick, Initiative member, [email protected] and 803-931-2675