school discipline: classroom to prison?

16,754 children were taken to South Carolina Family Court in 2013 by the Solicitor. Only 1,394 were charged with serious or violent crimes.

Students of color are suspended, expelled and arrested disproportionately to their number in the school-age population. Too many children are arrested for status offenses like truancy and “disturbing schools,” for which no adult would be charged. South Carolina needs new approaches to school discipline to produce graduates and productive citizens – not prisoners.

Join us for an important community forum and panel discussion of South Carolina’s “School to Prison Pipeline.”

Wednesday, September 17 at 6 p.m.
College of Charleston
Wells Fargo Auditorium
5 Liberty Street, Charleston

This event is free and open to the public. Panel members include:

Our co-sponsors include the League of Women Voters, Charleston School of Law, College of Charleston, NAACP of Charleston, The Citadel, YWCA Greater Charleston.


banned books week

September 21-27, 2014

Charleston Read-Out
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
College of Charleston
Monday, September 22, 6 PM

Free and Open to the Public

Featuring writers and artists reading from their favorite banned books:

Marcus Amaker
Herb Frazier
Sharon Graci
Bret Lott
Theodore Rosengarten
Joe Vandervort-Cobb
Marjory Wentworth
Katherine Williams

Bibliography of books challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in 2013 and 2014.
(As reported in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom: May 2013 to March 2014.)


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sc PRIDE - 25th anniversary in Columbia

September 20 - SC Pride in Columbia

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children, families and immigration

There are children in cages along the U.S.-Mexico border right now. And more are showing up every day. Under our laws, we do not turn away unaccompanied kids who come here fleeing violence. The Constitution is not expendable. Its principles define us as a nation. We must stay true to them.

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