Making Democracy Work


Date & Time        Place        Description
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Mt Pleasant Senior Center
840 Von Kolnitz Rd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Candidate Forum: Forum: Mt. Pleasant Mayor.. Forums are free and open to the public. Election Day is Nov. 7. To vote on November 7, register by October 7,
Friday, October 6, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Gatherings
Dorchester, SC
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
From a League Member: Audubon Celebration of 40 Years in SC. You are invited to a celebration party in honor of Norman Brunswig, Audubon South Carolina Executive Director Ret. and Dana Beach, Coastal Conservation League Executive Director. Deadline for a reservation is September 28.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Mt. Pleasant Sr. Center
840 Von Kolnitz Rd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Candidate Forum: Mt. Pleasant Town Council.. Co-sponsored by LWVCA & Mt. Pleasant Senior Center. Forums are free and open to the public. Election Day is Nov. 7. To vote on November 7, register by October 7. Cosponsors are LWVCA and MP Senior Center.
Friday, October 13, 2017
5-6pm recording time. Be seated by 4:30.
Legare Waring House
Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
1500 Old Towne Road
Charleston, SC 29407
BBC Global Questions Charleston: Trump's America, A Nation Divided?. Be a part of the audience for an international BBC town hall television and radio discussion by making a free reservation. The BBC's Zeinab Badawi brings together a high profile panel of political and public figures from South Carolina and beyond to take your questions about where America stands today. Panelists include: Marsha Blackburn, Republican Congressman for Tennessee; Mark Burns, Executive Board Member, President Trump's Faith Advisory Panel; Jaime Harrison, Associate Chairman, Democratic National Committee; Dr. Bernice A King, CEO,The King Center; and Frank Luntz, Political Strategist. This town hall discussion will be recorded for broadcast on BBC World News TV, World Service Radio and Online, reaching an audience of many millions of people worldwide. More
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
North Charleston City Hall Council Chambers
2500 City Hall Lane
North Charleston, SC 29406
Forum: SC House District 113.. Co-sponsored by LWVCA & The Charleston Chronicle.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Isle of Palms Recreation Department
24 28TH Avenue
Isle of Palms, SC 29451
Forum: Isle of Palms City Council.. Co-sponsored by LWVCA and Island Eye News. To vote on November 7, register by October 7.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Coastal Coffee Roasters
108 East 3rd North Street
Summerville, SC 29483
Forum: Summerville Town Council, Districts 1, 3, & 5.. Co-sponsored by LWVCA & Summerville Branch NAACP. To vote on November 7, register by October 7.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
West Ashley High School Cafeteria
4060 Wildcat Blvd.
Charleston, SC 29414
Forum: Charleston City Council Districts 2 & 10. Sponsored by LWVCA, AAUW Charleston, West Ashley/James Island Business Association, & West Of. To vote on November 7, register by October 7.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Cario Middle School Cafeteria
3500 Thomas Cario Boulevard
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
Forum: Mt. Pleasant Mayoral and Town Council.. Co-sponsored by LWV, Moultrie News & Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce. Forums are free and open to the public. Election Day is Nov. 7. To vote on November 7, register by October 7.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
  SC House Party Primary Election Runoff if Necessary.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
6:45 reception, 7:30 play
Dock Street Theatre
135 Church St
Charleston, SC 29401
Fundraiser: Reception and theatre tickets "To Kill a Mockingbird". A block of tickets has been secured for LWVCA to purchase, and the play will be preceded by a reception in the theatre's drawing room. One of the best-loved stories of all time,Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbirdis a gripping, heart- wrenching story of a little girl named Scout, her brother Jem and her friend Dill growing up to confront the light and the darkness of the world they have been born into. From the guidance of Scout's father, they come to learn that "you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb in his skin and walk around in it."
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Burke High School Auditorium
244 President St,
Charleston, SC
From a LWVCA Member: Living Your Truth, Conversations in Courage. Hear Millicent Brown, Ph.D, and Armand Derfner, LLB, in duet conversation about the connection between social justice and education in our community through the lens of their personal stories. Free but registration requested
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Philip Simmons High School
3080 River Village Drive
Charleston 29492
Candidates Forum for S.C. House District 99. This forum has been cancelled due to the winter weather. We are working to reschedule it. Co-sponsored by Daniel Island News & League of Women Voters Charleston Area

Candidates on the ballot have been invited to participate in the forum and in the VOTE411 voter guide. Cindy Boatwright (D) Nancy Mace (R)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Charleston County Main Library
Calhoun Street
Stand Up, Speak Out! Advocacy 102. Kick off the 2018 legislative session with an Advocacy Training with the League! This year's training will place an emphasis on gerrymandering and ethics reform, both key issues in the SC State House this year, but we'll also discuss ways you can be an effective advocate at the local and state level for all the issues you care about. More
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
5:30 social, 6pm meeting
844 Parrot Creek Way
James Island 29412
League Board Meeting.
Monday, January 15, 2018
8 am
Burke High School
244 President St
Charleston, SC 29403
Honoring the Struggle for Equal Rights: Martin Luther King Parade. The League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area will be part the parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mon., Jan. 15.

Sponsored by the YWCA of Greater Charleston and the City of Charleston, this year's celebration is the city's 46th and one of the community's longest-running consecutive events. For a map Going? Email Melinda Hamilton.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
1401 Cambridge Lakes Drive
Mt. Pleasant, SC
LWVCA Board Meeting. 5:30, Wine and conversation 6, Meeting begins
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Lonnie Hamilton Public Services Building
4045 Bridge View Drive
North Charleston 29405
The School Board Project: Become a Voice for Our Children. Executive Director of the South Carolina School Board Association Scott Price will speak in Charleston on February 24 at an open community forum to help prepare candidates and advocates for public education for the 2018 school board elections.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Galliard Center
95 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Kids Fair. The League of Women Voters will be part of the Charleston community celebrating children with a day of learning and fun. The League will have a display featuring its voting booth and hands-on instruction in participating in democracy. Please volunteer by emailing
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
6pm, film begins 6:30
Room 118
Education Building
25 St Philip St
Charleston, SC 29424
Showing of "Equal Means Equal". Sponsored by Gender and Sexuality Equity Center Executive Committee, Charleston LWV, and the Equal Means ERA Coalition.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Charleston County Library
68 Calhoun St.
Charleston, SC 29401

(Easy parking under the Library)
Get Out the Vote in 2018. Welcome to this workshop on effective Get Out the Vote (GOTV) strategies:
  • Why voting matters
  • Who votes & why
  • How to increase turnout
  • Best practices for getting out the vote

To register for this free workshop
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
6:30pm to 8:30
Mt Zion AME Church
5 Glebe St
Charleston, SC
Social Justice; Racial Equity: Living Your Truth. Darrin Goss and Brian Duffy will be in duet conversation, speaking to their lived experiences in Charleston about racial justice and suggest ways to create a just, equitable, and thriving community where all people are empowered to fulfill their potential. These Living Your Truth forums educate, challenge, and foster new understandings about social justice and racial equity in our community. Free, registration requested:
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Charleston County Public Library
68 Calhoun Street, 29401
Be a Part of the LWV's Voters Service Team. This workshop, taught by League leaders, will feature instruction on the following:
  • Registering voters
  • Using Vote411, the League's free online guide to election information
  • Organizing candiate forums
  • Getting out the vote (GOTV)

The League intends to encourage voters to visit the most powerful place in America -- the voting booth.

For more information and to RSVP

Monday, August 20, 2018
Charleston County Public Library - Main
68 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

LWV Connects: Criminal & Social Justice, Racial Equity, & the Apology for Slavery. What's the connection between the Charleston LWV's work in social justice and racial equity, criminal justice reform, and the City of Charleston's June 19 apology for slavery?

Melissa Maddox-Evans, General Counsel for the City of Charleston's Housing Authority and an author of the city's apology for slavery, will join Shirene Hansotia, League Criminal Justice Director and Turning Leaf Staff Attorney and Analyst, to answer these questions at LWV Charleston Area CONNECTS.

The evening is free of charge; however, the number of attendees is limited to the first 35 respondents. Register

Sunday, August 26, 2018
Main Library
68 Calhoun St
Charleston SC 29401
Women's Equality Day. Post and Courier journalist Brian Hicks will join us to talk about some of the figures from his upcoming book, "In Darkest South Carolina," who fought to give women a political voice in Charleston, and the nation, both before and after the 19th Amendment was adopted.

Then Barbara Fry will give us a clear understanding of the significant impact the Equal Rights Amendment could have in the lives of women today, why women are incredibly vulnerable without it, and how you can add your voice to the cause.

A panel discussion will follow. RSVP here.

Friday, September 7, 2018
The Cistern Yard/Randolph Hall
College of Charleston
Yes! I'm a Feminist. Kick off the Year of Women at the College of Charleston by celebrating feminism and the Women's and Gender Studies Program while also supporting the Alison Piepmeier Scholarship at the 6th annual Yes! I'm A Feminist Party. Members of the College of Charleston Women's and Gender Studies Advisory Board invite you to join them as hosts or sponsors by making a gift of $100 or more to the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

Free and open to the public but please Register to attend: At registration, you may also choose to donate to a scholarship..

Saturday, September 8, 2018
Charleston County Public Library
Calhoun St
Charleston, SC 29401
Black Ink: 3rd annual Charleston African American Book Festival.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Gaillard Center
95 Calhoun St
Charleston, SC 29401
Prints in Clay. LWV members get a discount of 25%, using the code PIC25. This is a multifaceted day of events, with a photography exhibit, 9-6, that springs from the fingerprints of the slaves who made the bricks for early Charleston; a tour, 1-4pm, of the work lots and back buildings where slaves worked "Beyond the Big House;" a feast of "The Food of the African Diaspora at 5pm, and, at 7:30, "Still, We Rise! A spirituals Celebration at 7:30. Details.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Burke High Auditorium
244 President St
Charleston, SC 29403
Lecture by Jeffery Robinson. Nationally recognized leader on criminal justice and racial justice, Jeffrey Robinson, Deputy Legal Director and Director of the ACLU Trone Center for Justice and Equality, will speak in Charleston September 20 at 6pm. The evening is open to the community free of charge.

He will be hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area with the help of the ACLU of South Carolina, the College of Charleston, and the Charleston Branch of the NAACP.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Statewide & local, including Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester Counties General Election. Get a personalized ballot with candidate information and find your polling location and more at The last day to register in SC was Oct. 17.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Mt. Pleasant Public Library
1133 Mathis Ferry Road
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.
Hear the Honorable Gilda Cobb-Hunter: "Women in Politics and the Equal Rights Amendment". LWV Charleston Area CONNECTS, hearing from SC Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter
Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter

Thursday, November 15, 2018-Friday, November 16, 2018
Trident Technical College
N Charleston, SC 29406
Center4Women Annual Conference. Featuring (1) Elizabeth Gilbert, international Best-Selling author of Eat, Pray, Love and one of Time magazine's top 100 most influential women in the world

(2)Julia Pimsleur, author of Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big

Schedules and tickets

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Town of Kiawah Island, Charleston County Municipal Election: Mayor & 4 Council. Last day to register: Nov. 4
Saturday, January 19, 2019
9:30-3:30 program; 9-9:30, coffee, registration
South Carolina Education Association
421 Zimalcrest Drive
Columbia, SC 29210
Sign up for LEAD - League Education and Advocacy Day. Learn about or be updated on issues like redistricting, utility regulation, voting technology, and upcoming legislation. $25 for the day, including lunch. Sign up

Join members from across the state to kick off another great League year. The program will include a panel on "After the Midterms: Lessons for Future Elections," fundraising ideas from Kate Kennedy (LWVUS development), a legislative update, and roundtable discussions (choice of 2) on topics such as maintaining nonpartisanship, running an Observer Corps, programming on issues not currently LWVSC priorities in the Statehouse, and planning for the 2020 centennial. Network, compare techniques, and problem-solve with members of other local Leagues!

Monday, February 11, 2019
Charleston County Public Library - Main
68 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
LWV Connects: Conversation with Charleston City Commission on Women. Link for signups coming soon! In this quarterly series, the League of Women Voters hosts members of the community that are working towards common goals. On February 11, they will host the chair and vice chair of The City of Charleston Commission on Women -- the only municipal commission of its kind in SC. Jennet Robinson Alterman and Carol Jackson will share some of their early accomplishments, including City Council's passage of a resolution to adopt the UN Commission to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women treaty (which has not been ratified by the US government yet - you can ask about this at the event!) The Commission also worked closely with they City of Charleston to gain approval for short term disability insurance for all city employees at the city's expense, which benefits new mothers, among others. We will also discuss issues they are working on next, including exploring ways to alleviate disparities that unfairly burden African American women, provide human trafficking awareness, and support ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in SC. Space is limited to 35 people for this meeting, which will be free.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
5:30 & 6
1401 Cambridge Lakes Dr
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
LWVCA Board Meeting. 5:30, Wine and Conversation; 6:00, Board Meeting
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Charleston Public Library
68 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Annual Program Planning Meeting. What does the League mean about speaking with one voice? How does the League plan for the future?

The League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area will discuss and plan its work at the annual Priorities and Planning meeting. In addition to giving input to determine our local priorities, we will also review existing state positions and make recommendations for the future. Only League members can vote in this meeting but the community is welcome to attend.

Sunday, March 3, 2019
Charleston County Public Library
68 Calhoun St
Charleston, SC 29401
Ensure Your Vote Counts. This forum looks at the options SC has as it replaces the touch-screen voting machines it has been using, as well as issues such as gerrymandering and campaign finance laws that are impacting our elections.

Free and open to the public. Limited seating. Registration required.

Saturday, March 16, 2019
Town and County Inn
2008 Savannah Highway
68 Calhoun StCharleston, SC 29407
Dr. Marjorie Spruill: The ERA's Unfinished History. Due by March 10: Reservations required for this luncheon and speaker Cost of luncheon: $35. Seating is limited.

Dr. Spruill, an eminent historian who is retired from USC, explores the cultural and political history of the Equal Rights Amendment and its resurgence as a possibility today.

Monday, April 8, 2019
Charleston County Main Library
68 Calhoun St
Charleston, SC 29401
LWVCA Connects With Mayor Tecklenburg: How will Charleston Weather Climate Change?. In this small group conversation, the League asks Charleston mayor, John Tecklenburg, "How ready is Charleston for climate change?" Free but required signup
Saturday, May 4, 2019-Sunday, May 5, 2019
all day
Town and Country Inn
2008 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407
2019 LWVSC Convention: Celebrating Democracy, Embracing Diversity. This year Charleston hosts the convention. See agenda and register.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  LWVCA Board Meeting.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
1401 Cambridge Lakes Dr
Mt. Pleasant 29464
LWVCA Board Meeting. 5:30 Wine and Conversation 6:00 Meeting Begins
Monday, June 17, 2019
Tradesman Brewing Co.
1647 King St Ext.
Charleston, SC 29405
Charleston Legislative Wrap Ups. Public Invited, Tickets required: Hosted by Conservation Voters of South Carolina and League of Women Voters Charleston Area Get Tickets
Saturday, June 22, 2019
9:30am Brunch
Harbor Breeze
176 Patriot's Point Road
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
All LWVCA Members and Their Guests: LWVCA Annual Meeting, Bruch, and Speaker. Required registration and payment for brunch

At the registration site, links provide key documents for our official business: (1) Thanking outgoing president, Melinda Hamilton for inspiring leadership and welcoming a new president and board members and officers. (2) Voting on items that serve as the basis for the League's work; the proposed slate of officers, the budget, the 2019-20 action plan, and revised bylaws. Links to key documents for decision making are accessible from the registration site.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Winfred B. Moore, Jr., the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Citadel. Dr. Moore is also the author of several articles on the history of the modern American South and the editor of six published books of essays, including, most recently, Toward the Meeting of the Waters: Currents in the Civil Rights Movement of South Carolina During the Twentieth Century which was selected for a Choice notable book award.

Monday, August 5, 2019
Downtown Charleston Library, Room B
68 Calhoun St
Charleston, SC 29401
League Board Meeting.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Circular Congregation Church
150 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29401
Vigil to commemorate the signing of the Voting Rights Act. The Charleston League will co-sponsor this vigil, commemorating the signing of the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965. The League will have a table to register voters. Vigils across the US will demand that Congress restore the voting rights protections of the Voting Rights Act.