Please join us for our 5th Ideas Into Action meeting on TUESDAY, Feb. 21, 9:30 - 11.
Here’s an overview of what we plan to cover.
We’re thrilled to welcome these two guest presenters for the EDUCATION portion of our meeting:
League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area: They'll educate us on how we as individuals can help Make Democracy Work, including: advocacy efforts, citizen education and voter registration efforts, and bridging the partisan divide. They’ll also speak to concerns that came up during our last meeting about tracking legislation (where bills are in the process and who we should make contact with and when.) You can learn more about their extensive work here, http://lwvcharleston.org/.
Amy Barch, founder of Turning Leaf, a small nonprofit in North Charleston:
Have you ever wondered why 75% of people who leave prison return within five years?
Amy will educate us on this question AND why this information is so important for us to know. By not dealing with this issue, it cost us way more as taxpayers and continues to be a vicious cycle impinging on our community. She’ll share ways to think more critically about issues of incarceration, recidivism, and re-entry.
Turning Leaf offers a re-entry program for high-risk men, ages 25 - 50, coming out of prison to change their attitudes, thinking, and behavior so they can adapt successfully to community-based living without re-offending. I deeply respect and admire Amy for her courage and capacity to do the important work for the people in our society who are often overlooked. Check out her website and videos to learn more—it's pretty incredible what this young, talented woman has chosen to take on every—single—day: http://www.turningleafproject.org/
GATHERING FOR GOOD: Here's one simple action to make a big difference at our next meeting:
Turning Leaf uses $5 gift cards to reward their students who are making progress. We'll set up a box to collect $5 gift cards—or check/cash donations.
PRODUCTIVE ACTION: As always, we'll hear UPDATES (request + action items) from groups, organizations, and nonprofits. Let me know if you'd like to be added to the list.
Indivisible Charleston: Rebecca Hopkins
Charleston Area Justice Ministry: LuAnn Rosenzweig
Step Up Network: Liz King
Arm-In-Arm: Meghan Alexander
Fresh Start Charleston: Donna Jones
Environment: Gary Smith
ChasWomenMarchOnward: Barbara Fry
Please make sure you RSVP to reserve your seat. Please email with any questions or thoughts to IdeasIntoActionCHS@gmail.com. Thank you.
MORE ABOUT IDEAS INTO ACTION:
IDEAS INTO ACTION formed right after November's contentious election. Each meeting is an opportunity to gather large groups of people in a warm, beautiful environment to channel our energy into productive action for the greater good. There are three primary areas of focus:
> EDUCATION: At each gathering we invite an organization and/or a community leader to educate on various topics that support civic engagement.
> GATHERING FOR GOOD: We choose a simple task that can make a big difference for a local nonprofit or cause (time, treasure, or talent).
> PRODUCTIVE ACTION: We’re a clearinghouse for groups + organizations + nonprofits to offer UPDATES and ACTION ITEMS on specific issues and needs within our community.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHARLESTON LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS:
This year, the Charleston Area League of Women Voters is celebrating 70 years of voter education and advocacy! In this time they have not supported or opposed any political parties or candidates, which makes them a trusted source of non-biased information in the community. The League is committed to Making Democracy Work by supporting the informed and active participation of citizens in government and in their communities. As an all-volunteer organization, they welcome new members and have been thankful for the outpouring of support from the community after the divisive 2016 election.
Here's an article from the Washington Post article today on the League of Women Voters:
Why this nearly 100-year-old organization is seeing a resurgence thanks to Trump’s election