Charleston Green Party Organizes Before State Convention

The annual state convention of the South Carolina Green Party is taking place a week from today in Columbia. Down the road in Charleston, the local Greens will be getting ready with a meeting on Monday, August 3rd.

On the agenda of the Charleston Greens will be an official request to be recognized as an affiliate of the state party. The group has not been waiting for that official status to engage in Green action, however. Members have been working in coordination with other progressive organizations to prepare for Peace Day, escort women at local clinics, work at counter-recruitment events, and clean an Adopt-A-Highway area. They’re also getting ready for publicity efforts at a presence at the Charleston Green Fair.

Another issue that seems to be particularly motivating for Greens in Charleston is opposition to the extension of I-526. The transportation project threatens wetlands and would promote sprawling development in Johns Island, a rural area to the southwest of Charleston. The Charleston Greens are working with other groups to oppose the extension.

The Charleston Green Party meeting will take place 7:00 PM, Monday August 3rd, at Earth Fare in the South Windermere Plaza, Folly Road Boulevard in Charleston.


Eugene Platt, Charleston (SC) Greens fight Interstate expansion

In a letter published in the Charleston Post and Courier, Green Party spokesperson Eugene Platt called for an end to plans to extend Interstate 526 onto Johns and James Islands.

Platt, an elected member of the James Island Public Service District Commission, pointed to a resolution against the proposed extension passed unanimously by the Town of James Island Council on April 7 as evidence that the communities most impacted by this proposed road are united in their opposition to the project. The complete text of his letter can be read by clicking on the article headline.
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