Making Democracy Work

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

NOVEMBER 17: Protecting the environment in South Carolina

Michael Corley is upstate coordinator and attorney for the South Carolina Environmental Law Project, a public interest law firm dedicated to protection of South Carolina's environment. He is also an adjunct professor of environmental law at Furman University and a board member of Friends of the Reedy River and TreesUpstate.  Before he became an attorney, Michael graduated from Clemson in industrial engineering. 

SCELP provides concerned citizens and environmental groups with the services of attorneys having broad experience in environmental law.  SCELP offers free legal services to those who require expert assistance in order to protect their natural resources or community. SCELP is in its 32nd year of operation, working in communities from the coast to the mountains, and handling issues from nuclear waste dumps to salt marsh impairment. 

Michael will explain the role of SCELP in allowing citizens to speak out and oppose powerful countervailing issues. His presentation will specifically focus on a couple of presently pending legal disputes, including a contaminated coal tar site that has been allowed to fester in one of Greenville's African American communities for more than 70 years, as well as several conflicts that have arisen as a consequence of climate change.  

The public is invited.
See the calendar for more information.

Vote411 -- the online candidate forums

This November we hope to make our online candidate forums available to all the municipalities that are holding elections. In Pickens County, Central, Easley, Liberty, Norris, Pickens and Six Mile are holding elections. In Anderson County, Belton, Honea Path, Iva, Pelzer, Pendleton and West Pelzer are holding elections. In Oconee County, Salem, Wahalla, Wesrminster and West Union are holding elections.

Alice Flower (Anderson County), Kathy Bargeron (Oconee County) and Eleanor Hare (Pickens County) are collecting candidate information and entering it in the computer. Invitations to participate are being sent to candidates by email. Letters will be mailed to those who do not reply.

We need volunteers in two areas: (1) to phone candidates who do not reply and (2) to take Vote411 flyers and business cards to each council having an election.

This outreach, to the edges of our three counties, is a huge task, but it is a major benefit to voters. If we can reach all these elections, candidate participation in future candidate forums should increase. Contact any of the county co-ordinators if you can help.

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