CALL TO ACTION!! #Emanuel9RallyforUnity June 23 – Marion Sq. Charleston SC

“Politicians, musicians, and supporters will gather at Marion Square for a rally against gun violence on June 23 — days after the third anniversary of the 2015 racially-motivated shooting of nine parishioners at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston. Link to register on Eventbrite  

From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., thousands are expected to gather a block away from the church to call for an end to the gun violence epidemic plaguing the country. In 2016, South Carolina had the 10th highest number of gun deaths per capita in the country, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. South Carolina was also responsible for supplying the sixth highest number of crime guns to other states per capita in 2016.   “The divisive state of affairs globally requires a Call to Action, reminding us all that ‘Love is Our Mission'” Excerpts from



2018 #Emanuel9RallyforUnity


#Emanuel9RallyforUnity – Joan Baez just confirmed! – – June 23rd – Charleston SC 

Join our “CALL TO ACTION” To End Gun Violence and Acquire Racial Reconciliation In Celebration of the Lives and Legacies of the Mother Emanuel 9 and the Survivors.

On June 17, 2015, the largest racially motivated mass murder in recent American history occurred. Nine members of Mother Emanuel AME Church were shot to death during Bible Study with an illegally purchased gun in an effort to spark a race riot.

As the 3rd Anniversary of the Mother Emanuel 9 tragedy approaches join our “Call to Action” to End Gun Violence and Acquire Racial Reconciliation in celebration of the lives and legacies of the Victims The Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41:Cynthia Hurd, 54: The Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45: Tywanza Sanders, 26: Ethel Lance, 70: Susie Jackson, 87: Depayne Middleton Doctor, 49: The Rev. Daniel Simmons, 74: Myra Thompson, 59 and Survivors.

Rallying for Unity serves as a universal symbol of love to embrace diversity, inspire dialogue and change behaviors that will result in racial reconciliation and “common sense” gun laws. The divisive state of affairs globally requires Call to Action, reminding us all that “Love is Our Mission”

This is a FREE event … we need you to register so we can get an estimate of how many people to expect!

Speakers – Rev. Dr. Jamal H. Bryant- Empowerment Temple AME Church, Baltimore, Md., Major John Tecklenburg, Sen. Marlon Kimpson, Bree Newsome and others invited include Emanuel 9 Families and Survivors, elected officials & community leaders.

Entertainment will be provided by renowned violinist “Daniel D.”, Mr. Underrated, Lawrence Gordon Gospel, Benjamin Starr, The Dear Charleston Project; American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and activist Joan Baez: other musical artists invited include Ranky Tanky.

# Emanuel9RallyforUnity #NeverForget # Emanuel9 # MotherEmanuel9 #NeverAgain #EndGunViolence #RacialReconciliation


Your $$$, Time or Materials needed for @WeAreFamilyCHS & @CityCharleston Downtown Drop-In Center and Thrift Store!

We Are Family in cooperation with the City of Charleston is working on opening a downtown drop-in center and thrift store! This is our biggest project to date so we need ALL THE LOVE and SUPPORT we can get! If you can donate money, time or materials, we will be honored! We need to secure donations for the space ASAP and are looking for the following items: More news on the location, opening, etc. to come.

Welcome to WAF –

We Are Family has been providing support, resources, and leadership development opportunities to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, (LGBTQI) and straight ally youth since 1995.

City of Charleston Hurricane Irma Sept. 7 Update

City of Charleston Hurricane Irma Sept. 7 Update

This evening, Mayor Tecklenburg held a briefing on the city of Charleston’s preparations for Hurricane Irma and the potential local impact. The full briefing can be viewed at the following link:

Charleston City Council met telephonically today at 5:30 p.m. and unanimously declared the city as operating under a state of emergency. The city is currently operating at OPCON 4 and the Emergency Management Department remains in close communication with Charleston County and other local agencies about the storm’s potential impact and continues to receive frequent updates from the National Weather Service.

Today, crews began preparing city buildings for potential impact and worked with contractors to secure all private construction sites within the city.

In addition, city public service workers continued working to clear drains and improve system flow in advance of the storm.
City staff also went door-to-door throughout the area notifying vulnerable populations about the storm’s potential impact. This effort included outreach to homeless individuals as well as those in the city’s public housing.

Residents are encouraged to make preparations for the storm’s potential impact in Charleston by gathering emergency supplies, becoming familiar with evacuations routes, and coordinating with family members.

Over 20,000 sandbags were distributed to residents throughout the day today from four pick-up locations throughout the city. Supplies are being replenished and distribution of the final 8,000 bags will take place tomorrow.

Beginning Friday, September 8 at 5 p.m., all city parking garages, excluding the Gaillard Center garage, will be free for residents to park their cars throughout the duration of the storm.

The city of Charleston Recreation Department has canceled all athletic activities scheduled for Friday night, September 8 through Sunday, September 10. All public meetings scheduled throughout the city on Monday, September 11 and Tuesday September 12 have been canceled.

The city’s emergency management team has already begun preparation for recovery, which will commence immediately after the storm passes through the area.

A citizen information line has been established at 843-973-7219 and will be staffed throughout the day tomorrow to answer citizens’ questions regarding storm preparations. Additional information can be found at