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

“I like my history BLACK, hold the sugar” t-shirts from @SlaveDwelling Project / Joseph McGill

Click to purchase t-shirt / donate “I like my history BLACK, hold the sugar!!”

About this campaign –

OUR MISSION – The Slave Dwelling Project’s mission is to identify and assist property owners, government agencies and organizations to preserve extant slave dwellings.

OUR PURPOSE – The purpose of our work is to become a clearinghouse for the identification of resources to document and preserve these slave dwellings.

OUR TASK – It is essential that the Slave Dwelling Project serve as a conduit for the identification of preservation resources for owners of slave dwellings that have a desire to save these dwellings. We also seek to assist in the acquisition of slave dwellings within a community in order to mitigate the possibility of demolition.

OUR GOAL – Our goal is to bring historians, students, faculty, writers, legislators, organizations, corporations, artists and the general public together to educate, collaborate and organize resources to save these important collectibles of our American history.

We are a State of South Carolina incorporated nonprofit organization. We are a 501©3 organization for Tax Exemption from the Internal Revenue Service.


“The Light of Hope” 2017 #Emanuel9 Commemoration Events

“The Light of Hope” – 2017 #Emanuel9 Commemoration Events .. for more info see full listing below:
June 1-30: Exhibit of The Life and Legacy of Mrs. Cynthia Graham Hurd at the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit with photos and other artifacts that recognize Hurd.
June 17-30: Quilt and Memorabilia Exhibit, Arch Building, 85 Calhoun St. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. After the shooting on June 17, 2015, the church received thousands of memorabilia and hundreds of quilts from around the world. The exhibit will include a sampling.
June 19–26: Tours of Mother Emanuel AME Church. Hours for tours are 10 a.m. to noon Monday-Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Group tours should be scheduled through the church’s office at 843-722-2561.
June 15: 5 p.m. Lecture by Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch III, director of the Smithsonian National Museum for African American History and Culture. Free at Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St.
June 16: From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Youth basketball tournament at the Charleston Charter School of Math & Science, 1002 King St. Teams will gather for healthy competition and community bonding to remember the nine who died and celebrate the youngest victim, 26-year-old Tywanza Sanders.
June 16: From 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Charleston Forum on Race, Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Discussions will focus on racial issues, including economics, education, policing and criminal justice. Speakers include victims’ loved ones along with political, civil rights and criminal justice leaders. Go to to register.
June 16 and June 17: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour of the Borough House, 35 Calhoun St., an original home of the historic “Borough” community, one of the earliest middle-class, historic African-American communities.
June 17: From 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. “Hate Won’t Win Unity Walk.” Begins at King and Calhoun streets. March honors the nine who died and the shooting survivors and unites people of all races, religions and backgrounds to spread love across the world. Walk concludes on the lawn of the Gaillard Center with remarks by Jeff Robinson, deputy legal director and director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality of the American Civil Liberties Union.
June 17: 1 p.m. Ecumenical Worship Service, “In Remembrance of the Emanuel 9 and Recognition of the Survivors,” the Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Features clergy and choirs from across the community and keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Joel Gregory, chair in preaching and evangelism at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. Free ticket required from
June 17 and June 24: From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “A Moment of Silence…To Read.” John L. Dart Library, 1067 King St. The Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation will provide free books for children to celebrate the life of Hurd, a longtime librarian who died in the shooting.
June 17: Acts of Amazing Grace 2017, part of a worldwide virtual project designated to encourage people to respond to the June 17, 2015, massacre with acts of kindness. Buy a cup of coffee for a neighbor, organize a food drive, make a donation to a worthy cause, read to a child. The possibilities are endless.
June 18: 9:30 p.m. Worship service at Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St. Join the Mother Emanuel family for its regular Sunday morning worship service.
June 19: From noon to 5 p.m. The Myra Thompson School Supply Distribution, Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church, 51 Bull St. The family of shooting victim Myra Thompson will sponsor a school supply distribution for students in grades K through 12. Thompson was a committed educator who impacted countless students and young adults. Call 843-885-4747.
June 20: From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Calling All Colors: An Event for Youth” at Emanuel AME Church. Provides middle school students a chance to take part in workshops and forums on topics such as diversity, tolerance, respect and inclusion. The event features Alana Simmons, whose grandfather the Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr. died in the shooting. Alana Simmons is founder of the organization “Hate Won’t Win.” The event is free, but registration is required at or
June 21: 2 p.m. Cynthia Graham Hurd Branch Library anniversary, 1735 N. Woodmere Drive, West Ashley.
June 21: 6 p.m. Emanuel AME Church ecumenical Bible Study. Will be co-led by Emanuel AME pastor the Rev. Eric S.C. Manning and the Rev. Anthony Thompson, husband of Myra Thompson, who led the Bible Study the night of the June 17, 2015, shooting.
June 21: From 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. “Tables of Ten,” various locations in the city of Charleston, including the park at The Battery, Hampton Park, Thomson Park and the Alhambra Hall lawn. This citywide pop-up Bible study event will reconvene for its second year. Groups will engage in a special Bible studies in remembrance of the shooting victims who were gathered for their Bible study when they died. For more, go to
June 24: From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Samaritan’s Feet Project, Charleston Progressive Academy, 382 Meeting St. In partnership with the Samaritan’s Feet International Organization, Emanuel AME Church will distribute new tennis shoes for youth in grades K through 12. Emanuel will be joined with partners from the Samaritan’s Feet Project, Coca-Cola and others to provide this ministry for the community.
June 25: From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Commemoration finale “Morning Grace” concert at Emanuel AME. Features artists including Charlton Singleton, Ann Caldwell, the Seacoast Church Choir and Band, Lowcountry Voices, Mario Desaussure and Marjory Wentworth, state poet laureate. The event is free, but a ticket is required. Go to