Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events August 2017 - June 2018

Join us at our events open to both League members and the general public.

LWVCA Events and Public Policy Meetings

Date & Time        Place        Description
Friday, December 1, 2017
6:00 PM
Home of Laurel Suggs
401 North Trenholm Rd, Columbia, SC
Sarah Leverette Birthday Fundraiser. Join us in celebrating the 98th birthday of our treasured member, Sarah Leverette.

In lieu of gifts, Sarah would like for you to donate to the League of Women Voters of the Columbia Area (LWVCA). A dollar for each birthday year would be nice, but all gifts will be accepted. If you would like your gift to be tax deductible, please add "EF" (Education Fund) to the abbreviation.

Thursday, November 16, 2017
11:45 AM
Lourie Center
1650 Park Circle, Columbia, SC 29201
November Public Policy Luncheon. John Ruoff will speak to us about redistricting and voter suppression.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
701 Whaley Street
Columbia, SC
Public Forum on Redistricting. Voters should choose their politicians, not politicians their voters! Learn how redistricting works now, and how it can be better.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
5:15-6:30 PM
Columbia Chamber - Palmetto Room - 930 Richland Street Columbia City Council Candidates Forum. On Wednesday, November 1, the Columbia Chamber, in partnership with the Building Industry Association of Central SC (BIA) and the Community Relations Council (CRC), will host a forum for candidates with opposition in the City of Columbia's November 7th elections.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
6-8:30 PM
Benedict College Equal Means Equal - A Film Screening. This is a free screening of Equal Means Equal, a documentary film that shines a probing light on persisting institutional problems facing women in America today: sexual harassment and assault, rape, reproductive rights, the gender pay gap, job discrimination, domestic violence, women in prison, and poverty. As Benedict College, a historically black college here in Columbia, SC, moves toward creating its first Women and Gender Studies Program, we are inviting scholars, students, citizens, and activists from Columbia's colleges and communities to engage in a panel discussion about the future of intersectional feminism in the South.

Panelists include:

Tanya Brice, Benedict College Sybil Rosado, Benedict College Lauren Woliver, University of South Carolina Kayle Wright, WREN Meeghan Kane, Benedict College (moderator)

The film is sponsored by the Women's Rights Empowerment Network and supported by USC's Women and Gender Studies Partnership Council and Auntie Bellum Magazine.

Monday, October 23, 2017
6:00 PM
Eau Claire Print Building
3907 Ensor Avenue
Columbia, SC
Political Forum for City Council. Antjuan Seawright will moderate the following candidates for City Council:

City Councilman Sam Davis Candidate for District 1

Chris Sullivan Candidate for District 1

City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine Candidate-at-Large

Joe Azar Candidate-at-Large

Thursday, October 19, 2017
11:45 AM
Lourie Center
1650 Park Circle, Columbia, SC 29201
October Public Policy Luncheon. Christina Goodwin, our web master, will present the new League project to use Facebook to get the League's message out to the public. We'll discuss sharing posts, engagement, and fostering dialogues on social media, including a few tips.

Members will also brainstorm strategies for getting the vote out, and how to boost participation in the November 7 elections and beyond. Be ready to put your thinking caps on and come up with ways to encourage voter participation in the primaries. Separate tables will be set up to discuss ideas and strategies, and each will have a note keeper, time keeper, and reporter to share ideas at the end of the meeting.

All are welcome, but reservations for a catered lunch are required no later than Wednesday NOON, October 18, 2017. Cost of lunch: $10.00 (Attendees may bring a lunch) Please RSVP to Susan James: or call 256-6822

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Brookland Conference Center
1066 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia, SC 29169
LWV Information Table at ACSD. LWVCA will host an information table for education leaders at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Please contact Pat Mohr 803-463-3504 or Margaret Anne DuBose 803-212-8743 if you would like to volunteer to encourage teachers to vote!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
5:30 PM
Hall at Senate's End
300 Senate Street
Columbia, SC
Advocate of the Year Reception. The Appleseed Legal Justice Center is honoring one of our lifetime members, the incredible Sarah Leverette with the 2017 Rev. Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney Award for Justice.

Sarah Leverette was one of the first female graduates of the USC School of Law and one of the first female lawyers in South Carolina. She has devoted her life to advancing women's rights and breaking barriers for all peoples.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
  National Voter Registration Day.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
11:45 AM
Lourie Center
1650 Park Circle, Columbia, SC 29201
September Public Policy Luncheon. Our topic for September is the closing of the VC Summer nuclear plant. Join us to learn how we got in this situation and what the next steps are for South Carolinians.

We'll have Lynne Teague, public policy advocate and lobbyist for the LWVSC, and Ron Aiken, journalist for The State newspaper, break down the facts for us.

League members who want to order a $10 catered lunch should make their reservations as early as possible. Please RSVP to Susan James: or call 256-6822 by Tuesday, September 19. As always, members may choose to bring their own lunches or may come just to hear the program.

Thursday, August 24, 2017
6:00 PM
Woodhill Estate Clubhouse
1 Woodhill Circle
Columbia, SC 29209
August Social. Come join us for an end-of-summer soiree as we gear up for a busy fall!