Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) Workshops Offered for the First Time in South Carolina

Friday, Dec. 12th – Sunday, Dec. 14th
Columbia Friends Meeting House
120 Pisgah Church Road, Columbia, SC

Three-day workshop introduces the concepts, principles and tools of nonviolent conflict resolution and Transforming Power.  Once a participant has completed the Basic Workshop, s/he is free to participate in the Advanced Workshop  (Jan. 9-11, 2015) and the Training for Trainers Workshop (Feb. 6-8. 2015).  Recommended for students, social workers, law enforcement officers, community volunteers, teachers, or anyone interested in solving problems peacefully.

December workshop schedule: Friday 5:30 – 9 pm, Saturday 8 am – 9 pm, Sunday 12 noon – 5 pm.  Housing options available.

Deadline to Register: Dec. 1st.  Suggested registration donation $25, which includes 5 meals.  Scholarships available.

Register online at
CONTACT Diane Butler, 803-727-6307; for brochures and other information.
Sponsored by the Columbia Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.


Please join SCADP, the ACLU of South Carolina, the Charleston NAACP and the South Carolina Progressive Network on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the ILA Hall in Charleston, SC to hear Jack Shuler discuss his new book,

THE THIRTEENTH TURN            thirteenth_3-31
A History of the Noose

The story of a rope, a symbol, and rough justice in America.

The hangman’s knot is a simple thing to tie, just a rope carefully coiled around itself up to thirteen times. But in those thirteen turns lie a powerful symbol, one that is all too deeply connected to America’s past—and present.

The Thirteenth Turn (PublicAffairs, 2014) unravels these stories, from Judas Iscariot to the Jena 6, from the execution of  John Brown, Perry Smith, and Richard Hickock, to the lynching of Dick Wofford in Landrum, South Carolina. In his travels across America, Shuler traces the evolution of this execution technology.

Shuler’s account is a kind of shadow history of America: a reminder that vigilantes and hangmen play a crucial role in our national story. The Thirteenth Turn reminds us where we come from, and what is lost if we forget.

Jack Shuler is John and Christine Warner professor and associate professor of English at Denison University. He is the author of Blood and Bone (2012) and Calling Out Liberty (2009).

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For more information on the Charleston event, contact anna(at)

Several appearances are also planned for Columbia and Orangeburg:

October 12, 2014, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Columbia, SC, 11:00 a.m.
October 12, 2014, Orangeburg Fine Arts Center, Orangeburg, SC, 4 p.m.
October 14, 2014, Speaker at the Center Series, South Carolina State Library, Columbia, SC, Noon.

For information regarding those events, please contact network(at)