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Across South Carolina, the far right is waging an unrelenting war on women, working families and minorities of every creed, class and color – and it’s a war they’ve been winning.

After a generation of conservative leadership in South Carolina, the results are clear:

  • SC is the 3rd poorest state in AmericaSC is the 3rd poorest state in America with 1 in every 3 jobs paying less than $24,000 a year.
  • 1 of only 5 states in America without a hate crime lawSC is 1 of only 5 states in America without a hate crime law.
  • SC gun deaths outnumbered U.S. combat fatalitiesBetween 2004 and 2013, SC gun deaths outnumbered U.S. combat fatalities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • SC is the deadliest state in the nation for womenSC is the deadliest state in the nation for women and ranks among the worst in America for women in elected office.
  • 1 in 4 SC students don’t graduate high school on timMore than two thirds of SC 4th graders don’t read proficiently and more than 1 in 4 SC students don’t graduate high school on time.

Conservatives make us show a photo ID to vote but not to buy a gun and they call it public safety. They watch a 16 year-old girl getting thrown across the room for texting in class and call it discipline. They show us a state prison population that’s roughly 62% African American and they call it equal justice.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

From marching against the Confederate Flag and fighting for marriage equality to supporting our neighbors devastated by the Thousand Year Flood, over the past year reasonable people in South Carolina have demonstrated a unified spirit that flies in the face of the divisive conservative rhetoric.

Progress South is born out of that spirit. We seek to capture this new progressive energy and build a critical mass for change. The people of South Carolina are tired of the reflexive conservative dominance that’s made our state one of the poorest, deadliest and most divided in America. We’re here to push back.

Progress South believes in economic, social and equal justice for all because it shouldn’t matter whether you live in a ghetto or a gated community – you deserve a good job, good schools, a doctor to see when you’re sick and a government that stands up for you.

Progress South believes in a South Carolina that works for everyone regardless of what you look like, how much money you make, where you pray or who you love.

Progress South believes in a future where all of us have the opportunity to live up to our highest potentials; and we believe the time to build that future is now.

The people of South Carolina are tired of the worn out slogans and the hollow rhetoric.
We don’t want another conservative talking point. We don’t want another empty promise.

We want progress.

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