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Dear SCHSD member,

We're less than five months out from the November general election. If you haven't already, NOW is the time to get involved in your local, state, and national elections! 

We have lots of exciting new resources, events, initiatives and opportunities coming up this month, including a comprehensive SC election guide, featuring hundreds of key races and SC Democratic candidates up and down the ballot, information on their races and candidacy, and how you can get involved. Keep an eye out— we’ll be releasing it on our website, our social media, and through email in the next several weeks!

**We're excited to announce that in the next several months, SCHSD and HSDA will be moving all of our digital organizing and communications to ActionNetwork. Keep an eye out for emails, petitions, event forms, and more to come!**

Keep reading to learn more, and don't forget to subscribe to our Facebook (@southcarolinahsdems), Instagram (@southcarolinahsdems), Twitter (@hsdemsSC), and TikTok (@schighschooldems), to stay updated throughout the month! Also, don't forget to subscribe to our remind by texting @schsdem to 81010!

Any questions or suggestions? Contact our chair at kbruner@hsdems.org.

Emily Yi
SCHSD Communications Director
National HSDA Election Results
National HSDA Election Results have been declared! We're excited to announce that the new 2020-2021 Executive Board includes two South Carolinians-- Kritika Sethi, who served previously as our state chair, and Sam Dobson, who was our expansion director.

This year's board features HSDA's first female chair, as well as our first female supermajority! We're sure that our new board will do great things and truly revolutionize HSDA.
Board of Education Initiative
SCHSD is excited to partner with Generation UP to launch our Student Bill of Rights and student seats on local school boards initiatives! GENup is a California based, statewide student-led social justice organization and student-activist coalition that strives to advocate for education through the power of youth voices.

The Student Bill of Rights would serve to help students address their rights and freedoms within the public school system. Having students serving on their local Board of Education would allow for input from the people the school board is serving. By lobbying for these two initiatives, we hope to make South Carolina's public schools more inclusive and safe for all.


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This Month's Virtual Events!
As our state reopens but cases continue to climb, the SCHSD Executive Board want to re-emphasize the need to take precautions when you're in public spaces, keep a distance of six feet, and avoid social gatherings whenever possible. We know that our local chapters still aren't holding in-person meetings and are unlikely to do so for a while, so we want to continue hosting virtual events and creating virtual opportunities to get involved!

You can read more by going to our website, schsdems.org --> Take Action --> Events and Committees. As always, keep an eye on our social media and our emails throughout the month to stay updated on all the ways you can get involved virtually.
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Expansion Updates
This month, we've registered 11 new members and started 2 new chapters. Let's keep the momentum going! Register your friends and family here, and if you're interested in starting a school or community based chapter of SCHSD, keep reading!
Legislative Updates
With the 2020 South Carolina legislative session coming to a close, our Legislative Committee is now refocusing its efforts. The environmental subcommittee is currently active and supporting efforts to counter seismic testing and drilling off our coasts. The committee is also pushing for municipalities to reduce their dependence on plastic bags along with advocating for increased recycling education and facilities. SCHSD is also putting together a group to advocate for a universal right to counsel, specifically in housing court. Currently, there is no guarantee of legal counsel for those wrongfully evicted from their homes in South Carolina, and that’s something that needs to change.

If you would like to participate in either of these initiatives, please contact Alex Doyle at adoyle@hsdems.org.
Ongoing Phone-banking (and Text-banking!) Opportunities!
A great way to take action at any time (and from anywhere) is phone-banking! Generally speaking, phone-banking is making calls for a specific candidate or an issue, with voter contact lists imported from public voter files. Due to social distancing regulations, phone-banking is the best way to connect with voters and spread the word about a candidate!

You can view all of our ongoing phone-banking opportunities on our website here! You can sign up to make calls for Kim Nelson for U.S. Congress (SC-04), Adair Boroughs for U.S. Congress (SC-02), and Joe Biden for President. 

**Jaime Harrison for Senate is currently running text-banks! Text-banking is even easier than phone-banking. Scripts are automatically loaded into third-party peer-to-peer texting platforms, and your phone number won't be shown to strangers.**

Making calls or texts to voters is simple. All you have to do is follow the campaign's script and fill out some information about a voter/their opinions! If you'd like to be phone-bank trained, sign up for one of our weekly phone-banking trainings! 

The Jaime Harrison campaign also hosts volunteer trainings every Wednesday and Saturday, which you can RSVP for here. 

Once you've made calls for a candidate, fill out this form so we can measure our impact and engagement!
Join our Remind!
Don't forget to sign up for SMS updates from our Remind is the best way updated on our events and opportunities throughout the month!

To join our Remind, just text @schsdem to 81010!
Start a Chapter of SCHSD
View this map of currently active SCHSD chapters, how to join or start a chapter, and more on our website!
One of the best ways to make an impact in your school or community is starting a local chapter of SCHSD! Becoming a local leader in your community is easy-- just reach out to our expansion director, Makenzie Fisher, at mackenziemfisher20034@gmail.com, and you'll be put in contact with any other SCHSD members in your area and provided with all the resources and support you need. 

Our state-wide goal this month is to found 10 new chapters! Learn more about how you can get started here. 

Not sure if there's already a local chapter in your area? Find out and get in contact with a local leader here. 
Stay tuned for more upcoming events and initiatives from our new executive board! Remember to stay updated on all SCHSD events by following our Facebook (@southcarolinahsdems), Instagram (@southcarolinahsdems), Twitter (@hsdemsSC), and TikTok (@schighschooldems), and remember to visit and share our website at schsdems.org (check out our updated homepage!). Never hesitate to reach out to any member of the executive board with any questions. 

Let’s help turn South Carolina blue!

The 2020-2021 SCHSD Executive Board
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