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OneSouthCarolina 2013

OneSouthCarolina® 2013

The Intersection of Poverty, Justice and the Economy in South Carolina 

March 1 – 3, 2013 
for the second statewide gathering of DLI alumni in Hilton Head! 

OneSouthCarolina 2013 wove together rich content, the warmth of camaraderie, and connected work. 

DLI Alumni described the weekend’s content as “a wealth of information”, “exceptional”, and “unbelievably powerful.”  Inspector Jerry Adger and SC Supreme Court Justice Kaye Hearn shared insight into changes in the justice system in South Carolina.  And, the audience was abuzz once they heard from Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. Bryan shared real stories of hope in the midst of despair and challenged folks to use this network of alumni—despite assured discomfort--to “change the narrative” around justice in South Carolina.

In addition, camaraderie was immediately felt as old and new friends and associates welcomed each other warmly at the opening reception, stood side-by-side at the oyster-shucking table, and danced together to the bluegrass music of Mac Arnold and the Plate Full O’ Blues. The shared enthusiasm for the Southern Foodways experiences and the artists’ craftsmanship enhanced the feeling of community.

Connected work began as groups discussed the ways they could implement change in their own place of work or service and joined break-out sessions that offered a place to “plug-in” to service and work through text4babySC, Putting a Pause on Teen Pregnancy, Battling Childhood Obesity, Choose to Read, and Two South Carolinas.  DLI Alumni pledged broad actions such as initiating cross state collaborations, and educating and engaging other DLI alumni on the issues, and also narrow responses such as donating books, promoting text4baby or buying nine-inch round plates for dinners at home.

Throughout the weekend, the theme of our state becoming one South Carolina permeated the conversation, as individuals with varying political and ideological lenses came together and embraced a shared vision of hope in moving our state forward.

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