FEBRUARY 2020 – Focus on the Palmetto State
In our first segment, we spoke with Jean Fontaine with Moms Demand Action, a grassroots movement of mothers from all over the nation who seek to protect people from gun violence. The movement began after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut that left 20 children and six adults dead. Jean, who serves as the Upstate chapter leader, shared with us that the group’s three main emphases are promoting gun sense legislation, supporting candidates as well as elected officials who push for gun sense legislation and operating the Survivor Network, which provides support to those who have been directly affected by gun violence. The group is currently working to defeat senate bill 139 in the S.C. State Senate, which is a permit-less carry bill that allows anyone to carry a loaded handgun without a background check or training. For more information, you can go online to their website, momsdemandaction.org.
Segment two of the show focused on the Greenville Tech Foundation, a nonprofit arm of Greenville Technical College that has assisted in providing countless students with financial support by way of scholarships. We spoke with the Director of Development, Judy Wilson, along with one of the foundation’s board members, Steve Hall. They shared with us that the foundation came into existence in 1973 and the organization’s primary goal is to raise funds to support the priorities of Greenville Tech, especially since funding from the state has decreased over the years. The foundation is currently raising funds for the Center for Culinary and Hospitality Innovation, a short-term training facility for the school’s culinary institute. For more information or to donate to the foundation, you can go online to their website greenvilletechfoundation.org or give Judy Wilson a call at 864-232-6665.
The final segment of the show revolved around the U.S. Census. The census, which is an official count of the U.S. population, takes place once every ten years, as required by the constitution. U.S. Census Media Specialist, Lindy Studds, shared with us that the results of the census determine the assignment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. She also shared that there is more than 675 billion dollars in federal funding that will be distributed to local communities, per year, for the length of the decade. That funding goes towards infrastructure, health care, education and community services. The census will begin in mid-March and will consist of ten simple questions, including your name, age, sex, race, birthdate and your relationship to others within your household. Responses can be submitted online, via phone or traditional mail. Temporary, yet very competitive wage jobs will be available starting in late spring and will last to early summer for anyone seeking employment. For more information, go online to their website 2020census.gov.