Connie and I were lucky enough to spend the weekend in South Carolina, the latest stop on our Dignity of Work tour.
We started the trip in Columbia, where we met with clients and staff at Fast Forward Community Technology Center. The center provides training and resources for veterans, along with those who don’t have computer access or who need help finding work.
The people we met shared their powerful stories; some are struggling to get by on minimum wage, while others are working multiple jobs to make ends meet. I left determined to do whatever I can to fix the system so they have a fair shot to get ahead.
We spent the rest of the day meeting South Carolinians in Columbia and Florence. Despite the rain, so many people took the time to join us—and Connie and I enjoyed hearing your stories and visions for a better country.
The next morning—after breakfast at Bazen’s in Florence—we visited Hartsville, and were so excited to join the Democratic Women Council of Darlington County for their annual Women’s History Month Luncheon. I can’t think of a better way to kick off Women’s History Month than by spending time with this inspiring group at the Jerusalem Baptist Church.
After the luncheon, we headed to Summerville. On our way there, Senator Gerald Malloy took us to the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, a stop that was fun and (literally) uplifting. We loved meeting such passionate students.
We wrapped up the trip at the Dorchester County Democrats’ First Annual Oyster Roast, complete with friends new and old.
The trip was a whirlwind in the best way. We can’t thank the people of South Carolina enough for opening their homes, sharing their stories, and teaching us all there is to know about their state. As I said in Hartsville, to God, and to us as progressive Democrats, we are all equal and the government needs to treat us that way. After my time in South Carolina, I’m as energized as ever to keep up that fight. If you’re ready to get involved, chip to support this movement.