Posted by Ryan Morgan on March 03, 2014 at 9:19 AM
On March 23, 2010, over 3,500 South Carolinians “marched” on the South Carolina Statehouse in support of responsible reproductive health policies. This was the first “Virtual March” in South Carolina (and the first of its kind anywhere in the world), and illustrated the power of our unified voices of reason.
We were looking for a modern way to engage citizens in the political process. Voters must be heard regardless of where they are. This event gave a voice to those who are unable to travel in-person to Columbia. We created a more convenient way to get people involved and heighten awareness about the issues.
And so began Tell Them
’s annual lobby day at the Statehouse. Now known as Bee Day, this annual event brings voters and advocates from across the state to speak with their lawmakers about the need for awareness and action on reproductive health issues. Using social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in lieu of traditional banners, posters and speeches on the State House steps, participants email their legislators using a pre-formatted message reinforcing the importance of providing sexual health information across the state.
This year’s participants will share powerful statistics with lawmakers. Births to young mothers cost South Carolina taxpayers almost $200 million each year. 75% of South Carolina’s school districts fail to comply with the state’s Comprehensive Health Education Act. South Carolina ranks 9th in the nation for estimated deaths from cervical cancer, deaths which could be prevented by greater access to the HPV vaccine.
These are just some of the reasons why we “march.” South Carolina deserves better. IT is our responsibility as voters and concerned citizens to tell our lawmakers the real story of our state, and to speak with a unified voice of reason.
to see how you can join us in #BeeDay2014 fun!