Over the weekend, the governor, Nikki Haley, destroyed the South Carolina Commission for the Arts — the cut was such that the 20 people who work there cannot show up to work today, can’t even go into their building, because of liability issues. The arts in South Carolina brings in $9.2 billion and creates 78,000 jobs at a cost of 1.9 million to the Arts Commission. It’s a phenomenally stupid cut — our state has one of the two best arts in education programs in the country! We don’t do a lot well in South Carolina, but this is one of the few we really do. And now we’re about to be the only state in the country without a public arts agency.
This is political, but I have to let you know it’s deeply personal as well. I have worked for the Commission, I know everyone who works there, the arts and arts education are extremely important to me, and my mother is the president of the foundation board. My mother has worked with them for over half of my life — for 15 years she has been on their board and this is her third year as president. Nikki Haley is messing with my mother — that is NOT COOL.
There is good news! The SC legislature is returning next week to vote on it — the problem is that it is summer vacation and they may not all show. They also may not get the 2/3rds majority needed to overturn the vetoes. I need your help. My mom needs your help. My state, which is run by idiots but full of wonderful people, needs your help.
Please contact the SC Representatives and Senators and urge them to vote to override Vetoes #1 and #21 – to keep the doors open at the Arts Commission! Also, let them know that the rest of the vetoes are pretty crappy too — taking money from teachers, schools, important scientific research, and programs to help victims of sexual violence.
Here’s a single contact form to get in touch with:
All the Senators: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/email.php?T=M&C=SMEMBERS
All the House Members: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/email.php?T=M&C=HMEMBERS
I know many of you aren’t from my state, but I think FtB has the power and this movement has the power to put some pressure on these people, and if you’re from South Carolina, you must do this! Tell them to show up! Tell them to override the vetoes! Help my mom!
EDIT: Passing the need on and sharing is something that you can do to help even if you don’t contact the politicians, please share. And it is on reddit.http://www.reddit.com/r/atheism/comments/w9og0/help_me_save_south_carolina_the_arts_and_my_mom/