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Who Benefits from Medicaid Expansion in South Carolina?

June 9, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) was signed into law in early March of this year. The bill helped extend popular COVID relief benefits through June. It also led to the expansion of many programs and benefits for low-income communities in the United States. Some of the benefits include: Making Child Tax Credit…

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We Must Stop Cuts to 2021 VOCA Spending.

December 3, 2020

South Carolina Appleseed is alarmed with the proposed radical decrease (approx. 40%) in the VOCA (Violence Against Crimes Act) cap proposed in the Senate’s FY21 spending bill and coinciding lack of an urgently-needed VOCA legislative fix. The proposed cuts would be devastating for agencies that serve the needs for communities of color, immigrant communities, and communities living…

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SC Appleseed Awarded Grants From Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas to Continue Social Justice, Racial Equity Work Spanning Over Forty Years

August 19, 2020

Columbia, SC—South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center was named among 18 organizations across South Carolina who received employee-directed grants from Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas to continue social justice and racial equity projects with statewide impact.  In total, SC Appleseed received $30,000, with $20,000 from Duke Energy and the additional $10,000 from Piedmont Natural…

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Statement: SC Appleseed Opposes DHS’s Gutting of DACA

July 30, 2020

Yesterday, in yet another attack against the security of young immigrants in this country, the Trump Administration took the next steps in its years long quest to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. In response to the June 2020 U.S. Supreme Court decision holding that the administration’s 2017 rescission of DACA was…

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An Estimated 213,000 South Carolina Residents Need Help to Get Stimulus Payments

July 15, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided economic impact payments to individuals up to $1,200 to help dampen the impact of the economic fallout of COVID-19. Most people have already received their payments via direct deposit, check, or prepaid debit cards. But an estimated 213,000 people in South Carolina who desperately need…

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South Carolina Appleseed’s Letter to the South Carolina Congressional Delegation

May 18, 2020

For a PDF version of this file click here. RE:     Federal policy recommendations to ensure future COVID-19 relief efforts include South Carolina’s Immigrant Families Dear Honorable United States Senators and Representatives of South Carolina: South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center writes to urge South Carolina’s Congressional Delegation to ensure that future federal COVID-19 relief efforts…

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Statement: South Carolina Appleseed Applauds Supreme Court Decision, But More Work Must Be Done.

April 28, 2020

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in an 8-1 decision in the case Maine Community Health Options v. United States. The court ruled that the federal government must live up to its promise to shield insurance companies from some of the risks they took in participating in the ACA…

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South Carolina Appleseed’s Statement on Trump’s Plan to Suspend All Immigration

April 21, 2020

Last night, President Trump tweeted that he would sign an executive order temporarily suspending all immigration into the United States. This order would not only be an assault on our American values and a cruel extension of the Administration’s family separation policies, but counterproductive to mitigating the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis. We are…

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Important information for People on Social Security, Survivor or Disability, Railroad Retirement Benefits, VA benefits, and SSI Recipients

April 21, 2020

If you have dependent children and get Social Security Survivor or disability Or Railroad Retirement Benefits You have until Noon on Wednesday April 22 to go online to get the $500 stimulus payment for each child. If you miss this deadline you can register your children with the new non-filer tool at irs.gov.   You will still…

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Important Information: South Carolina Supreme Court Reschedules Evictions Between March 17 and March 31

March 18, 2020

On March 17th, the South Carolina Supreme Court  issued an order about evictions. All evictions scheduled between March 17, 2020 and March 31, 2020 will be rescheduled sometime after April 30, 2020.  The court is allowing case-by-case exceptions for matters involving essential services and/or harm to persons or property, so some evictions may still go…

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