Rally on the South Lawn, SC Statehouse

1100 Gervais St, Columbia SC 29201

Saturday, June 18, 2016, 10am to 12pm





“When I heard about the massacre, I felt helpless. As we join together, I know we are strong.”

What began as a small coalition of activists has quickly grown into a major event bringing together more than 30 diverse organizations — all unified for a single purpose: to Stop the Violence by passing meaningful, common-sense gun safety and hate crime laws in South Carolina.

Members of the public are urged to join the Rally to Stop the Violence, 10:00 am on Saturday, June 18, 2016, on the south lawn of the Statehouse (the side away from Gervais Street) in Columbia, South Carolina.

Speakers at the podium will include SC Democratic Women’s Chair Susan Smith, Columbia Urban League President J.T. McLawhorn, President of the Brady Campaign’s Charleston Chapter Merrill Chapman, and Tameika Hunter Ross, whose nephew Rodney Sumter was injured in the Orlando shooting.

The Big DM 101 FM and HOT 1039/939 will broadcast live from the rally.

Stop the Violence is a community empowerment initiative in metro Columbia, South Carolina, defeating violence through a united response. While partisan groups may sponsor an event, Stop the Violence is nonpartisan. Click here to scroll down to our growing list of rally sponsors.


Our greatest thanks are to our volunteers. Thank you again and again.



– Guarantee universal background checks by closing the Charleston and gun show loopholes.

– Ban assault weapons in South Carolina.

– Pass a hate crime law in South Carolina.

Get Involved

CONTACT: Volunteers – Gareth Fenley

Phone: (803) 479-1287

Email: fenleyg@gmail.com

Social Media: Twitter @GarethFenley



CONTACT: Media and sponsors – Michael Wukela

Phone: (803) 814-6871

Email: Michael@progresssouth.net

Social Media: Facebook.com/ProgressSouth