Educate. Motivate. Activate.
The advocacy of the Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce is embedded in social justice movements of our community, the standards set forth by our ancestors as demonstrated by Esau Jenkins, Robert Smalls, Denmark Vesey, Joseph Hayne Rainey, and others; and the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development goals.
Our guiding principles determine our positions on issues facing the Chamber and our community:
- Create sustainable, economic opportunities for African American businesses and businesses inclusive of all regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and national origin within the Gullah Geechee community;
- Proactively respect and protect our natural environment;
- Empower social-impact business and economic vibrancy in the community;
- Support access to broadband/internet as an opportunity vehicle for rural communities and small businesses;
- Encourage an environment of life-long learning;
- Support infrastructure improvements that are non-threatening to the culture and quality of life of our indigenous community.
The Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce believes that South Carolinians deserve clean, affordable and reliable energy sources that do not burden ratepayers, and that create jobs and positively contribute to our state’s economy. To accomplish these goals, we endorse the sale of state-owned Santee Cooper to NextEra Energy, and call on the legislature to approve the sale.
The Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce, North Columbia Business Association and Georgetown NAACP Branch #5520, along with partnering environmental organizations, are aligning to launch an Action Agenda to raise awareness of green, renewable energy opportunities and to lift the voices of low-income communities so they are heard in the policymaking process.
Why we oppose Offshore Drilling, Onshore infrastructure supporting offshore drilling and Seismic testing? Our Opposition to Offshore Drilling
Why we support a single-use plastic ban?
Community Advocacy Do’s Courtesy of the Campaign Workshop
- Know your community.
- Understand the change you want.
- Be genuine.
- Be creative.
- Invest for the long haul.
- Build a coalition.
- Use social pressure.
- Hold folks accountable.
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