Statement on Civil Unrest
Dear South Carolinians,
We are once again faced with an unfortunate time of civil unrest in our country due to, not only the COVID-19 pandemic and economic uncertainty, but also a spate of extrajudicial killings of Black men and women and other racial and ethnic minorities. The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs understands the importance of justice, equity, and dignity for all the state’s minority communities and continues to be an advocate in these matters.
Our belief aligns with that of the late intellectual and writer James Baldwin in his assessment: “There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.” This is why we are continuing to fight for the improvement of our communities in the present. Yet, our fight cannot be violent because this redirects our focus from what is good. We must fight for humanity and social justice for those whose voices need to be heard. Our commitment is to bridge the gaps in our communities to ensure that we stay true to our mission to be a “catalyst that identifies and examines emerging issues and trends by providing constructive solutions…”
As such, we are here to work with governmental agencies, community groups, and individuals to ensure a better South Carolina today, tomorrow, and in the future. We are not only the vanguard seeking justice, but we also stand in solidarity with you as we all work for a better, more just, and more equitable South Carolina.
Dr. Delores Dacosta
South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs
The SC Election Commission is in need of poll managers for the upcoming June 9 primaries. Poll managers are especially needed in the following counties: Anderson, Beaufort, Charleston, Greenville, Kershaw, Lancaster, Laurens, Lee, Oconee, Pickens, Richland and York.
Poll managers are paid at least $165 and will also receive special Covid-19 training on applying social distancing and maintaining sanitary conditions in the polling place. Training will be provided online when possible and small-group, socially-distanced training when necessary.
- Election officials will provide:
- Masks, face shields and gloves for poll managers.
- Sneeze guards for check-in stations.
- Sanitizing wipes for cleaning common surfaces.
- Hand sanitizer for voters and poll managers.
- Cotton swabs for making selections on the touchscreen.
- Check-in stations and voting equipment will be spaced at least six feet apart.
If you are a registered voter, consider applying to be a poll manager today. South Carolina needs you. Learn more about becoming a poll manager and apply at scVOTES.org.
The S.C. Commission for Minority Affairs is seeking input from ethnic minority small business owners on the transition back to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Commission has developed an online survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on minority-owned businesses and the challenges owners have faced including the accessibility of loans or grants and employee retention.
Click here to complete the survey. For more information, call 803-333-9621.
SC CMA & SC DEW Host Unemployment Benefits Webinar
The S.C. Commission for Minority Affairs and the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce held an Unemployment Benefits webinar on Thursday, April 23 to answer frequently asked questions and provide tips for filing unemployment insurance claims.
To replay the webinar, visit our Youtube page.
2020 Community Survey
The S.C. Commission for Minority Affairs is conducting an online survey to better understand the impact of COVID-19 and the recent tornadoes on communities across the state.
The survey will track how communities are receiving information related to the COVID-19 pandemic; the impact of COVID-19 on individuals (employment) and small businesses, and the ability to receive financial assistance; the impact of the recent tornadoes (April 13, 2020) in South Carolina; and more.
To complete the survey in English, click https://bit.ly/cmacommunitysurvey.
To complete the survey in Spanish (Español), click https://bit.ly/cmasurveyspanish.
Statement Issued by Executive Director Dr. Delores Dacosta Regarding Impact of Tornadoes in SC
The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs would like to extend its condolences and sympathies to the citizens of South Carolina affected by the tornadoes that devastated communities across the state on Monday, April 13, 2020. We would especially like to extend our sympathies to the Beaver Creek Indians of Orangeburg County and members of the Edisto Natchez-Kusso Tribe of Colleton County who lost their lives, homes, and personal possessions. We stand in solidarity with these grieving communities and are here to assist them in obtaining the resources needed to rebuild their homes and lives.
Dr. Delores Dacosta, Executive Director
COVID-19 Statewide Working Group for Latinx & Immigrant Communities
The SC Commission for Minority Affairs, SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center, PASOs and Hispanic Alliance are forming a statewide working group of individuals, organizations and businesses serving the Latinx and immigrant communities in SC. The purpose of the work group is to coordinate and share information and resources available to families responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The group will create a Directory of Service Providers to facilitate the process of finding resources, sharing information and promoting networking.
If you, or your organization, are assisting the Latinx/immigrant community, or if you want to start helping, please complete the form! To ensure an accurate database, please complete all information. For more information, contact Ivan Segura at firstname.lastname@example.org or Louise Popock at LPocock@scjustice.org.
Small Business Webinar: COVID-19 Resources
Economic Injury Disaster Paycheck Protection Program
The S.C. Commission for Minority Affairs and the S.C. Small Business Development Center (SC State University-Orangeburg Area) held a free Small Business webinar on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program.
Facilitators included Brenton Brown, Director of Public Policy & Community Affairs for the commission; Jim Johnson, Region Director at the SC Small Business Development Centers (SCSBDC) and Gary Robinson, entrepreneur and business consultant for SCSBDC. Visit our Youtube page to view the full webinar. Visit our Small & Minority Business Division page for resources.
We're Still Working for You
In the interest of public health and by executive order of Governor Henry McMaster, the S.C. Commission for Minority Affairs office is closed to public. While our office is closed, we're still committed to serving you. Our staff is working remotely and is available to assist you. To reach a member of our team, call (803) 333-9621 or email email@example.com. STAFF DIRECTORY
Complete Count 2020
The time is now to complete the #2020Census! Help shape your future and your community's future by completing the questionnaire online today! Visit our Census page for more information.
Answering 20 Questions about COVID-19
How severe is COVID-19? When will the outbreak end? How can communities prepare? To obtain the answers to these questions and more regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, watch the CDC's Facebook video from Wednesday March 18, 2020.
South Carolina Opportunity Zones
What are Opportunity Zones? Is my city/town part of the Opportunity Zone? Please visit our South Carolina Opportunity Zones page to obtain the answer to this and other questions.