The Trump administration’s FY 2018 budget calls for eliminating the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which funds South Carolina Humanities and the other state humanities councils and makes our nation’s history and cultural heritage accessible to current and future generations. Urge Congress to reaffirm its strong bipartisan support for NEH and reject any efforts to eliminate it!
South Carolina Humanities has a 44-year history of making possible quality public programs that foster critical thinking, increase our historical and cultural understanding, promote civil discussions of difficult issues, and deepen the cultural infrastructure within our communities and state.
Your voice is needed NOW for the future of our nation’s educational and cultural institutions.
What You Can Do
- Contact your congressional delegation immediately by phone or email and express your support for the NEH. Our colleagues at the Federation of State Humanities Councils have created a page on their website that allows you to quickly send email messages to your Congressional representatives, phone them, or both. Please click HERE and urge your representatives of Congress to oppose elimination of the NEH. **The Federation of State Humanities Councils provides a nice script with national talking points. For additional state-specific talking points, please see our South Carolina Congressional materials below.**
- Write a personal letter to your congressman with a story or personal testimony to the importance of humanities programs in your community. Find your Congressman in the list below for specific examples of programs near you supported by SC Humanities.
- Show your support on social media! Visit us on Facebook and Twitter over the coming weeks and share our messages with new audiences. Encourage your friends and colleagues do to the same.
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South Carolina Talking Points
Once you have determined your Congressional District through the link above, download a list of recent programs funded near you to use as talking points in your advocacy phone calls, emails, and letters.
SC Congressional District 5 | PDF File
The Honorable Lindsey Graham and The Honorable Tim Scott | PDF File (This document focuses on programs that have had a state-wide reach.)