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The Grassroots and the Press

We'd like to post media alerts that need a response and articles that have been written about volunteers. If you know of any that are not listed on our site, please email us.

Dean Rapid Response SC Media Requests for Letters to the Editors

Dean Rapid Response Network is a nationwide group of volunteers who act as "first responders" to media coverage of Howard Dean. The network seeks out both positive and negative stories about Dean, and distributes Action Alerts to the volunteer base. Volunteers respond with letters, emails, and phone calls to the appropriate news sources. Our goal is to ensure that all media coverage of Dean, from local to national, is accurate and fair.

For more information regarding South Carolina join the Dean RR SC Group.

Article about Jennifer Gaddy in the Charlotte Observer 1/17/04

Here is a great article in the Charlotte Observer about Jennifer Gaddy, one of the founders of SC Volunteers For Dean.

Article about Fred and Marilyn Sirasky on the BBC

Here is a a great article on the BBC about Fred and Marilyn Sirasky and their experiences in South Carolina volunteering for Dean.


Current Events

We'd like to get the word out about your event or activity to our volunteers. If you are organizing an event or know of one that is not listed on our site, please email us.

Dean Flash Mob
1:15 pm or so until 3 pm or so on Sun. Feb 1st

320 Harbison Blvd.

We're down to wire. We need to be seen. I need people with me at the Dean Mob. Same place & time. 320 Harbison Blvd. (Medical bldg. pkg. lot next to Chick-fil-A) 1:15 pm until 3:00 or so. There is a Bank of America across the street. If we have enough people we can cover both directions. When we get a positive response, and the light is red, we give them a bumper sticker and a Common Sense brochure. It's only a little bit of your time. This is not the time to leave it to the other guy. You can run your errands when we're done. You can canvass when we're done. Gov. Dean needs you to be seen.

Questions? Contact:
Joanne Hafter
jhafter"at" (change the "at" to @)

Columbia Outreach
Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday - Feb 1,2,and 3rd

There's a great group of volunteers in Columbia doing outreach and visibility-- Come Join us!

Contact Lanya at 919-672-6566 (cell)

givebushtheboot"at" replace "at" with @

Laptop Video Outreach in Columbia,SC and Beyond
Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday - Feb 1,2,and 3rd

If you have a laptop to help Dean, please contact me immediately!

This link has an excellent flash-video, which I think could REALLY make a difference for voters.
I think it will play REALLY well in the African American community and with youth. So that means take it to the neighborhoods near Benedict and Allen, and out to Columbia Mall.

What needs to happen:
1) Decide if you can bring your laptop and volunteer anytime between now and the primary OR loan it to another volunteer.
2) Download this video to your laptop.
3) Contact me so I can coordinate people and places and times.

PLEASE get in touch with me ASAP if you can help! Try 919-672-6566 (cell). Thank you!!!

-- Lanya

Email: givebushtheboot"at" replace "at" with @

Ongoing Campaigns

We'd like to get the word out about your event or activity to our volunteers. If you are organizing an event or know of one that is not listed on our site, please email us.

Host a House Meeting - Discuss Dean with Family, Friends, and Neighbors

Host a house meeting in your area.
House Meetings are a vital tool for reaching South Carolina voters and spreading Governor Dean's message. The meetings are hosted by Dean supporters who invite their friends and neighbors to their home. Generally lasting an hour, the meetings are an opportunity for attendees to share their thoughts about which direction they would like this country to go, to learn more about Howard Dean, and to learn what they can do to get involved with the Dean for America campaign.

For more information about House Meetings Contact Dee Haigler at 803-212-8509

For information on House Meetings in the Florence area contact:
Spencer R. Scott

Canvassing in Spartanburg

We will be canvassing in Spartanburg County every Saturday until the Feb 3 primary. We will go out Saturday afternoons and hit known Dem primary voters. Much of it will be driving as we are concentrating on the Known Dems. If you have any time to spare and this is more workable for you than the York or Union efforts, please come join us.

Please help canvass SC somewhere. We NEED to win SC on Feb 3.

My email is


Yard Sign Creation and Dispersal
Ongoing throughout South Carolina

We need Yard Signs to publicize the Feb. 3rd South Carolina Primary and Howard Dean. Here’s what we need:

  1. Yard signs that say: “VOTE FEB 3rd”. If you have room feel free to add “Dem Primary”. Would you be willing to make some? Or host a Yard Sign Making party? We will hopefully be getting some Dean signs also or we can make them.
  2. If you know of someone who makes buttons or has a button maker please email us. It would be a great addition.
  3. Distribution Centers: Would you like to volunteer your house as a place to store and distribute signs in your area?
  4. Yard Sign Distributors: Would you be willing to pick up signs from your local distribution center and drop them off at people’s homes who have requested them?

    Please email us with how you might like to help.

Housing Needed for Volunteers Coming in from Out of Town
All across South Carolina

Folks are starting to come to SC from FL, GA, NC, OH, even NY and we need to help them with housing and/or job coordination.

If you have housing or know of anyone who can provide it, offer housing

If you want to help with organizing this, please contact us.

Welcome Out of Town Volunteers
We have Volunteer Opportunities All across South Carolina

Thank you for volunteering to help Dean win in South Carolina

Click here and we can help coordinate the work, housing, contacts and resources that you need.

If you want to help with organizing this, please contact us.

Media Campaign

Help get letters, articles, and stories written about Howard Dean by creating Talking Points, Sample Letters to the Editor, and Story Pitch Ideas that everyone around the state can use to reach the media. For details, click here.

Krispy Kreme Canvassing

An African American Outreach Campaign Developed by Lauren Foster. Krispy Kreme’s that are located in African American communities are a great place to canvass for Dean. For details, click here.

Monthly Ongoing - Get together with other folks to talk about and find ways to support Howard Dean.
Next Meetup - Wednesday February 4, 7:00 PM

Meetups are in the following locations:

  • Anderson, SC
  • Charleston, SC
  • Columbia, SC
  • Florence, SC
  • Greenville, SC
  • Greenwood, SC
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Rock Hill, SC
  • Spartanburg, SC
  • Sumter, SC
  • Hilton Head, SC (listed under Savannah, GA)

    Go to and enter your zip code.

Ongoing Volunteer Activities       Media, Field, Outreach, etc.     Sign up right here!

We have lots of work you can do to help in South Carolina, no matter what state you’re in! Join us for media, PR, field activities, organizing, letter writing, outreach, fundraising, graphic design, photography, resource development, volunteer coordinating, public speaking, and anything else you can think of! Our media and volunteer groups meet every week online. Sign up today! A work group facilitator will contact you.

Dean For America  Campaign Offices  -WE NEED YOU! Come Join Us!
We need volunteers to make phone calls, canvass, visibility, data entry, assist in daily office operations, etc.

For details on all DFA events see the current DFA SC Calendar.

Columbia Office
1556 Sunnyside Drive
in Forest Acres

Charleston Office
215 East Bay Street, Suite 401

Florence Office
814 West Evans St.
Florence, SC 29501
(843) 413-1217
Contact: Spencer R. Scott

Greenville Office
1613 E. North St.
Between the Pleasantburg and Stone Ave. intersections
(864) 233-4998
Contact: Brandon P. Nichols

Orangeburg Office
1583 Amelia Street
Orangeburg, SC 29115
Keith Baptiste, Regional Organizer
(803) 536-0380
(803) 290-5156 – Keith’s cell


This project is entirely volunteer-funded and run.
SC Volunteers for Dean is not affiliated with or endorsed by Howard Dean or the Dean for America campaign.