Advocacy Resources

Have you ever found yourself thinking, "Wow, that's terrible. I should do something," after seeing the latest headline about local politics?

Well, you definitely can. We're here to help.

The ACLU of South Dakota has compiled several resources for fine tuning your advocacy skills to make your case with local and national elected officials. We'll show you effective ways on how to incorporate advocacy into your daily life starting today. 

Together, we can improve the lives of South Dakotans, reduce inequities, and spread best practices across the state. 

Please Note: As a local activist, you don’t represent the ACLU of South Dakota as an organization. You represent your own causes as a concerned community member. This is critical to local advocacy. As you work on your campaign(s), your voice will be stronger as representative of your community. If anyone is looking for comment about a formal ACLU of South Dakota position, please contact us. 


Research Your Elected Officials

Before you establish a relationship with your elected officials, you'll need to do your research! It's important to know their voting history and even previous campaign commitments to hold them accountable.

December 26, 2019

Call Your Elected Officials

Sometimes it's necessary to call your elected official. Here are some tips for planning out your phone call.

January 22, 2021

Write Your Elected Officials

Letters and emails sent directly to your elected official can be extremely effective. Here are some tips.

January 22, 2021

Meet Your Elected Officials

Meeting your elected officials in person, or virtually, is an effective way to build a relationship so they can understand what matters to their constituents. Here are some tips for planning your meeting.

December 26, 2019