Cheers to Liberty: An Event to Benefit the ACLU of South Dakota
Join the American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota and over 200 influential ACLU supporters, businesses, and community leaders and decision makers, as we eat, drink, and raise funds to support our mission to:
- Hold the government accountable for its treatment of incarcerated people and to make the state criminal justice system more fair
- Fight for LGBT equality in the courts and the legislature by advancing and strengthening protections while defeating backlash legislation
- End voter suppression and guarantee an easy and equal vote for every South Dakota
In South Dakota, bad drug criminalization policies have left our jails and prisons overcrowded and under-resourced, failed to improve public safety, and have made reentry unnecessarily difficult for formerly incarcerated individuals who want to become successful in their communities. Cheers to Liberty will feature keynote speaker Bill Cobb, Deputy Director of the ACLU Smart Justice Campaign. Cobb is a seasoned political mobilizer focused on reentry and a person who has direct personal experience with the criminal justice system. In his role as Deputy Director of the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice his goal is to confront, erode, and end mass incarceration in the United States. The ACLU of South Dakota's local policy and advocacy goals include dealing with drug policy, reforming the ingestion laws, addressing barriers to reentry, and prosecutorial reform.