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Janna Farley,

May 3, 2021

A lot happened in Pierre this year.

From defeating two discriminatory anti-transgender bills and expanding resources to addressing the MMIP crisis in South Dakota, the ACLU of South Dakota and its allies shared some important victories during the 2021 legislative session. But there were some disappointments, too, like the passing of the state’s expanded stand your ground laws.

Join ACLU of South Dakota Advocacy Manager Jett Jonelis and Indigenous Justice Organizer Candi Brings Plenty for The Fight Ahead, a virtual conversation designed to answer questions about the 2021 session and provide details on what people can do now to make a difference next year.

Would you be interested in talking to Jett Jonelis or Candi Brings Plenty about the ACLU’s latest outreach event?


WHAT: The Fight Ahead

WHEN: 5 p.m. MT / 6 p.m. CT on Thursday, May 6.

WHERE: Zoom (registration required)


About the ACLU of South Dakota

The American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU of South Dakota is part of a three-state chapter that also includes North Dakota and Wyoming. The team in South Dakota is supported by staff in those states.

The ACLU believes freedoms of press, speech, assembly, and religion, and the rights to due process, equal protection and privacy, are fundamental to a free people.  In addition, the ACLU seeks to advance constitutional protections for groups traditionally denied their rights, including people of color, women, and the LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit communities. The ACLU of South Dakota carries out its work through selective litigation, lobbying at the state and local level, and through public education and awareness of what the Bill of Rights means for the people of South Dakota.