Meet Wilson Kubwayo - Motivational Speaker #RaisedinSD

  Wilson is a refugee from Burundi who came to the US and changed his life. Now, he motivates youth to go to college and give back to the community just like he does.  Wilson was #raisedinSD and we are so proud of him!     Continue reading

Meet Migdad Mustafa - US Marine #RaisedinSD

                      Migdad was born in Sudan and immigrated to South Dakota at the age of 13. He graduated from Washington HS in Sioux Falls, SD, and attended STI for construction management. He then joined the US Marines and was deployed twice; once to Afghanistan and once to Iraq. He now works as a construction project coordinator. He is a proud US Marine, father, and a South Dakotan-Muslim. This is his story #RaisedinSD Continue reading

2018 Interfaith Day At Legislative Session

2018 Interfaith Day At Legislative Session Continue reading

What is Greatness?

WHAT IS GREATNESS?  Lately the notion of “greatness” has been on my mind, as in making America great again.  I’ve been looking for signs of greatness as well as lack thereof.  As a South Dakotan who loves our rural state, I  have also pondered over making South Dakota great again.  Of course the “again” implies that both America and South Dakota have lost at least some aspects of “greatness”.  For two years I have been a lobbyist in our state capital.  Don’t nuns belong in churches, Catholic schools and hospitals?  What was I doing in the halls of the capitol building?  But there I was, sent by my religious community, the Presentation Sisters of Aberdeen, to do what I could to assist in creating law that is characterized by justice and respect for the needs of all.  I went with the hope that our  SD legislature was working to make South Dakota great.  And much of the time they do.  Continue reading

Join us for a Press Conference and Rally

Click here to go to our EVENTS page! Community coalition speaks out against Secretary of State Shantel Krebs’ and Sen. Sen. Neal Tapio’s support for Muslim registry and endorsement from Kris Kobach (Sioux Falls, SD 12/14/17) – On Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 3:30 PM, a community and interfaith coalition will hold a press conference in Sioux Falls, SD for statements of community solidarity against Islamophobia and xenophobia perpetrated by South Dakota’s elected officials. Continue reading

The Journey to South Dakota Voices for Peace

Welcome Friends!  It’s been quite a year fighting Islamophobia and anti immigrant/refugee bigotry in South Dakota.  It all started this past January 2017, when I was alerted that there had been an anti-refugee bill introduced at our state capital, Pierre, SD. I dusted off my advocacy hat and started reaching out to my network of immigration lawyers, social justice activists, and interfaith leaders. I even took a chance and emailed the CEO of Lutheran Social Services, Betty Oldenkamp, telling her that LSS was not alone. And we were off to the races. Shortly after this bill was introduced, two Islamophobic and anti-refugee resolutions were introduced.     Continue reading