November 29, 2021 — In recent weeks, South Dakota Voices for Peace (SDVFP) has received reports of two anti-Semitic signs targeting Jewish members of our community in Sioux Falls.
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SD Voices for Peace Awarded $100,000 in CDC Funds to Increase Adult COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination Rates
Education and outreach work will address vaccine inequities and advance health equity
(Sioux Falls, SD) — As one of 75 organizations nationwide, South Dakota Voices for Peace has been awarded $100,000 to fund outreach and education efforts focused specifically on building vaccine confidence among multilingual immigrant, refugee, and undocumented adults throughout eastern South Dakota. Made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in partnership with Community Catalyst, the project aims to increase understanding of and trust about COVID-19 and influenza vaccines among adults at highest risk of infection and death from these illnesses.
Noem Threatens Funding to State Agencies Assisting Unaccompanied Children from Central America
June 2, 2021 — On Wednesday May 26, 2021, while on The Sean Hannity Show, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem threatened to cut state funding to agencies working with children legally seeking refuge in South Dakota.
Governor Noem stated:
"We were very bold about telling them, do not send us unaccompanied children, and very bold in telling the federal government that we did not want to participate in what they're doing to threaten our national security. They don't have to notify us, they don't have to get our approval as governors to put these children or put unvetted refugees into our states. I can communicate, however, with the people who run those programs in my state, and they do receive state dollars, and so they need to know that those are threatened, if they're threatening the people of South Dakota, it is my job as governor, to protect them and to put the people of South Dakota first and I will do it and yes use every tool that I have."
Read our letter to Governor Noem in response to her anti-immigrant comments.
April 14, 2021 — In her tweet vilifying immigrants on Wednesday morning, Governor Kristi Noem failed to mention that the federal government requested that states provide shelter to unaccompanied immigrant children who are coming to our borders to seek refuge from violence such as rape, extortion, and abuse, as permitted by U.S. and international law.
February 2, 2021 — A House panel overseeing the COVID-19 pandemic is investigating coronavirus outbreaks at meatpacking plants, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) failure to properly protect workers.
SD Voices for Peace (SDVFP) welcomes this congressional investigation holding the nation’s meat processing plants accountable for their lack of preparation and action when the pandemic broke in the United States, nearly a year ago.