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.