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About sdpeacejustice

The SD Peace & Justice Center connects a grassroots network of South Dakotans working for social justice and against violence and oppression.

Wondering what sequestration might look like? Look at SD Reservations

The clock is ticking. Washington lawmakers have until March 1, this very Friday, to strike a budget deal and avoid “sequestration,” that is, massive, automatic spending cuts to both the military and vital social programs: The White House continued laying … Continue reading

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The continuing saga of Powertech Uranium

  Powertech Exposed is a great source of information about the Canadian refrigerator-turned-uranium company that’s looking to suck up West River’s water and cart the profits from South Dakota’s mineral wealth clean out of the state. They recently reported that, … Continue reading

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Obama golfs while climate burns

Further proof (from the Argus Leader, a newspaper apparently bent on denying the evidence of its own reporting) that climate change is heating up: After suffering through the worst drought in decades last year, farmers throughout South Dakota should brace … Continue reading

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Climate Change & the Sociopolitics of Newspaper Reporting

A couple weeks ago, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader published a lead story entitled “Hint for state‚Äôs climate future: think Kansas,” the gist of which seemed to amount to, “Climate change isn’t so bad! Look, warmer winters!” I then proceeded … Continue reading

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Guest post: REMINDER: Medicaid bill up for Friday vote!

You may be aware that a week ago last Monday, the House State Affairs Committee in the South Dakota Legislature defeated, on a 9-2 vote, HB1244. This bill would have disallowed the State of South Dakota from participating in the … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to the Heartland: Let’s Protect the Sacred Together

A few weeks ago, a Gathering to Protect the Sacred from the Keystone XL Pipeline took place between Natives and non-Natives from across the continent on the Ihanktonwan (Yankton) homelands near Wagner, SD. Our friend Phyllis Cole-Dai from Fast for … Continue reading

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Five easy ways to say NO to Keystone XL

This weekend, tens of thousands of people from all across the country will converge on Washington, D.C. for a Forward on Climate rally to urge President Obama to take urgent action to avert global climate catastrophe. Foremost among their concerns? … Continue reading

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