Current State and Local Issues
Dakota Local Food Network If you want to buy more local food, believe in supporting our local farmers, and want the best nutrition for yourself and your family, this website is for YOU. This is an interactive website and everyone is invited to participate. So ask your questions, contribute to our posts, send us additions and updates, and help us continue our long South Dakota tradition of protecting our resources and being good neighbors.
Dakota Rural Action is a grassroots organization whosemembers come from all walks of life and serve as spokespeople who guide the decisions of the organization through local chapters and statewide committees. Dakota Rural Action members work directly with local, state and federal decision makers about the issues that affect their communities.
Equality South Dakota is a statewide advocacy organization developed by men and women across South Dakota who are dedicated to achieving equality for all people with respect to their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Health Care for America Now: a coalition of organizations and interest groups committed to health care reform and acess to affordable health care for all Americans.
SD chapter of HCAN is headed by SDDIA member Jane Murphy. DIA is a coalition partner.
South Dakota Healthy Families leads the campaign against repressive anti-abortion legislation, currently followiing court case on the implementation of HB1217.
Gather the Women is a gathering place for women and women's organizations where new models of feminine collaboration are being born. SD Democracy in Action is a sister organzation linked on their web site.
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Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
PolitiFact is a project of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly to help you find the truth in the presidential campaign. Every day, reporters and researchers from the Times and CQ will analyze the candidates' speeches, TV ads and interviews and determine whether the claims are accurate. Its Browse the Truth-O-Meter can be searched by candidate, by attacker, by subject, by political party, by where they said it.
The Institute for Public Accuracy seeks to broaden public discourse. With systematic outreach to media professionals, the Institute provides news releases that offer well-documented analysis of current events and underlying issues.
National Activist Groups
Progressive Legislative Action Network (PLAN) works for progressive legislation in all fifty states by providing coordinated research and strategic advocacy tools to forward-thinking state legislators. It offers a balance for American Legislative Exchange Council
American Civil Liberties Union works to preserve First Amendment rights, equal protection under the law, due process, privacy.
Common Cause is a nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy organization as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard and to hold their elected leaders accountable.
Media Transparency tracks money behind right wing groups.