NEW MISSION STATEMENT:

DAKOTA RURAL ACTION (DRA) ORGANIZES PEOPLE AND BUILDS LEADERSHIP WHILE DEVELOPING STRONG ALLIED RELATIONSHIPS. WE PROTECT ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES, ADVOCATE FOR RESILIENT AGRICULTURE SYSTEMS, AND EMPOWER PEOPLE TO CREATE POLICY CHANGE THAT STRENGTHENS THEIR COMMUNITIES AND CULTURES.

NEW VISION STATEMENT:

WE ENVISION AN ACTIVE AND ENGAGED MEMBERSHIP PROMOTING HEALTHY, BEAUTIFUL, AND JUST FOOD, AGRICULTURE, AND ENERGY SYSTEMS THAT PROTECT CLEAN AIR, WATER, AND SOIL FOR ALL THE CURRENT AND FUTURE INHABITANTS OF SOUTH DAKOTA.

 

INCLUSION, RESPECT, TOLERANCE, EQUALITY, EQUITY AND JUSTICE 

WHEREAS, accounts of incidents of hate targeted at groups such as: Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Arab, Jewish, Latino, African-American, Asian, Native-American, female, people with disabilities, immigrant, refugee, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other vulnerable community members have been reported to police, on social media, and to advocacy organizations across the nation and in South Dakota; and 

WHEREAS, many in the minority, the documented and undocumented populations in South Dakota communities are hurting and fearful as a result of the rise of discrimination or the rhetoric of exclusion and vilification; and

WHEREAS, our communities draw strength from the diversity of our people including age; ethnicity; gender; gender identity; language; physical and mental abilities; race; religion; sexual orientation; political ideology; and perspective; and

WHEREAS, the United States and South Dakota’s Constitutions support the peaceful exercise of free speech and assembly for all people; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Dakota Rural Action encourages employers, organizations and governmental entities to uphold justice, provide equality and equity of opportunity for all, actively encourage all voices to be heard, promote inclusion, and oppose acts of intolerance or discrimination; and

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that DRA opposes the enactment by the State Legislature or by local ordinance any measure that would discriminate.