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Protest Organizing for Sioux Falls Crackerbarrel Saturday; 14 Weekend Legislative Forums Statewide

If you’re disgusted with the South Dakota Legislature, a group called Accountable South Dakota wants you to come to coffee tomorrow morning. They are organizing a protest called “Hold Them Accountable” to pack the “Legislative Coffee” (because the hosting Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce is too snooty to call it a crackerbarrel like all of us provincials in the rest of South Dakota, not to mention too uptight to let the audience provide feedback to wrong-headed legislators’ comments) at the downtown Holiday Inn in Sioux Falls and let District 13, 14, and 15 legislators know what we think of their performance on discrimination, teacher pay, payday lending (I’d add that one!), and whatever other issues have caught voters’ attention in the 2016 Session.

Here is the invitation from Accountable South Dakota:

The South Dakota State Legislature is silencing and marginalizing South Dakotans. Their discriminatory attacks are abusing students, educators, the LGBT community, and the rights of the state’s future generations.

This needs to end.

On Saturday, February 20th, take action through joining the #HoldThemAccountable Movement! That morning, attend the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce‘s Legislative Coffee to have the chance to hear directly from the lawmakers of Districts 13, 14, and 15.

We need to pack the room with as many people as possible to hold our legislators accountable, and to demand forward-progressive action in our government!


  1. RSVP on the Facebook event page!
  2. Invite your progressive friends through sharing the event.
  3. Create a sign urging your state legislators to end their discriminatory actions, or show support for the legislators who are standing up for their constituents (ie. all District 15 legislators voted No on HB 1008).
  4. Arrive early at 8:00 am to join the #HoldThemAccountable movement. The movement will be holding signs to protest the actions, and speaking up to fight back against the silence.

Questions? Contact [Accountable South Dakota, Facebook post, downloaded 2016.02.19]

Accountable SD is focusing on the legislative forum in Sioux Falls. According to the Associated School Boards of South Dakota, other crackerbarrels are taking place Saturday in Aberdeen, Brandon, Highmore, Hot Springs, Huron, Lake Andes, Madison, Mobridge, Rapid City, Spearfish, Wagner, and Watertown; Union Center will hold a crackerbarrel Sunday afternoon. Bring your questions, comments, and cameras!


  1. Steve Sibson 2016-02-19 09:21

    Sad that most of those being sent are not being told the truth and instead are fueled by special interest deceptive propaganda.

  2. c carter 2016-02-19 10:56

    There is also one scheduled in Brookings for both Districts 7 and 4 (represented by Rep. Deutsch, sponsor of HB 1008 and HB 1161), from 9:00-10:30 am at the Brookings City and County Government Center.

  3. O 2016-02-19 11:34

    Steve, do you mean, “most of those being sent” to the protests or “most of those being sent” to Pierre (legislators)?

  4. caheidelberger Post author | 2016-02-19 13:18

    Thanks for that Brookings info, c carter—bring lots of friends!

  5. Charlene Lund 2016-02-19 14:22

    Plan on wearing the same color tops – such as green or orange. Its really impressive if everyone is making statement this way. People stand out as a connected group.

  6. Steve Sibson 2016-02-19 14:26

    Charlene, how about wearing tin foil hats?

  7. Roger Cornelius 2016-02-19 15:24

    I thought you had a monopoly on tinfoil hats, perhaps the protestors can borrow some from you.

  8. Caleb Evenson 2016-02-19 23:16

    Steve, if you’re going to make allegations, please at least provide some details. What lies have “those being sent” been told? To what “deceptive propaganda” do you refer?

  9. Madman 2016-02-20 07:22

    Steve you disagree with transgender people from lack of understanding instead you have a belief that its just a social engineer problem.

    This is more information about modern day science and how are understanding of recent findings in chemical and biological sciences have revealed some philosophical implications concerning our identity and the identity of other human beings.

    So far your Biblical definition for dressing is founded in a poor translation (which is widely accepted) because of the process it goes through to be translated and your social engineer argument is also one that philosophy is changing as it did during Aristotle’s, Plato’s, and Socrates’ age.

  10. mike from iowa 2016-02-20 08:26

    Save it,Madman. Science burns wingnuts like holy water burns vampires. You’ll end up with less ulcers. :)

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