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ACLU Hosts “Session Confessions” Thursday *April 18* at Josiah’s

***Weather Update 2019.04.10***: Given the crazy weather, the ACLU has postponed this event one week, to Thursday, April 18. I have edited the headline above and the post below to reflect the new date. Tell your friends!

The American Civil Liberties Union is hosting what promises to be a fun event next Thursday: Session Confessions, 6 p.m., April 18,* at Josiah’s Coffeehouse in Sioux Falls!

From defeating four discriminatory anti-transgender bills to stopping the repeal of presumptive probation, the ACLU of South Dakota had some important victories during the legislative session this year. But there were some disappointments, too, like the passing of the anti-protest bill that threatens the right of South Dakotans to peacefully protest and has the potential to chill free speech.

But what really happened behind-the-scenes in Pierre? How do bills get defeated? How does the legislative session actually work?

ACLU of South Dakota Policy Director Libby Skarin, Reps. Erin Healy and Kelly Sullivan and community advocates will come together to talk about their time in Pierre during Session Confessions, an evening of no-holds-barred conversation designed to give real answers to real questions.

Of course, if we want to know all the behind-the-scenes details, we need some Republican to show up, violate her loyalty oath, and tell us what the Republicans decided in their super-secret caucus meetings.

Luckily rookie Representatives Healy and Sullivan are bound by no such silly secrecy oaths, only by their vow to serve the public. Come talk with them and the redoubtable counselor Skarin Thursday evening at Josiah’s!


  1. Rorschach 2019-04-09

    Then there’s the permitless concealed carry law – a clear victory for civil liberties (-;

    Come everyone, as Irish eyes will be smilin’!

  2. Certain Inflatable Recreational Devices 2019-04-09

    Cory, I’d sure love it if you were to make a video of this meeting and share it with us.

  3. Debbo 2019-04-09

    CIRD, I second the motion.

    Either way, thank you Democrats for not shutting out the citizens, but rather remembering that you serve your constituents.

    Probably should define and give examples for “serve” and “constituents” to the SDGOP.

  4. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-04-10

    Would that I could! Alas, 6 p.m. in Sioux Falls isn’t doable with an 8-to-5 job in Aberdeen (unless I could get Jeff Sveen to fly me down in his jet and let me parachute down to Josiah’s…).

  5. certain inflatable recreational devices 2019-04-10

    Perhaps you should re-examine YOUR priorities, CAH. You have a fan club to keep satisfied.

  6. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-04-11

    Hmm, let’s see… full-time job or fan club….

    I’d suggest the ACLU should consider hosting a Session Confessions session here in Aberdeen, but my fan club isn’t big enough to elect any Democratic legislators in District 3. :-D

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