Taneeza Islam

SD Legislative Resource Council

A Stand Your Ground bill shot down by the Senate Judiciary committee has been resurrected and approved by the full Senate. Supporters of House Bill 1212 say the bill clears up vague and outdated language in current self-defense statutes. But lawyers in the legislature say the bill replaces current self-defense law and wipes out decades of case law that interprets what self defense is and is not.

Victoria Wicks tracks this bill as it travels through committees and chambers on its way to the governor's desk.


In The Moment … February 4th, 2021 Show 985 Hour 1

Two bills making their way through the South Dakota state legislature this session address the addition of June 19 as a state holiday, but with important distinctions. Senate Bill 71, introduced by Senator Jim Bolin, establishes Juneteenth as a working holiday in the state. Senate Bill 89, introduces by Senator Reynold Nesiba adds Juneteenth as an official state holiday.  Today to talk about the significance of Juneteenth and why these bills matter.  

Taneeza Islam Joins The Morning Fill Up

Dec 10, 2020
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In The Moment … December 10, 2020 Show 958 Hour 2

The Numad Group of Rapid City held their regular Morning Fill Up earlier today. The virtual chat welcomed Taneeza Islam, an immigration attorney and Executive Director of South Dakota Voices for Peace.

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Emergency Fund For Immigrants In SD

May 21, 2020

In The Moment … May 21, 2020 Show 822 Hour 1

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there are immigrant families who don't have access to either state or federal or federal support. A fundraising effort called the Emergency Relief Fund for Immigrants in South Dakota aims to provide short term financial assistance to these families and individuals. Nancy Reynoza is the executive director of Que Pasa Sioux Falls. Taneeza Islam is the director for South Dakota Voices for Peace both are a part of The South Dakota Dream Coalition which is behind this fund.

SF Immigrant Community, The Union, & COVID-19

Apr 16, 2020

In The Moment ... April 16, 2020 Show 797 Hour 2

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In The Moment ... January 16, 2020 Show 735 Hour 2

Today is Interfaith Day in Pierre. Constanza Hagmaier is the bishop of the South Dakota Synod, ELCA and Taneeza Islam is with South Dakota Voices for Peace. They join us to discuss this very special day in Pierre.

Politics and public policy reporting is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University

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In The Moment ... December 5, 2019 Show 713 Hour 2

South Dakota Voices for Peace has been awarded the national J.M.K. Innovation Prize for their work on immigration issues.  

Taneeza Islam, executive director for South Dakota Voices for Peace, and Amy Freitag, executive director of The J.M. Kaplan Fund, join In the Moment to discuss South Dakota Voices for Peace and what the award means.

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In The Moment ... May 15, 2019 Show 576 Hour 1

Immigration attorney Taneeza Islam joins us to talk about the hundreds of children in South Dakota in need of legal representation in immigration court.

Taneeza Islam is executive director of South Dakota Voices for Peace.


Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, where 1.7 billion Muslims worldwide abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset for 30 days. It's a communal, spiritual, and celebratory month. And it usually doesn't involve the Lutheran Church.

The ELCA of South Dakota, in conjunction with South Dakota Voices for Peace invited members of the Muslim community to break the fast of Ramadan Wednesday night at Augustana Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.

In The Moment ... January 16, 2018 Show 256 Hour 1

Last week, the first ever Interfaith Day was held in the capitol rotunda in Pierre on the second legislative day in 2018.

Members from the state's Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Baha'i, Roman Catholic and Episcopalian faiths joined Lutherans in Interfaith Day.


In The Moment ... May 16, 2017 Show 094 Hour 1

Today we spend the hour talking about faith. Our first guests are Reverend Carl Kline of the First Congregational Church of Christ in Watertown,