First Look at Transgender Youth Data for ND

November 14, 2022 | Faye Seidler, LBGTQ+ Advocate and Activist North Dakota Youth Risk Behavior Survey data, for 2021, was released earlier this year and is the first time we’ve asked about or were able to collect data on transgender students. While we long suspected these youth were struggling, we now have an accurate glimpse […]

No Longer Silenced by Fear. Exposing Open Secrets

April 25, 2022 | Amy Jacobson, Executive Director, Prairie Action ND April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month, a designation to raise awareness of sexual assault and to break this cycle of violence. According to the ND Council on Abused Women’s Services (NDCAWS), “Sexual violence, sexual assault or sexual abuse is any type of […]

Make Economic Security for all Families a National Priority

March 11, 2022 | Amy Jacobson, Executive Director, Prairie Action ND Families are the basis of a thriving country and economy. When we address the economic insecurity that many families face and ensure that everyone with young children can afford the basic necessities of food, healthcare, housing, child care and transportation, we are creating conditions […]

Roe v Wade Hangs in the Balance

January 22, 2022 | By Dr. Erica Hofland, North Dakota Section of ACOG Chair, Dr. Ana Tobiasz, North Dakota Section of ACOG Vice-Chair, Tammi Kromenaker, Clinic Director, Red River Women’s Clinic, Destini Spaeth, President, North Dakota WIN Abortion Access Fund, Kristie Wolff, Executive Director, North Dakota Women’s Network, Katie Christensen, North Dakota State Director, Planned […]

“Low Interest Loans to Pay for Child Care” are Not the Answer

January 9, 2022 | By Melissa Gjellstad, Grand Forks, ND The Grand Forks Herald Editorial board is right, we need to figure out a way to make child care more affordable for North Dakota’s working families. It’s really expensive, even with just one kid. One year of child care is equivalent to a year’s tuition […]

‘Toxic’ Environment Causes Two ND Women Legislators to Retire

By Amy Jacobson, executive director of Prairie Action ND | Nov. 26, 2021 It’s true: Elected leadership that reflects the population of our state is critical to policymaking that is responsive and beneficial to the lived experiences of our diverse communities. Recently, we’ve seen quite a loss of women in elected office. This is concerning […]

Special Session Should Focus on Working Families Priorities

September 29th, 2021As submitted to Prairie Action ND With the upcoming special session, the Legislature and Governor must consider assisting working families with wrap-around benefits to fully address the workforce availability problem.  With additional funds coming from the Federal government from the pandemic, we need to think strategically about making the most of these dollars […]

Get Federal Relief Aid to the People

September 6th, 2021As submitted to Prairie Action ND This Labor Day, we at the North Dakota AFL-CIO would like you to think about the working people of North Dakota, but also the $1 billion of federal relief money meant to go to working people that is tied up at the Bank of North Dakota right […]