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 […]

“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 […]

ND Kids Count: We Must Address the Child Care Crisis

October 15, 2021 ND Kids Count is making recommendations to the North Dakota Legislature to address the Child Care crisis in the state. “Child care is a critical component of a thriving economy. Access to affordable child care is essential for parents to return to the workforce and maintain quality employment. However, many communities across […]

Planned Parenthood in ND Awarded Sex Education Grant

October 14, 2021 FARGO, ND – Effective and reliable sex education will continue in North Dakota. The U.S. Department of HHS has awarded Planned Parenthood North Central States a $250,000 annual grant to implement age-appropriate, evidence-based sex education in North Dakota. The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) grant period is for 3 years: September 30, […]

‘Housing is a Human Right’ topic of October Solidarity Saturday

October 7, 2021As submitted to Prairie Action ND The North Dakota Voices Network invites you to attend (Virtual) Solidarity Saturday on the October 8th at 10am. You can register for the virtual event here.  Solidarity Saturday is a space for North Dakotans to expand their knowledge, engage in conversation, and build community; all underscored by […]

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 […]