In Honor of Juneteenth 2020

The history of the Community Action movement is rooted in the belief that the experience of poverty is of fundamental concern to all Americans, that we are all directly and indirectly impacted by the existence of poverty, and only when our most marginalized community members thrive can we all thrive. The persistent existence of poverty is morally and ethically wrong, and for 44 years the Community Action Partnership of North Dakota has worked tirelessly within our communities to support struggling families work to achieve economic independence.

We know that despite our efforts, Black, brown, and Indigenous people in North Dakota make up a disproportionate amount of those experiencing low levels of social and economic well-being. This means that across the state our Black, brown, and Indigenous community members are more likely to live in poverty, experience economic insecurity, and that this reality impacts the wellbeing of us all.

With the killing of George Floyd a few weeks ago while in police custody, racial inequities and the resulting social and economic injustices can no longer be decentralized in our efforts to eradicate poverty. We must make the connection between systemic racism and persistent poverty and recognize that as long as one of these systems remains embedded in America, we will not be able to fully eradicate either experience.

Racism, whether individual, institutional, or systemic, is of fundamental concern to all Americans. We are all directly and indirectly impacted by the existence of racism. The persistent existence of racism is morally and ethically wrong. Only when our most marginalized community members are free from racism can we all thrive.

Today, on Juneteenth, we are especially reminded of the historical implications of our words versus our actions. The signing of the Emancipation Proclamation formally ordered that enslaved people were to be freed. However, it was not until two-and-a-half years later, June 19th, 1865, that the news finally reached Galveston, Texas and the remaining enslaved people were freed. This disparate experience of freedom and justice continues today through enduring racial inequities.

We at CAPND know that inequity and injustice will continue until our actions match our words. We are committed to establishing more meaningful working relationships with those representing and advocating on behalf of our Black, brown, and Indigenous community members to further embed racial justice in our work. Within our own organization, we commit to training staff, board members and volunteers on the pervasive issues of racial discrimination, like implicit bias and white privilege, which directly impacts our day-to-day work of eliminating poverty.

There is no peace without justice and accountability. It is not enough to condemn racism. We must be actively anti-racist in all our pursuits. With the support of North Dakotan’s moved by the tragedy of George Floyd’s unnecessary death, the National Community Action Partnership, and CAP agencies across the country, we will continue helping people help themselves and each other.

- Community Action Partnership of North Dakota


The Promise of Community Action

Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

 


About Community Action

Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are nonprofits originally established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America's War on Poverty. Today, North Dakota has seven CAAs on the front-lines of the battle. These seven agencies provide essential services to every region and all 53 counties of the state.

CAAs enable low-income people of all ages to secure the opportunities they need to obtain and maintain economic security.

Pumpkin Patch Activities your Family will Love this Fall

Pumpkin Patch Activities your Family will Love this Fall

It wouldn’t be fall without at least one trip to your local pumpkin patch, right? Everyone gets to pick out their perfect pumpkin to carve, paint or simply place on the porch. However, scouring a patch is only fun for so long. Luckily, most pumpkin patches have other activities to keep you and your family entertained all afternoon. Keep reading for a full list of our favorite pumpkinless patch pastimes. 

Petting Zoos
Many pumpkin patches allow you the opportunity to interact with farm animals such as goats, rabbits or even alpacas. Petting zoos are a great way to introduce children to different kinds of livestock. Most kids get a kick out of getting up close and personal with these animals, but make sure your little ones aren’t too overwhelmed by them, especially if they’re feeding them. Some animals may get a little too friendly when someone’s trying to feed them.

Jumping Pillows
Typically made of inflatable PVC cushion, these trampoline-like pillows can hold about 10–20 kids at a time. They’re a great way to let your kids blow off some steam in a safe way since most are surrounded by soft sand and sit close to the ground. Just make sure it hasn’t recently rained, as a slick pillow makes kids more prone to slipping.

Corn Mazes
Corn mazes are great for older kids who aren’t big fans of haunted houses. They are comforted knowing you’re with them the entire time. Try letting them lead the way in order to give them more independence. Allowing them to take the reins also can improve their leadership skills and communication. If they get scared or frustrated, offer to help them out or have them ask an employee for directions.

Pumpkin Chucking
You can find this oddly satisfying activity at most pumpkin patches. It involves loading a pumpkin into a catapult and flinging it into an open field. Most patches give you the option of watching from a distance or launching the pumpkins yourself. Depending on the age of your children, you’ll be able to decide how you’d like to participate.

Hayrack Rides
Haunted or spook free, it’s up to you. An evening ride through the pumpkin patch is the perfect way to wind down your day of family fun. You get to rest a bit while watching the sun set over the patch. Helpful tip: make sure you and your family members wear jeans or some sort of pants. Shorts and skirts make it easy for the hay bales to scratch up uncovered legs.

Pumpkin patches are a staple of the autumn season. They’re the perfect fall family outing for kids of all ages. Be sure to check out your local patch online and see all the fun activities it has to offer.

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