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.

6 Ways to Practice Thankfulness this November

6 Ways to Practice Thankfulness this November

The month of Thanksgiving has arrived, and many are eagerly awaiting their plates of turkey, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. However, this month is also the time to recognize your blessings and give thanks for them. 

According to Robert Emmons, practicing gratitude can “amplify positive emotions, such as joy and contentment.” In the month of Thanksgiving, when’s a better time to do so? We’ve come up with some ways in which you can give thanks this November. It’s a great way to stay a little cheerier when the weather starts to cool down.

1. Keep a gratitude journal.
At the end of each day, jot down what moments stood out to you. Explain why you’re thankful for them and how they affected you. Examples can include the sun shining when you woke up or a friendly driver letting you merge during rush hour. 

2. Talk about good moments in your day.
This is a great way to learn about your loved ones’ days. Try going around the table at dinner and having each person say a few things they are thankful for that day. These quick tidbits will likely turn into fun stories you can look back on as memories.

3. Tell your loved ones you appreciate them.
If you think about it, your loved ones probably do more for you than you realize. Take a moment out of your day to send them an email or a letter about why you’re grateful for them. They likely won’t be expecting it, which will make it even more special. Who knows? Maybe they’ll soon return the kind gesture.

4. Look for silver linings.
Everyone has days where seemingly nothing goes the way they want it to. If you’re feeling down on your luck, check yourself, and remember all of the blessings in your life. Maybe it’s your family, or a job you love or your partner, or all of the above. You just need to remind yourself you won’t always feel down, and to look on the bright side.

5. Look around you.
People tend to feel more gratitude when they’re empathizing with others. It can be hard to be thankful when you’re focused on your own narrative. Try looking outward. There will always be someone less fortunate than you, so consider that when you feel like complaining. If you feel so compelled, you could also donate to those in need.

6. Thank yourself.
Have you been trying to live a healthier lifestyle or spend less money? Maybe you just did the laundry that had been piling up? Take a moment to thank yourself for taking care of you. Reward yourself for meeting a goal. Self-care is just as important as caring for others, so be kind to yourself as well.

Thanksgiving is a time to recognize everything you’ve been blessed with. Acknowledge that this November, and know a little “thank you” goes a long way.

  • National CAP
  • National Community Action Foundation
  • NASCSP
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  • Community Action Program Legal Services