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Please join us at Ramona in Brooklyn on September 28th at 7:00 pm to support The North Dakota WIN Fund.

The North Dakota WIN Fund, established in January of 1999, believes restrictions on abortion funding and abortion access are discriminatory because they especially burden women in need: low-income women, young women, women of color and rural women of North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, and ND WIN fund is dedicated to fighting the cruel restrictions placed on women seeking abortion care in their area. The primary purpose of the fund is to serve as a safety net for women who would not otherwise be able to obtain an abortion.

North Dakota and South Dakota have some of the most restrictive laws in the nation on abortion and abortion access. Current laws include required waiting periods, state mandated information that includes inflammatory and inaccurate statements, restrictions on abortion methods, and unnecessary requirements for doctors providing abortion. These conservative state legislatures continue to introduce and largely support additional onerous restrictions. The ND WIN Fund initiates advocacy efforts to inform, educate and activate the public when these legislative threats occur.

The Hyde Amendment prevents federal funds from being used for abortion services. As Medicaid is a jointly funded federal-state health insurance program, states have to choose to provide state funds for Medicaid abortion coverage. North Dakota and South Dakota do not allocate funding for Medicaid abortion coverage. Additionally, North Dakota has a restriction on private health insurance plans covering abortion services. This extensive lack of insurance coverage creates a significant financial barrier to abortion services for low-income women in North Dakota and South Dakota.

The ND WIN Fund was founded on the principle that women on North Dakota and South Dakota Medicaid should have a safety net when accessing abortion. The financial assistance grants provided by the ND WIN Fund help reduce the impact of the lack of insurance coverage in these states.

Please help us fight these ridiculous laws and support the ND WIN Fund.

These five talented readers will share an essay about a secret they couldn't keep. All proceeds from ticket sales and a portion of bar sales will go directly to The North Dakota WIN Fund.

Kathleen Alcott
Kathleen Alcott
Born in 1988 in Northern California, Kathleen Alcott is the author of the novels Infinite Home and The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets. Her short fiction, criticism, memoir, and food writing have appeared in outlets including ZYZZYVA, Tin House, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Bennington Review. In 2017, her short story "Reputation Management" was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. She lives in New York City, where she has taught at Columbia University, The Center for Fiction and Catapult Fiction. Her third novel, America Was Hard To Find, is forthcoming from Ecco.
Sarah Bridgins
Sarah Bridgins
Sarah Bridgins' work has appeared in Tin House, Buzzfeed, Bustle, Sink Review, Big Lucks, and Fanzine among other journals. She is the cofounder of the Ditmas Lit reading series in Brooklyn.
Kyla Marshell
Kyla Marshell
Kyla Marshell's writing has appeared in Bookforum, BuzzFeed, Gawker, The Guardian, O, the Oprah Magazine, the Poetry Foundation, Vinyl Poetry, and elsewhere. She is a Cave Canem fellow and winner of a Jacob K. Javits fellowship, and has earned support from the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center and Fine Arts Work Center. She is a graduate of Spelman College with a B.A. in English, and Sarah Lawrence College with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing.
Aparna Nancherla
Aparna Nancherla
Aparna Nancherla is a comedian of the stand-up variety, but can often be seen sitting. She has written for Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC, as well as Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX, as well as had a half hour special on Comedy Central. You can currently see her on the new HBO show Crashing and Season 2 of Love on Netflix, the most recent season of Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central, and on the upcoming seasons of Master of None. In addition, she currently hosts the long-running popular underground New York comedy show, Whiplash.
Karen Rinaldi
Karen Rinaldi
Karen Rinaldi is the publisher of Harper Wave, an imprint she founded in 2012, and a senior vice president at HarperCollins Publishers. She has worked in the publishing industry for over two decades as a publisher, editor, and content creator. Karen wrote the story for Maggie’s Plan, the 2015 film inspired by her novel, The End of Men. Her non-fiction work has appeared in The New York Times, Oprah.com, Time/Motto among others. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

If you are unable to attend our event please consider purchasing a ticket as a donation. Make a note that says donation when you purchase. Thank you!

Please join us on Thursday September 28th, 2017 at 7pm, at Ramona.

Tickets: $20, available via PayPal and at the door.
100% of ticket proceeds and a portion of bar sales will go directly to The North Dakota WIN Fund.

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