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Local people solve local problems. That's why we do things a little differently. Our goal is to help rural organizers establish their own solutions for the unique problems facing their communities.
We have a right to our roots. No one should have to leave their hometown in search of a good job with decent pay.
We believe a hard day's work deserves fair pay and people who work for a living shouldn't be poor.
Rural people and small town folks deserve access to effective and affordable healthcare. No one should have to drive for hours to see the doctor.
We believe that we can rebuild small towns and rural communities that have been hit by devastating population loss.
Rural should never be a disadvantage. Kids in small towns should get the same quality education as everyone else.
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We are fighting to protect critical habitats and natural resources through smart land management programs and policies.
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Many communities in rural America are in decline. According to the Center for Rural Affairs, Nearly 7 in 10 rural Americans fear their small town life may be dying, yet 90% say this way of life is worth fighting for. However, instead of expanding federal programs to rebuild rural America, the Trump Administration is demoting and cutting the only program at the United States Department of Agriculture solely focused on supporting small towns and rural communities.
Right now, millions of working families in rural communities from Mississippi to Upstate New York are counting on Sen. Mitch McConnell to protect critical anti-poverty programs from cuts proposed by Donald Trump.
Poverty in Appalachia is a major problem that too often goes largely unnoticed by the rest of the country. That’s why Presidents Kennedy and Johnson increased investment in Appalachia through programs that address unemployment and poverty.
Our strategic advisors will be expected to spend 2 hours a month for the next six months shaping the strategic vision for the organization and identify ways our 12,000 rural progressives can begin to rebuild rural America.
Check out the resources for rural organizers working to improve their communties.
Donald Trump is the biggest popular-vote loser in history to ever call himself President-Elect. In spite of the fact that he has no mandate, he will attempt to use his congressional majority to reshape America in his own racist, authoritarian, and corrupt image. If progressives are going to stop this, we must stand indivisibly opposed to Trump and the Members of Congress (MoCs) who would do his bidding. Together, we have the power to resist — and we have the power to win.
Founded to carry forward the work of Paul and Sheila Wellstone, we arm progressives with the strategies and skills to win. We develop political leaders. We strengthen movement organizations. We ignite chang
The Daily Yonder’s special reports also bring you overviews of the big issues now facing small communities — health, employment, broadband access, education, and economic development. We’re tracking how national policies are reaching (or ignoring) rural communities. The Daily Yonder has been published on the web since 2007 by the Center for Rural Strategies, a non-profit media organization based in Whitesburg, Kentucky, and Knoxville, Tennessee. The site was developed with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Media Democracy Fund.
Sioux County, Iowa is the most conservative county in the state of Iowa, but because of the work of Latino and Anglo community leaders, it was one of the first counties in the state to end the use of warrantless immigration holds. How did such a conservative, rural community pass such a progressive policy? It came down to relationships.
Fighting deportation doesn't just happen on the streets by blocking deportation buses and ICE raids, it’s often a legal fight that lasts months, if not years.While it’s true that ICE can strike at a moment’s notice, most deportations involve individuals who have simply run out of legal resources. In order to win deportation cases, families need support from the very beginning.