On January 11, 2017, RuralOrganizing.org is hosting a community call to discuss the results of the 2016 election.
Tim Ryan has as already confirmed his attendance. On the call, we’ll lift up big wins in rural America, and we'll also talk about the losses. We’ll hear from rural organizers across the country and take a look at the numbers. We'd love to hear your best ideas for winning back rural America.
We know the “Rural Red Wave” can be reversed if progressives change the way we engage small town voters.
On April 18, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in US v Texas, the lawsuit over President Obama’s immigration policies that would allow undocumented immigrants with U.S. citizen children to temporarily live and work in the U.S., assuming they can pass background checks showing that they have no criminal record.
Few South Dakotans are paying close attention to the case, but the ruling could send a shockwave through South Dakota’s newly emerging dairy industry and would have direct implications on communities like Brookings.
Over 282 farm, rural, faith, environment, farmworker and consumers organizations are urging members of the U.S. House of Representatives to reject the repeal of the Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law and support commonsense food labeling.
“Polls show that nine out of ten Americans support COOL,” the organizations noted in a letter, adding, “consumers continue to demand more and more information about their food and producers want to share that information.”
The broad coalition is opposed to the legislation which aims to repeal country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork, and
A new USDA report shows that reducing rural population loss may depend less on retaining young adults after they graduate from high school and more on attracting them back in their early 30s.
Population loss is a real problem in rural America. In nearly half of today’s nonmetropolitan (rural) counties, more people have moved out than moved in during every decade since 1950.
Young people often leave small towns and rural communities in search of an education, find a job, join the military, build personal relationships, or otherwise gain life experiences in a different locale.
According to a new report from the United States Department of Agriculture, the poverty rate for children under 18 living in rural areas is more than four percentage points higher than the metro child poverty rate.
In 2013, the nonmetro/metro difference in poverty rates was greatest for children under six years old (30.3 percent nonmetro and 23.9 percent metro).
According to the report:
Child poverty is more sensitive to labor market conditions than overall poverty, as children depend on the earnings of their parents
Nothing says grassroots politics in Iowa quite like a long row crock pots nesteled between large containers of home make salads. And if the diversity of dishes is any sign of success, the Northwest Iowa Immigration Reform Potluck on January 11, 2014 was a major hit.
Led by Haorld Hieie, of CASA Sioux County, over 50 people from 9 northwest Iowa communities joined together and discussed strategies for making Iowa's District 4 a more welcoming place at Our Place, a new mulitcultural center in Storm Lake.
The sessions were all recorded and you can watch them here:
During the civil rights movement, the Greensboro Four — Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, Ezell Blair Jr. and David Richmond -- were all still teenagers in their freshmen year when they sparked a five month desegregation campaign that inspired millions.
Most of us have probably heard the story before, but too often, one important fact is missed. The Greensboro Four were all friends before they were advocates.
At the whites only counter, McNeil and McCain were the first to take seats. About 12 white people were taking afternoon coffee breaks.