This year, as we head into the 2020 election cycle, we know that progressives need to make up ground in small towns and red states.
But the good news is that a movement, led by women, people of color, and millennials, is rebuilding progressive power in small towns and rural communities across the country.
In fact, in 2018, Democratic gains were actually largest in rural areas. However, these gains weren’t enough to get over 50%, so they have escaped much of the mainstream election analysis.
So our work is more important now than ever before. That's why we're making sure experienced rural organizers are educating national progressive leaders about effective rural engagement at this year's Netroots Nation conference.
Netroots Nation is—by far—one of the most important progressive conferences and we're working to ensure rural voices have a seat at the table.
Our work at Netroots Nation this year will start on Friday, July 12 at 9:00 AM with the rural caucus. The caucus will be held in room 123 and will feature a round table discussion with progressive rural leaders from across the country.
This year, our featured panel is titled "How Women, People of Color, and Millennials are Reshaping Rural Politics." It will be on Saturday, July 13 at 2:15 PM. Be sure to RSVP for the panel on Facebook by clicking here.
During our panel, we’ll hear from organizers working on the front lines in small towns and rural areas about how women, people of color, and millennials are reshaping politics in their communities and discuss strategies for progressive engagement in non-metro areas.
We hope to see you there!
And, we'd, of course, love your support with this work. If you've lived or worked in rural communities then you know that travel expenses can be one of the biggest barriers for change. It's not cheap to bring five leading organizers from their rural communities all the way to the conference in Philadelphia. That's why we need your help.