Columbus, OH—In light of the humanitarian and economic crisis sparked by COVID-19, rural America needs bold and immediate action now!
The following is a statement by Matthew Hildreth, Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.org:
As Congress continues to work on the federal stimulus and emergency investment legislation, we have a message from Rural America: Invest in people, not corporations.
Many Republican Senators have large rural constituencies that are suffering. Those Senators need to put their constituents ahead of their donors. In small towns and rural communities, we immediately need policies that protect frontline workers, expand health care access to testing and treatment, and provide monthly payments to individuals and families.
But while another historic crisis is unfolding, rural America is still struggling to recover from the Great Recession, which hit rural communities harder, earlier, and longer than urban areas. Most rural communities still lag behind in employment, child poverty, and life expectancy.
This is the time to establish a strong economic foundation for rural communities to thrive for generations. Remember, after the Great Depression, it was progressive policies that saved rural America. It’s time to make that same investment.
The mission of RuralOrganizing.org is to rebuild a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable. Follow us on Twitter @RuralOrganizing.