For decades, rural communities have faced crumbling infrastructure, lack of investment and government inaction. Republicans talk a good game but never deliver for their rural constituents. That’s why today’s announcement of the American Jobs Plan is a welcome change of direction. From affordable and reliable high-speed broadband for every American to repair the 10,000 most structurally deficient bridges in the country and so many other critical elements, The American Jobs Plan will improve the quality of life and the economies of countless small towns and rural communities. [...]
RuralOrganizing.org Interviewed 70 Rural Organizers Who Worked on 2020 Campaigns. Here’s What We Learned
Electoral campaigns can’t do it all, we need permanent rural civic infrastructure, that’s what we discovered when we conducted 70 “2020 Exit Interviews” with progressive rural organizers, candidates, and civic leaders. Between December 01, 2020 and March 01, 2021, RuralOrganizing.org carried out a campaign to capture, analyze, and share the lessons learned by rural engagement leaders from 2020 campaign trails. Then, compiled our qualitative data into the set of conclusions and recommendations contained in this report. Today, we held a discussion of our findings on Facebook at 4 PM ET. A recording of the video is now available. [...]
RuralOrganizing.org strongly supports passage of Dream and Promise Act and Farm Workforce Modernization Act
Immigrants are valued members of our small towns and rural communities. They are our friends, our family, and our neighbors. That’s why we have their backs regardless of their status. We strongly support the passage of both the Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 8, and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. The bills, which provide a path to legal status and eventual citizenship to Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders, and farm workers, will have a positive impact on rural communities around the country. We strongly encourage all House members, particularly those with rural constituents, to support both bills. [...]
oday, Democrats in the House of Representatives joined their Senate colleagues by voting for the biggest boost for small towns and rural communities that we’ve seen in over a generation. President Biden’s American Rescue Plan provides $5 billion farmers of color, who have lost 90 percent of their land over the past century because of systemic discrimination and a cycle of debt; distrubutes $4 billion to support the food supply chain; allocates $750 million to support the Indian Housing Block Grant program and the Indian Community Development Block Grant program; and provides $140 million to support households residing in USDA-subsidized rural properties or who participate in USDA 502 and 504 Direct mortgage programs. [...]
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Today, Democrats passed one of the most significant pieces of legislation for working people in a generation. And the bill is also the biggest boost for small towns and rural communities we’ve seen in decades.[...]