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Organizing in Rural America

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La Tierra del Queso

Voces de la Frontera has consistently organized mass protests and community-wide strikes to defeat state and local policy threats to immigrant rights. We’ve also begun making inroads into rural organizing — building collective power that we’re now using to flip Wisconsin in the upcoming elections.

We Have to Talk About Race in Rural America

Four rural organizers on their campaigns to mobilize a base of multiracial voters and change the narrative about race and government in rural America

Photo by Spencer Davis

Organizing Rural Manufacturing Workers Matters

Organizing campaigns that focus on rural manufacturing workers can play an important role in tackling economic inequality, systemic racism, and gender inequality — and sow the seeds of significant social and political change. 

Images courtesy of the authors

Indivisible Rural Resistance: Stories from the Field

Indivisible’s rural group leaders organize in some of the most remote and difficult places in the United States. This piece honors their resilience, grit, and ingenuity.

Photo courtesy of Phyllis Hill

Black Women of the South: Organizing for Power and...

Black women in the South are envisioning a new future for the region and organizing to make this vision a reality. In this conversation, Black women leaders describe organizing in 2020, the barriers to building power for Black communities in the South, and how they sustain themselves in this difficult work.

West Virginia Teachers Organizing for the Common Good

 “If you want something done, you organize the workers with you. You don't wait on somebody else to do it for you.”

Photo courtesy of Cal Bryant

Power to the People: Organizing Rural Electric...

A conversation with the organizers who work at the intersections of economic and racial justice to build democratic participation in energy companies that are owned by the people they serve.

Progressives Should Be Targeting Rural America

Elections can be won at the margins; progressive movements and campaigns would do well to invest in rural America.

Image courtesy of the Rural Utah Project

Registering Voters on the Navajo Nation

Over the last two years, the Rural Utah Project has encountered a number of challenges in registering rural voters in the Navajo Nation: lack of internet access, no physical addresses, and hard-to-reach households. Nothing could have prepared us, however, for the challenges of COVID. 


We Need Small Businesses to Build an Equitable Economy

Progressives who are serious about countering corporate concentration and advancing racial and gender justice should embrace small business owners as partners in the fight for a more just economy.

How Rural Immigrant Communities Led the COVID Response

Immigrant workers at meatpacking plants are organizing to ensure no one is taken advantage of — and to hold employers accountable.


Overcoming Inequality in Unemployment Benefit Access...

By arming people with the information they need to navigate the systems that have failed them for centuries, we can begin to break down some of the barriers that have kept wealth out of the hands of Black people.

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Rural Women Fight Back Against Wall Street Land Grab

Multi-racial, women-led teams of manufactured home residents are taking on predatory corporate owners and building progressive power in rural and exurban areas


Photo by Walter Sturn

Digital Organizing in Rural America

Rural Utah Project organizers discuss the challenges of digital organizing in a rural context, the importance of cultural competency in rural organizing, and how to build on this organizing in 2021.

Northern Plains Native Art

These prints, by Jennifer White, depict Northern Plains Native culture through abstract expressionism as well as representational depictions of women bisons and crows. 

Education Justice Organizing

Education justice organizers describe what it's like on the ground, as parents, education activists, and community leaders.

Rural Climate Justice Organizing

Leaders from Pennsylvania, Georgia, and New Mexico share the innovative strategies they are using to engage rural communities on campaigns for climate and clean energy progress.

Images courtesy of the AFT

The Renaissance of McDowell County

The AFT embarked on an ambitious private-public partnership to revive an economically devastated West Virginian county and improve educational outcomes. 


How rural organizers are building community...

A report on racial justice oragnizing in rural America today

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The Rural Tradition Bringing Communities Together

String band music is an effective way to bring diverse communities together — and a great source of inexpensive fun for progressive organizers.

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A Just and Equitable Future for Northern New England

It is critical to cultivate a new generation of leaders who can reimagine a thriving future for rural communities. Together, we are building a model of a people-powered organization to get us there. 

The Fight for Healthcare in Rural America

The loss of healthcare services is devastating for people living in rural communities. But growing activism shows that people are up for the fight to advance health equity in rural communities.

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The Power of Democracy for Everyone

Voter suppression tactics like the Florida fines and fees law are a reaction to the power returning citizens have to make a big difference in this year’s election. The sooner we activate this block of voters and expand democracy in forgotten communities, the sooner we will all see justice.