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  • RDI in The Hill

    In The Hill, Sarah Jaynes calls for policies that support the small businesses, farmers, workers, and caregivers that drive our economy. The recently published Rural Policy Action Report focuses on our economic well being, particularly those that promote higher incomes and lower costs, generate growth — not policies prioritizing the rich and giant corporations.

  • 2023 Rural Policy Action Report

    A national collaborative of rural policy and advocacy organizations released their 2023 Rural Action Policy Report, outlining specific investments, policy improvements, and regulatory reforms to provide the tools rural people need to succeed. The report highlights the ongoing challenges people in rural communities face, the numerous policy successes since the publication of the previous report in 2021, and recommends federal policies that will continue to improve the economy, infrastructure, and resources for these communities.

  • RDI on NPR
    Sarah Jaynes highlights the importance of rural voters to establishing governing majorities in a recent story, “A 25-year-old from a small town leads North Carolina's Democratic Party toward 2024.”
  • RDI in Barnraiser

    Rural groups are building multi-racial majorities to build power, win elections, and implement local-led solutions. Barnraiser reports on Rural Democracy Initiative's recent Netroots Nation panel with grantees Black Male Voter Project and Showing Up for Racial Justice.


  • Building Multi-Racial Power (and Winning!) in Rural Communities
    Rural Democracy Initiative hosted a panel at Netroots Nation. Panelists describe the diversity of rural communities, highlights the importance of racial justice work, and showcases what effective organizing looks like in rural communities.