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  • New Resource Guide for State-based Rural Policy
    The Blueprint for Rural Policy Action in the States includes policy priorities, example legislation, and the context for how these issues impact people in rural communities.
  • RDI Editorial in The Daily Yonder
    In The Daily Yonder, RDI Executive Director Sarah Jaynes writes about the growing diversity or rural leadership and calls for more progressives to invest in their future.
  • New Rural Climate Partnership Launches with 3 Initial Grants

    The Heartland Fund, Rural Democracy Initiative’s nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, is launching an ambitious Rural Climate Partnership to mobilize rural-led solutions to climate change. This new initiative will help create lasting jobs and build rural communities strong enough for young people to want to make homes there, shifting the narrative about climate in rural America to one of opportunity. 

  • Helping Rural Schools to Thrive
    When regressive forces sought to create anger over COVID protections and curriculum that acknowledges the history of racism, the Wisconsin Public Education Network (WPEN) responded by supporting communities and school districts across the state.
  • Connecting Voting with Everyday Issues
    Native Peoples Action Community Fund (NPACF) teamed up with The Mobilization Center to build lasting relationships with Alaska Native communities. The groups reached out to Alaska Native peoples and held thousands of long-form, deep-canvass phone discussions on climate change, representation in government, hunting and fishing rights, and youth engagement.