70% of rural residents don’t have a college degree, and they demand a compelling economic vision that puts working people first. That’s why RDI provided catalytic support for the Winning Jobs Narrative (WJN) that rural advocates use to connect more persuasively with working-class voters.
People in rural communities are concerned about flooding, the water crisis, extreme weather, and other impacts of climate change. In an Associated Press article, Rural Democracy's Sarah Jaynes stresses the importance of policies and messaging directly geared to rural communities.
Rural people are working people. 70% of rural residents are working class (non-college), compared to 57% in urban areas. Working people are very concerned about economic issues that impact their everyday lives, especially costs and inflation. RDI helped spearhead the ambitious Winning Jobs Narrative (WJN) project to identify a core economic narrative that resonates with working people across race and geography.
“What we’re trying to do is work with people who really want to make change and lift those stories up, create those success stories, and then try to get some critical mass and momentum going.”
In a recent episode of in Building Local Power, Rural Climate Partnership Director Josh Ewing shares ways to support rural communities by implementing climate projects.
We need everyone in our network to have physical safety, our organizations to be secure from cyber threats, and everyone in our community to exercise their right to vote without fear of harassment. RDI is working with Vision Change Win to support our network’s security efforts, and we recently held a training for our grantees. The security training presented resources and strategies to ensure electoral safety, conflict de-escalation, organizer and canvasser safety, and building security protocols.
Polling place vote tripling and early voter vote tripling are two highly effective and easy-to-implement tactics to increase voter turnout. With vote tripling, canvassers stand outside of polling locations at a safe, social distance and ask voters—who are feeling a civic high because they just voted—to remind three of their friends to vote. They’re great ways for volunteers to help and don’t require any additional tech platforms.