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Rural America

Don't Forget About Rural America in 2016

Dan Glickman | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Dan Glickman

The 2016 campaign has been marred by division. Between gender, age, income, party affiliation, personality, you name it and it has been split apart. One big divide that continues to exist is the gap of knowledge and understanding between rural and urban communities. Rural communities and small towns deserve the attention of candidates for office and elected officials. Global trends show that cities are the preferred community of many millions of people, but there is also evidence that many Americans are moving back to smaller towns and rural areas. Let us not forget the important role rural communities and small town America plays in our economy, in our history, in our society and, importantly, in our politics.

How can we heal what ails RURAL America?

Suzanne Anarde | Posted 05.20.2016 | Impact
Suzanne Anarde

If you follow the news closely, it can seem like small-town America is in the throes of social and economic collapse.

Beyond Visibiltiy: The Call for Transgender Reproductive Justice

Tory Smith | Posted 04.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Tory Smith

Transgender individuals are in just as much need for reproductive health care as anyone else, not only because they -- like people of all genders and sexes -- want to become parents, but also because they are victimized by sexual assault at disproportional rates.

5 Ways to Leverage Community Colleges for Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development

Joe Kapp | Posted 02.03.2016 | Business
Joe Kapp

Withering economies are perhaps one of the most daunting issues facing many communities, particularly in small-town, rural America. The days of Ma-and-Pa shops opening on every corner have gone the way of record players and the elevator operators.

Making an Accomplice: Why "Making a Murderer's" Brendan Dassey Deserves a Re-Trial--Even if His Uncle Doesn't

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.12.2016 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Like his uncle, Brendan may be guilty. Unlike his uncle, his conviction rests entirely on the coerced confession of a frightened, mentally-challenged boy badgered by grown men wielding badges and guns and uniforms and loud, firm voices.

Picturing Rural Iowa: The Photographs of Pete Wettach

Aaron Lurth | Posted 01.07.2016 | Arts
Aaron Lurth

It's the summer of 1936. America is facing one of the most economically devastating periods in its history. A mere seven years earlier, the stock mark...

A Response to Arianna: Calling Trump a Racist Is Like Using Oxygen to Put Out Fire

Danielle Lee Tomson | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics
Danielle Lee Tomson

The language to sway and woo needs to change and be redirected, lest you find yourself speaking to an echo chamber.

Housing for My Mother: A Young Woman's Quest to Help Shelter

Kathleen Kiley | Posted 10.13.2015 | New York
Kathleen Kiley

For Chavisa Woods, a New York City-based novelist, known for her distinct voice in capturing life in rural America, campaigning to get an affordable camper for her homeless mother before the onset of winter resembles a passage from one of her novels.

Tapping Untouched Talent in Rural America

Hung Vo | Posted 07.22.2016 | Green
Hung Vo

Trends in demographic data show that people have left rural America by large numbers since 1976 and, while fluctuations in the rural population vary by year, this historical pattern of population decline remains accurate.

The Importance of Rural America

Vince Gill | Posted 07.10.2016 | Impact
Vince Gill

As a performer, I constantly look for ways to give back to my family, friends and fans who live in rural America. They are the heartbeat of our country.

Catching the Dream of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe -- A Glimmer of Hope in a Native 'National Emergency'

Reiner Lomb | Posted 07.01.2016 | Fifty
Reiner Lomb

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe (UMUT) is one of three tribes that comprise the Ute Nation and one of 566 federally recognized tribes that are dealing with this national crisis. For more than 2,000 years, the people of the Ute Nation have lived in Colorado, Utah, and Northern Arizona.

Serving More Summer Meals in Rural and Tribal Areas

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Sec. Tom Vilsack

According to Feeding America, 43 percent of counties are rural, but they make up nearly two-thirds of counties with high rates of child food insecurity. The consequences are significant.

Affirmative Action for Rural America?

Steven Conn | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Steven Conn

At the center of Evenwel v. Abbott is a math problem: How do we calculate the size of legislative districts? The answer to that question depends on how we define the principle of "one person, one vote."

Groups Working to Make the World Wide Web Live Up to Its Name

Sarah Pike | Posted 05.15.2016 | Impact
Sarah Pike

Living in an urban American city and enjoying Internet access from all of my devices, and my own personal wireless network at home, it's easy to take for granted how rare that kind of accessibility is on a global scale.

Going Back to Indiana: With Two Cheers for Its Gun-Toting Gals!

Peter Schwartz | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

If only this beautiful vision were true. Social research survey data from mainstream polling organizations tells us, over and over again, that women represent approximately 10 percent of the nation's gun-owning population.

Compassion Around the World: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Just over two years ago The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world.

Inside Out

Jason A. Atkinson | Posted 04.10.2015 | Green
Jason A. Atkinson

People want respect, pure and simple. Respect someone, and they'll trust you. Trust someone, and they'll let you in and show you that the narrow political definitions we apply to each other don't really fit.

Town Rallies Behind Doctor, 88, Who May Lose License For Treating Poor Patients From His Car

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact

A Mississippi community has united in support of a beloved physician whose career is in jeopardy. Dr. Carrol Frazier Landrum, a World War II vetera...

Getting Covered Is Good for Rural America

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Sec. Tom Vilsack

Living in a rural community shouldn't have to come with a hefty price tag for health care.

Reproductive Health on National Rural Health Day

Melanie Zurek | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Melanie Zurek

As rural families navigate these obstacles, we see people coming together to help each other in meeting a variety of needs. Rural women and their families and friends, fill in the gaps -- raise funds, babysit, cover for each other at work and drive each other long distances.

The Urban-Rural Divide: Lessons From the Midterm Elections

Dan Glickman | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Dan Glickman

Ironically, many if not most of the issues rural and urban folks care about are the same: good jobs, economic growth, a sound environment, and access to decent and affordable health care. But the urban/rural divide has become a steep one over the past two decades and it is often overlooked.

Milk Not Jails Uses Dairy to Reform Prisons

Food Politic | Posted 12.27.2014 | Green
Food Politic

It's impossible to look at shuttered prisons without recognizing that they're taking away what is often one of few sources of employment in an already struggling area. So if the prisons go, what is supposed to take their place? This is where agriculture comes into play.

b condoms Seeking FAA Permission to Test Drones for 'Homeland Security Program'

Jason Panda | Posted 12.05.2014 | Impact
Jason Panda

b condoms feels that the Homeland Security Program could also address the rate of unwanted teenage pregnancies in rural areas; teen girls living in rural counties account for 20% of teen births, although they only account for 16% of the population.

Getting to Work in Rural America

Charlie Spies | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Charlie Spies

In a nut shell (they provide those too) the natural resources harvested and processed in rural America begin the supply chain for our overall economy and our daily lives. So think more about the breakfast cereal or eggs or milk that start your day.

Could There be an Economic Rebirth for Rural America?

Pamela Patterson | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Pamela Patterson

I live in rural America. But my rural America is not the agricultural fields of waving grain so often imagined. It is not a land locked state in the center of our country.