Rural Assembly Everywhere Spring 2022

A Conversation with Beau of the Fifth Column: Fact, Opinion, and the Democracy In Between

Join us at Rural Assembly Everywhere for this conversation between the Daily Yonder’s Xandr Brown and Youtube commentator Beau of the Fifth Column.

Since starting his channel three years ago, Beau of the Fifth Column has grown a followership of over half a million subscribers, an audience comprised of folks from all walks of life and political identities.

He takes on a wide range of subjects, from the Ukraine and Russian conflict to more sociopolitical topics like bridging the gap between the left and the middle, the misappropriated words of George Orwell, or what it’s like to be an armed black person in the United States.

“When you’re watching Beau, you know you’re not just watching to hear what you already know. You’re watching to see him illuminate a topic through his variety of experiences. You’re here for his voice,” said Brown. 

Beau of the Fifth Column is a social and political commentator who strives to encourage the creation of community level networks to address immediate problems and then leverage those networks to address larger national issues. His primary platform is Youtube, where he has amassed 705K subscribers, but can be found on most social media platforms. On Instagram, he calls himself “A southern journalist who’s tired of the lack of common sense in the world.”

Register now to hear Beau and Xandr discuss politics, rural America, democracy and more at Rural Assembly Everywhere, our two-day virtual festival for rural advocates and the rural-curious, listeners and leaders, neighbors and admirers. On May 10 and 11th, we’ll enjoy programming, featuring artists and poets, civic leaders, and experts.  

Rio Grande reflections

Taneum Fotheringill shares her reflections on traveling to the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas — and how it changed her understanding of a region often misunderstood by outsiders.

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A new series from the Rural Assembly to explore health disparities in rural communities​

The Rural Assembly is kicking off a series of blog posts which will explore the challenges faced by rural citizens with chronic health conditions, the consequences of limited healthcare access, and the urgent need for comprehensive solutions to bridge this healthcare gap. By addressing the unique challenges faced by these individuals, we can work towards building a healthcare system that is inclusive, efficient, and responsive to the diverse needs of all citizens. Bridging the healthcare gap is not just a matter of policy: it is a commitment to the well-being and dignity of every individual, regardless of where they call home.

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Drawing Resilience: Autumn Cavender

Wicanhpi Iyotan Win (Autumn Cavender) is Wahpetunwan Dakota and a midwife from Pezihutazizi K’api Makoca (Upper Sioux Community). Autumn is finding new ways to see, visualize and encode designs using traditional Dakota aesthetic and design processes. Her current practice explores quillwork Dakota methodology and its applications through ancestral, digital, and generative technologies.

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