Special Virtual Event June 28 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. ET

“I'm so heartened to find this community of communities”
— 2021 Everywhere attendee

Toward Safer, More Connected Communities

Rural Assembly Everywhere unites rural advocates and allies to connect, share ideas, and leave inspired to build safer, more connected communities — for all. 

silas house author

Silas House

brian cole

Brian Cole

Anderson Clayton

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson

Allyn Maxfield-Steele

Jonathan Blair

Sam Schimmel

Hear from Rural Leaders + Allies Across the Country

Silas House and Brian Cole: New York Times bestselling author and Kentucky Poet Laureate Silas House will be in conversation with his friend, The Rt. Rev. Brian Cole. 

In Conversation with Anderson Clayton
Hear from North Carolina’s Anderson Clayton, the youngest state political party leader in the country about what she’s learned on the road talking with rural residents in her state, how she navigates disinformation on social media in her small town, what gives her hope, and why it’s important to find your people. 

Rocking on the porch with Highlander’s Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson and Allyn Maxfield-Steele

 Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson and Allyn Maxfield-Steele are co-directors at the incredible Highlander Research and Education Center, a social change organization based in New Market, Tennessee. The Center was established more than 90 years ago and it became a learning community for advancing labor movements in the 1930s and 1940s, the Civil Rights Movement and other environmental, economic, and racial justice work. Ash-Lee and Allyn talk with Whitney about the historic and current ways Highlander approaches social change in the South. CW: This conversation contains some mature language.


Citizen Power: Sam Schimmel and Jonathan Blair

Sam Schimmel and Jonathan Blair are co-creators of an ongoing documentary media and public engagement initiative – American Creed: Citizen Power, a follow-up to the 2018 documentary American Creed from Citizen Film. Hear how they are working to build safer, more connected communities, the barriers they face, and their advice for other young rural community organizers. Read more about Sam and Jonathan and view their photo essays. 

PLUS: More stories from rural organizations; music; and more! 

A Continuing Conversation

See the connections in the event chat! 

About Rural Assembly Everywhere

Rural Assembly Everywhere is a free virtual gathering produced and presented by The Rural Assembly.

Rural Assembly Everywhere is for everyone, everywhere, but especially rural advocates and the rural-curious, listeners and leaders, neighbors and admirers.

Rural Assembly Everywhere unites rural advocates and allies to connect, share ideas, and leave inspired to build safer, more connected communities — for all. 

This Everywhere will feature stories, keynotes, and performances that tell the story of how we celebrate and protect the dignity of our neighbors. We’ll spotlight what it looks like when rural people show up for one another with hands and feet, song and food, and we’ll center rural people who are on the front lines of conversations about overcoming political, economic and social violence that would harm our communities.

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