The Rural Assembly is a coalition dedicated to building more opportunity and better policy for rural communities

We know that rural America is more than the convenient stereotypes and stories that dominate public discourse. It is a place of innovation, tight-knit communities, and civic participation. It is fire departments and schools and local organizations making a difference. There is an opportunity right now to draw the connections between rural and its counterparts, to name the roads, fibers, and futures that connect us. To craft a future of us and ours. We hope you’ll join us.

What we're working on now

Everywhere Radio: The new season, coming Feb. 3

Everywhere Radio, hosted by Whitney Kimball Coe, features rural leaders and allies spotlighting the good, scrappy, joyful ways rural people are building a more inclusive nation. Everywhere Radio is a production of the the Rural Assembly. The new season starts Feb. 3. 

What are you watching in 2022?

What issues are you tracking or working on as we enter 2022? We want to hear what you think we should be following and sharing about with our followers in the Rural Assembly.

From Our Blog

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Rural Women Journalists Connect

Last month, our friends at The Daily Yonder joined us to host a powerful discussion about the benefits and challenges facing women working as journalists in rural communities. You can catch the full session on our Youtube channel.

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Opal Besaw: A Role for Schools and Media to Prepare and Engage Youth

Kalispell, MT high school senior Opal Bespaw believes every young person should be excited and empowered to vote. But how do we foster this excitement? By taking purposeful steps to reach out to young voters and involving schools and the media. Register for our livestream to talk more about how to get young people voting in rural places.

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Three Cheers for Rural

Today we invite you to pause your rural advocacy efforts for a wee moment and join us in celebrating some solid good news on multiple fronts: digital equity, vaccinations, and more.

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Fulfilling the Promise: Youth Voting Rights Livestream

The passage of youth voting rights was a critical piece of civil rights legislation. Join us for an intergenerational panel discussion with rural leaders as we reflect on the historical significance and current fight to fulfill the promise of the 26th Amendment.

Podcasts

Everywhere Radio, a hosted by Whitney Kimball Coe, features rural leaders and allies spotlighting the good, scrappy, joyful ways rural people are building a more inclusive nation. Everywhere Radio is a production of the Rural Assembly.

Gatherings

Fall 2021

View all of the sessions from October 2021

View the wrapup video above, or view all of the sessions from Spring 2021

View the first day of the conference above, or view all of the sessions from Fall 2020

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