*Photo by Mike Kane, courtesy of RuralOrganizing.org Education Fund
Freedom & End Discrimination
Protect people’s freedom to live and work safely and without discrimination
President Franklin Roosevelt once said the foundation of a healthy and strong democracy is rooted in equally shared opportunity and rising standard of living, as well as personal security and preservation of civil liberties. But too many communities have been treated unjustly. People are unfairly denied economic opportunities, excluded because of lack of language access, and subjected to discrimination and violence. There must be no greater priority for our country than ensuring every community has a voice in our elections, equitable economic opportunity, fundamental freedoms, and personal safety. The future of our democracy depends on it.
America is stronger when more people vote, and when people can cast ballots conveniently with confidence their ballot will be counted.
Federal and state governments should engage in nation-to-nation consultation with Tribal governments on projects and rulemakings.
Eighty-six percent of persistent poverty counties have entirely rural populations.
Ensure the rights and safety for farmworkers, children, and people who are incarcerated.
Because of discrimination, Black farmers and other farmers of color have unfair obstacles.
Restrictions that limit access to a full range of reproductive healthcare are particularly burdensome to rural women.
We cannot allow our Indigenous neighbors in rural communities fall through the cracks of a failed system.
People that live in rural communities are too often denied equal opportunities