10,000 Friends of Rural America
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Get to Know 10,000 Friends of Rural America
10,000 Friends of Rural America is an informal partnership of 30 nonpartisan national, regional and local nonprofits coordinated by Stand Up for Rural America, a project of The Center for Rural Strategies based in Whitesburg, KY. It was formed because we feel Rural America is not getting a fair share of the nation’s policy attention and investment for rural people and places by creating a fresh rural and urban voice to speak up and combat their growing marginalization.
Why It's Important?
To secure a fair share of the nation’s policy attention and investment for rural people and places by creating a fresh rural and urban voice to speak up and combat their growing marginalization.
The basic legislation authorizing the federal Department of Agriculture expired twice and stalled in Congress delaying final passage for nearly three years.
Philanthropy to strengthen rural communities is shrinking at the same time that public budget cuts are having a disproportionate negative impact on the same communities.
Most of the media coverage of rural America takes the form of “reality” TV, most of which showcases stereotypes rather than realities.