“First, our orientation toward rural communities should be humanitarian…people are suffering and we care about that. And then second, we have to be there and inform meaning-making. It’s actually bigger than elections but where there’s a whole battle for meaning-making and hearts and minds long term. I think we’ve both got room to go up and I also think we’ve not hit bottom.”
George Goehl, Equal Voice Action Board Member and Director of People’s Action, joined the Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes podcast this month to discuss the work of People’s Action and its allies to organize for change in America’s small towns and rural communities.
Sharing his own story of poverty and addiction, George discussed his pathway to organizing, People’s Action’s approach to outreach in small towns and predominantly conservative communities, and the need for more economic and racial justice work in rural America.
Listen to the podcast or read the transcript for insights, case studies, and strategies for seeding progressive change in rural America.
For more information about this work, view the People’s Action report, The Promise of A Progressive Populist Movement: Building a Multiracial, Race-Conscious Movement for Bold Change in Rural and Small-Town America.