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Embattled rural progressive speaks about her first hand account; trials and tribulations of fighting the "Old Gaurd" and how in rurual Georgia 2014 it is still affecting their ability to organize around Obama's "Respect, Empower, and Include".
Embattled rural progressive speaks about her first hand account; trials and tribulations of fighting the "Old Gaurd" and how in rurual Georgia 2014 it is still affecting her ability to organize around Obama's "Respect, Empower, and Include".
This week, the Rural Mobile and Broadband Alliance (RuMBA) USA released a whitepaper on satellite Internet service that finds that, when measured against the prevailing definition of broadband, satellite technology falls far short of conventional wired and wireless alternatives, mainly due to latency, bandwidth, price, performance and service shortcomings. Hear more details about the White Paper authored by Stephen Cobb. Rural America Radio gives voice to rural residents and those who wish to promote the well-being and economic growth of rural communities across the U.S. We bring you the very best in talk-show programming related to rural American affairs, by deliberately focusing on the use of technology, especially high-speed Internet, and healthy living. Rural America Radio is a project of the Rural Mobile & Broadband Alliance (rumbausa.com). Listeners may join the show and ask questions by dialing 646-378-1746.
(JUST A DISCLAIMER to let you know we loose conncection at about 33 mins or so. We will have Part 2 ASAP to close)
Jessica Barrett shares her struggles organizing the powerful red county. The only red county south of the famous I-4 cooridor. She began a Young Dems of America Chapter in Polk, and a lil history folks so you can get your head wrapped around the courage this lady has. Big Ben HIll Griiffin, who built the "Gator Swampbowl" for the UF. He owns cattle, potassium farms, you name it. Well he has a Grandaughter named, Katherine Harris, (who grew up in Bartow Polk County) you may recall the name for she was the Sec of State of Fl who called the race for Bush against AL Gore in 2000. COincidence, we think not....
Jessica and I left a Purple county, just ready to claim it's voting rights, although voter suppresion and collusion to committ fraud was seen on 2010. Very powerful people control outcomes, but in the midterm 2010 we almost won a congressional race due to our high volunteerism and indeed Polk County was the ONLY County called out the night before the elction fro the exceptional work the county did. It was the people, and Jessica started the way. I can't wait to do this interview! Hope you will join us for encouragment on mid-terms and take away suggestions that worked for us In Florida 2010!
'Tis the start of the season. President Obama and the majority Republican Congress are fighting on everything from Amnesty to Obamacare while shorter days and holidays create Seasonal Depression in many
Join Critical Conversations and Communities Digital News editors and writers to discuss the domestic political headlines, international headlines and therapist Paul Mountjoy joins us to talk about how Seasonal Depression may be affecting you and the ones you love and work with.
Your host is Lisa Ruth, former CIA analyst and Editor in Chief, Communities Digital News where we tell the whole story 24 hours a day.
Magdalena Verdugo, Vice President Education/ SE AZ Area Manager, Chicano Por La Causa (CPLC)
CPLC is a statewide community development corporation committed to building stronger, healthier communities as a lead advocate, coalition builder and director service provider. CPLC promotes positive change and self-sufficiency to enhance the quality of life for all the people whose lives they touch. From economic development to education to community development and social services, this agency is making a difference. Join us to find out just how BIG a difference. This show sponsored by Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment.
The City re assessed all properties early this year - assessments went up - so taxes went up.
The City THEN wanted to INCREASE the tax rate by 17,5%
The citizens flooded the Commission meeting. The Mayor panicked and called the police, who were very calm and just asked the crowds that could not get into the meeting room, to keep the noise level DOWN so that the meeting could proceed.
A special meeting was called for the second hearing of the tax increase at a larger venue.
The tax was voted down.
The City, without calling any public meeting, put 50 items on the ballot
The citizens put 2 quarter page adverts in the local newspaper advising people to vote NO on all 50 propositions
One week after elections - the Commission meeting which is held on the first and fourth Tuesday of every month was MOVED with very short notice to Wednesday.
There are a bunch of resolutions to be voted on at this meeting which will be the first time they are brought before the public.
One of these is the use of excessive force in the event of "non violent civil rights demonstrations".
The others give immense power to the City Manager - who was an Engineer doing some work for the City and when the City Manager left he was appointed "interim City Manager". That was 25 years ago, and he earns twice what is the average for a City Manager in a town our size. He has NO experience related to City Management
It took generations of struggle for women and minorities to gain the right to vote. With the voting rights act in 1965, finally every vote counted.
One generation later, 34 states have passed voter ID laws, disenfranchising millions of voters. Most are women, older, or minority voters.
RuralVotes and South Forward have teamed up to launch a new Voter ID Project. to help voters.
Donate today by clicking on the Blue Link above!
On Tuesday evening, the Republicans swept the Senate. And the question everyone is asking is Why? Democrats say its because their base did not vote. Republicans say America voted against Obama and Harry Reid. If that is the case, then America is a whole lot smarter than anyone thought s/he is because regardless of the media driving the obstructionist Republican meme, the obstruction, as Joe Biden says, was the White House team.
We have asked our national team -- Jennifer Oliver O'Connell in California. Al Maurer in Colorado. Jimmy Edwards in Texas. Tim Kern in Indiana and our traveling pundit Eric Golub will be talking to Communities Digital News Senior Political Editor Dr. James Picht and Editor in Chief and Critical Conversations host Lisa Ruth promising a lively conversation and a better understanding on the politics inside the beltway.
Critical Conversations will then wrap up with Boxing Expert Gayle Falkenthal who will be leading the boxing fans on a live chat for the Barnard Hopkins vs. Sergey Kovalen battle on HBO Boxing this Saturday night. This fight is tilting toward Hopkins who at 49 is the oldest title holding pugilist in the ring.
We are excited to have Kelsey Hargadine on our next episode. Kelsey is the Co-Founder and CEO of Rural Orphans and Widows AIDS Network.
Starting in 2002, Kelsey Hargadine (formally Kelsey Young), Co-Founder & Program Director, lived with a local pastor in East Uganda named Pastor Paul. One night under the stars Pastor Paul shared with Kelsey the burdens of his people. He said, “Kelsey, God hears the cries of my people & there is a purpose for YOU.” This moment was the birthing of ROWAN.
A few short years later, after Pastor Paul began to minister to the orphans & widows, Kelsey ventured back to visit the project. The moment she arrived into Pastor’s home she was given a formal report with the title ROWAN on the front! Kelsey read the first sentence, “ROWAN: Rural Orphans & Widows AIDS Network was begun by Pastor Paul & Kelsey Young to bring the widows & orphans of Africa from helplessness to hope…” That’s exactly what we did & that was just the beginning.
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Piedmont Alabama Superintendent Matt Akin , whose small school district has gained national acclaim, and who was just named Ed Tech Innovator of the Month by T.H.E.Journal is our guest. Co-hosted with with The Journal's Editor Chris Piehler Its all about HOW A CONNECTED COMMUNITY TRANSFORMED A RURAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
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The biggest scare this Halloween is next week's midterm election races. From ghoulish ads that are just ugly to voter apathy. To a media that seems to have forgotten the sins and scandals of the past to allegations of Voter fraud in Chicago. Are these elections for change or position leading up to the 2016 Presidential elections
Join this live broadcast on BTR and live chat on Communities Digital News this afternoon, October 30 at 6:30pm EST. Guest to include nationally recognized political writers T.J. O'Hara, Jennifer Oliver O'Connell, Tim Kern and Eric Golub.
Hosts for tonight's show are Communities Digital News Editor in Chief Lisa Ruth and Senior Political Editor Dr. James Picht.
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