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  • 00:30

    Fannie Marie Gibbs Speaks from Rural Georgia

    in Politics Progressive

    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".

  • 01:07

    Rural Progressive Jeana Brown tells Story, Self, U.S. and Why Now.

    in Politics Progressive

    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".

  • 00:30

    TEAM RURAL RADIO - Getting started is the hardest part.

    in Politics Progressive

    Team Rural was formed by, with, and for, the 2008 Obama Team Leaders and Volunteers at the One Year Anniversary of Barack Obama's Presidential election.
    We did not want to see ourselves drifting apart as other Organizations passed over our emails and calls. We felt isolated yet we hosted the largest Listeneing Tour in Georgia for Organizing for America AFTER the President's election in 2008. NOT in Atlanta, but in a rural county of less then 20,000 people; 85% of whom voted Republican!
    We crossed counties lines and formed coalitions with each other that have lasted. We particpate in many activities with other groups such as Moveon, Working America, Hands across the Sand, and we even picketed a KKK Rally in Nahunta Georgia during Black History month 2010.
    We held signs that said Not in our back yard!, Georgians support President Obama, and Love Conquers Hate.
    Yes we have been intimidated, yes we have been afraid, but as we grew to see and understand that we were many across county lines - that is how we organized ourselves across the South East area of Georgia.
    Our first episode is about Getting Started and how that came about. We hope you will find a home with us here and return weekly to TEAM RURAL RADIO for the real down low on rural southern progressive politics across the Deep South. We are here and we want everyone to know it, own it, and talk about it. We hope you'll join us.

  • 00:40

    Seasoned Rural Organizer Jessica Barrett shares her Experience, Strength, & Hope

    in Politics Progressive

    (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!

  • 00:58


    in Politics Conservative

    Under Obama, rural poverty has slipped off the national agenda as presidential candidates, pundits, and the press focus on the needs of big cities – the very places making the countryside poor. 


    The fate of upstate New York is a small scene in a larger story enveloping rural areas across the United States. As the balance of population shifts to cities, urban elites are increasingly favoring laws and regulations that benefit urban voters over rural ones. The result is the "Detroit-ification" of sparsely populated areas so that the countryside increasingly resembles the inner city. This trend fuels the intense populism and angry politics that has shattered the post-WWII consensus and divided the nation.


    William Tucker is Senior Reporter with the American Media Institute. He is a veteran journalist who has written for the New York Times, Harper's, National Review, WSJ and others.



    Tags:  William Tucker, rural America, Detroit, urban, rural, Obama, American Media Institute, New York Times, Harper’s, National Review, WSJ

  • 00:31

    Team Rural Radio: Casey Willits from Arkansas joins the Conversation

    in Politics Progressive

    Casey Willits is a past State Director for Fairness West Virginia 2013. He's an Obama Alumni from 2008-2012. We will be talking about isolation, the deep south, and rural progressive politics. Please join us!

  • 00:29

    Rural Council Co-Founder Deb Kozikowski Speaks about New Suppressive Voter Laws

    in Politics Progressive

    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!

  • 01:07

    Rural America: The Plight of Small Landowners and Their Environment

    in Politics Conservative

    On this week's edition of NORTH FLORIDA WRITER TALKS, host James Dick, a regular contributor to the Conservative Report and blogger through his own web site, North Florida Writer, northfloridawriter.com  will lead a discussion of the plight of small rural landowners facing the pressure of development in rural North Florida. The show should be of benefit to all who love the rural lifestyle as the American landscape is under threat of urbanization from sea to shining sea.  James will be joined by two landowners in the middle of the struggle for retention of their lifestyle, one a retired NCIS agent and the other a housewife, turned activist, when she realized after she had raised her family that the environment she loved and in which she had lived her entire life was collapsing around her,  Topics will include:





    Whether you are Conservative, Liberal or somewhere in between, if you live in, or want to maintain a  reasonable rural presence in America, this show has something for you. After all, do we really need another strip mall or postage stamp lot development at every bend on the country road?








  • 01:00


    in Politics Conservative

    This is Part 2 of the discussion started Sunday on NORTH FLORIDA WRITER TALKS concerning the Plight of Small Rural Landowners.  Water is becoming an issue in Florida and small rural landowners are certainly holding "the short end of the stick".  Karen Chadwick joins host James Dick of northfloridawriter.com and a major contributor to the Conservative Report to discuss this problem that impacts not only Florida but small landowners across the nation. 

    Karen brings extensive practical knowledge of Florida's water network gained from her experience as a sculptor who has designed models of rivers and other aquifer related water sources that are now displaying stress from lack of sufficient recharge and introduction of pollutants. Preparing for her work assignments has required her to interface with subject matter experts with both government and private experience as well as conduct extensive independent research to master each task undertaken. The show is being broadcast Saturday since Sunday, Easter, will be spent honoring The One who gave us the ultimate gift. 

    We will discuss the interrelationship of water and development, the state of the water sources today and where they are headed in the future.  If you are concerned about the quality and quantity of your water supply, as you should be, the discussion is designed to make you think about what life will be like if we don't pay attention to this life giving resource.  If not, the future could be very bleak indeed.

    Related article by James Dick in the Conservative Report: FL GOV RICK SCOTT: WE NEED RESPONSIBLE, CONSERVATIVE GROWTH

  • 01:01

    Dialogue: Rural Social Work Practice

    in Family

    Dialogue Hosts Bruce Friedman, Susan Minkita and Dennis Cogswell as they are joined by Special Guest Scott Sorensen, President  Rural Social Work Caucus 19 May 2014  9:00 pm EST.

    Topics discussed include Dual Relationships. Is Rural Social Work Practice more than following Advanced Generalist Practices, The July Rural Social Conference in New Mexico, and Rural Social Work Education Programs of Distinction.  Call in at 347-327-9168.       Dialogue with Us!





  • 01:18

    Saving Rural America and Youth Conferences

    in Self Help

    Winston County Self Help Cooperative will celebrate thirty years of ‘Serving Rural America starting on January 23, 2015 with their 8th Saving Rural America and Youth Conference at Louisville Coliseum in Louisville, MS. This prolific organization germinated out of the 1980s Farm Crisis to provide small farmers and landowners with acute technical services needed to maintain ownership in times of uncertainties. You can engage and learn more about this event on this Thursday January 15, 2015, 6pm central time by clicking on  the following link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/savingruralamerica or you can listen to the show by calling 323-580-5735. WCSHC extends an invitation for you to visit wcshc.com and to read the Co-op's rich history. You will spend hours and days reading newsletters, news flashes, and watching videos of WCSHC’s remarkable work of serving rural Americans. Please share information with others and join the conversation on this Thursday 6:00pm central time.