BENEFITING: New Economy Coalition
If there’s one thing almost all Americans might agree on, it’s that there’s almost nothing we all agree on. Or so it seems. In fact, exciting things are happening across the country to create a new, progressive economy that works for all. And many of these “new economies” are emerging in rural areas and so-called Red states. But for the most part, those stories have been ignored by the mainstream media and the political class; the small businesses and community organizations get little more than the crumbs that fall from the table. Additionally, many people in rural and red-state areas feel alienated with a progressive movement that they don't see their community in. Well here’s the truth: healthy, locally-based economies are in fact emerging all over our country, from rural Appalachia to old steel towns in the mid-Atlantic; economies that are more democratic, more satisfying, more resilient. And they are being built by people of color, by recent immigrants, by Native American people and by working class White folks. While the Politicians and pundits may have given up on the possibility that the economy might actually create good livelihoods for most people, we have not. A group of people from around the country are coming together this July to try to change all of this, to begin to reshape the public debate about rural communities and so-called Red states. For 1 ½ days we’ll gather to learn from what’s happening on the ground, foster greater collaboration among folks in rural and Red state areas, and strengthen this voice in the national debate. We’re doing it as part of the New Economy Coalition’s Common Bound conference in Buffalo. We need your help to make it happen: your contributions will help defray travel costs, ensuring that a diverse group of folks, including grassroots leaders and young folks can and will participate. Thanks so much for your support!