Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Group is formed to promote good aspects of rural life, build united voice on rural issues

In response to the mostly negative stereotypes sometimes applied to rural Americans, stereotypes further perpetuated by a seemingly never-ending slew of reality shows that depict rural residents as hillbillies and morons, the group 10,000 Friends of Rural America was created to highlight the positive aspects of rural life and to encourage rural Americans to have a united voice that can be heard across the country at a time when its population is the least rural ever. 

"Acting together, speaking in one voice, we can make rural America more visible and draw attention to its value," the group says on its website. "We can shine a light on the issues rural people and places face. We can motivate our country's leaders to give rural America a fair shake." Rural America consists of "the places that connect us and a diversity of people who work hard, pitch in and help out. Rural America is everyone's fresh air and clean water. And it is key to fueling our nation and feeding the world. Rural America has a role to play in building an economy where everyone does better, and that message isn't getting heard." Anyone interested in becoming a friend of rural America can click here.

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