In recent election cycles and legislative battles it has become clear that progressive causes and organizations no longer understand how to engage rural Americans in the political and legislative process. Far too often, the issues that matter the most to those in rural areas of our country are not given the attention they deserve and organizations are left unsure of how to engage and motivate them. The result is a growing divide between rural and urban Americans in Iowa and across the country.
Focus on Rural America will identify the causes of the recent massive shifts in rural behavior by listening and engaging with working class voters in rural communities. After identifying the causes of the growing divide between rural and urban Americans and the issues that motivate them, FORA will develop messages that resonate in rural America and build support for a progressive economic agenda.