We are Down Home

Front porches. Kitchen tables. Organizing spaces.

Creating multiracial, rural coalitions to win the things working people need.

We live here.

We are community-led and community-focused. We are organizing in small towns and rural places on issues that impact poor and working class people. Because we live here, we know what our communities need. We intentionally organize multiracial groups across race because we recognize the dog-whistles being used to divide us.

We fight here.

We build in communities through conversations with local residents to find out what matters most to them… and then we organize around those issues. We support local residents in small towns and country places to take leadership in addressing their community concerns. Current emergent issue areas include:

Rural Housing

Poor and working-class families in rural communities are disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system, destabilizing families and often driving them into further poverty.

Health Justice

Rural North Carolina communities are dramatically underserved by the health care system, and even when there is care to access, too many people simply don’t have the insurance or the money to cover a doctor’s visit.

Public Schools

Our schools are the foundations of our community and investing in public education is investing in our children.

Our future is here.

We are confronting racism, homophobia, and misogyny head on because we know that we need to work together, not apart. We invest in rural people and rural communities to be change makers in our hometowns.

It’s a tall order, but we are up to the challenge because this is our home.

Find local folks organizing near you:

“The reason why I am involved is because I believe
that if we can figure out solutions from day to day
about how we can make this world work better for everyone. If we can figure out solutions to health care, to opioids, to giving people places to live, to making sure there are jobs, then we could make sure that no one is poor. “

  • Sam Malone, Waynesville

“No future. I know a whole generation of young
people probably never worked a day in their life.
I just couldn’t fathom that when I was younger,
but I see why it happens…the economic and political system that we live under has such a surplus of people they can choose from, and they can wipe out a whole generation of folks. People just get into a survival mode, trying to make it from one day to the next.”

  • Brenda, Burlington