FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2019
Contact: Justin Vest
Hometown Action Will Join a Thousand Progressive Leaders for
“The People’s Wave” Convention in Washington D.C. April 28-30
Montevallo, AL – Hometown Action leaders are heading to Washington, D.C. this week to join nearly a thousand other progressive activists from throughout the country for the People’s Action convention “The People’s Wave.”
People’s Action is Hometown Action’s national partner and one of the largest and fastest growing multiracial, people’s organizations in the country, with 48 member organizations in 32 states and more than a million grassroots leaders. Hometown Action is the leading organization within the People’s Action network engaged in rural organizing in the Deep South.
Hometown Action Members Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Sav Miles, and Warren Tidwell will take key roles as speakers and facilitators and will lift up our collective vision for a progressive populist movement in the South. Our delegation has helped shape a national political platform based on the issues facing our local Alabama communities that will be unveiled at the convention.
“I'm excited for folks to get to know our platform! I'm so proud of it--it really powerfully captures the common challenges and shared values of working people in this country,” said Sav Miles, member organizer in Gadsden. “We’ve seen the power of regular people coming together in response to natural disasters like the tornadoes that hit Lee County and I’m excited to share those stories and learn from others from around the country,” said Warren Tidwell, member leader in Auburn. “Rural organizers from Alabama and the Deep South have a lot to offer to the national conversation. We are building diverse coalitions to organize around shared struggles and recognizing interconnections among so many of our issues,” said Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Hometown Action’s Director of Strategic Initiatives.
Activists from rural, urban, and suburban communities nationwide will share their personal stories alongside elected officials including presidential candidates and attend workshops on healthcare, education, housing, climate and environment, and learn more about building a new type of movement politics and co-governance. Hometown Action’s delegation will also meet with both of our U.S. Senators and several House representatives about issues affecting our state while in Washington, D.C.
You can support our delegation by making a donation to help cover the costs of travel and the convention.
Hometown Action is a statewide grassroots organization building inclusive and sustainable small towns and rural communities in Alabama through multiracial working class organizing and leadership development. Learn more at www.hometownaction.org.
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