Solutionary Rail strives to learn from and work in concert with people in rural communities, for an infrastructure and economy that works for everyone and the planet.
On Friday Oct 11th 1pm pacific/4pm eastern, we welcome two guests whose organizations work in rural communities, Amanda Brozana of National Grange and Lorette Picciano Executive Director of Rural Coalition.
Please RSVP Below to join this Solutionary Perspectives Call; instructions to connect via Zoom for the Call will be auto-sent when you RSVP.
If you have time, you are encouraged to check out this article, Rural Depopulation in a Rapidly Urbanizing America; the Call Facilitator, Bill Moyer will be referring to it. The Conversation will be recorded for broadcast on Voice of Vashon.
Bios of Guest Speakers:
Amanda Leigh Brozana-Rios is the Director of Communications and Development for the National Grange. She lives in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Amanda served from 2015-16 as National Lecturer and is an active member in Potomac Grange #1, Washington, D.C. She has helped charter two community Granges and previously assisted with membership and leadership development activities of the National Grange. Amanda is also part of the leadership team for the Cumberland Valley Railroad Museum. Prior to coming to the National Grange, she had worked for several years at the Pottsville Republican-Herald in Pennsylvania as a staff writer and copy editor and has previously taught journalism, public relations and speech communications at Bridgewater State College (now University), Stillman College and the University of Alabama.
Lorette Picciano has served as Executive Director of the Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural, a Washington, DC-based alliance of more than 70 culturally diverse community based organizations representing small producers and farmworkers in the US and Mexico, since 1992. She works with the RC’s diverse Board and members to promote just and sustainable development in rural areas, and she participated in her 8th Farm Bill Debate. RC has, for more than 30 years, been a leading organization working to secure civil and human rights in the agriculture and trade sectors, and especially in the movement to secure equity for all farmers and farmworkers from the US Department of Agriculture. Rural Coalition also connects with its sister communities in North America and globally and is a member organization of the international farmers movement, La Via Campesina.