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September 28, 2020
One Black Lives Matter Protest in Rural New York Opens the Door to Change
In the months since a Black Lives Matter protest in Catskill, N.Y., one of the march’s organizer has decided to run for office. Change is coming to the rural town.
September 9, 2020
States Are Doing What Big Government Won’t to Stop Climate Change
Officials hope the federal money, aimed at rebuilding economies ravaged by Covid-19, will support clean energy and carbon-cutting programs.
September 2, 2020
Covid Country Diary
We left Manhattan for the Catskills in March; two months into the city’s lockdown, this rural county had the highest per capita number of new cases in the state.
August 20, 2020
As Democrats Leave Cities, Rural Areas See an Uptick in Voter Registration
A rural marketing campaign offering “solace in a more secluded setting” might give Republicans more than they bargained for.
July 15, 2020
Where I Live, Hostility Toward Black Lives Matter Is Often Indirect
But it’s still there in rural New York—just as it is in Washington.
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June 24, 2020
Rural New York Is in the Streets, Marching for Black Lives
My town voted overwhelmingly for Trump, so I didn’t expect a big crowd at a recent Black Lives Matter protest. I was wrong.
June 2, 2020
The Pandemic Has Sent Child Hunger to Record Levels
Ninety percent of US counties with high rates of childhood hunger are rural, a new study finds.
May 27, 2020
In Rural America, Opioids Kill Many More Than Covid-19
But the pandemic has made the problem worse, too.
April 30, 2020
Where I Live, the Pandemic Can Feel Remote
In a rural village in upstate New York, our hospital laid off staff because there’s not enough for them to do.
April 20, 2020
Organizing on the Coasts Won’t Save the Planet
Rural America has the land, the people, and the potential to flip the political equation on climate change.
Jane Fleming Kleeb