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Neighbor to Neighbor: The Rural Agenda

Updated: Mar 9, 2022

Bringing a Voice to Rural Communities and Building the East-West Washington Connection.

We were joined by Teresa Purcell, Reesha Cosby, and Dulce Gutierrez. In this roundtable talk, we discussed the rural agenda from the progressive perspective. We covered values-driven campaigning, women in rural leadership/politics, Black Lives Matter, Pride, engaging young rural voters, green jobs and more.

Teresa Purcell is one of only a handful of consultants with broad expertise working with both rural communities and communities of color across the nation. She is a former Democratic candidate for the Washington state legislature and currently the host of “Building Bridges with Teresa Purcell”, a weekly show on conservative talk radio, on KEDO 1400 AM and 99.1 FM in SW Washington.

Reesha Cosby, a Yakima Valley resident since 2002, is a radio host, programmer, and web content creator at Townsquare Media Yakima. In addition to being a parent, Reesha serves as President of the Board for the YWCA of Yakima, is a board member of the Yakima Schools Foundation and Safe Yakima Youth Coalition, and most recently became the Membership Chair of the Yakima County NAACP.

Dulce Gutierrez is a Union, Community & Naturalization Organizer for the Washington State Labor Council. She works on labor and community issues affecting workers and their families in the Yakima Valley, with a focus on building power and unity among Latino and union working families. In November 2015, Dulce was elected to serve on the Yakima City Council. She was among a group of three women to become the first Latinos ever elected to serve on the council.

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