Louisiana Community Reinvestment Coalition, Hammond, LA
The Rivers Retreat Center, Covington, LA Tangipahoa African-American Heritage Museum, Hammond, LA
Network Sharing, Celebration, and Information. Workshops on Credit Unions, Housing, and Entrepreneurship. Visits with Louisiana groups affected by the Katrina and oil spill disasters. Network fundraising. Closing speech by RDLN graduate Shirley Sherrod. Co-sponsored by the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and the Housing Assistance Council.
Flats Mentor Farm
RDLN celebrated its Twenty- Fifth Anniversary, held a Rural Roundtable on the World Food Crisis, and the role of U.S. Grassroots Rural Leaders in the food system, visited Flats Mentor Farm, a farmers' market, Equal Exchange and Red Tomato, and reflected, shared, and planned for the future.
Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative
Georgia Baptist Conference Center
Norman Park, Georgia
Organización en California de Lideres Campesinas
St. Francis Retreat Center
San Juan Bautista, California
Salish Kotenai College
Ktunaxa Community Development Corporation (KCDC)
Flathead Reservation, Montana
Children and Family Services
Olive Branch, Mississippi
Community Council of Southwest Texas
In the hill country of Texas, RDLN met for workshops on marketing, use of simultaneous translation equipment, and surviving internal organizational conflict. The group visited sites of
our host, the Community Councill of Southwest Texas, with a cultural performance in Del Rio, a computer class at the junior college in Uvalde, and a dinner in Mexico.
Members of RDLN's new Rural Women's Product Development & Marketing Venture were present.
Graduation speakers were Moises Loza, Chair of RDLN's Board of Directors and Billie Jean Young, former Chairwoman.
Taos County Economic Development Corporation
Mable Dodge Luhan House
Taos, New Mexico
After our trip to Beijing, RDLN held an Assembly in Taos. Among the activities were a Report from Beijing and planning for the Rural Technical Assistance Network. We visited the Pueblo Indians buffalo project and Taos County Economic Development's business incubator. The graduation speaker was Richard Archuletta, of the War Chiefs office at the Taos Pueblo.
Boys, Girls, Adults Community Development Center
DeGray Lake State Park
Some attendees came early and visited the sites of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives in Epes, Alabama; Boys, Girls, Adults Community Development Center in Marvell, Arkansas; and housing projects of Voice of Calvary Ministries in Jackson, Mississippi.
RDLN had a ceremonial "Challenge to Churches" on the banks of the Arkansas River. We read our Statement on Land (originally composed in 1992) and challenged churches to turn over some of their land to community groups.
Our graduation speaker was Bob Nash, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Western Reserve State Park
Wilma Mankiller, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, gave the graduation speech.
(l to r) Rose Sanders, Starry Krueger,
Wilma Mankiller, Unita Blackwell, Billie Jean Young