PROUD PENNSYLVANIA is a statewide initiative to unite rural and urban populations around a shared vision for an economy that will move wealth and power from distant corporations to our communities through local production of our basic needs.
OUR VISION: We envision a prosperous network of just and sustainable regional economies comprised of independent, locally-owned farms and businesses that provide self-reliance in basic needs of food, fiber and fuel, bring greater happiness and well-being, increase inclusion and economic justice, strengthen our democracy, and nurture a robust natural environment we can be proud to leave for future Pennsylvanians.
OUR MISSION: Our mission is to educate the public, investors, business leaders, political candidates and state and municipal legislators about the critical importance of building resilient, self-reliant regional economies that mitigate carbons, prepare our communities for climate change, and bring greater prosperity to both urban and rural communities.
WHAT WE DO:
1. Organize stakeholder groups in local industries such as food, renewable energy, recycling and the emerging hemp and marijuana industries, made up of local farmers, entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, researchers, advocates, and policy makers. These groups work cooperatively to actively build local supply chains, educate the public and advise legislators in their areas of expertise.
2. Support state legislators in the Proud Pennsylvania Legislative Working Group by providing information, connections to stakeholders and briefings to inform legislation, which will:
a. Support the growth of local supply chains and sustainable, self-reliant regional economies comprised of locally owned farms and businesses.
b. Ensure living-wage jobs and economic opportunity in the emerging industries for former fossil fuel workers, entrepreneurs of color, women, returning citizens, and marginalized rural and urban communities.
c. Decrease the power of corporations, while increasing the power of communities to protect themselves and their eco-systems from industrial pollution and toxins, such as from fossil fuel development, industrial farming and pesticide use.
3. Establish relationships with like-minded citizens in counties across Pennsylvania and collaborate to hold educational, community building events for the public that unite our rural and urban communities.
4. Organize events to educate entrepreneurs and investors about the importance of regional economies and inspire them to start and invest in businesses needed to build local supply chains.
5. Publish educational materials, write articles, maintain a website and a social media presence, and do public speaking.
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