Supported by four organizers, the Bedford County Listening Project is a group of renters and low-income homeowners organizing for tenants rights in a rural area. We’re testing strategies for building power in conservative territory to be a blueprint for successful rural organizing across the country.
Our BCLP organizers in rural Tennessee successfully elected one of their members to a local City Council in a county that went for Trump by a 50 point margin. This win builds off of their years of building in the community around renter’s rights, especially in the pandemic. BCLP is also helping to start a statewide housing coalition, and will be launching a new project in the 4th Congressional district to expand tenants’ unions.