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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis – Resolution Passed

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis – Resolution Passed

This week, the Missoula County Democratic Party Central Committee approved and issued a Resolution calling for concerted action to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women.

An alarming number of Indigenous women and girls in Montana disappear, are murdered, or are the victims of violent crime each year. These cases are often unreported, or underreported and this crisis has been brought to light recently by a short film by Bozeman, Montana filmmakers Ivan and Ivy MacDonald. Missoula County includes a portion of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes reservation, while the Missoula Valley, where most of the people of Missoula County live, is located near the center of Séliš (Salish), Ksanka (Kootenai), and Ql̓ispé (upper Kalispel or Pend d’Oreille) homelands. For thousands of years, it has always been, and remains today, a place of the highest importance to them, and to the many other Indigenous people who traversed and visited the region, including the lower Kalispel, Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Nez Perce, Blackfeet, and Shoshone, and is today the home of citizens and descendants of those Nations, and other Indigenous people.

We must protect our people. The Missoula County Democrats urge our law enforcement agencies and legislators to do their part in keeping Indigenous woman and girls safe in our communities by passing key legislature, establishing expert panels, and improve operational systems and policies to address this crisis.

The full resolution can be found here: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/missoulademocrats/pages/136/attachments/original/1547152080/MMIW_Resolution_Signed_010919.pdf?1547152080

For further information, please contact the Missoula County Democrats at (406) 493-0131 or communications@missoulademocrats.org.

 

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Bylaw amendments-County Convention

At the Missoula Democrats' County Convention on Tuesday, May 9th the Missoula Democratic Central Committee will consider several bylaw changes. These changes expand participation on the Executive Committee (AKA the Eboard) by adding new officers and letting partner organizations designate a representative. it also changes to process for scheduling programs and eliminates secret ballots.

 

Click here for a summary of bylaw amendments

Click here for a complete version of bylaw changes

Click here for a copy of the current bylaws

 

If you have any questions about the changes, please contact Charley Carpenter at carpentc@carpenterlawfirmplc.com.

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Candidates—Missoula Dems Officers

On Tuesday, May 9th, 7 pm at the Missoula Democrats County Convention, the Central Committee will elect its officers for the next two years. Below are the candidates who have submitted an questionnaire about their candidacy. Click on their names to download their answers. Additional candidates may be nominated the night of the meeting.

May 9th update: Sydney Sweitzer and Dave Severson have withdrawn as candidates for the officers election.

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Welcome to the new website for Missoula Democrats

Welcome to the new website for Missoula Democrats!logo-MCD_FullColorLogo_copy.jpg

We're happy to offer updated content from the previous website, plus new tools that will give us more ways to organize.

It was a group effort to build this website. Precinct Commiteewomen for Target Range 97, Stacy Hunt and her colleagues Tim Gunderson and Megan Emjsh provided great support upfront and solved several technical problems.

Danny and Bracha Tanenbaum who are brand new to the Missoula Dems, stepped up and got the website over the finish line using their wealth of experience with web design.

Bob Jaffe with Cedar Mountain Software, which hosted the previous website, has donated his time and resources over many years. He made the transition the new website seamless.

Thank you all!

Please let us know what think and how we can improve the website's usefulness to you and others. We have a ton of learning to do. You can send me an email at chair@missoulademocrats.org.

Here's to a great new tool for Missoula Democrats! -Dave Kendall, Chairperson

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