☀️Summer has arrived in Montana! ☀️
The Missoula County Democrats have a number of events, volunteer opportunities, and updates to help you get engaged, involved, and connected this summer.
News & Updates 📢
- Democrats filled the Courthouse Room twice in the last month with such positive energy, first for our County Convention and next for the County Commissioner Forum.
- Our “Stop the Bans” rally May 21st on the steps of the County Courthouse was a success. It was well attended, with great speakers including Kim Dudik, Tom Winter and Nancy Keenan. A statement of support was written for our event by Senator Tester and read by Deborah Frandsen.
- We gathered signatures for a Missoula City Resolution to support Women’s Healthcare Rights. Stacie Anderson carried our petition to the Mayor and City Council.
- We elected a new executive board. 8 of the 14 members are either new to the board or new to their offices on the board. A big transition!
Upcoming Events 📆
Tuesday 6/11 at 6:00pm: We are hosting an event at Imagine Nation Brewing to hear from Monica Lindeen, the State Executive Director of the Democratic Party. Please join us to meet Monica, learn how you can help Montana Democrats win, and mingle with like-minded friends.
- RSVP to the Facebook event for updates and to share with your friends!
- 6/26 and 6/27: Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party. 7:00 pm each night at Paradise Falls, 3621 Brooks Street
- Trivia night – Wednesday 6/19 7:00 - 8:30, Union Club (Make sure to follow Missoula County Democrats on Facebook for updates).
- Sunday July 21st 4:00 to 7:00 Our annual picnic at Silver Park Pavilion. This is a great opportunity to meet elected officials & candidates from the Democratic party, connect with volunteer opportunities, and enjoy some time outside with friends!
- The City Council Candidate Forum will be Tuesday July 9th at 7:00 pm at the Courthouse. We will be hosting the candidate forum much like we did for the county commissioner race. The difference being the outcome will be a Missoula County Democrat’s public endorsement rather than the selection of candidates. This is a great chance to become involved and informed in the City’s leadership.
Since we recently passed the resolution to act decisively on climate change, and in the wake of our most recent program on climate change, we will be sharing out opportunities to act. There are several things in the hopper this month that I think deserve our attention!
Missoula Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment
This week, the Missoula City-County & Climate Smart Missoula will be holding a listening session for comments and feedback for the climate change vulnerability assessment. The listening session will be held Tuesday, May 16, noon- 1:30 in the County Courthouse, Sophie Moiese Room - enter off Pine, main floor, first door on right. Can't make it? No problem, you can provide feedback in other ways. This link provides the draft climate vulnerability assessment and explains ways to provide input:
On March 12, the Missoula County Democrats voted to adopt one of the most progressive platforms in the state. Our country democratic committee called for universal, single payer health care as a right for all citizens, a living wage, campaign finance reform and accepted several Montana-specific facets of the Green New Deal.
The platform change did not happen overnight. Since the beginning of the year, a group of folks from Missoula and around the state formed an organic collective effort and asked the Missoula Democrats to adopt these changes. The Missoula County Democrats listened and stepped up to the challenge because we are progressive and we are leading the change we all seek. We are proud to announce an action plan that includes opportunities for all to get involved. Please join us in making change - remember each one of us can make a change, together we make a difference. Watch this space for ways to get involved.
On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, the Missoula Democrats hosted a program about a feature length documentary called, "When They Were Here," regarding the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) crisis. The producers, Ivan and Ivy MacDonald, are Blackfeet and Shoshone filmmakers enrolled in the Blackfeet tribe. They have spent over a year documenting this crisis. The documentary shares many personal stories about families affected, including how Ivan and Ivy's "cousin, 7-year-old Monica Still Smoking, was found frozen on a mountain on the Blackfeet Reservation in 1979." Reporter Patrick Reilly from the Missoulian ran a story about the evening.
American Indians are 2.5 times more likely to be victims of violent crimes—and at least twice as likely to be raped or sexually assaulted—compared to all other races. It is time to take action!
Here are three actions you can take to help:
- Contribute to the completion of the documentary at whentheywerehere.com
- Support MMIWG legislation in the Montana state legislature. Specifically, Hanna's Act, HB 21 and a related bill HB 54, which would improve law enforcement action on missing persons. Contact your state legislators by calling (406) 444-4800 or sending an online message
- Support MMIWG legislation in Congress. Click here for some background information from Sen. Tester's office.
Senator Tester is supporting the reintroduction of Savanna’s Act (S.227), which would improve information sharing between tribal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and tracking crimes against Native Americans. He is also supporting the reintroduction of the SURVIVE Act (S. 211), which would provide critical funding to Indian victims of crime. He has also introduced his own bill to direct the Government Accountability Office to study current federal agency response protocols for missing Indigenous people and recommend solutions to address this crisis.
Thank you to Roberta Crane for organizing the program, Karen Wickersham for publicizing the event, and many other Missoula Democrats who lent a hand. For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
If you have any questions about the changes, please contact Charley Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.Read more
Welcome to the new website for Missoula Democrats!
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 email@example.com.
Here's to a great new tool for Missoula Democrats! -Dave Kendall, Chairperson