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What the Helena 2023

What the Helena 2023- Issue #4

CALLS TO ACTION Join us in the Capitol building on February 1 from 12-1PM to rally in support of Montana’s Constitution! Our Constitution is unique among states; it includes strong privacy protections, as well as guaranteeing the right to a clean, healthful environment. Despite this, Montana legislators have already proposed upwards of 50 amendments that…

What the Helena 2023

WHAT THE HELENA 2023- ISSUE #3

CALLS TO ACTION Who doesn’t love some good ol’ fashioned censorship? Representative Bob Phalen is putting forward HB 234, which seeks to tell kids what they can and can’t read. This bill would prevent public schools, public libraries, and museums from displaying or disseminating any materials deemed ‘obscene’ (by anyone) to minors– a move that…

What the Helena 2023

What the Helena 2023- Issue #2

CALLS TO ACTION Want to take action without reading a whole newsletter? We’ve got you covered! Here are four quick things you can do to make your voice heard: BONUS: Join us in Helena next Friday, January 20th, for Protect Our Home: A Climate Advocacy Day. RSVP at this link, and we’ll see you there!…

What the Helena 2023

What the Helena 2023- Issue #1

Well, folks, we’ve made it through the first week of the 2023 legislative session! Our new representatives are sworn in (unlike those in the U.S. House…), the bill drafts are coming in hot, and we’re back with our weekly update on WTH is happening in Helena. Buckle in, friends; this session’s going to be a…

Notes from the Field

2022 Post-Election Statement

Please see the below statement from Kiersten Iwai, Executive Director: Friends– Over the past week, dedicated elections officials across the state have been counting ballots cast in the 2022 Montana General Election. Some races were determined by dozens of votes (or even less!) which is why it’s important to wait for every last vote to…

We're Hiring!

We’re Hiring: Communications Manager

communications manager Forward Montana (FMT) is seeking a full-time Communications Manager to develop and execute a robust communication strategy that supports programmatic and development efforts at Forward Montana and Forward Montana Foundation. The ideal candidate is someone who can balance big-picture strategic vision with individual marketing and communication channels. You’ll excel in this role if…

Power Play 2022

Power Play Issue 3

Power Play Issue 3: NWE’s Markup Schemes and Assorted Nefarious Acts  (Total estimated read time ~12 min. 20 sec. – Scroll to the bottom for the TL;DR version) Last month catch up In our last issue of Power Play, you heard the tragic story of Montana energy deregulation leading to the bankruptcy of Montana Power, the sale of…

Action Alert

Action Alert

The MT Department of Health and Human Services just made it impossible for transgender Montanans to change the sex marker on their birth certificate. They made this change with no public input. HOW’D WE GET HERE? In 2021, the Montana legislature passed SB280, a bill that required transgender Montanans to present proof of a gender…

Monthly Newsletter

May Newsletter

1. Join us for our Transcendent Joy 2.0 Launch Party on June 3rd!  2. Help us ‘Get Out the Vote‘ before the June 7th Primary! 3. Join us for Rockstar Hall of Fame on June 16th! What’s happening at Forward Montana? Transcendent Joy 2.0 Launch Party Join us on June 3rd at 3:30PM at the Missoula Public Library for…

Notes from the Field

MT Supreme Court Elections

Jim Brown Jim Brown has served as the chair of the Public Service Commission since 2020 and prior to that served as a private attorney. In 2013, he represented American Tradition Partnership, a group who was found to have broken campaign finance laws. He is endorsed by Gov. Greg Gianforte, Attorney General Austin Knudsen, and…