1. Join us the first week of May for Congressional Candidate Forums in your community!
2. Welcome Mandy (she/her) to the Forward Montana team!
3. Join the team this summer as a Community Organizing Fellow!
What’s happening at Forward Montana?
Congressional Candidate forum roadshow
Join us in a community near you the first week of May to hear from Congressional Candidates running in the June primary and get a chance to ask your burning questions! Forward Montana is going on the road and stopping in Butte, Missoula, Kalispell, Bozeman, and Billings! Check out the communities and dates below and head to the link to RSVP for your spot.
Western District (MT 02)
Join us in Butte on May 3rd at The Covellite Theater at 6:00PM
Join us in Missoula on May 4th at Imagine Nation Brewing at 6:00PM
Join us in Kalispell on May 5th at Northwest Montana History Museum at 6:00PM
Join us in Bozeman on May 6th at The Rialto Theater at 5:30PM
Eastern District (MT 01)
Join us in Billings on May 8th at Arthouse Cinema and Pub at 6:00PM
Opportunities to get involved
The primary elections are coming up and that means we need your help registering voters! Check out all the available voter registration shifts happening in your area by heading to the link here!
Community Organizing Fellowships
Join the team this summer as a Community Organizing Fellow and learn how to build power with and alongside your peers and work together to make lasting change in your communities while building your own unique set of skills. Head to the link here to learn more and apply today!
A note from Kiersten Iwai
|#ICYMI, BIG things happened about a week ago for voter registration in Montana. Remember last summer when Forward Montana Foundation, Montana Youth Action, and MontPIRG challenged three bills from the 2021 state legislative session that burdens Montanans’ right to cast a ballot? Well, the judge granted our request for a preliminary injunction on our voting rights case! This means that, while the lawsuit will continue to proceed, until a final ruling is made Senate Bill 169, House Bill 506, and House Bill 176 are no longer in effect! |
These three bills seek to change voter identification requirements limiting the use of student ID, prohibiting ballot distribution to individuals who will, but do not yet, meet age and residency-based voter registration criteria, and eliminating election day registration, effectively making it more difficult for younger people to register to vote in Montana.
To learn more, check out this article.
Welcome to our new Flathead Field Manager
Help us welcome Mandy (she/her) to the Forward Montana team! Mandy is joining us as the Flathead Field Manager. Mandy loves all the outdoor Montana things and has an eclectic set of interests from weightlifting, drawing, writing poetry, noticing clouds, and spending time with her three kids. Once upon a time Mandy was a sculptor in Philadelphia who fell in love with working with youth as an outreach teaching artist. In a non-linear move she started an organic vegetable farm in Kalispell in 2013. Art, food, nourishment, and systematic change are all dear to her heart and all have in common that caring for each other comes in wildly different forms and is her life work.
Support Forward Montana Foundation during Montana’s Giving Day!
Montana’s annual giving days are right around the corner! Forward Montana Foundation is taking part in 24 hours of giving during Give Big Gallatin Valley, Missoula Gives, and Yellowstone Valley Gives.
Mark your calendars for May 5th – May 6th and keep an eye out for updates as we approach Montana’s philanthropic holiday! Click the logos below to view our donation pages and mark your calendars for 24 hours of giving in each of these communities!
Earth Day 2022
This Friday is Earth Day! Did you know that Earth Day began in the 1970s, rooted in action and protest against corporate pollution and threats to public health? Earth Day is about more than individual action – it’s about coming together to protect our communities and hold corporate polluters accountable.
Join us in celebrating Earth Day by calling out the corporations polluting our communities. Check out this great resource of all things climate justice and advocacy this month to celebrate Earth Day!