Rockstar of the Week

Austin Slominski

October 10, 2018

Pronouns: He/Him

Location: Missoula, MT

Occupation: Programmer

What are the key issues that you Give A Shit About?

Women’s healthcare, compassionate and fair immigration policy, public lands, LGBTQ+ rights, global climate change, and income inequality

How would you describe your personal mission?

My personal mission is to not make life harder for marginalized people and to support candidates that care about what is happening to our environment and the people in it, not money.

Tell me about your “power outfit” — the outfit that makes you feel most badass (ex: pantsuit).

I have a button-up shirt with a really chaotic floral pattern, I always feel excited to wear it.

How did you learn about Forward Montana?

I remember seeing Forward Montana interns throughout my undergrad, usually helping students register to vote.

What’s your favorite part about Forward Montana?

They are one of few organizations that are focusing on voter outreach to a younger generation.

Who is your political hero or political crush?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Beto O’Rourke make me feel more hopeful about the future.

If you were running for President, what would your campaign song be?

This Will Be Our Year by The Zombies

What made you want to be a monthly Rockstar donor?

I wanted to contribute in some way to an organization that I think Montana needs.

 

Why should other people sign on as monthly Rockstar donors?

If young people sit out elections, the people that will end up in power won’t represent them or their communities. If we want to see progressive causes get furthered in states like Montana, everyone with means should be participating and contributing to organizations that focus on those policies.

 

We call our monthly members Rockstars because:

  • They allow us to budget for the long-term. In order to change the discussion, we need to be in business year-round. That means full-time offices, full-time volunteers, databases and other overhead costs. These things cost money — we can’t budget for ’em without steady cash-flow.
  • It’s a way for people of ordinary means to give extraordinary gifts. Most of us can’t give a gift of $100 at any one time, but we can give $10 a month.
  • Grassroots money means grassroots politics. We’ve always believed that democracy can only truly be transformed through the power of the grassroots — volunteers and small donors coming together to work for change.

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