Voicing Our Values

Issue Advocacy

At the capitol, at the ballot box, or in the streets, our staff, interns, and volunteers are here to speak up about the issues we care about. We’re guided by the 6 E’s: Education, Economic Justice, Environment, Election Reform, Equality and ‘Ealth Care. After 1000s of conversations with young Montanans across the state, we identified economic justice, the environment, and LGBTQ equality as our top priorities. Plus, we’re also hitting the pavement for election reform and voter access because if you can’t access the polls, you don’t have a voice.

Economic Justice

Our generation is #BrokeAF.

We envision a Montana in which affordable housing, higher education, and healthcare are accessible and attainable for all Montanans.

That’s why we’re advocating for:

  • Increased state funding for the Montana University System and scholarships
  • Affordable and safe rental housing
  • Accessible healthcare
Conservation

We envision a Montana in which our natural resources are accessible to all Montanans.

That’s why we’re advocating for:

  • Preserving our opportunities to recreate on Montana’s public lands
  • Advocating for solutions to mitigate the consequences of climate change
  • Expanding development of renewable energy sources
LGBTQ Equality

We envision a Montana in which all Montanans are able to work, live, and play in Montana free from discrimination.

That’s why we’re advocating for:

  • Addition of gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation to the Montana Human Rights Act.
  • Improvements to the Montana University System’s processes and procedures to ensure all students feel safe on college campuses.
  • A clear and transparent process with plenty of citizen engagement for judicial nominations and appointments.

We’re also working to defeat I-183, a discriminatory anti-trans bathroom bill. Learn more here.

 

Election Reform

We envision a Montana in which the act of voting is just and fair as well as accessible and safe for all qualified electors.

That’s why we’re advocating for:

  • Accessible Polling Locations
  • Online Voter Registration
  • Automatic Voter Registration

News & Updates

Voicing Our Values

Democracy is a Montana Value

February 15, 2018

In 2014, LR-126 a statewide ballot initiative to take away same-day voter registration in Montana reared its ugly head. In an effort that would create barriers to voting access for a number of people, more heavily impacting young people, low-income people, and people of color, Forward Montana, fought back. With a plan that included strong…
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Equality Squad Strikes Again!

February 15, 2018

Forward Montana worked with partners at the Montana Human Rights Network, ACLU of Montana, Pride Foundation, and others to lead a successful effort to pass a non-discrimination ordinance in Missoula and then Bozeman. Forward Montana worked with volunteers and leaders at local high schools and college campuses to be sure youth voices were heard in…
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Fighting for our Schools

November 15, 2015

In 2015, Forward Montana led a youth effort to pass two school bonds in Missoula County that would dramatically impact the quality of education for students. The bonds addressed areas of critical need, including updated technology infrastructure, safety and security, deferred maintenance and developing flexible learning spaces throughout the 9 elementary schools, 3 middle schools,…
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