Notes from the Field What the Helena 2021

What the Helena – Week 11

*March 21, 2021* Events this week: Tuesday, March 23 — Voting Rights Legislative Happy Hour Wednesday, March 24 — Climate Justice & Public Lands Legislative Happy Hour Join us to ask questions on bills and practice crafting testimony! Let’s talk about decorum Decorum: a fancy word for appropriate conduct in the legislature. It’s causing quite a stir. Last week, the House Rules Committee…

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2020 Post-Election Statement

Please see the below statement from Kiersten Iwai, Executive Director and Amara Reese-Hansell, Program Director:   As an organization that fiercely believes in a just and equitable world where all Montanans can thrive, we’re disappointed in this week’s statewide election results. We’re grappling with the fact that our generation is now represented by Montana politicians…

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2020 Post-Election Follow Up

For those of you who are looking to engage, need to vent and voice your frustrations, or just have an issue or topic you’d like to engage around, we encourage you (if you feel comfortable) to fill out the form below. As we build out our plans for the next several months, we want all…

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A Note from Michael

It has been 7 years since my first day as an FMT intern. Since then, I have served as a volunteer, field fellow, field organizer, and field manager. I have organized dozens of community events, mobilized thousands of voters, testified in public hearings, met hundreds of incredibly passionate organizers across the country, and so much…

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Forward Montana 2020 Board Elections

One of the best things about Forward Montana is that we are a cooperative organization: our Board of Directors is made up of and elected by Forward Montana members each year. Well, folks, the time for Board Elections is now (June 8th through July 3rd) – and whoa do we have some GREAT candidates.  REMEMBER: Only…

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Montana Mutual Aid and Support Resources

We here at Forward Montana Foundation are concerned about keeping our friends, neighbors, and loved ones safe, and it’s okay to be worried about COVID-19 because it’s a public health threat unlike any we’ve faced in a long time. AND we can’t let our fear distract us from the truth about how to fight it:…

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FMT’s Response to COVID-19

When I stepped into the Executive Director’s role at Forward Montana, I could not have anticipated the global challenges we would be facing less than four months later. When I started, my mind was filled with questions like “How often should I communicate with my Board,” and “How do I figure out my budget gap”?…

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20 things FMT has already accomplished in 2020

Met with partners in other states to develop a strategic and unified youth vision! Rested our souls with much-deserved breaks and came back ready to GO this year #RestForRadicals Hired Voter Registration Organizers in Bozeman, Billings, and Missoula FMF on Ice! (Registered folx at a local Hockey game) Marched with thousands of people across Montana…

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Student Voter Day Wrap-up!

On Tuesday, we hosted Student Voter Day at six different campuses across the state. Through snowstorm after snowstorm, in Missoula, Bozeman, Billings, Helena, and Havre, we helped almost 200 young people across the state make a #PlanToVote and handed out upwards of 800 of voter guides — ensuring that students had the opportunity to check…