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Keystone XL Talking Points

  Background: This April, a Montana Judge canceled a national permit for the TransCanada Keystone XL tar sands pipeline giving blanket approval to construct the pipeline across hundreds of rivers and streams. This was a substantial blow to pipeline construction, but not a final end to this dangerous project. In September, TransCanada applied for a…

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#BlackLivesMatter

Forward Montana and Forward Montana Foundation denounces the white supremacy and police violence that is killing Black lives. We proudly support the #BlackLivesMatter uprisings and actions across the nation and state of Montana In 2004, the founders of our organization believed in an equitable Montana where all people could thrive. They believed Montana would be…

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Unsure how to support racial justice in Montana?

Here’s some things you can do. In our experience, we have found that many (well-intentioned) white people often conflate Montana’s whiteness with a lack of diversity and racism. This harmful rhetoric erases the thousands of years Indigenous peoples who have stewarded the land and communities of color who call Montana home. It also ignores the…

Voicing Our Values What The Helena 2019

Legislative Wrap-Up: Conservation

Public Lands SB 24 will increase funding for trails and outdoor recreation generating roughly $1.8 million for trails, state parks, and fishing access sites! It does this by increasing the voluntary motor vehicle registration donation from $6 to $9, and it’s the only funding increase for public lands to make it through the legislature this…

Voicing Our Values What The Helena 2019

Legislative Wrap-Up: Economic Justice

Medicaid Expansion Let’s quickly recap the ups and downs of Medicaid expansion this session. In the beginning, we were huge supporters of HB 425, which was Rep. Mary Caferro’s bill to continue expansion without adding any new hoops for enrollees to jump through. But that bill was killed by the House and Human Services committee…

Voicing Our Values What The Helena 2019

Legislative Wrap-Up: Equality

Montana Human Rights Act Efforts to add gender identity and expression and sexual orientation to the Montana Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination, failed in the legislature. Our state lacks basic anti-discrimination protections in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and adoption. That means it’s currently legal — unless you live in one of the five…

Voicing Our Values What The Helena 2019

Legislative Wrap Up: Voting Rights

Ok, so we took kind of an L on this one, y’all. But let’s review the two major types of voting rights legislation that was considered this year. Youth Enfranchisement Two bills that would’ve been awesome — allowing 16-year-olds to be election judges and allowing 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote — went down this session. These bills…

Voicing Our Values What The Helena 2019

What the Helena: Week 14 Midweek Update

Hello folks.  It’s not Sunday, but I’m sliding into your DMs anyways because the equivalent of a week’s worth of updates has been crammed into TWO DAYS OF LEGISLATING.  I wanted to give y’all a Wednesday update on some big wins! We’ll make it brief. Let’s go. Medicaid Expansion Passes On Tuesday, the Senate voted…

Voicing Our Values What The Helena 2019

What the Helena: Week 14

I’m tired. You’re tired. Here’s a puppy gif because we deserve it.   Events and Such March 15 — Medicaid Expansion’s Last Chance March 20 — Rockstar Hall of Fame               Boy oh boy. This is a big week, folks. With only two weeks left in the session, important issues are…

Voicing Our Values What The Helena 2019

What the Helena: Week 13

  Hi friends. No time for small talk! We have shit to get to! Stay in the Know Mondays — Missoula Medicaid Expansion Phone Bank April 20 — Rockstar Hall of Fame Keeping Young Montanans in Agriculture Agriculture is Montana’s largest industry — we’re talking a $4.6 billion impact on our state in 2015. But farmers and…