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What the Helena 2021

What the Helena – Week 10

*March 14, 2021* Hey there! We’re feeling rejuvenated and hope you are too. As we launch into the second half of the legislative session, there are plenty of bills still on the chopping block. If you’ve been itching to get involved, now is the time! Events this week: Monday, March 15 — Rainbow Rally at the Capitol (masks…

What the Helena 2021

What the Helena – Week 9 [Guest Edition!]

*March 7, 2021* It’s transmittal break and damn are we thankful for the chance to take a breath. Our legislative team has been taking some much needed time for R&R and we hope you are too! It’s been a wild few weeks and our legislators will be hitting the ground running again tomorrow. We’re incredibly honored and excited…

What the Helena 2021

What the Helena – Week 7

    *Feb 21, 2021 Storms are a-brewin’ Our thoughts are with our friends in Texas as record-breaking cold temperatures, frozen natural gas pipelines (part of a deregulated, privatized power grid), and inept leadership have left millions of people without power, food, or clean water. BIPOC, the homeless, seniors, and people with disabilities are being…

What the Helena 2021

What the Helena – Week 8

    *Feb 28, 2021* Welcome back There is a major deadline approaching for Montana legislators. The transmittal deadline is the date by which all general bills have to pass from one chamber to the next. If a bill hasn’t passed out of either the House or Senate by this Wednesday it will not pass GO and collect…

What the Helena 2021

What the Helena is Coming?

Join us on March 18th, 2021 at 12:00 PM MST. Executive Director Kiersten Iwai, Program Director Amara Reese-Hansell, and Issue Advocacy Manager Abby Sophir will discuss Forward Montana’s efforts during the legislative session. We will be discussing lessons learned, bills, youth mobilization, and more! Once complete, you will receive a confirmation email with the relevant…

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Forward Montana (FMT) and Forward Montana Foundation (FMF) are dedicated to engaging and mobilizing young Montanans to help shape their democracy and to improve their lives and the lives of fellow Montanans. We put young people on the front lines of civic engagement statewide, basing our efforts out of our three offices in Missoula, Bozeman,…

What the Helena 2021

What the Helena – Week 6

*February 14th 2021* It’s getting hot in Helena It’s Valentine’s Day and things are heating up in Helena. If you thought we were coming in with candy hearts and sweet nothings, think again, loves. You might be asking: “With SO MANY bad things happening, where do I even begin?” First things first, we hear you….

What the Helena 2021

What the Helena – Week 5

*February 7, 2021* Let’s get our priorities straight We’re in the thick of a pandemic and an economic crisis, yet our Republican-controlled legislature seems more concerned with attacking individuals’ rights (voting rights, reproductive rights, and LGBTQ+ rights, to name a few) than focusing on bills that would help Montanans through these tough times. We’re as…

What the Helena 2021

What the Helena – Week 4

*January 31, 2021* A Glimmer of Hope It’s been a whirlwind of a week and we’re happy to be on the other side of some exciting wins. In this week’s edition of What the Helena, we’ll be covering updates on voting rights, equality, student debt, and energy accountability. Engaging in the legislative session doesn’t have…

What the Helena 2021

What the Helena – Week 3

*January 24, 2021* When the going gets tough… We huddle up As President Biden moved into the Oval Office last week, Montana legislators continued trucking away in Helena. A full slate of legislation came at us, and a lot of it was, well, alarming. Deep breaths. Before we dive in, we want to invite you to Forward…