Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, October 16, 2018
Many of you are figuring out what you want to do in light of the visit this week by President Trump. There are lots of ideas being discussed and many different approaches and desires of how to mark the day on Thursday. For some it is a tragic event they feel the need to protest and for others an opportunity to stand up and be part of a larger community. Last week, one of my friends sent me this quote –“Sometimes we seek to realize harmony through conflict. The challenge is when we get stuck on one or the other — harmony or conflict, rather than realizing they are just passing states, stepping stones.” On Thursday both harmony and conflict will co-exist in our town. Wherever you find yourself, and whatever your heart leads you to do, I hope you see it as an opportunity to be the change you want for the world. And may that opportunity lead to many more. Believing in the basic principles of our country means agreeing to the responsibility to take part in it however messy that is. And that includes voting! Despite the darkness you may feel, peace parties on working for a better world!
There are several wonderful things happening in our community and several great ways you can do something positive. I want to pass these along to you as I know so far and also several other events this week. If you hear of other things to pass along, please let us know…Betsy
(or tune in for the live broadcast at MCAT.org – click on Live Stream). An information meeting on LR-129 will provide an overview and perspective on LR129 for your informed vote on November 6 sponsored by The Missoula League of Women Voters who are opposing LR-129. There will be time for questions and answers with experts from our County Elections and County Attorney Offices who can provide information.
Missoula Rises is planning an afternoon of community connection and protest. If you want to protest Trumps visit the event, the details are below. There was going to ba a march on Higgins Ave. organized by Sierra McMurry and that group has decided to join Missoula Rises at this event. You can follow the updates and RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/248193679377589/. From 2:30 – 6:00 volunteers will be available to escort you to the polling stations at the fairgrounds to cast your ballots.
- 2:30 – 4:30 pm We Create Community Connection. The Native community will open the event. We will then sing, educate ourselves on the ballot initiatives, candidates, we sign up to canvass and volunteer. We will participate in community art, sharing in food, making signs and t-shirt printing. There will be yoga, face-painting, activities for kiddos and time for us to meet, talk and connect in person. We will be together.
- 4:30 – 5:30 pm We Rally. We won’t stand silent. We won’t turn our backs. We will share our passion, our rightful rage and our stories. We are community of interwoven stories. We have stood side by side and shared our stories, sadness, anger, hope. We have empowered each other, and ourselves, through our stories. We will make our voices heard when Trump comes to our community with his hateful rhetoric. We respond as a community with our unified voice.
- 5:30 – 6:00 pm We March. We march from Playfair Park down South Avenue and wrap around the fairgrounds to Russell Street. We surround the sidewalks around the Missoula County Fairgrounds. We surround the polls. We protest AND we get out the vote. We do both.
UM Professor, Tobin Shearer and several colleagues are holding a teach-in as an alternative to those seeking something positive to do on this day. It is open to all.
Some people want to register for tickets to President Trump’s rally. Tickets are available at his website for those who wish to go. https://www.donaldjtrump.com/rallies/mt-oct-2018/?utm_medium=web&utm_source=djt_web&utm_content=rally_list&fbclid=IwAR0M2PzU43OlS5pEEB7ju7KbQ4irOM0eTMslOd8BF2zhF8G8fgXTGIFbBO0
. UM is hosting the 2018 All-State Music Festival with 400 of the top high school musicians rehearsing all day in Band, Choir and Orchestra groups, and the Montana Music Educators Association with 900 band, choir, orchestra and general music teachers. If you think about it perk your ears for the sound of music enriching our spaces.
. Join Climate Smart Missoula and partners for *Missoula’s Clean Energy Expo! Free and open to the public. Local clean energy + green businesses and non-profit organizations are co-sponsors/exhibitors.
- Noon: *Solar-ease* workshop + meet solar installers
- 1pm: Release of 100% Clean Electricity for Missoula draft *Options Report* and Panel discussion
- 2pm: *Virtual tour* of Missoula’s cool green buildings and homes
- Meet green businesses and non-profits + learn how to go zero waste and save energy
- Family-friendly activities – including pumpkins!
- Take the 0-50-100 pledge
. Montana Innocence Project open house awhere the public is invited to come in and learn about the Montana Innocence Project and recognize some of MTIP’s outstanding volunteers. This year’s open house will be held Volunteer award winners (Miriam Morgan-Spencer Veysey Volunteer of the Year and Brett Feese-Champion of Justice) will be recognized, there will be talk about MTIP’s work, and a chance to eat, drink, and be merry. You’ll even have the opportunity to have your photo taken to support the Montana Innocence Project. This year, MTIP is particularly excited about their open house keynote speaker, Dr. Greg Hampikian, one of the foremost forensic DNA experts in the country. Greg is the director of the Idaho Innocence Project and has helped out in a number of MTIP cases. Most recently, he testified in the Lawrence and Jenkins cases, which ultimately resulted in Fred and Paul’s exonerations. Greg will be speaking on “Fixing Forensic Errors with DNA” at the open house.
. The Montana Innocence Project is holding its first-ever fundraiser run/walk with the race course traversing the beautiful University of Montana campus. Look for informational signs focusing on wrongful convictions along the route. Registration gets you a super cool MTIP T-shirt. Registration is available through our MTIP Website https://www.
EmpowerMT welcomes all to the staged reading of The Laramie Project, presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York to commemorate the 2oth anniversary of Matthew Shephard’s murder. Tickets for the community will be available for $10.00 at the door (student ticket price is $5.00). Also a Community discussion and youth panel Coming Out West will be on Friday October 19 at 1:00-2:30pm in the University Center.
Enjoy craft beer and vibrant poetry with POETS VOICE for Change — EmPOWER CommUNITY! with poetry that matters–in these times! There are still several open spots if you want to perform your poetry. Text Rita aka “Radska”, host at 406.544.9026. Mark your calendat for Poetry every 3rd Sunday — Nov 18th and Dec 16th .