December 16: Combat Bigotry and White Nationalism in Montana

Montana Human Rights Network

img_7969Red State: Montana
Focus: Human Rights

To promote democratic values such as pluralism, equality and justice; challenge bigotry and intolerance; and organize communities to speak out in support of democratic principles and institutions.

To challenge hate groups and other extremists who use violence and intimidation as tools for political activism.


The rise and normalization of white nationalism this election has been absolutely terrifying. Being from the Pacific Northwest I remember the skinheads and the aryan cults “east of the mountains”. This movement cannot continue. Groups that have faced down hate and bigotry firsthand are very important to learn from right now.

In response to white supremacist organizing in Montana in the late 1980s, local groups formed to counter hate activity in their communities. In June of 1990, activists from these groups came together to discuss effective strategies for statewide activity countering bigotry. The result was a commitment to form the Montana Human Rights Network. Over the years, as hate groups have appealed to the “hot-button” social issues of the mainstream, the Network has expanded its program to counter the efforts of the militias, freemen and other “patriots,” anti-Indian groups, anti-environmental activists, and the religious right in Montana.

Sadly, I think we’re going to need to form chapters in many states to combat the damage that’s coming.

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