Friday Film Series

Friday Film Series to be Presented by Montana Women For at the Livingston Library

Climate change.  Economic inequality.  Transgender rights.  Coal.  The future of our communities.  These are some of the issues that divide our society.  But what if, instead of sitting alone in front of our televisions or social media, stewing with frustration, we came together as a community to watch films on these issues and then engaged in thoughtful discussion of ideas and possibilities?  Would we come up with new ideas?  Would we learn from each other?  Would we enjoy the social interaction and celebrate the bonds between neighbors and friends?  Would we be inspired to action? That is what Montana Women For is hoping will happen at their  Friday Film Series beginning this week.  Provocative documentary films will be shown Friday evenings at 6:30 pm at the Livingston Park County Public Library (228 W. Callender St in Livingston)  from October 20 through November 17.  After each film a discussion will take place.  The film screenings are free and open to the public.

Here is the schedule:

October 20th:

  • Tomorrow – an award winning environmental documentary highlighting how bottom-up community action regarding food, energy, finance, democracy and education can have a meaningful impact toward positive outcomes.   Paul Hawken says, “Without question, this is absolutely the best and most creative film on the future of humanity and the environment”. 

October 27th:

  • From the Ashes  – captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry, and what its future should be under the Trump administration.   A compelling look at the lives and issues behind the “war on coal”  “Heartbreaking and enlightening at the same time. A must-watch for everyone because we should all be in this together.” – Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.  Includes segment on Colstrip in Montana.

November 3rd:

  • Requiem for the American Dream  – well-known social critic Noam Chomsky discusses how the concentration of wealth and power among a small elite has polarized American society and brought about the decline of the middle class.

November 10th:

  • Prodigal Sons – in this documentary, filmmaker Kimberly Reed returns home to Helena, Montana, for her high school reunion, ready to reintroduce herself as a transgender woman who was co-captain of the football team and a winning  quarterback,  and hoping for reconciliation with her long estranged adopted brother Marc.

 

November 17th:

  • An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power – A decade after An Inconvenient Truth (2006) brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Stars:  Al Gore, George W. Bush, John Kerry.

 

For more information, contact Margarita McLarty maga@wispwest.net  333-4746

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September 2017 Monthly Meeting

Fall is here, and the summer time crunch is over.  It is time to plan MWF events, elect board members, and hang out with your favorite activist community.

Join us for our monthly meeting from 6 to 8 pm on Monday, September 25 in the Teen Room (upstairs) of the Livingston/ Park County Public Library in Livingston.

Everyone is welcome!

For more information, contact Margarita McLarty  333-4746

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Change of Plans: Die-in is now “Thank You” to No votes

Thanks to all the Democratic Senators plus Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and John McCain, the effort to strip millions of Americans of their healthcare has been defeated for now.  We’ll postpone the die-in unless and until the effort is revived.

Meanwhile, please join us at 5 pm on Saturday, July 29th on the corner of 11th and W. Park St with signs thanking the Senators who voted No and advocating a shift in the conversation toward Medicare for All.

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Die-in because Lives are on the LIne

Lives are on the line. Montana Women For and friends will hold a die-in to dramatize what is at stake in the current health care debacle in Congress. This will take place at the corner of 11th and W. Park St in Livingston (in front of the old gas station that is used as Republican Headquarters). Everyone is welcome (men, women and children) to participate. Statue of Liberty costumes will be available for those who want to “die” in costume, but there is no dress code. For those who would rather be mourners and place tombstones, wearing black is appropriate. Please bring water and sunscreen, tombstone signs if you’d like, and anything else your creativity inspires you to add. For more information, contact Linda Kenoyer 223-5882

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Montanans: Speak Out about Environmental Protection Agency Cuts

Montanans, you have a VOICE!

Slashing EPA’s budget would be devastating. Let’s tell Washington and our elected officials how the proposed EPA budget cuts, environmental and health protection rollbacks and the outright suppression of scientific data would affect our state and our communities.

Clean air, climate change, public health, Superfund clean-ups, “ brownfield” community investments, public lands management… all this is at risk.

We’ll start with a panel of community leaders and then turn it over to you – give us 2-3 minutes of your thoughts about what these devastating proposals mean to you, your families and your communities, and we’ll make sure our elected officials hear your concerns.

Montana People’s Hearing: What EPA and other environmental budget cuts and protection rollbacks mean to Montana communities

WHO: You and other concerned Montanans!
WHERE: Bozeman Public Library – Community Room (620 East Main Street)
WHEN: Wednesday, July 19, 2017  – 4:00 – 5:30 pm
ALSO: Green Drinks, sponsored by NRDC, follows at 5:30 at NRDC’s office (317 E. Mendenhall Street)

Speakers include:

  • Mayor Carson Taylor
  • Dan Vermillion, fly-fishing guide, business owner and chair of the Montana Fish and Game Commission
  • Andrea Peacock, author of Libby, Montana: Asbestos and the Deadly Silence of an American Corporation
  • Sen. Mike Phillips (D-Bozeman)

Sponsored by: Montana Conservation Voters Education Fund, Clean Air Montana, Environment Montana, Indivisible Upper Yellowstone, Moms Clean Air Force, Montana Audubon, Montana Environmental Information Center, Montana Women For, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council

For more information, contact jeanne@mtvoters.org.

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Monthly General Meeting July 24, 2017

Our regular monthly meeting will be July 24, 2017 in the County Extension office classroom at 119 S 3rd St. in Livingston.  Please join us.

 

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MWF Action Planning Meeting

 

 

Tuesday, June 6th from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Treasure Lanes Conference Room, 1122 W. Front St. in Livingston

Now that the special election is over, it is time to turn our energy to building and strengthening our community of activists. MWF will have a meeting on June 6th where we will plan actions and campaigns to support and encourage the progressives who are out there wondering what is next.

Light refreshments will be served.

Should we have a Rapid Response Phone Tree to respond to late-breaking events, actions, etc? Should we march in the 2017 Bozeman Pride Parade in June? Should we branch out and try to have an influence in parts of Montana where progressives are not visible (Great Falls, Billings, rural Montana)? Should we have someone go to City Commission and County Commission meetings in Livingston and Bozeman? Should we organize a carpool system for attending marches/rallies in Helena and other far-flung places? How about a bus? Can we organize childcare for our events? What other ideas do you have?

We are reaching out to other groups in the area, hoping they’ll alert their members and some will come so that we can collaborate and cross-pollinate between progressive groups in our area.

Come join us! We’re going to meet in the conference room at the bowling alley in Livingston! Everyone is welcome.

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In this time of military posturing: MWF will bring peace activist Brian Willson to Bozeman to speak

Syria brinksmanship.  Afghanistan super bomb.  Threats and saber rattling toward North Korea.  Acts of war as the solution to intractable problems are the stories in the news almost every day right now.  But violence does not prevent more violence.  It almost always escalates it.  Peace is not weakness.

Those of us who abhor war need to stand up and resist this march to military madness.  If you need inspiration and information about activism in the cause of peace, come to hear Brian Willson speak and watch a film about his life and work.  Montana Women For is sponsoring an evening with this inspirational, informational peace activist on May 22nd beginning at 6 pm at Christus Collegium in Bozeman (714 S. Eighth St in Bozeman).

For more information:

Brian Willson Press Release

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Livingston Unite! Progressive Festival and Potluck

Come meet the organizations already working on critical issues and brainstorm on what actions, events, groups we need to start building the world we want to live in.

When: Saturday, February 18 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Where: The Shane Lalani Center for the Arts, 415 E. Lewis in Livingston, Montana

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