Look What You’ve Done!

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Christian Picciolini with a photo of some of the people who have been rescued from extremist groups worldwide through his non-profit Life After Hate.

Love Lives Here is Kicking It in 2017!

Who could have known during the uncertainty of January’s troll storm that we’d have this list of accomplishments?

This month, we took a few moments to look back at what we’ve done so far in 2017. We’re pretty proud of the events and speakers that we’ve brought to the Flathead Valley, and we’re grateful for all that you’ve done to make this possible.

If you have any questions about these events — or if you have suggestions for the future — please send us an email at media@loveliveshereflathead.org.!

Love Lives Here Progress Report, January-April 2017

Education

  • Hosted a presentation on the refugee situation in Montana (February 16)
  • Empowered members to contact their legislators about pending anti-LGBTIQ legislation that was ultimately defeated
  • Scheduled a workshop in diversity training and bystander awareness with Empower MT (April 1)
  • Hosting a screening of the movie 13th, increasing awareness of the prison industrial complex (April 10)

Outreach

  • Sent a care package to a business in Alexandria, VA that has been negatively impacted by Richard Spencer’s recent move there (this was featured on NPR recently)
  • Maintaining regular Facebook posts and email communication with members worldwide
  • Creating a handbook for communities who are enduring white supremacist attacks
  • Creating a rapid-response guide for communities who have been attacked by white supremacists
  • Starting to plan a series of talks and community discussions on issues like respectful conversations, immigration, how people become radicalized into white supremacy

 

Resource Development

  • Sent staff and volunteers to a weekend training that will help them grow our organization and connect with volunteers
  • Working with a facilitator to help us focus our efforts as an effective organization
  • Started utilizing project management software for organizing our work
  • Beginning a much-needed website redesign

Membership Development

  • Moved from one meeting a month to two well-attended meetings per month: one in Whitefish and one in Kalispell
  • Organizing members into working groups so we can have a more diverse, active presence in the Flathead Valley

Upcoming Projects & Events

  • Scheduled a presentation/workshop on preventing anti-Muslim bigotry (April 15)
  • Scheduling a nationally recognized speaker on white supremacy, Christian Picciolini (April 24-25)
  • Starting to plan a series of talks and community discussions on issues like respectful conversations, immigration, how people become radicalized into white supremacy
  • Love Not Hate event in Columbia Falls on August 19

 

 

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