***DAILY DO’S – THURSDAY 6PM EDITION***
You probably know that Jewish citizens of in Whitefish, Montana have been dealing with harassment from white supremacist groups. Now neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin of The Daily Stormer, is planning an armed march through town targeting Jewish residents, businesses and their supporters to take place in about two weeks’ time. He claims they "will be busing in skinheads from the Bay Area" and that over 200 people will participate. While it is important to note that this march may not materialize, now is the time to plan a strong response. Here's how.
1. Read up on the planned march: http://slate.me/2i3RpwM and one Montanan newspapers response here http://bit.ly/2huhy41
2. If you can, donate to human rights organizations in Montana. These groups don't have the donor base that groups in Washington have. They are best positioned to respond, but they need our help. Here are some good ones. (Love Lives Here is one of the groups specifically targeted.)
Montana Human Rights Network - MHRN (http://www.mhrn.org/)
Love Lives Here in the Flathead Valley (http://loveliveshereflathead.org/)
Empower Montana (www.empowermt.org)
And after you donate, consider sending some messages of love to the same groups.
3. Some members of Pantsuit Washington State have taken it upon themselves to start planning a possible trip to Montana to stand a protective counter-presence. They are seeking guidance from the right partners in Montana and elsewhere to ensure efforts are helpful to the local community. For planning, they are going to need to know how many of us would come along. If you would want to join, send a private message to group member, Ben Cushman. Note that it will be extremely cold in Whitefish and accommodations are likely to include RV camping. Timing must be flexible because timing for the planned march itself is extremely vague. Take this into consideration. If Ben and others do make the trip to Whitefish, they will need resources to pay for food, gas and other essentials. If you would be willing to financially support their effort, send a private message to Ben to let him know.
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
Liz Bander - writer
Angela Teater- Writer