Sunday, February 7  •  3:00 – 4:30 PM

Opening Plenary: MWV in 2021: The Legislative Session and Beyond

Welcome to WPLI! Though this year is different, our opening plenary will still bring you the latest info on what’s happening at the legislative session and around the state. We will have a special focus on the state budget and the latest attacks on reproductive rights, as well as a rundown on Montana Women Vote’s priorities for 2021 and beyond.

Presenters: SJ Howell, Montana Women Vote Executive Director; Ella Smith, Montana Women Vote Program Director; Heather O’Loughlin, Montana Budget and Policy Center Co-Director; Laura Terrill, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana Vice President of External Affairs

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Call-in: (346)248-7799,    Meeting ID: 87072178424# 

Monday, February 8  •  5:15-6:30 PM

Black and Indigenous Issues in Montana

This panel on issues impacting Black and indigenous folks in Montana will focus on policy change and legislation that folks are working on in Montana. With the knowledge that the settler-colonial project in Montana requires both a logic of indigenous elimination and an erasure of the past flourishing communities of Black Montanans, we are hoping through this conversation we can expand the idea of racial justice policy work in Montana to both include and center black Montanans in addition to indigenous folks. This panel will last 1.5 hours and provide a forum for Black and Indigenous issues to be elevated and connected.

Presenters: (Moderator) Ivan MacDonald, Montana Racial Equity Project; Judith Heilman, Montana Racial Equity Project Executive Director; Daliyah Killsback, Western Native Voice Deputy Political Director; Preston Parish, Montana Budget and Policy Center State Tribal Policy Analyst 

Join Zoom Webinar:

Call-in: (346)248-7799,    Webinar ID: 86894207708# 

Tuesday, February 9  •  5:15-6:30 PM

Navigating the Legislature in 2021

Learn the ins and outs of the legislative process and tools for influencing the outcome of legislation. We will share insider tips and tricks from many years in the Capitol, and give updates for engaging in the hybrid-virtual session in 2021.

Presenters: SJ Howell, Montana Women Vote Executive Director; Ella Smith, Montana Women Vote Program Director 

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Call-in: (253)215-8782,    Meeting ID: 88688565834# 

Wednesday, February 10  •  12:00 – 1:30 PM

Healthcare Policy in Montana: Affordable Accessible, Quality Care for All

Join us for a healthcare policy roundup. What’s at stake in the 2021 legislative session? Why do we have to keep talking about Medicaid expansion? How does the state budget impact healthcare? What’s happening at the federal level? And what does this all mean for Indigenous communities? This session will explore these questions and more!

Presenter: Olivia Riutta, Montana Primary Care Association Outreach and Engagement Manager; Tressie White, Montana Health Care Foundation Program Director

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Call-in: (253)215-8782,    81516686241# 

Wednesday, February 10  •  5:15-6:30 PM

Rethinking Justice: Criminal Legal Reform in Montana

Our current criminal legal system doesn’t work – not for survivors of crime, for those incarcerated, or the families and communities of both. This panel will explore new ways of thinking about safety and justice, and will highlight work both proactive and defensive happening right now in the 2021 legislative session.

Presenters: Zuri Moreno, Community Organizer; Kelsen Young, Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Executive Director, Laurel Hesse, Community Organizer

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Call-in: (669)900-9128,    Webinar ID: 84300299026# 

Thursday, February 11  •  5:15-6:30 PM

Cultural Strategy: A Conversation on Art, Storytelling and Social Change

How does the intersection of art and culture help us to radically transform our political and social realities; to envision a just and liberated future? Join us.

Presenters: Ivy MacDonald; Monica Gilles BringsYellow; Ann-Derrick Gaillot; Shadow Devereux

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Call-in: (669)900-9128,    Webinar ID: 88542506671# 

Saturday, February 13  •  1:00 – 2:00 PM 

Skills Lab: How to Run For Office

Interested in running for office? Learn some tips and tricks about how to file and run a successful campaign in your community!

Presenters: Barbara Bessette; Hannah Olson

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Call-in: (253)215-8782,    Meeting ID: 85368073629# 

Saturday, February 13  •  2:00 – 3:00 PM

Skills Lab: Telling Your Story

In this skills lab will help you develop the tools needed, to turn your negative or positive experiences into a powerful storytelling story. Then you can tailor your story and the sky’s the limit on share your story anywhere from testifying to congress, a letter to the editor, or just trying to inform people on issues that affect your life.

Presenters: Devi Cole, Montana Women Vote Community Organizer; Ekoo Beck, Montana Women Vote Community Organizer

Join Zoom Meeting:

Call-in: (253)215-8782,    Meeting ID: 85368073629#