Archive for November 26th, 2007

by jhwygirl

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastart (R-IL) has resigned.

That finishing the day that started with Trent Lott saying bye-bye.

I said 21 Republicans leaving the other day? Boy, was I wrong!

Make that 23 and counting…..

(note:  The previous title may have offended some.  I never had that intent – I apologize.)

by jhwygirl

Looks like Dave Wanzenried, a State Senator representing the Missoula area, won’t be running against Dennis Rehberg for our one, at-large, U.S. Representative seat.

A statement released today confirms it.

by jhwygirl

A coalition of more than 30 local organizations – including Forward Montana, Montana Human Rights Network, ACLU, the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, and Hellgate High School Gay-Straight Alliance – are joining with the Western Montana Gay & Lesbian Community Center to hold a community rally tonight at The Badlander, from 5-8 p.m.

This event is being held in response to recent anti-gay violence in this community. The rally will include political speakers, short theatrical/dance performances and music. Filmakers from MCAT and Jane O’Holly Productions will record the event to help document stories from the LGBT people who have experienced some form of violence because of the sexual orientation or gender identity.

4&20 wrote about some of these violent attacks. We also speculated “Makes you wonder what it is that you don’t hear about.”

The local statistics are both shocking and disturbing. Jamie Greer writes:

According to the Missoula Police Department, current reports of hate and bias crimes against gay individuals are small in number. However, at the November 13 LAMBDA focus group on hate crimes, just 4 out of 30 community members and students had not been affected by some sort of anti-gay harassment or assault.

26 out of 30 experienced violence?!

Like I said – shocking and disturbing.

Here’s another one:

In 2006 the FBI attributed 19 percent of all violent attacks to be motivated by a victim’s sexual orientation.

One-fifth?!

If the FBI can compile statistics, maybe the Missoula Police Department should take note too.

Perhaps the Mayor can help with that.

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We Are Missoula: Speak up, Stand OUT!
Where: The Badlander (at Ryman and Broadway, downtown)
When: Tonight, 5-8 p.m.
Cost: FREE! The event is open to everyone




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