Proposed Additional Steps:
Below are some very basic ideas that will form the basis for our subgroups. I need your opinions/thoughts/constructive criticism on how to proceed with our First Initiative. This is strictly a starting point; I’m fine with backtracking or changing course. I want and need this group’s ideas as to how to achieve the goals of our First Initiative.
We’ve got 4 long years; this is a marathon. Down the road we will need to be launching additional Initiatives that are consistent with our Vision Statement. I want ideas for our Second, Third and Fourth Initiatives. We’ve got a lot of brainpower, creativeness and love out there.
For now, our First Initiative will entail resisting and fighting Alt-Right rhetoric by:
1.Educating our Youth
Our scheduled Flagship Program at Hellgate Elementary will focus on this.
Presentation/letter to School Board seeking to preemptively address hate speech and discuss this type of misogynistic, racist imagery and rhetoric.
2.Community Education Through:
Dialogue through Arts
Using the arts as a conversation starting point. ie., screening of relevant documentaries at Roxy, member-led dialogue after
Dialogue with People of Differing Views
Direct emphasis to bring in Trump supporters to do NOT support the message of Alt- Right. We need their commitment and voices to add to our dialogue and resistance.
Independent and/or Missoulian can run an investigative series on local Alt-Right movement
a. Art Activism: Art shown at a local gallery with member-led dialogue after?
b. Social Media Monitoring – looking for memes/rhetoric spread through Twitter/Instagram/Reddit
c . Social Media Resistance/Blitz – I’ve been working with a Tech group out of Virginia who have been creating memes to counter-act the Republican rhetoric. I’ve asked them to also focus on creating memes to counter-act the Alt-Right message. We can flood social media with memes to counter-act theirs.
a. Sanctuary Posters for Businesses
b. Corresponding Posters for Neighborhood Watch Program
c. Calling out hate, especially on social media
d. Media accountability – holding them responsible for using any of the alt-right language that leans towards normalization. Accurate reporting.
e. Research our local representatives and determine who was supported or received money from Alt-Right. Make it known; hold them accountable; watch for legislation they propose or support.
- Networking Statewide with other groups or creating our own Statewide Network to address this Alt-Right issue. Assist City of Whitefish in campaign to help it re-affirm its Non-discrimination Ordinance through social media and written/personal testimony
- Democratic Process/Bill Watching: Watch for local/state legislation that subversively promotes Alt-right agenda. See subsection