The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters of Missoula (LWVMissoula) is a part of both the League of Women Voters of Montana (LWVMt) and the League of Women Voters of the US (LWVUS).
3-Part Series: Abridging Rights of the Other: Human Repercussions of Confiscation, Separation and Confinement
75 years ago, 120,000 innocent individuals of Japanese descent - including entire families - were unexpectedly rounded up and incarcerated for years at U.S. government facilities inland from the west coast. Most were U.S. citizens - but all were denied due process. 1000 men - Japanese Nationals who had been living on the West coast - were interned at Fort Missoula. This three-part series seeks to examine their unjust separation from homes, schools, livelihoods, communities and loved ones - that we should never forget their stories or the lessons for today.
Part I - Sept 19 Screening of "An Alien Place" and discussion with guests, Missoula Public Library, noon-1.
Part II - Oct 1 Tour the remnants of WWII Internment Camp at Fort Missoula with 4 guest speakers.
Part III: Oct 3 Screening of "From a Silk Cocoon" and visiting film producer talk, The Roxy Theater, 7-9:15pm.
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This series is sponsored by the Missoula League of Women Voters, the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, and is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Montana - an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. All events will also be recorded and aired on MCAT (Missoula Cable Access TV) with media assistance grants. All events are free and wheelchair accessible.
The League of Women Voters of Missoula was the first local league in Montana. Formed as a provisional league in 1951, it gained full status the following year. Many of the Missoula members helped to revive the defunct 1920 League of Women Voters of Montana in 1955 and served as its first officers.
The League's efforts and resulting respected reputation in the community hinge on its mission: "to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government."
Througout our history, members have studies issues, reached consensus and formed positions, and used those positions to take action. Members have actively supported a city-manager form of government (1956) city-county consolidation (1961) a state constitutional convention and ratification of a new Montana Constitution (1972), standards for good government (1981), self-governing powers for the city of Missoula (1976 and 1996), formation of neighborhood councils (1996), guidelines for government if and when privatizing government services (2001) and measures to protect the Missoula aquifer from contamination.
Voter education and encouragement are THE core mission of the League. The Missoula League has produced for 30 years, first in print and now on the web, the "Guide to Government for the Missoula Area Voter." The League registers citizens to vote and encourages active voting by all eligible citizens.
As citizen support for government has declined over the years, the League's mission "to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government", remains even more relevant today.