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Women hold  pro-choice signs during a rally in Missoula, May 21, 2019.
Edward O'Brien / Montana Public Radio

Montanans in Missoula, Billings and Kalispell today joined nationwide protests against abortion bans in southern states.

At the Missoula County Courthouse speakers expressed outrage over legislation in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio and Missouri to a crowd of about 200 people.

The Crowd at Missoula's Playfair Park Thursday
Nick Mott

The ‘Love Trumps Hate’ rally, progressive Missoula’s answer to President Donald Trump’s appearance Thursday, drew roughly 1,500 people to Playfair Park.

The rally served as an emotional release for some participants.

President Donald Trump and Montana Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale at a July 5 campaign rally in Great Falls, MT.
Sally Mauk / MTPR

UPDATED 7:15 pm Wed. 10/17:  

Missoula International Airport issued this statement on parking and logistics: 

"Parking for the Presidential Visit will NOT be on Airport property.  It will be East of Northstar off Corporate way.  Shuttles from the remote parking area will start at 2:00 PM.  Please refrain from driving in front of the terminal unless picking up or dropping off passengers.

Flyer for the 'Love Trumps Hate' rally planned for Oct. 18 in Missoula, MT.
Missoula Rises

An event to counter President Donald Trump’s planned rally at Missoula’s airport Thursday, Oct. 18 focuses on getting out the vote.

Missoula Rises is organizing the “Love Trumps Hate” rally which runs from 2:30 to 6 p.m. that same day at Playfair Park, about seven miles from the airport.

Screenshot of Daines' video statement

Montana’s Republican Senator, Steve Daines, will likely not have to return to Washington D.C. by private jet tomorrow to help confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. 

People gather in Missoula to protest the Trump administration's policy of separating families attempting to enter the country illegally at the southern border, June 20, 2018.
Clare Menahan

  

Several hundred people rallied in Missoula and Kalispell Wednesday to protest the Trump administration’s policy of separating families attempting to enter the country illegally at the southern border.

Though President Trump overturned that policy through an executive order Wednesday afternoon, many in Missoula remained skeptical.

Panelists at Missoula Rises' forum, "Tackling a Culture of Sexism" in Missoula, Feb. 26, 2018. L to R: UM Athletic Director Kent Haslam, UM Football Coach Bobby Hauk, Lisa Davey, UM SARC Director Drew Colling, UM President Seth Bodnar.
Nora Saks

The University of Montana’s president, athletic director and returning head football coach had a frank conversation with some of the football program’s toughest critics Monday night in Missoula.

They had a civil dialogue. The critics aired their grievances, and the University’s representatives said the school has done a lot to address issues like sexual assault. They said the football program has grown more mature, and that it’s focused on building men of character.

University of Montana head football coach Bobby Hauck at a press conference at UM, Dec. 1, 2017.
Courtesy University of Montana

The University of Montana’s new president and football coach will participate in a forum on sexism, sexual assault and cyber-bullying surrounding college athletics on campus next week in Missoula.

Monday’s panel discussion is hosted by local human rights group Missoula Rises. Erin Erickson is the group’s founder and director.

Women's Marches Draw Thousands Across Montana

Jan 21, 2018
Josh Burnham

Thousands of people gathered at events across Montana Saturday to participate in this year’s Women’s March. Each event had its own organizers and theme.

In Missoula, pink hats, red sashes, and sassy signs peppered downtown Saturday morning, as an estimated 3,000 people gathered for the second Women’s March. Last year, a centralized march held at the state capitol drew an estimated 10,000 people. But this year, 9 cities hosted coordinated rallies.

Patty Dickerson of Bozeman brought this sign to the 2017 Women's March in Helena.
Olga Kreimer

Last year’s Women’s March drew more than 10,000 people to Helena. Organizers this year are trying something different. This time there won’t be one big, centralized rally.

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