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(L-R) Shaley Hall, London Marq and  Ja'Ton Simpson spoke during a Black Lives Matter rally in Missoula, June 14, 2020.
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A rally in Missoula Sunday drew hundreds to decry the presence of armed vigilantes at racial justice demonstrations. The gathering was spurred after one person was allegedly harassed and attacked by a group of armed individuals during a protest held at the county courthouse over a week ago.

Churchgoers walk out of the Hilton Garden Inn in Kalispell Sunday, April 12, where Liberty Fellowship held its Easter service in violation of Gov. Steve Bullock’s stay-at-home directive.
Aaron Bolton / Montana Public Radio

A nondenominational Christian congregation in the Flathead Valley is holding in-person services that public health officials say violate Gov. Steve Bullock’s stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic.

Some worry that a viral video made by a Flathead county board of health member addressing churchgoers is helping sow misinformation and distrust in government social distancing directives.

A Montana high school is investigating a video that has offended some community members for its depiction of Native Americans.

Anti-semitism
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A handful of anti-Semitic flyers were left on the doorsteps of Whitefish businesses earlier this week. The Montana Human Rights Network believes it was a targeted attack as the local Jewish community begins Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish new year. 

Rachel Carroll Rivas, co-director of the Montana Human Rights Network
Courtesy Rachel Carroll Rivas

 

The Montana Human Rights Network this week warned of anti-Semitic fliers showing up on doorsteps and car windshields in Helena.

The material targeting Jewish people and Israel was dropped in neighborhoods near the state Capitol building a week before the celebration of Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish new year.

Cheryl Eagle (L) with Indian People's Action, and Geoff Gallus (R) with the Butte Area Rising Coalition, comfort Miki Chessmore (M), who's house was spray painted with racial slurs in early June. June 15, 2019.
Nora Saks

Over the weekend, the Butte community rallied in response to an incident in early June where a resident’s home was vandalized with racial slurs targeting Native Americans.

L to R, Kedryn McElderry, Gabe Mahoney, Kyllian Mahoney, Walter Pearson and Cherilyn DeVries are members of Flathead LGBTQ Alliance
Nicky Ouellet

Young people growing up queer in Montana say one of the hardest parts is how truly alone it can feel to be different under the big sky.

For the last seven months, a group of mostly high school students in the Flathead Valley has been trying to change that. They call themselves the Flathead LGBTQ Alliance, and are hosting Ally Night Thursday in Whitefish. The goal is to raise community awareness while providing support and a safe place for kids who are trying to figure themselves out.

Ammon Bundy speaking at a forum hosted by the American Academy for Constitutional Education (AAFCE) at the Burke Basic School in Mesa, Arizona.
Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

Some of the biggest names in the contemporary iteration of the Sagebrush Rebellion — including Ammon Bundy — will be in Whitefish on Saturday.

A recent television ad that featured images of what appeared to be tattooed, gun toting Mexican gang members was pulled from U.S. Senate Candidate Russ Fagg's YouTube channel last week.

YPR and the Montana Human Rights Network both have received comments from people concerned about that ad.  Rachel Carroll Rivas, co-director of the Montana Human Rights network, was asked to discuss wheter the ad fit the definition of racist.

The line for the Flathead County Republicans' fundraiser Saturday night stretched down Electric Avenue in Bigfork
Nicky Ouellet / MTPR

Flathead County Republicans hosted a controversial speaker at a fundraiser in Bigfork this weekend, and barred all but one news outlet from covering the event.

Dinesh D’Souza is a right-wing political commentator, currently on a speaking tour promoting his new book, “The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left.”

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