As an artist, the idea of getting my hands on these hate-filled objects and messing them up was really empowering.”
- Cathy Weber, artist on ‘Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate’

“As the Network echoed, ignoring these groups and hoping they go away does nothing to solve the problem. . .
Ignorance is intolerance's strongest ally.”-Great Falls Tribune Opinion, 8-16-11

“In Montana a rabble is rising.”– Laura Flanders in Blue Grit

"We look[ed] forward to being in Montana working with the Montana Human Rights Network and Native communities. We stand on the precipice of great change."- Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls

“For over 20 years, the Network’s research & grassroots organizing have helped communities respond to right-wing extremists. It’s also extremely useful to call the Network if we need information about what’s going on in MT.” - Mark Potok, Southern Poverty Law Center

" ACTE formed in 2005 in response to hate literature dropped in Anaconda by the white supremacists. The Network immediately helped. Through the years they’ve been supportive in a host of ways; ACTE is proud to be an affiliate."-Anne Dobney, Anaconda Coalition for Tolerance Education President

Working for Equality, Justice, and Democracy for All.
What We Believe

We believe we must fearlessly confront racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and other forms of injustice by shining a bright light on those activities and speaking up for the democratic values that unite us.

MHRN

To promote democratic values such as pluralism, equality and justice; challenge bigotry and intolerance; and organize communities to speak out in support of democratic principles and institutions.

Join The MHRN

When you join the Montana Human Rights Network, you will join citizens across our state challenging discrimination, bigotry and racism.

Montana Human Rights Network P.O. Box 1509, Helena, MT 59624 network@mhrn.org W (406) 442-5506 MEDIA INQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT media@mhrn.org for fastest response.

Hate Incident Rapid Response Guide


This guide created by the Montana Human Rights Network and Love Lives Here.

The Montana Human Rights Network (MHRN) is a 501c3 grassroots,
a membership organization of over 2100 members.

Our Team:

The Network has a dynamic team of staff and board members that work to: support our mission, educate the community, organize our members and supporters, and secure the resources to make it all a reality. We have staff in Helena, Missoula, Great Falls and Kalispell. Our board members represent various local groups, areas of expertise and specific communities we advocate for in our education and policy efforts.
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Our History:

In response to white supremacist organizing in Montana in the late 1980s, local groups formed to counter hate activity in their communities. In June of 1990, activists from these groups came together to discuss effective strategies for statewide activity countering bigotry. The result was a commitment to form the Montana Human Rights Network. Over the years, as hate groups have appealed to the "hot-button" social issues of the mainstream, the Network has expanded its program to counter the efforts of the militias, freemen and other "patriots," anti-Indian groups, anti-environmental activists, and the religious right in Montana.
  • Founders of the Montana Human Right Network Ken Toole and Christine Kaufmann

MHRN's mission:

To promote democratic values such as pluralism, equality and justice; challenge bigotry and intolerance; and organize communities to speak out in support of democratic principles and institutions.To challenge hate groups and other extremists who use violence and intimidation as tools for political activism.

MHRN realizes this mission

  • By organizing local human rights groups.

  • By monitoring and reporting on the activities of the radical right-wing groups in Montana.

  • By developing and pursuing public policy initiatives and holding public officials accountable in the area of human rights.

  • By conducting community education on human rights issues.

  • By working to increase community support and legal protection for groups of people targeted by hate activity.

Our Work:

The Network organizes to expand the base of support for human rights values across the state and promotes policies that recognize, respect, and fulfill every Montanan's human rights. This includes looking at the commonalities and intersections of our communities and the issues that affect our lives. There is overlap between our program areas because the reality is that these issues and the communities affected intersect and overlap. We know that we are stronger as a progressive movement when we understand that our lives and our identities don't exist in isolation of each other. All of the Network's program areas are connected and aim to recognize the intersections and overlap of all of our experiences and communities.

Our Members and Supporters:

The Network has over 2100 members across the state and seven local affiliate groups. Our members are Montanans who share our core values, contribute membership dues, volunteer on activities, and take part in the democratic process from contacting elected officials, testifying at public hearings, showing up at rallies, to writing letters to their local papers. The Network also has a larger group of almost 5,000 supporters who take action in their communities, attend events, and support our work. We communicate with our members and supporters in a variety of ways including a quarterly newsletter, frequent email updates, and interaction using social media like Twitter and Facebook.
Affiliates
"ACTE, the Anaconda Coalition for Tolerance Education, was formed in 2005 in response to hate literature dropped in Anaconda by the white supremacist group the National Alliance. The MHRN immediately helped out with a speaker for a public meeting on white supremacist groups and their agenda. They also acted as a sponsor for grants we applied for and sent an organizer to help us with ideas on how to grow our group. Through the years they have sent us films, collaborated on various projects, such as the educational Summit on Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation or hosting a Holocaust survivor. They have been supportive in a host of ways, and ACTE is proud to be affiliated with this vital and necessary organization." Anne Dobney, ACTE President

"I think that MHRN's biggest impact is the use of the Human Rights Framework and the work that they do to try to teach other liberals about that framework and the need to stand unified for the cause and not throw other allies under the bus to get a half-hearted win. This holds me steadfast in the stability and importance of this organization."- Tammy Miller, Flathead Reservation Human Rights Coalition

  • Love Lives Here (Flathead Valley)

  • Anaconda Coalition for Tolerance Education - ACTE! (Anaconda)

  • Bitterroot Human Rights Alliance (Ravalli County)

  • Bitterroot Human Rights Alliance (Ravalli County)

  • Gallatin Valley Human Rights Task Force (Bozeman)

  • Missoula Advocates for Human Rights (Missoula)


If your area is not represented on this list, there may still be Network activists working in your community!Contact us for more information on organizing in your area.
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Please contact the MHRN
The Montana Human Rights Network (MHRN) is a 501c3 grassroots, membership organization of over 1400 members.
PO Box 1509, Helena, MT 59624
Telephone:
(406) 442-5506
Email: network@mhrn.org
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