On the first day of March under gray skies on a cold day, folks from around the valley gathered in support of refugee resettlement in Missoula.
It’s hard to do a head count when people are all bunched together in a park but 1000 seems accurate.
Seniors, students and families — many faces, some familiar, most not — came together in solidarity with Soft Landing, the organization promoting relocation. Those from the Middle East who have suffered the carnage of relentless war were the focus of this event. Soft Landing has also assisted refugees from many different countries from around the world.
Anti-refugee protesters — I counted five — were dwarfed by the turnout.
It’s late and I hope to update this tomorrow but for now, here are a few links on Missoula’s rally and others held around the state.
Missoulian reporter David Erickson did a nice write up on the event here. Kurt wilson supplied the photos for the piece.
Here’s the story out of Helena that the Independent Record is running.
The Billings Gazette has a story which I didn’t read because of the obnoxious pop-up survey you have to answer to get to the copy. Since The Last Best News doesn’t have those nasty pop ups, I’ll gladly link to a fine piece on the Billings rally by Ed Kemmick.
Nothing yet from the Bozeman Chronicle.
I hope someone reports from there. A nice woman from Bozeman sent me this:
I’m not sure how many people were there. I would guess 50 to 100. We heard faith leaders from the Valley speak on the value of racial diversity and tolerance, then lit candles in solidarity.
And here’s the backstory for those not up to speed.
All-in all, the Missoula rally made me proud.