On May 19th, the IR published a letter signed by seven organizers of the Women’s March on Montana, endorsing Rob Quist for Montana’s at-large congressional seat. YWCA Helena sponsored the Women’s March on Montana with the express understanding that the event would not endorse or promote any particular elected official or candidate for political office. The purpose of the March was to bring issues into the public eye that should be of concern to all, regardless of political affiliation.
YWCA Helena’s mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Sponsorship of the Women’s March on Montana promised to encourage discussion of the tenets central to YWCA Helena’s mission. No one party or candidate has a monopoly on these ideals. The hope that the event would spark conversation about these principles, across the political spectrum, spurred YWCA Helena to sponsor the March.
YWCA Helena does not, and will not, endorse individual candidates. What YWCA Helena has done, and will continue to do, is facilitate discussion and help voters be well-informed. YWCA Helena is proud of the good participation by legislative candidates and the voting public in the voter forum we held last fall to discuss issues related to our mission. We hope for that same participation this summer when YWCA Helena hosts a similar forum for the municipal candidates on the ballot in Helena.
We remain proud of our issue oriented work and hope you will join us in promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
Kellie Goodwin McBride
YWCA Helena Executive Director