Nancy Leifer and Nancy Maxson, Co-Presidents of the League of Women Voters of Missoula
The League of Women Voters grieves the murders of George Floyd and the countless other lives that have been tragically taken as a result of America’s pervasive culture of racism. In Montana racism also manifests as oppression of tribal citizens.
The League acknowledges, painfully, that America is a nation founded on racism and colonialism. Therefore, all who live in this country must contribute to and participate in organizations actively working to achieve full equality and inclusive freedom. We must all advocate for anti-racist policies at every level of government.
As an organization whose mission is to empower voters and defend democracy, the League stands in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and all communities of color in America. The League is committed to listening to and amplifying voices of all people and educating ourselves and our children on the historic and ongoing systemic racism that plagues this country.
The systems of colonialism and oppression that have perpetuated the myth of white privilege in this country must be dismantled if we are ever to become the nation we pledge to be—indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The League of Women Voters calls on law enforcement officials to provide transparency and justice in racist hate crimes against all Indigenous peoples and Americans of color.
Finally, we echo the call of our partners at the NAACP: we must all vote in November – the road to change starts at the ballot box.
The League of Women Voters has been registering voters and providing non-partisan voting information for over 100 years. Membership is open to men and women, citizens and non-citizens over the age of 16. For more information about the Missoula League, go to our website: lwvmissoula.org