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The Montana DSA Podcast

The Montana DSA Podcast

By Montana DSA

Members of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) believe that both the economy and society should be democratically run to meet human needs, not to make profits for a few. Montana has hundred of members in several DSA chapters: Billings, Bozeman, Helena, and Western MT (Missoula). As the largest socialist organization in America since Eugene Debs ran for president, DSA members are building progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly democratic socialist presence in American communities and politics. The Montana DSA Podcast is produced by the Helena DSA chapter.
350 Montana Actions You Can Take Now To Address Climate Change
350 Montana Actions You Can Take Now To Address Climate Change
Episode 5 of the Montana DSA Podcast features actions Montanans can take (especially in the county of Missoula the City of Missoula, Helena, and Bozeman, who together make up 55% of the Northwestern Energy ratepayers in Montana) to support their local government plans to be energy efficient by 2030. This demand, among others, is being pushed by 350 Montana, the state-wide affiliate of 350.org, one of the world's leading organizations addressing the climate crisis. Jeff Smith, Co-Chair, and Winona Rachel, Climate Action Coordinator, discuss these actions with Frank Kromkowski, The Montanan DSA Podcast host.
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January 31, 2023
NPRC is Organizing a Rally at the Capitol to Protect Our Constitution
NPRC is Organizing a Rally at the Capitol to Protect Our Constitution
For the fourth episode of The Montana DSA Podcast, host Frank Kromkowski has a conversation with Joanie Kresich, Board Chair of the Northern Plains Resource Council. Founded in 1972 originally to fight expanded coal mining on ranch land, NPRC is one of Montana's oldest and largest citizen action groups. It's also quite active at the Montana Legislature, fighting for priorities that its members identify (you should check out their impressive citizen lobbying tools at northernplains.org). Joanie also discusses plans for the rally to protect Montana's Constitution on Wednesday, February 1 at noon at the state capitol rotunda.  Montana DSA is one among many organizations mobilizing its members to be there. Don't Mess With It!
42:32
January 28, 2023
Tenants as Brothers and Sisters: There's Solidarity in a Tenants Union
Tenants as Brothers and Sisters: There's Solidarity in a Tenants Union
Episode 3 of the Montana DSA Podcast focuses on the acute housing affordability crisis in Montana, and how a tenants union is a solution supported by democratic socialists in Montana. Our guest is Ken Grinde, a renter since age 12 and currently the Press Officer for the Missoula Tenants Union, the first tenant union in Montana. As Ken says, tenants are working to pay the mortgages of landlords (especially out-of-state and corporate landlords). And that's not right in a society as rich as America that should guarantee housing as a human right. He also discusses how the MTU is working with Forward Montana, among others, to pass public policy in the legislature that builds power for renters in Montana. Your host is Frank Kromkowski, member of Helena DSA.
47:17
January 24, 2023
State Senator Mary Ann Dunwell on Your Right To Know What Your Legislature Is Doing
State Senator Mary Ann Dunwell on Your Right To Know What Your Legislature Is Doing
In the second episode of The Montana DSA Podcast, State Senator Mary Ann Dunwell (SD 42, Helena and East Helena) explains how the majority (as Republicans call themselves in the legislature) often thwart the will of Democratic Representatives and Senators simply because they have the power. Despite wielding that power anti-democratically, Senator Dunwell and others are moving legislation. Frank Kromkowski of Helena DSA is your Montana DSA Podcast host. For more information, please get in touch with us at helenamtdsa@gmail.com.
41:38
January 17, 2023
Abortion Rights and the Montana Legislature
Abortion Rights and the Montana Legislature
In the inaugural episode of The Montana DSA Podcast, Sandy Burch, Co-Chair of Western Montana DSA, tells us how Montana DSA's coordinated campaign to help defeat LR-131 on the November ballot evolved into a legislative campaign to protect abortion rights as well as address housing and labor issues in the legislative session which convened in Helena today. Frank Kromkowski of Helena DSA is your Montana DSA Podcast host. For more information, please get in touch with us at helenamtdsa@gmail.com. (And please disregard the time stamp in the lower right of this recording; we are learning...)
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January 02, 2023