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Pine Creek Lake. Photo by Walker Stole
Jun 02 2020

MWA Stands in Solidarity with the Black Community

Our response to recent racial violence and police brutality

MWA stands in solidarity with the Black community and with the civil rights and community organizations in Montana and elsewhere that are calling for, and leading the movement toward, justice for Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other victims of racial violence and police brutality.

Racial injustice is a plague on American society, and public lands and other open spaces in Montana are not immune to it. As part of our effort to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization, MWA is committed to helping ensure that Black, Indigenous, and people of color feel welcome on public lands and can visit them without experiencing violence, harassment, or any other manifestations of racism.

We encourage all Montanans to support the Montana Racial Equity Project, the Montana Human Rights Network, and other civil rights organizations that are dedicated to breaking down the racial inequities and injustices that exist in our state and are leading Montana to a better day in which all Black, Indigenous, and people of color can prosper.

Ben Gabriel
Executive Director

Ben develops MWA's organizational strategy and works with our grassroots community, partners, and board of directors to achieve MWA's mission and ensure our long-term health and effectiveness. He spends his time connecting to Montana's wild places and rivers by hiking, kayaking, and skiing with his wife, daughter, and dogs.
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