Delivered at the Missoula City Council meeting
Since last week’s election, many of our Missoula friends and neighbors feel angry and afraid. That’s understandable after our country elected a president who campaigned on fear and bigotry towards non-Christians, people of color, the LGBTQ community, women, and other minorities. Equally troubling to me as a biologist is the blatant disregard for science. The method of scientific inquiry is the foundation of modern health care, natural resource management, energy technology and so much more.
I understand that people are frustrated and voted for change. I know friends and family who voted for Donald Trump despite his bigoted statements and not because of them. But I’m still discouraged. What brings me hope is knowing that regardless of national politics, Missoula will continue to support human rights and the environment. I am proud to stand in support of Missoula’s commitments to LGBTQ rights, in support of welcoming refugees, in support of science and environmental conservation, and against sexual violence.
Missoulians have been clear about our priorities. Let’s keep working. In fact, let’s work harder. Please consider donating time, money or both to organizations you believe in. Nonprofits are going to be increasingly important for the next several years for human rights and environmental protection. I have faith that Missoula can be a great example.
City Council President