Montanans Warned of White Supremacist Gatherings Around the State
The Montana Racial Equity Project is warning residents of a growing number of white supremacist gatherings in our state this evening. The group has shared the following message.
"The Montana Racial Equity Project has learned about multiple white supremacist rallies happening around the state of Montana. We would like to caution Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to avoid Missoula, Bozeman, Helena, Billings, courthouses, and protests happening today and in the days following.
Please stay home if possible, travel in groups, stay situationally aware, and safe. We recommend no engagement with so-called protestors who are sympathetic to what is going on in our U.S. Capitol building today, and whatever may ensure there tonight, and possibly in the days to come.
The Montana Racial Equity Project educates and activates individuals, organizations, and institutions to interrupt racism, bigotry, and prejudice. They are a non-profit and non-partisan organization advocating for equity and justice for historically marginalized, disenfranchised, and oppressed people of Montana and beyond.
As of about 4:30 p.m. local time this afternoon, officials have declared the U.S. Capitol complex “secure” after heavily armed police moved to end a violent storm by a mob supporting President Donald Trump, which left one woman dead. The U.S. Army is activating the entire District of Columbia National Guard, 11,000 troops, in response to the mayor's request. A curfew went into place at 6 p.m. in D.C., however, there are still huge crowds gathering in the streets there.
Meanwhile, in Missoula and Kalispell, Trump supporters gathered at the County Courthouses in support of the actions happening in D.C. Montana officials have made statements condemning the violence in the nation's Capitol.
Here are some wild photos from inside the storming of the Capitol, and here are some reactions from musicians.