By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency
Whitefish, Montana — January 10, 2017 … Montana shoppers will soon begin seeing posters in the windows of stores that want to be recognized as safe places thanks to cadre of volunteers and the Missoula Downtown Association.
A human rights group of Missoula residents who were spurred by Nazi, anti-Semitic leaflets to react with love and protection, created the posters to denote stores where store owners have pledged to not tolerate hateful language or actions.
The group is standing in solidarity with the residents of Whitefish, Montana and has already begun distributing posters there. The group’s leaders have also been posting the signage on social media and offering posters for free to any business owner who wants one.
“Because of the climate after the Presidential election, it has become extremely important for people in Western Montana to know that we support inclusion and diversity,” said the group founder. “We will be vocal and stand up against hate. If someone needs help, you have our help.”
The idea for the group was a reaction to the disappointment and helplessness many felt after Donald Trump was elected in early November.
Throughout the election, Trump used negative language that targeted Hispanics, Women, Muslims, POW’s and the disabled.
Missoula Mayor John Engen is planning to issue a mayoral proclamation rejecting hate and promoting inclusion. The group encourages anyone who is the recipient of any flyers, literature, phone calls or comments that make them feel unsafe based on religion, gender, sexual orientation, race or ability to report the incident to Missoula City Police or Mayor Engen.