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MWF NEWS and CALENDAR April 5, 2020
April 6 @ 8:00 am - April 13 @ 5:00 pm
IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SUBMITTED YOUR ONLINE CENSUS FORM PLEASE DO IT NOW
The US Census is an absolutely vital part of the workings of our Democracy. Everything from representation in congress and electoral college to allocation of services and government budgeting is based on census results.
This year the census Is entirely online. There will be no one coming to your door to make sure everyone in your household has been counted.
It takes very little time and is very simple and straightforward. Here is the link: https://my2020census.gov
If you have not received a 12 digit Census ID number in the mail, or if you have lost it, there is a link to click on the login page. You’ll have to answer a few extra questions, but it is not complicated.
There’s really no excuse to keep procrastinating. Do it now.
Monday, April 6
Bozeman City Commission Meeting Online
6 pm to 10 pm
Webex Video Conference
The Bozeman City Commission meetings will be entirely electronic for public safety reasons during the duration of COVID-19 crisis. Staff have done a great job setting up a process to follow commission discussions and provide written or oral public comment.
Details of the April 6 agenda can be find on the City website or directly here: https://www.bozeman.net/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/17353/126. The link has instructions for following along the meeting and participation; and I spell them out in a short primer below.
AGENDA: Agendas will be limited to essential items— “consent” or action items necessary to continue to service to the public or that are required by law or in the public interest. See above for the Monday, April 6 agenda.
HOW TO JOIN/FOLLOW MEETING:
There are four ways to join or follow the public meeting:
One: Via Webex:
Click the Register link, enter the required information, and click submit. Click Join Now to enter the meeting.
Two: Via Phone: +1-408-418-9388, Access code: 963 550 754
Three: Streaming via Commission’s video page, https://www.bozeman.net/services/city-tv-and-streaming-audio and click “Streaming Live” in the drop down menu.
Four: Cable channel 190.
There also are a variety of ways to submit public comment. Written public comment may be submitted before 12:00 PM on Monday, April 6th, 2020 by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Written public comment may also be submitted by visiting the Commission’s comments page: https://www.bozeman.net/government/city-clerk/public-comment.
During the meeting, the public may also give oral comment in one of three ways:
One: Join the Webex meeting, with the link and instructions to join the meeting listed above.
Two: For those not able to join the Webex meeting, send a request to email@example.com or
Three: Text 406-224-3967 with a phone number and the agenda item(s) of interest. The City Clerk will call that person during the meeting to provide comment.
PATIENCE: This is the first City Commission meeting using Webex, so please be patient while we work out any kinks that are bound to happen. Our hope is that this meeting will run as much as possible like a regular City Commission meeting in the Commission room in City Hall.
Tuesday, April 7
Montana Public Service Commission Hearing on Opening a Climate Change Investigation
Tuesday, April 7th the Public Service Commission (PSC) will vote on whether to open an investigation into climate change and the risks that it poses to the energy sector.
This is a big deal. It's an important opportunity to educate PSC Commissioners not only on climate science, but the financial risks climate change creates for ratepayers.
Please take a few minutes to contact our District's commissioner Roger Koopman and ask that he support opening an investigation into climate change and the risks it poses to the energy sector. Ratepayers deserve to know this information.
Commissioner Roger Koopman:
Contact By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact by phone: Call the PSC Consumer Assistance Line at 406-444-6150 and say you want to leave a message for your commissioner.
How to Give Public Comment at the April 7th PSC Meeting ONLINE
It is part of their regularly shceduled Zoom conference call meeting, so comment will be taken by phone. It is unclear exactly when during the meeting public comment will occur, but the meeting beings at 9:30am. We encourage joining the meeting a few minutes before 9:30am to assure that you have the opportunity to provide comments, which will be taken in order.
To give comment call 406-444-9999 or 1-646-558-8656 and enter the meeting ID 744-081-144
Livingston City Commission Meeting Live Stream
Livingston City Commission Meetings are live-streamed on You Tube.
Monday April 13 through May 24
War Abolition 201 Online Course
Registration: Sliding scale beginning at $25 Register online
in response to the heightening economic impact of the pandemic, World Beyond War is offering its upcoming War Abolition 201 online course on a sliding scale, starting at $25 USD. War Abolition 201 brings together activists, advocates, and changemakers to engage in learning specific to establishing a just and sustainable peace.
The course will run from April 13 to May 24, 2020. The course is not live – so you can study at your own pace for maximum flexibility. A certificate is provided to participants who complete all written assignments.
War Abolition 201 explores questions such as: With what do we replace the war system? What truly makes us secure? What actions and strategies might we pursue in building a peace system? Register now.
Weekly content includes a mix of text, images, video, and audio. In addition to the discussion forums and optional assignments which are organized around weekly themes, you can also participate in three 1-hour optional zoom calls, which are designed to facilitate a more interactive, real-time, and experiential learning experience.
To register by check, 1. Reply to this email or Contact World BEYOND War to let us know! and 2. Make the check out to World BEYOND War/AFGJ and send it to World BEYOND War 513 E Main St #1484 Charlottesville VA 22902 USA.
Thursday, April 16
Northern Plains Webinar: "Passing the Buck"
6 pm to 7:30 pm
NorthWestern Energy wants to pass the buck. On February 6th, NorthWestern filed to receive “pre-approval” from the Public Service Commission to buy an additional 25% ownership share of the aging Colstrip Unit 4 from Puget Sound Energy for $1.
We all know that power plants don’t cost $1. We can't let NorthWestern Energy pass the true costs onto Montanans for years to come. The buck stops here! Customers demand a fair, affordable, and sustainable energy future from the Public Service Commission.
Join Northern Plains Resource Council for the "Passing the Buck" webinar to hear form former Public Service Commissioner Ken Toole and Northern Plains members Mark Reller and Ed Gulick about what "pre-approval" is, why NorthWestern Energy wants it, what it could mean for Montana's energy future, and what it could mean for your energy bills.
More important, learn what action you can take to ensure we get a fair shake from the Public Service Commission. Join us!
"Passing the Buck" Webinar
Thursday, April 16
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
RSVP to email@example.com. Details will be provided via email.