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WHAT UNITES US is a monthly video series presented by the Sanders County Democrats on ZOOM. We will look at a variety of topics of interest; the dates and times will be given on the Home page as well as the Activities and Events page. But if you miss one or want to listen again, you will find links to archived videos below, with the most recent listed first.

April 10, 2022: Our County's Mental Health and Well-being

Please listen as leaders from Sanders County’s probation office and Sanders County Coalition for Families discuss the current state of mental health needs and services. Also invited are several others from our school systems, social service networks, and health care facilities.

March 13, 2022: Public Education

This month’s installment highlights how public education benefits all of us. Joining us will be Sen. Shannon O’Brien who has served as Dean of Missoula College at the University of Montana. Shannon was the Education Policy Advisor to Gov. Steve Bullock and is currently serving as State Senator representing Missoula County, District 46.

Feb. 13, 2022: Montana's State Constitution

This Sunday, join the Sanders County Democrats as they celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Montana’s State Constitutional Convention. Retired State Supreme Court Justice Jim Nelson will review the strengths of what many consider to be the strongest and best written Constitution of the 50 states. We thank the Lewis and Clark Library and the League of Women Voters who originally produced this video to share with others. Montana’s Constitution protects citizens’ rights, defines responsibilities, protects our land and liberties, and our right to a healthful environment. This document defines the workings of our state government and is the foundation for our counties’, businesses’ and personal rights. It is the foundation of What Unites Us.

Jan. 9, 2022: Federal Funds Fuel our Economy
The influx of funds to our hospitals and non-profits, to our schools and local government, to non-profits and small businesses alike is what keeps our rural counties’ economy thriving. Join former Senator Jim Elliott, as he reviews the many ways the CARES Act, and the recently passed Infrastructure Bill will provide funds to allow Montana and Sanders County to remain solvent and vital.

Dec. 12, 2021: Farm to Market Connection
Jan Tussick explained what Mission West Community Development Partners can offer and discussed successful examples of working partnerships and programs available in Sanders County. Participants learned how local growers and ranchers can join together to connect with local markets. This discussion is for anyone who is involved in growing or producing food – honey or hops, beef or bread, and fruits or veggies, as well as for folks involved in farmers markets, school or hospital kitchens, restaurants, and anyone who supports local agriculture.


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