Economic, Social, and Racial Justice

Equal opportunity for all

We believe in promoting the dignity and empowerment of all people regardless of race, sex, gender, disability, income, and zip code and supports policies that promote shared power and justice for all.

Equal Pay for Equal Work Regardless of Race or Gender

Today, Women in Montana make $.43 cents less on the dollar than men. And people of color make even less on the dollar. It’s time to take measures to equalize our wages and services for people. We want to advance racial and economic equity in state and federal policy, influence legislation, provide a racial justice analysis, and promote the usage of racial equity messaging and framing within the progressive community while increasing the capacity of communities of color.

A Fair Justice System for All

We all want to be treated fairly in our justice systems (law enforcement, courts, and incarceration), yet statistics reflect a disproportionate representation of minorities and the poor in Montana’s jails, judicial, and legal systems. For example, in Montana Native Americans make up about 7% of the total population, but account for more than 17% of those incarcerated. Continuing efforts are needed to ensure that our law enforcement and our judicial personnel insure that racial profiling is not a part of their decision making in traffic stops, arrests, and sentencing. In addition, we must ensure adequate legal representation for all who are unable to meet these costs.

LGBT Equality

LGBT Montanans and their families still face discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. We support city and statewide efforts to amend the Montana Human Rights Act and Montana’s Bias-Based Crimes statute to protect people based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. These are often referred to as Nondiscrimination Ordinances (or NDOs).

Big Sky 55+ will:
  • Oppose ballot measures and legislation which discriminate against people based on race, gender, religious beliefs, age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, physical or mental disability political beliefs, or social condition in the areas of employment, housing, provision of public services, credit, insurance and public accommodation, government services and insurance.
  • Oppose efforts to allow discrimination in any public service justified by a provider’s personal beliefs.
  • Oppose efforts to restrict or eliminate access to reproductive health care.