Western Montana Democratic Socialists of America

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Western Montana Democratic Socialists of America , formerly Missoula Democratic Socialists of America, is a Montana branch of Democratic Socialists of America.

DSA Contact

In July 2017, contact for Missoula Democratic Socialists of America was Tootie Welker.[1]

"Creep of fascism"

Fearing the “slow creep of fascism,” several residents urged Missoula County commissioners on July 2019 to deny two federal agencies access to the county’s mountaintop radio facilities.

The request comes one day after county staff encouraged commissioners to gather more information before allowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Border Patrol to use certain towers.

Local members of the Democratic Socialists of America and Montanans for Immigrant Justice urged the county to deny the agencies’ request.

“We can’t even fathom why the county is even entertaining the request,” said DSA member Andi Hoelzel. “It represents the creep of fascism into our society. Parts of Montana don’t have cellular service, so it seems clear this is a way to target immigrants in some of our rural areas. We absolutely cannot have this.”

County staff this week encouraged commissioners to develop a more formal policy on how the mountaintop facilities are used, saying the number of requests continues to grow.

The county has made loose agreements with other groups wanting to use the sites, so long as they’re government agencies or nonprofit organizations. But now some fear that ICE and CBP could use the sites for controversial work around immigration under the Trump administration.

“Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Boarder Patrol have moved beyond the realm of an enforcement agency into the realm of fascism,” said DSA member Josh Decker. “Our community needs to combat that wherever possible and not enable it.”[2]


Western MT DSA January 24, 2018;


With Juan B. Quinones, Sara Mohmed, Sam Fred, Donny Ken Wasso, Lane Kent and Billiot Jack.

Western MT DSA Closed Group


Western Montana Democratic Socialists of America Closed Facebook Group, accessed May 23, 2018;[3]

Admins and Moderators


DSA Study Group


DSA Study Group, Missoula, open Facebook group, accessed November 6, 2017.

A group for people interested in Democratic Socialism in the Missoula area to read about and discuss socialism, history, politics, economics, and more.[4]



Missoula meeting


Missoula Area DSA Chapter Meeting. Hosted by Missoula DSA

Saturday, April 15 at 3 PM - 5 PM MDT

Missoula Public Library, 301 E Main St, Missoula, Montana 59802

Invited on facebook