Weekly Feminist Happenings September 16th-22nd

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Tuesday, September 16th

Telos: The Fantastic World Of Eugene Tssui: The documentary “Telos: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui,” a profile of the eccentric visionary and maverick architect who put nature and the environment at the forefront of his designs long before “green” and “eco-friendly” became buzzwords. Presented by the Utah Film Center. Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Public Library (210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City).

Wednesday, September 17th

Journey Stories: Journey Stories is a traveling Smithsonian exhibition that explores how migration and transportation build our nation, how it has changed us, and how our mobile world looked to travelers along the way. Complementing the exhibit is “Nation of Immigrants,” an art exhibition featuring the works of 25 local artists. Opening Reception: Sept. 15, 6-8 p.m. Also, the Repertory Dance Theater will present Journeys, a collection of dramatized dances that tell the histories of five ethnic minority families, and their journey to Utah. Details: From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center (1355 W. 3100 South, West Valley City). 

Chris Young Lecture Presented by Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy: “Fixin’ What’s Broke: The Post-2015 UN Agenda.” Details: Starts at 7 p.m. in the Vieve Gore Concert Hall, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City.

Thursday, September 18th

Screening of Lilting: Lilting tells the story of the death of a young man in London, and how it brings together his Cambodian-Chinese mother and his English boyfriend together. Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at Brewvies Cinema & Pub (677 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City). 

Friday, September 19th

Cherish the Child Fundraiser: Come support The Family Support Center, Sept. 19, 2014. Come enjoy some music and messages of hope surrounding child abuse. A light breakfast will be served. Details: From 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the Little America Hotel (500 S. Main St., Salt Lake City). RSVP with the Family Support Center. 

Reza Ali Khazeni Lecture – Shi’i Islam & Its Manifestations In Iran: The Reza Ali Khazeni Memorial Foundation and the University of Utah College of Humanities & Middle Easter Center will present “Shi’i Islam & Its Manifestations in Iran,” by Farhad Daftary of the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, Sept. 19, 2014. A reception will follow. Details: Starts at 6 p.m. at the University of Utah – Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities (215 S. Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City). 

Blue Stockings: The University of Utah Department of Theatre will present “Blue Stockings,” Sept. 19-28, 2014. Blue Stockings is a moving, comical, and eye-opening story of four young women fighting for their education against the backdrop of women’s suffrage. Details: Runs from September 19th-28th at the Babcock Theatre (300 S. 1400 East, Salt Lake City).

Screening of Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap: The documentary “Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap,” in which directors Ice-T and Andy Baybutt explore the history, craft and power of hip-hop – with interviews with such stars as Nas, Kanye West, Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, KRS-One, Snoop Dogg, Run-DMC, and Ice Cube. Details: Screened outdoors on the lawn at the University of Utah – Olpin Union Building.

Saturday, September 20th

Salt Lake AIDS Walk: Register today for Salt Lake AIDS Walk and make a difference in preventing new infections and providing compassionate services to those impacted by HIV/AIDS. Join us for a 2.5 mile pledge walk in downtown Salt Lake City, Saturday, September 20, 2014. Signup as an individual and start or join a team today. Bring your friends, family and co-workers to help raise AIDS awareness. Register for FREE today! Fundraising is not required but encouraged to support of critical AIDS service programs throughout Utah. Details: Visit the Salt Lake Aids Walk website for more information.

Sunday, September 21st

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes: Beg, borrow or reel in some high heels or other fancy footwear for a mile-long walk in Park City’s historic Main Street from City Park up through the Park Silly Market on Sept. 21, 2014. Please join us for this light-hearted event and help support Peace House raise awareness and break the cycle of domestic violence in our community. Details: From 10-11:30 a.m. at Park City City Park (1354 Park Ave., Park City). Register at the Peace House website.

People’s Climate Mobilisation: Climate change isn’t just about polar bears! Climate change is an issue of ethics. Climate change is about curbing the potential scientifically articulated social and ecological disaster that will ensue due to change in climate. Low- income, indigenous groups, people of color, people geographically located in the Global South—will have to carry the heaviest burdens from social and ecological disruptions. All humans, regardless of identity and geography, will be affected by the change as the result of climate change. Changes such as (but not limited to): drought, food scarcity, flooding, mass relocation of human habitat, consequential growth of diseases, etc. Further, the species of this planet are in great danger. Climate change will result in mass extinction. We have no PLANet B. We, as Earthlings, must band together for a shared vision surrounding equality, resilience, sustainability, and love. Complacency is the single greatest threat to the conservation and sustainability of our fragile planet. The single greatest threat to this planet is complacency. We, as people of this time and space, must use our voices and actions to show that we deeply care about climate justice. It is our right to live on a planet with a livable climate. It is the right of all living things to inhabit a planet with a livable climate. We must be resolute in our voices being heard to ensure that our social and political enactors create policies and projects that address climate change We, in Salt Lake City, stand in solidarity and peace with the People’s Climate Change March in NYC! PLEASE BRING POSTER MATERIALS, FRIENDS, FAMILY, NEIGHBORS, PASSION, AND A WILL FOR POSITIVE TRANSFORMATION! Details: Visit here for more information.

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Weekly Feminist Happenings September 9th-15th

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Tuesday, September 9th

The Moon Shine Party: The Summit Land Conservancy and Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter will host The Moon Shine Party, to be held on the night of a full moon, will illuminate the beauty of nature and the importance of water. The Lash La Rue band will perform for this fundraiser. Details: Membership required to attend. Visit the Swaner Preserve Center to learn more. 

Friday, September 12th

The Color Purple, The Musical: Wasatch Theatre Company will present “The Color Purple, The Musical,” Sept. 11-27, 2014. The Color Purple is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love, and ultimately a celebration of life. An adaptation of Alice Walker’s famous 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the show features a joyous score using jazz, ragtime, gospel, blues and African music. Visit arttix.org for information. Details: Buy tickets via Arttix.

Volunteers of America Silver Spurs Gala: Wear your favorite western attire and come ready for a fun night of games, auctions, dinner, drinks, and live music. Don’t miss this exciting night to celebrate our community supporters and to fundraise. Funds raised from the Sliver Spurs Gala 2014 will allow Volunteers of America, Utah to continue, expand and improve our current programs including a new Homeless Youth Resource Center with emergency shelter! 2014 Spirit of Giving Award Honoree—Bruce Bastian, B.W. Bastian Foundation. Details: Buy your tickets here.

Saturday, September 13th

Avenues Street Fair: The Avenues Street Fair is a celebration of the grand and diverse architecture, spirit and activism of the residents and local food, music and art. The 2014 Avenues Street Fair takes place on Fourth Avenue between I and N streets. Visit www.slc-avenues.org/StreetFair2014.htm for information. Details: From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 2nd Ave and between E and I Streets, in Salt Lake City. 

Touch a Truck Family Festival: The Junior League of Salt Lake City will present the annual Touch a Truck Family Festival fundraiser, Sept. 13, 2014. Come climb on, explore, and learn about the trucks that make our city run! There will be ambulances, cherry pickers, fire trucks, construction equipment, and more. Details: Purchase tickets at www.jlslc.org or by calling 801-328-1019.

Sunday, September 14th

A Genetic Predisposition to Violence?: Not So Fast: The Forum for Questioning Minds will present James Tabery, a philosopher at the University of Utah, will discuss “A Genetic Predisposition to Violence?”: Not So Fast.” Details: From 2-3:30 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Public Library – Main (210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City). 

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Activist Breakfast & Canvassing for PPAC

Activist Breakfast & Canvassing for Candidates

Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM (PDT)

West Valley City, Utah

Hello!

I am writing to invite you to an Activist Breakfast, hosted by Planned Parenthood Action Council of Utah, this coming Saturday, September 6th.

We will be meeting at Woodledge Park in West Valley City on Saturday morning for breakfast provided by PPAC.

After breakfast we will be helping four candidates canvass the West Valley City area to speak with residents about getting out to vote and informing them about the candidates we will be supporting.

I have attached links to the websites for the four candidates. I encourage you to look through them and decide which candidate you would like to walk for.

Clare Collard – Senate District 12 – www.electclarecollard.com

Christine Passey – House District 44 – www.christinepassey.com

Diane Lewis – House District 43 - www.dianelewiscampaign.com

Larry Wiley – House District 31 – http://le.utah.gov/house2/detail.jsp?i=WILEYLB

We will be canvassing in teams of two, with specific houses that we will be approaching that have been identified as possibly supportive residents for the candidates. (Don’t worry – no door to door knocking!)

Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. – plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start time of the candidate
you plan to walk with.

Woodledge Park – 5210 West 4310 South, West Valley City

Those walking with Clare Collard and Christine Passey will begin canvassing at 9:00 a.m.

Those walking with Diane Lewis will begin canvassing at 9:30 a.m.

Those walking with Larry Wiley will begin canvassing at 10:00 a.m.

This is a great opportunity to act and help get progressive candidates into office.

Please RSVP by clicking here and registering on the Eventbrite page

Also – please get in touch if you would like more information.

You can contact me via e-mail at kylmyers@gmail.com

You can call or text me at 435-862-4523

I am looking forward to seeing you this Saturday!

Sincerely,

Kyl Myers
Interim Community Engagement Coordinator
Planned Parenthood Association of Utah

Richard Sherman’s A “Thug,” Max Hall Needs “Empathy”

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Max Hall definitely needs our sympathy, but it’s interesting to note the disparate treatment athletes of color receive compared to their white counterparts. Welcome to “post-racial” ‘Merica.

Stop Taking It for Granted: Curb Cuts, Sidewalks, and More


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Hey, you. Yeah, you. Are you able to walk around large objects obstructing sidewalks? Can you hop off of sidewalks to traverse large puddles? Can you take the stairs?

Yeah? Well, that’s a privilege, and it’s not one everyone has, so the next time you notice and obstruction–move it, or talk to someone who can.

I’m saying this because I’ve had to make several complaints to my apartment complex about their lack of access. Huge rose bushes spilling out onto the sidewalk aren’t conducive to folks who are using wheelchairs, walkers, etc. Cars parking in front of curb cuts should be towed. And the parking stalls for folks with disabilities? Those aren’t for you unless you have a placard. Say buh-bye to your precious car, and hello to the man in the two truck.

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Block this, and you deserve consequences.


This is just a friendly reminder, because sometimes the able-bodied, myself included, need a reminder about some basic ableist behavior we overlook everyday.

Make sure you aren’t blocking curb cuts, ramps, and any other alternate access. If you see someone blocking access, point it out. If you are visiting an establishment and they aren’t ADA compliant, or accommodating in other ways, let management know. It’s the least we can do (seriously, it’s the absolute least we can do), but it’s a step in the right direction.

Need to file an ADA complaint?