Weekly Feminist Happenings April 26th-May 2nd

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Tuesday, April 26th

Screening of Paper Tigers: To recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month and highlight the intersections between trauma and the school-to-prison pipeline several community organizations (including Racially Just Utah, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, ACLU of Utah, Salt Lake Peer Court, and Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault) are hosting a film screening of “Paper Tigers” followed by a panel discussion. The film and discussion will address toxic stress and victimization as contributors to school pushout. Details: This event is free, but registration is required. From 5:30-8:30 at the Marmalade Branch Library (280 West 500 North, Salt Lake City, UT 84103).

Thursday, April 28th

Elevate Yourself to the Boardroom, C-Suite and the Podium 2016 Eccles Executive Education Women’s Symposium:  Join top faculty from The Eccles School of Business and some of Utah’s most influential women for a day of research-driven content and engaging dialogue. Academic sessions will be combined with thoughtful panel discussions and a powerful keynote address by current Women’s Leadership Initiative President and former Utah Senator, Pat Jones. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to energize your career and network with inspirational women who are making a difference and shaping the Utah business landscape. Details: From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building  (1655 Campus Center Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84112).

Friday, April 29th

Stand Against Racism–Racism Hurts Everyone: Join Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams in taking a Stand Against Racism. Musical Entertainment and dessert will be provided! Details: From noon to 1 at the Salt Lake County Government Center (2001 S State Street, South Building Atrium).

Saturday, April 30th

Fearless 5k Walk/Run: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Fearless Self Defense is proud to present our second annual Fearless 5k run/walk. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault. The after party includes Waffle Love, free self-defense demonstrations, the Clothesline Project, and more! Details: From 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Memory Grove. Buy tickets here.

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Weekly Feminist Happenings April 19th-25th


Wednesday, April 20th

Screening of Beauty in TruthThe Tanner Human Rights Center will partner with the Utah Film Center and KUER for a screening of the film Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, directed by Pratibha Parmar. The film documents Alice Walker’s life as a writer and activist. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Walker and Parmar, moderated by Doug Fabrizio of KUER. This event is part of the “Through the Lens” series,  a collaboration between KUER and the Utah Film Center. Details: From 7-8:20 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Free and open to the public.

Portrait of Survival–Expressions of Healing: The Rape Recovery Center invites survivors, friends, allies, and anyone impacted by sexual violence to create an art piece using words and images that expresses the impact of or healing from sexual violence. The art theme for this year is “Portrait of Survival”.  Join us on April 20th or pick up an art canvas in advance to create your project. If interested each piece will be showcased at the Annual Hope and Healing Gala on May, 13th to raise awareness about the impact sexual violence. Details: From 5:30-7:30 at the Rape Recovery Center (2035 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City, Utah 84105).

Unruly Bodies–Our Bodies In and Outside Social Norms: Our bodies are both private and public. Our bodies’ shapes, sizes, habits, and movements define our most intimate moments, but they are also subject to public scrutiny and interpretation. The public and private aspects of our bodies are interrelated: when we internalize social norms and expectations for our bodies, these in turn affect our most private bodily experiences. This panel asks: What are current social and cultural bodily norms? Which kinds of bodies are seen as troubling or out of place? In particular, how are disabled or fat bodies policed and controlled, and how can we redefine and reclaim our bodies in the midst of such narrow bodily concepts? How can we reshape social notions of what is valuable, beautiful, and desirable?

Art Access is grateful to the Utah Women’s Giving Circle for their support of this event, which is part of it’s year-long Body Image Project. Details: Starts at 5:30 p.m. at Art Access.

First Annual Women’s Entrepreneurial Conference: This conference is designed to introduce women business owners to the wide variety of resources available for the different stages of their business: Phase I: Start-up and Building (0-4 years), Phase II: Growth and Profitability (4-15 years), and Phase III: Growth, Expansion and Legacy Planning (15 + years). Details: From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holladay City Office (4580 South 2300 East, Holladay, UT 84117). Get your tickets here. 

Thursday, April 21st

Race Matters 2016: #RaceMatters2016 presented by Racially Just Utah. Tell Your Story: Race | Culture | Identity. Spoken word. Music. Poetry. Dance. Storytelling. We want to hear your stories and experiences dealing with race, culture & identity in Utah. Details: Starts at 6 p.m. at Frida Bistro (545 W 700 S, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101).

Saturday, April 23rd

Justice for Abdi Rally: #SimGill and the police continue to refuse to release the footage of Abdi Mohamed being critically shot by our city’s reckless police. We cannot tolerate keeping Abdi’s family in the dark. Abdi’s family deserve the truth, and they desire justice! Utah Against Police Brutality will therefore host a rally to demand that the footage be released to the family.

*We will be protesting at the front of the Public Safety Building (near the SLC Main Public Library) to make our message loud and clear. We demand#JusticeForAbdi, #CommunityControlNow, and reasing the tape of the shooting to Abdi’s family.*

Make sure you invite your friends and family and that you bring signs to the rally. We will see you there! We cannot let the police off the hook! We cannot let our community live in fear of a militarized police force that is accountable to noone but themselves. Details: Starts at 4 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building (315 East 200 South).

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Weekly Feminist Happenings April 12th-18th

Utah's Gendered Pay Gap

Tuesday, April 12th

Calling All Women–An Homage to Equal Pay: Join the Women’s Caucus for a FREE panel discussion to honor and discuss the gender wage gap on Equal Pay Day 2016! This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

Panelists include:

  • Senator Jani Iwamoto
  • Mike Weinholtz, Former CEO & Chairman & 2016 Gubernatorial Candidate
  • Dr. Gunseli Berik, U of U Economics
  • Shauna Scott-Bellacomo, Women’s State Legislative Council President
  • Kari Scott, young woman who did a “gender wage” bake sale at her school.

Details: Starts at 6 p.m. at the Salt Lake Acting Company (168 W 500 N, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103).

Wednesday, April 13th

Utah Women’s Artist Exhibition: The works of 56 women artists from the entire state will be featured and displayed from March 10-April 20, 2016 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center (1355 W. 3100 South, West Valley City).

Thursday, April 14th

Food Studies Seminar Series: Food Insecurity and Obesity Risk Among Culturally Diverse Women: Food Insecurity, defined as, “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways,’ (Anderson, 1990), is a persistent problem in the United States, where between 10-12 percent of households report that their members are food insecure in any given year. Although studies have found a link between obesity and food insecurity especially in women, the current literature lacks detailed descriptions of these relationships in underrepresented cultural and social groups. We examine the level of women’s food insecurity in five carefully defined minority communities, African immigrants, African Americans, Latinas, American Indians, and Pacific Islanders who are all participating in the Utah Women and Girls (UWAG) Study. Our analyses of approximately 500 baseline surveys assess the relationship between food insecurity and obesity risk while controlling for other potentially important confounding factors. In the discussion we draw out the implications for targeted weight-related public health interventions. Details: From 4-5 p.m. in the University of Utah Union.

Screening of How to Change the World: The documentary How to Change the World, which chronicles the roots of the environmental activist group Greenpeace through rare archival footage. Presented by the Utah Film Center. Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at the Viridian Event Center (1825 W. 8030 South, West Jordan).

Friday, April 15th

Ideologue: The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (20 South West Temple) will present “Ideologue,” Feb. 5-July 23, 2016, a group exhibit of nine international and national contemporary artists. “Ideologue” explores relationships of power in both the cultural and political realms, employing humor and hyperbole to address platforms of ideology. Visit here for more information.

Sustainability Book Group Discussion: Join us for a discussion of “The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture” by Wendell Berry. Details: From noon to 1 p.m. at the University of Utah, room 1726A Marriott Library.

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Stand Against Racism Essay Contest

Stand against racismThe YWCA Young Women’s Council’s 2016 Stand Against Racism Essay Contest

We are seeking 1,000 word essays from young women of color addressing the impacts of institutional and structural racism on their life and how they have addressed these challenges.

Who can Enter?

  • Open to young women of color ages 12-18
  • Winners must be residents of Utah.
  • YWCA Staff, Board, Young Women’s Council members, and their immediate families are ineligible to submit essays for this award.

What’s the prize?

  • Grand Prize award: $500 scholarship
  • Up to two runners-up will be identified with awards of $250 each
  • All winners will receive a complimentary one-year YWCA membership

How do I enter?

Essays are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016. All submissions must be typed, double-spaced and submitted with a cover page featuring the author’s name, age, and contact information. Submit essays to aphillips@ywca.com or deliver to YWCA Utah, 322 East 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

The YWCA Young Women’s Council will select the winning essays and announce the winners during the YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism, April 28-May 1, 2016.

About the YWCA Young Women’s Council

The YWCA Young Women’s Council is a group of young YWCA members ages 18-35 who work to promote the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Council members represent the YWCA in the community through service and advocacy, participate in leadership development opportunities, and plan the annual YWCA Young Women’s Leadership Summit.

About Stand Against Racism

Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. Founded by YWCA Trenton and YWCA Princeton in 2007, YWCA Utah took a Stand Against Racism in 2011 and continues to participate annually as part of our mission to eliminate racism.

Weekly Feminist Happenings April 5th-11th


Tuesday, April 5th

The Public Lands Initiative–Is It Right for Us?: What is the Public Lands Initiative? Will it protect Utah’s wilderness lands? Will it promote economic development? Who will win and who will lose? Can the right balance be found? The Project for Deeper Understanding will host a free, open public conversation about the P.L.I. for all citizens on Tuesday, April 5th. Panelists include representatives of the environmental and outdoor recreation communities and both Rep. Bishop’s and Rep. Chaffetz’ offices. Details: St. Luke’s Church – 4595 N. Silver Springs Dr. in Snyderville (Park City) Time: 7:00 to 9:00 PM For more info, call Charles at 435-901-2131.

America and Islam: Peace and Justice in an Age of ISIS and Islamaphobia: Dr. Omid Safi is a Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, the Director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center, and a columnist for On Being. Born in Jacksonville, Florida and raised in Iran, Safi fled Tehran in 1985 with his family and resettled in the United States. He has served on the board of the Pluarlism Project at Harvard University and is currently the co-chair of the steering committee for the Study of Islam and the Islamic Mysticism Group at the American Academy of Religion. Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at the Marmalade branch of the SLC Public Library.

Wednesday, April 6th

Screening of Spotlight: A Talk to a Survivor powered event, presented in partnership with The Utah Film Center and The City Library. Details: 5:45p–Visit tables of Start by Believing community partners- and consider taking the Start by Believing pledge. 7:00 p.m. Spotlight. 9:20: Survivor Question and Answer panel, including Phil Saviano, the real SNAP survivor portrayed in the Spotlight. Salt Lake City Public Library (210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111).

Rock N’ Roll Camp for Girls Fundraiser: For more information on the camp: www.rockcampforgirlsslc.org Secily Saunders, Hillary McDaniel (of Canyons) and Talia Keys are founding members of the first ever Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls – Salt Lake City. We are raising funds to make this camp the best environment it can be for empowering young girls through music.

Canyons – www.facebook.com/canyons801
Talia Keys – www.facebook.com/TaliaKeysMusic
Mary Tebbs – www.facebook.com/Mary-Tebbs-Entertainment-129852540401366
Elytra (formerly Medusa’s Cross) – www.facebook.com/medusascrossmusic

Details: Purchase tickets here. Tickets: $5 – 100% of the proceeds go to the Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls – Salt Lake City

Thursday, April 7th

Screening of Peace Officer: “Peace Officer” is a feature documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police. The story is told through the perspective of William “Dub” Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained his rural state’s first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Sundance Film Festival co-founder and Department of Film and Media Arts producer-in-residence, Sterling Van Wagenen, and executive producer of the film, will be in attendance for the screening. The directors, Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson, will also be in attendance and will join Van Wagenen in a Q&A with the audience following the screening. Details: From 6:30-7:30 at the Post Theater  (245 S. Fort Douglas Blvd).

Screening of Gen Silent: SAGE Utah (Service & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) proudly presents a public screening of the film
Gen Silent (2011). This critically-acclaimed documentary follows the trials and triumphs of six diverse LGBTQ older adults as they share their experiences of growing older and healthcare systems that often continue to marginalize them. A community question and answer period will follow. Everyone who is interested in the health and well-being of our heroic LGBTQ elders is invited. Details: From 6:30-9:00 Salt Lake City Downtown Library Auditorium (210 E 400 S). Attendance is FREE but please register in advance as seating is limited.

Rape Awareness Event: Sage Williams and Elise Otteson will be presenting Dr. Julie Valentine’s (of the College of Nursing) findings on rape and sexual assault in Utah. The founders of Honey (a local sexual assault awareness organization) will present as well. The event will be hosted by Bri Garrido, Miss Eastern Utah, who is also a huge advocate in the community for rape awareness. If you have ever experienced rape or sexual assault, know someone who has, or want to know more about these issues, come! You will become more educated and inspired by these issues and learn how to help and support those who have experienced rape or sexual assault. This is a great way to kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month! Details: Starts at 8 p.m. at Brigham Young University JKB 1102.

Friday, April 8th

Utah Pacific Island Film Festival: Utah Pacific Island Film Series hosted by Kava Talks promoting awareness of Aprils Sexual Assault Awareness Month screening, Pacific Island pop culture film, Once Were Warriors. Film is Rated R. See film description. Panel discussion will follow moderated by University of Utah’s Ulysses Tongaonevai with panelists from UCASA, YWCA, Rape Recovery Center, and Pacific Island Behaviour Health Coaltion. Resources onsite to answer any questions. Details: Register for tickets here. Starts at 7 p.m. at the Sorenson Unity Center (1383 S 900 W, Salt Lake City).

Saturday, April 9th

UHPCO Be A Superhero 5K Fun Run/Walk: Utah Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is raising hospice awareness and honoring Hospice Volunteers who serve those who are declining in health or who are near the end of life. Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero (or come dressed as the superhero you already are!) Details: From 9 a.m. to noon at Liberty Park.

I Am Salt Lake LIVE Podcast: Guests include: Jimmy Martin (Geek Show Podcast, Big Movie Mouth-Off, Utah’s Classic 103.5 The Arrow, KSL 5 TV, SLUG Mag, and The Mediocre Show); Kat Martin (Kat Martin Artist); Leigh George Kade (Geek Show Podcast, and Frisch); Rachel Arent Kade (Frisch). Details: Saturday, April 9th at Club at 50 Westt. 50 West Broadway, Salt Lake City. This is a FREE show. Doors are at 8pm. We will be recording a live podcast and opening it up to audience questions at the end. This show is sponsored by our friends at SLUG Mag.

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