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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