Weekly Feminist Happenings January 7th-13th

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Tuesday, January 7th

Film Screening Blood Brother: The documentary Blood Brother, winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, about an American wanderer who finds a sense of purpose caring for HIV-positive children in an orphanage in India. Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Library (210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City).

Salt Lake City Council Hearing on Carriage Horses presented by the Utah Animal Rights Coalition: We need you to attend a public hearing on the issue of carriage horses and speak out in support of a ban on horse-drawn carriages, or, at a minimum, in support of more meaningful reforms than those proposed by Mayor Ralph Becker. Please also write a brief, polite, public comment on Salt Lake City’s Open City Hall website. Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at the Salt Lake City and County Building (451 S State St, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111).

Thursday, January 9th

Film Screening of Brave Miss World: The documentary Brave Miss World, which follows Israeli beauty queen-turned-activist Linor Abargil, Miss World 1998, who went public about being raped shortly before she was crowned. Part of the “Reel Community Series” of the Park City Film Series. Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at the Park City Library Center (1255 Park Ave., Park City).

Friday, January 10th

Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: A daylong event to explore the local implications of human trafficking and forced labor in Utah. The Center for Global Justice presents a daylong event to explore the local implications of human trafficking and forced labor in Utah, the global context in which these human rights violations take place, and the impediments to progress and eradication on local, national, and international fronts. The workshop’s objective is to bring together stakeholders from the community, the academy, law enforcement, local and national businesses, advocacy groups, and government for a holistic and collaborative approach to effecting meaningful change. Details: From 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the S.J. Quinney College of Law (332 S. 1400 E.). If you can’t attend the entire event don’t miss the keynote address from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Visit the website for more information. The lunchtime address will be streamed live on ULaw.tv.

Saturday, January 11th

LOVE ELEVATED Mass Wedding Reception for Utah Same-Sex Couples: So many of our friends and family got married in Utah, and here is the reception of all receptions to help them celebrate.

Presented by QSalt Lake, X96, Le Croissant Catering and @UtahGayWeddings.com, this party will be held at The Rail Event Center on Saturday, January 11, no matter what Gov. Gary Herbert says.

Music by DJ Dennis Rowley, DJPauly Entertainment, Lady Murasaki and others joining each day. Opening prayer by Sister Dottie Dixon. Champagne toast by QSaltLake publisher Michael Aaron.

All proceeds benefit Restore Our Humanity — the group that made gay marriage in Utah possible. The state of Utah says it will spend $2 million to stop gay marriage in the higher courts. It makes sense we will need to raise that kind of money to keep them from doing so.

Suggested donation $10 per person/$5 for those under 12. $20pp gets you admission and a copy of the glossy, commemorative special edition of QSaltLake, published special for this event. $50pp VIP includes seating in the VIP section, VIP entrance to skip the line, valet parking, VIP bartender, and the special edition of QSaltLake.

Special invited guests will appear all night.

This is an all-age event. Those 21 and older may go the 2nd level for cocktails. All activities will be on the main level.

VIP Tickets available now. Click here! 

Newly-married couples, please bring a photocopy of your marriage certificate for special entrance, bypassing the line, and SWAG bag. We are asking the same donation from newlyweds.

Let’s party and celebrate nearly 1000 same-sex married couples in the state!

Dress is smart casual

Real Women Run Training: Learn more about running for office or participating in the political process at the upcoming Real Women Run Training. This informative, fast-paced training will feature Nancy Conway, former Editor, Salt Lake Tribune as the keynote speaker and a diverse group of female panelists and presenters that will provide inspiration, share knowledge, and provide practical advice in a welcoming, nonpartisan forum. Details: From 8:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the Salt Lake Community College, Miller Campus (9750 South 300 West). Tickets are $10-15.

Monday, January 13th

Native American Treasures Presented by Utah Cultural Celebration Center: Join the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program, and Utah Division of Arts and Museums in celebrating a contemporary take on traditional Navajo baskets, as well as showcasing Native American treasures from the local native communities. Details: The opening reception is Jan. 10, 2014, 6-8 p.m. The exhibit runs to Feb. 26, 2014 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center (1355 W. 3100 South, West Valley City).

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