Weekly Feminist Happenings June 11th-17th

Feminist Happenings in SLC

Tuesday, June 11th

Workshop: Mass Organizing- Gregory Lucero will be presenting on mass organizing. Mass organizing is a method of mobilizing the people to fight struggles to defend their interests and win victories against the ruling class. Through these struggles people gain consciousness and a revolutionary spirit that will ultimately be necessary to defeat capitalism and imperialism. Details: Starts at 8 p.m. on the Salt Lake Community College Campus (1575 S State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84123).

Utah Hispanic Dance Alliance:  Murray Arts in the Park will present its Lunch Concert with Utah Hispanic Dance Alliance. Details: Starts at 11:55 a.m. at the Murray Park Pavillion #5 ((enter off of 5200 S. State St. or at 330 E. Vine St., Murray)

Film screening of Japan’s Killer Quake:  this documentary looks at the Tohoku earthquake of March 2011 and how it brought Japan to the brink of a nuclear meltdown. After the screening, James Pechmann, research associate professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Utah, will talk about his research on Utah earthquake hazards. This month’s “Science Movie Night,” presented by the Utah Film Center and the Natural History Museum of Utah. Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Library (210 East 400 South Salt Lake City).

Wednesday, June 12th

Which Way Forward for the LGBTQ Movement: 

At this meeting of the U of U Revolutionary Students Union, queer anarchist Nathan Goodman will present on the question “Which way forward for the LGBTQ movement?”

In 1969, the Stonewall riots kick started the gay liberation movement. Drag queens and kings, trans women of color, and other marginalized and variant members of the LGBTQ community fought back against police harassment and state violence.

Today, the LGBTQ movement has a different public face: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC). This non-profit’s logo proliferated throughout Facebook earlier this year as a way of showing support for “marriage equality.” But HRC pushes trans folks and people of color aside, and rather than resisting state violence, they take money from war profiteers and hand out awards to prison profiteers.

A revolutionary LGBTQ movement in the tradition of Stonewall still exists. In this talk, I will contrast corporate liberal gay activism with radical queer and trans organizing. Details: Starts at 7:30 p.m. on the University of Utah Campus in the Ray Olpin Union (200 S. Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City).

Thursday, June 13th

Film screening of Herman’s House. The documentary takes us inside the unlikely friendship of Herman Wallance and Jackie Sumell. Wallace may be the longest-serving United States prisoner in solitary confinement. He has spent more than 40 years in a 6-by-9-foot cell in Louisiana. Imprisoned in 1967 for a robbery he admits, he was subsequently sentenced to life for a killing he vehemently denies. Herman’s House is a moving account of the remarkable expression his struggle found in an unusual project proposed by artist Jackie Sumell. Premiering on PBS’s POV July 8, 2013. Details: From 7-8 p.m. at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Arts (20 S. West Temple). The event is free, but a $5 donation is appreciated. 

Friday, June 14th

Heber Valley Pow Wow: Hundreds of Native Americans from a wide variety of tribes will gather for contest, social, and round dancing. Participants dress in authentic regalia representing their tribal ancestry. There will be food, authentic arts and crafts. Details: A $20 family pass includes 2 adults and up to 5 children aged 6-16. Parking $3. Free camping at Soldier Hollow. More information here. 

Chalk Art Festival Presented by Utah Foster Care: Two days of world-class street painting by 140 talented chalk artists. Enjoy seeing artists create masterpieces on pavement, including your own family at Kids Korner. The long-running community art event benefits the 28-hundred Utah children in foster care and the dedicated families who nurture them. Details: June 14-15, 2:00-10:00PM; (Saturday Hours: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm. Sunday: Artwork remains on Rio Grande Street through 6:00pm for Fathers Day viewing) at the Gateway Mall (70 S. Rio Grande St.).

Saturday, June 15th

Utah VisionWalk. VisionWalk is the signature fundraising event of the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) which funds research for retinal diseases (including Age Related Macular Degeneration and Retinitis Pigmentosa) that affect more than 10 million people in the U.S. alone. Since its inception in 2006, VisionWalk has raised over $15 million. Details: Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the post-walk BBQ starts at 12 in Sugarhouse Park (1350 East 2100 South). Register here. 

Wasatch Roller Derby’s Bonneville Bone Crushers vs Ventura County Derby Darlins. Details: From 7-10 p.m. at the Derby Depot (1415 South 700 West). $10 prepurchased, $15 at the door, 5 and under free * contact the Presenting Organization listed below for ticketing information

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  1. Quick note – the Mass Organizing training may be a helpful one, but Gregory Lucero is the antithesis of a feminist ally. Just an awareness to have when going into that training. Steel yourself.

    • slcfeminist says:

      Thanks for the heads up! I will modify the event when I have access. The last thing I want is someone walking into a hostile environment!

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