Weekly Feminist Happenings September 8th-14th


Thursday, September 10th

How Human Trafficking Can Affect Our Citizens: Human Trafficking, a little-understood crime, emerged from the shadows last year with a numbers of arrests in Salt Lake City. The Panel of speakers from government and non-profits will give details and viewpoints about the problem and possible solutions. Details: From 6- 8 p.m. at the Girl Scouts Headquarters (445 East 4500 South).

The Nation’s 150th Anniversary, speaker: Katha Pollitt: Pollitt is well known for her wit and her keen sense of both the ridiculous and the sublime. Her award-winning “Subject to Debate” column appears every other week in The Nation Magazine. The Washington Post called her column “the best place to go for original thinking on the left,” and the column is frequently reprinted in newspapers across the country. Pollitt has also written essays and book reviews for New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, Glamour, Mother Jones, and The New York Times. In her most recent book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, she takes on personhood, reaffirms women’s life and health, and discusses why abortion can be good for society. Follow her on Twitter @KathaPollitt. Details: From 7-9 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Library in the Main Library Auditorium (210 E 400 S). The event is free, but RSVP here.  

Susan Abulhawa, Palestinian American writer, human rights activist and founder of non-governmental organization, Playgrounds for Palestine:  Abulhawa is the author of international best-selling novel, “Mornings in Jenin.” Her latest novel, “The Blue Between Sky and Water,” was released in the U.S. on Sept. 1, 2015. It has already been translated into 19 languages. A book signing with Abulhawa will follow the forum, which is titled “Narratives of Dominance: A case for introspection in an era of a wounded plant and chaotic, violent humanity.” The forum is presented by the Tanner Center for Human Rights and Peace Advocacy Coalition. Details: From noon to 1 p.m. at the University of Utah Orson Spencer Hall (260 Central Campus Drive (U. of U. campus), Salt Lake City).

Screening of Welcome to Leith: The documentary “Welcome to Leith,” which examines life in a small North Dakota town when a notorious white supremacist moves in, buys up land and attempts to take over the town’s government. Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at the Viridian Event Center (1825 W. 8030 South, West Jordan).

Screening of Racing Extinction: The documentary “Racing Extinction,” in which filmmaker Louis Psihoyos (“The Cove”) details human-caused threats to animal species on Earth and efforts to call attention to them. Psihoyos will be on hand for a Q&A moderated by Doug Fabrizio, host of KUER’s “RadioWest.” Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City)

Friday, September 11th

Screening of The Hunting Ground: A screening of the groundbreaking documentary The Hunting Ground, a film that premiered at Sundance to expose the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses nationwide. The showing will be followed by a discussion forum featuring a panel of advocates, activists, and professionals working to bring an end to sexual violence through outreach, awareness, and education. Details: From 6-9:30 p.m. at the Salt Lake Community College – South City
1575 S. State Street (CAM Multipurpose Room).

Saturday, September 12th

Walk now for Autism Speaks: Walk with us and help raise funds to support vital research and top-quality programs that are changing the future for those who struggle with autism. Visit walk now for Autism Speaks to register.

NAMI Walks: NAMIWalks is an inclusive event that supports individuals living and coping with mental illness and their families. Individuals throughout the state of Utah come to NAMIWalks in order to show support for loved one who have lost their lives to mental illness, those currently living with mental illness, and for raising awareness about mental health. Details: From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Liberty Park. Register here. 

Sandoval Memorial 5k for Ovarian Cancer: This 9th annual event will be held on Saturday, September 12th at Sugar House Park’s Big Field Pavilion. As in years past, day-of registration will begin at 7AM and the event itself will run from 8AM to 10AM. Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. We invite you to pre-register, check out our new Facebook page, and bring your friends and family to come support this wonderful cause! Details: Starts at 8 a.m. at Sugarhouse Park Big Filed Pavilion. Register for the 5k here.

The Night Kitchen Grassroots Mental Health Peer Support: Peer support for issues related to neurodiversity, experiences often labeled as mental illness, trauma, loss, and challenging life transitions. This is also a space to explore grievances with mainstream mental health, and explore alternatives based on cooperation and mutual aid among people with lived experience of psychiatric oppression. Details: From 2-3 p.m. at the Salt Lake Main Library Room East (210 East 400 South).

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