RadioActive: September 27, 2017

  • September 27, 2017
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BannedBooks, Immigration Reform, DACA, Music as Activism, Sustainability

Hosted by Lara Jones and Billy Palmer, tonight's RadioActive included a host of activists and commmunity issues:

  • The County Library's Wanda Huffaker, public service librarian at the Bingham Creek Branch, shared a few books that have been banned at various times, in various places in Utah and across the country. For example, Garth Williams' illustrated children's book The Rabbits' Wedding, in which a black rabbit marries a white rabbit, and 13 Reasons Why, Jay Asher's controversial book-turned-Netflix series about teen suicide.

    • Huffaker also penned lyrics for The County Library's version of Philadelphie Freedom, retitled Intellectual Freedom for BannedBooksWeek#17. Do check it out -- you'll never hear the Rocket Man's song the same way again.
  • Ma Black, RadioActive's Tuesday night community co-host, called in from the University of Utah where conservative commentator Ben Shapiro was speaking and, simultaneously, counter demonstrations were happening.

  • Immigration reform and DACA concerns with:

    • Attorney Danny Quintana, who invites you to a panel discussion: “What Are We Going to Do About Immigration?” Thursday, October 5, 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the SJ Quinney College of Law, University of Utah. Free and open to the public, the panelists will also ask attendees for solutions in order to crowdsource a plan for immigration reform. Quintana hopes to replicate the event in communities across the country.

    • Amy Dominguez of Unidad Inmigrante, which will host a press conference on the south steps of the Utah Capitol at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, to Support Maria, Keep Families Together. A Utah mother with four children, ranging in age from 3 to 11, Maria Santiago Garcia is facing deportation despite arriving in Utah with a humanitarian permit 14 years ago. #KeepFamiliesTogether

  • Creative activism with musician Kate MacLeod, who shared a song from her new album Deep in the Sound of Terra and played live in the studio.

  • Lastly, a holistic approach to the built environment will be the topic of this year's 2017 Utah Sustainability Summit. RadioActive gets a preview with organizers Steve Klass of P3 Utah and architect Whitney Ward, representing the U.S. Green Building Council Utah Chapter.

    • Click here for more details and to register for the summit, which will be held Oct. 11-12 at the Falls Event Center at Trolley Square, SLC.