Events for Activist Groups

Discussion on Cultural Appropriation

Join PANDOS and Voices of Diversity on Monday March 27 from 6:30-8:30 pm as we have a thoughtful discussion on Cultural Appropriation. The talk will take place at the U of U Behavioral Science Building on 332 South 1400 East in SLC. 

Opening prayer : Butch Russell, PANDOS Spiritual Advisor
Event Moderator: Wazir Jefferson, Adjunct Instructor for the Masters of Public Administration Program 

Panel Discussion Presenters: 
1. Ella Mendoza, Co-Founder of Utah's Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement 
2. Heilala Fu'itahi Potesio, Utah Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Coalition
3. Brenda Dao, Graduate Assistant for the Women's Resource Center at the University of Utah
4. Carl Moore, PANDOS Chair

Panel discussion will be followed by audience questions and participation in the discussion. 
Please come with an open mind, willingness to learn, and the ability to recognize your own privileges.

This is a free event. No registration is required. See post in discussion for map of location. 

Buddy Wakefield at Poetry Slam Finals Salt City Slam, SLC's longest running poetry slam, will be sending a team to represent Salt Lake at the National Poetry Slam! The top 5 competitors will be Salt Lake's official poetry slam team! These poets have been competing all year to earn enough season points to take their place here, at finals stage. These poets are the best of the best spoken word artists in the salt lake valley! Hosted by none other than Jesse Parent!! Salt Lake Competitors: RJ Walker- 55 Shannielle- 31 Debbie- 29 Ashton Bell- 27 Bryce Wilson-27 Jose Soto- 27 Rebeca Mae - 23 Monica- 19 Alex Ostler- 17 Brian Earl- 16 Sacrifices Tayven Godfrey Kari Lindsey Before the slam kicks off, we'll have our featurd poets, Buddy Wakefield and Jamie DeWolf!! BUDDY WAKEFIELD is a three-time world champion spoken word artist featured on the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, ABC Radio National and signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals thanks to the support of anthropologist and producer Norman Lear then went on to share the stage with nearly every notable performance poet in the world in over 1500 venues internationally from The Great Lawn of Central Park, Zimbabwe’s Shoko Festival and Scotland’s Oran Mor to San Quentin State Penitentiary, House of Blues New Orleans and The Basement in Sydney, Australia. In the spring of 2001 Buddy left his position as the executive assistant at a biomedical firm in Gig Harbor, WA, sold or gave away everything he owned, moved to the small town of Honda Civic and set out to live for a living, touring North American poetry venues through 2003. He has not yet stopped. Having spent most of his career based in Seattle, WA, now claiming Los Angeles, CA as home, Buddy has been a busker in Amsterdam, a lumberjack in Norway, a street vendor in Spain, a team leader in Singapore, a re-delivery boy, a candy maker, a street sweeper, a bartender, a maid, a construction worker, a bull rider, an incredibly slow triathlete and a facilitator at Quantum Learning Network. He loves peanut butter, power napping, chopping wood and Vipassana meditation. Wakefield is a writer, elated son of a guitar repair woman, wingman of Giant Saint Everything and pays attention. An author at Write Bloody Publishing and an original Board of Directors member with Youth Speaks Seattle, Buddy is published internationally in dozens of books with work used to win multiple national collegiate debate and forensics competitions. Wakefield, who is not concerned with what poetry is or is not, delivers raw, rounded, disarming performances of humor and heart. JAMIE DEWOLF is a writer, performer, film director, teaching artist, show producer and circus ringmaster from Oakland, CA. Known for his fast paced mix of stand up, theater and hip hop with a style called “over-the-top, raw and raucous” with “moving, intense verse”, DeWolf “brings that same inimitable, avant-garde style to everything he does.” He first exploded into national prominence in the competitive lyrical battles of poetry slams, winning his first title on the Oakland Slam team in 1999. The team went on to win the Western Regional Championships and made the Finals Stage the same year. DeWolf went on to become the Oakland and Berkeley Grand Slam Champion, and the champion of the Lyrical Death Match, Ill List, Chi-Town Classic, the Battle of the Bay, Indie Slam Showdown, the $1000 Berkeley Grand Slam, and the War of Words Tag Team Bout. He won his way onto Bay Area slam teams every year he competed, and is also an Individual finalist for the International World Championship and the New Word Series.

Folklore in Honor of Water

On April 21, 2017 from 6-8pm, PANDOS will be presenting “Folklore In Honor of Water” at the Downtown Salt Lake City Library Nancy Tessman Auditorium on 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT. Different performers will present dance, music, or storytelling that specifically highlight the reverence of water in traditional cultures. Some of the cultural traditions that will be represented include Bolivia, India, Afro Brazilian , Native American traditions, Haiti, Pacific Islanders, Ukrainian, African storytelling, and more.

All proceeds from this event will go towards supporting PANDOS in its non-profit work to fulfill its mission: “PANDOS peacefully advocates for basic human and environmental rights, primarily Native and Indigenous rights. By organizing support and education, we encourage dialogue and the protection of our shared home‚Äč”. PANDOS is looking to apply for our non profit status and this fundraiser will help to pay for our application for the non profit status and our operating costs. 
Tickets available online:

Guest Author David Owen

The Colorado River is a crucial resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States. It supplies water to thirty-six million people, eight major cities, and six million acres of farmland. It powers hydroelectric plants, fills the country's two biggest man-made reservoirs, and supports recreational activities worth $26 billion a year. So much water gets diverted from the Colorado as it winds through the southwest that its historical delta, once a verdant wetland, has become a million acre desert. In Where the Water Goes, David Owen takes readers on an adventure downriver, along a labyrinth of man-made waterways, back roads, and RV parks, to the spot near the U. S.-Mexico border where the river runs dry. Owen's story is crucial to our future: how a patchwork of engineering marvels, byzantine legal agreements, aging infrastructure, and neighborly cooperation enables life to flourish in the desert, and the disastrous consequences we face when any part of this tenuous system fails. This is a Cadillac Desert for the twenty-first century; an engaging and informative account of the American West's water crisis that students, policy makers, and anyone who's curious and concerned about our water will turn to for years to come. Join us in welcoming renowned New Yorker writer David Owen to the Millcreek Community Library (2266 E. Evergreen Avenue, Salt Lake City) on Friday, April 21st! Owen will be discussing, answering questions about, and signing copies of his new book, Where the Water Goes. Bring your ideas and questions to this engaging and important discussion - this event is free and open to the public. Pre-order your copy of Where the Water Goes now by calling The Printed Garden at 385-695-2042; copies will also be available for sale the evening of the event!

Yellowstone to Uintas Connection - Conserving Wildlife Corridors

Wasatch Packtivists hosts a presentation from Yellowstone to Uintas Connection, a nonprofit conservation group working to protect and restore the unique and irreplaceable wildlife corridor in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming that connects the Yellowstone Ecosystem to the Uinta Wilderness and Southern Rockies. Our underfunded and understaffed public land management agencies, the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and State agencies are not restoring these degraded lands, wildlife populations and native plant communities, but are continuing unsustainable management without adequate science, regulation, monitoring or accountability. Much of Y2U Connection work is driven by the current actions of these agencies. Join us to learn about the current projects that Yellowstone to Uintas Connection is working on in this corridor.

Nasty Women Utah

Nasty Women is a global art movement that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. With over forty fundraising art exhibitions taking place around the United States and abroad, Nasty Women Exhibitions also serve to support organizations defending these rights and to be a platform for organization and resistance. The purpose of this show is to raise funds for Planned Parenthood Utah and peacefully protest a Trump presidency through art and community.


"Oriented" is a feature documentary that follows the lives of three gay Palestinian friends confronting their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv. Determined to "change their reality," the three best friends form a group called "Qambuta", a non-violent, cultural resistance movement fighting for gender and national equality. Through their activism, they address what it means to grow up with the burden of a multi-faceted identity.

Jackson: Film Screening and Discussion

Amid threats to close the last clinic in Mississippi that provides abortion, Jackson captures the essential and hard truth of life at the center of America’s ongoing reproductive healthcare debate. Join Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) and the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences (LABS) for a screening of this award winning documentary followed by a panel discussion moderated by Drs. Leslie Francis and Kirtly Jones. Refreshments + mingling, 6:00pm Movie, 6:30-8:00pm Expert Panel w/those at the frontlines, 8:00pm Donations will be accepted for MSFC/LABS through