This page features a list of upcoming rallies and grassroots resources curated by KRCL’s RadioACTive team. Featured events ≠ endorsement. Information adapted and abridged from public listings posted by organizers. All times Mountain unless otherwise indicated. Check with the organizer for the latest info on rallies and resources in this list. *******Many events are held by organizations seeking donations or raising funds for their causes. KRCL neither vets nor endorses them, so be sure to follow best practices when evaluating such requests, consult your own advisors, and proceed at your own risk.*******
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M-F, Jan. 16–Mar. 1:
General Session of the Utah Legislature. In addition to tracking legislation via the Utah State Legislature's website (your tax dollars at work), check out the following organizations and their bill trackers to keep educating yourself about The People's Business in Utah:
Great Salt Lake Vigil at the Capitol 2024. Walk the Waves M-F @ 8:00 a.m. and Celebrate the Species M-F @ 5:00 p.m. "Help us make our great love for Great Salt Lake visible during the 2024 Utah State Legislative Session! We need many hearts and hands! We need some lake friends to carry the waves around the Capitol and others to activate bird and brine shrimp puppets that will represent the many beyond-human lives that are at stake along with our own. Sign up for one day or three or every day of the vigil. We will be glad to be with you on the steps!
Thursday, February 22:
Last Day of Sema Hadithi: Black Soldiers of Utah Exhibit @ Utah Cultural Celebration Center, Crescent Gallery, 1355 W. 3100 S., SLC. Free Admission, Monday-Thursday 9a-7p, Friday-Saturday 9a-4p. "Since the days that this land was Mexican Territory, Black People have been soldiers upon it. Come experience a slice of Utah's history and meet a few of the soldiers who have served in or lived in Utah. This collection, curated by the Sema Hadithi Foundation, is comprised of three exhibits: Presenting the Allensworths of Fort Douglas, Fathers of Freedom: Utah's Black Veterans, and Buffalo Soldiers of Utah.
Rural Day on the Hill, 10:30a-2:30p at Utah State Capitol Building, 350 N. State St., SLC. Event by HEAL Utah and Rural Utah Project: "This event offers you a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights into the legislative process and hands-on experience in shaping legislation that impacts rural communities across our beautiful state. Can't make it in person? No problem! You can participate virtually, allowing you to join the event from the comfort of your own home or workplace. Whether you're passionate about rural issues, new to advocacy, or looking to deepen your understanding of how to create positive change, Rural Day on the Hill is the place to be. This is free training and is open to all ages."
SLCC Black Student Union's Cultural Fashion Show, 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Student Event Center, Taylorsville Redwood Campus, 4600 S. Redwood Rd. "This is an opportunity for us to learn each other’s culture and experience fashion through different lenses. We would like for you all to participate and take part in the fashion show. To do so choose an outfit, and Sign Up here."
Let Utah Read Read-in at the Utah Capitol, 3:00-6:00 p.m. "Come to the Utah Capitol Rotunda for a read-in to support Utahns’ right to read! We'll begin with a community reading hour in the Rotunda between 3pm and 4pm followed by a great lineup of authors and other speakers. This is a BYOB: Bring your own book event! This event is brought to you by Let Utah Read, a joint partnership with PEN America, ACLU, Utah Library Association, EveryLibrary, and the Salt Lake Education Association (SLEA)."
Race in the Roberts Court: Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, 12:15-1:30 p.m., online and in-person, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah. "In this lecture, Khiara M. Bridges, JD, PhD, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law, will argue that the U.S. Supreme Court’s impoverished conceptualization of what 'counts' as racism against people of color is a strategy that the Court deploys to accomplish regressive ends. This constrained understanding of racism permits the Court to do nothing to destabilize and disestablish the country’s existing racial hierarchy. When confronted with a claim of racial discrimination, the Court appears to be simply determining whether the alleged discrimination resembles what the country did in the pre-Civil Rights Era. If the Court sees a resemblance between the present-day harm and the racism of yesteryear, the Court provides relief. If it sees no resemblance, it provides no relief. The lecture will use the Court’s recent decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Center, reversing Roe v. Wade, to make the argument. Lunch provided for in-person attendees." Free and open to the public. 1 hour CLE (pending). To reserve your free seat, click here.
Great Salt Lake Advocacy Panel Discussion, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 20 S. West Temple St., SLC. "In conjunction with UMOCA's exhibition, As the Lake Fades, join three environmental advocates as they discuss the Great Salt Lake and its past, present, and future importance to the Salt Lake Valley. Panelists include Laura Briefer, Director of the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities; Darren Parry, former chairman of Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation and visiting professor in the Environmental Humanities department at the University of Utah; and Jake Serago, a Utah Division of Water Resources hydrologist who works closely with the Lake. This conversation is part of a series of community talks around environmental issues facing Utahns today. Using the exhibit As the Lake Fades and the Great Salt Lake as a starting point, this series of programs emphasizes the importance of research, data, and community engagement to understand and mitigate human-caused environmental disasters, focusing not only on the problems but on sustainable, equitable, and creative solutions to address them." FREE and open to the public, however, an RSVP is requested.
Palestine Is Still The Issue Screening, 6:00 p.m. at Anderson-Foothill Branch Library, 1135 South 2100 East, Salt Lake City "There will be a free film screening of John Pilger's award winning documentary, "Palestine is Still the Issue." Q&A to follow. Attend, engage, and learn more about the past 57 years of brutal military occupation of Palestine."
Friday, February 23:
Saturday, February 24:
Black Excellence, 11a-3p. "Embark on a day of Black Excellence with us! Join us on the 6TH FLOOR of the University of Utah, S.J. Quinley Law Building, for an immersive experience. Be captivated by youth performances, engage in family activities, explore the re-imagined Black Wall Street Resource Fair, participate in enlightening health discussions, and be moved by powerful poetry. Savor a delectable lunch, expertly catered by Taste of Louisiana and Southern Smoke BBQ. Come together for a joyous celebration of Black Utah!" For tickets, click here.
2024 Tools and Spools - Free DIY Tool and Garment Repair, 10a-12p at Wasatch Community Gardens Campus, 629 E. 800 S., SLC. "Give your garden tools and outdoor clothes new life before spring hits! Green Urban Lunch Box, Patagonia and Wasatch Community Gardens are teaming up to offer this free, drop-in community event. Join us anytime between 10am - 12pm to explore creative options for revamping your old tools and clothing, and keep them out of the trash! For tools, we will have stations for hand tool and shovel sharpening, and oiling of wooden handles. Restore your tools with hands-on coaching from Wasatch Community Gardens' staff, who will share their tool care tips and tricks while you work on your tools yourself. For clothing, mending experts from the Green Urban Lunch Box and Patagonia will repair your outdoor clothes and workwear. From busted knees to broken zippers, their menders can give new life to your beloved garments. Sewing machines will be on site to mend your clothes, and menders will give tutorials and answer questions about the importance of repairing instead of buying new. Bring whatever clothes need a refresh, and they’ll do their best to have you out in the garden in your freshly mended fabrics this spring. This is a FREE event, though we kindly ask that you register so we can anticipate attendance numbers." To register, click here.
Last day of Sema Hadithi: Black Soldiers of Utah Exhibit @ Utah Cultural Celebration Center, Crescent Gallery, 1355 W. 3100 S., SLC. Free Admission, Monday-Thursday 9a-7p, Friday-Saturday 9a-4p. "Since the days that this land was Mexican Territory, Black People have been soldiers upon it. Come experience a slice of Utah's history and meet a few of the soldiers who have served in or lived in Utah. This collection, curated by the Sema Hadithi Foundation, comprises three exhibits: Presenting the Allensworths of Fort Douglas, Fathers of Freedom: Utah's Black Veterans, and Buffalo Soldiers of Utah."
Last day of Mosaic of Christ Art Exhibit @ Writ & Vision, 274 W. Center St., Provo. A groundbreaking collection of global depictions of Jesus Christ. Gallery open Thur-Sat 12:00-8:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, March 6:
Black Bold & Brilliant presents Into the Weeds. Dewayne "Lee" Johnson vs. Monsanto Company, 7:00 p.m. at The City Library, 210 E. 400 S., SLC. Featuring a Q&A moderated by the BBB team with the film’s director, Jennifer Baichwal. Does the most widely used weed killer in the world cause cancer? Into the Weeds: Dewayne “Lee” Johnson vs. Monsanto Company follows the story of groundskeeper Lee Johnson and his fight for justice against agrichemical giant Monsanto (now Bayer, which bought the company in 2018), the manufacturer of the weed killer, Roundup. Blending interviews, trial footage, news coverage, and vérité, the film follows the progression of this groundbreaking trial, while also telescoping out to understand both the ubiquity of use and its global repercussions.
Saturday, March 16:
Monday, April 1:
Deadline for Craft Lake City D-I-Y Festival Applications: At the 16th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Presented By Harmons, you can display and sell your handcrafted wares, connect with an incredibly talented group of other local makers, artisans, vintage vendors, foodies, youth entrepreneurs, performers & STEM exhibitors — all while building your business & befriending thousands of local dedicated DIY Fest patrons! Applications are open to Utah residents until Monday, April 1, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. MST. Start your application and check out our scholarship options today!
Radioactive and the Talanoa way with guest host, Kamaile Tripp-Harris of the Island Wave Podcast. Tune in and dive deep into Utah's Pasifika culture as Kamaile talkstory with Daela Taeoalii-Tipton on her recent trip to COP28 in Dubai. Then connects with Princess Bombyck of the University of Utah and Rose Park Clinical Community Health Worker who is supporting Medical Students in their clerkship and connecting them with patients to support their wellness.READ MORE
Grassroots activists gear up for the Utah legislative season. Tune in to hear how you can get involved with the Sierra Club of Utah's Community Advocates Program, a Rally to Save Our Great Salt Lake, and GSL vigils. Audubon Society on its annual Christmas Bird Count. Plus, RadioACTive's Valene MC with a Russian Orthodox Christmas story.READ MORE
Utah Snow Survey's Jordan Clayton rates the weekend snow storms and whether we can make it all up by spring! Plus, Land + Water with Chef Bleu Adams and friends, and Native Gardens gets ready to bow at Pioneer Theatre Co.READ MORE
Saving Great Salt Lake, transparency and the Utah Inland Port, the unintended consequences of Utah's strict abortion laws -- yes, it's a preview of the 2024 General Session of the Utah Legislature. Featuring Utah Representatives Gay Lynn Bennion (D-41), Rosemary Lesser (D-100, and Christine Watkins (R-67).READ MORE