Activists helped halt construction at the site of what could become Utah's first tar-sands strip mine, and now, Peaceful Uprising is extending an invitation for people to come out to the wilderness next to the mine site and take part in hands-on training for running campaigns for social change. This coming week, Salt Lakers will want to drop in on a school-board meeting to weigh in on a proposed property-tax increase to fund education, and West Valley City residents should check out a city-council hearing about the coming year's budget proposal.
Campaign Field School
Twenty-one activists were arrested for blocking machinery intended to be used to build Utah's first tar-sands strip mine, adjacent to the picturesque Book Cliffs in central Utah. This direct action was just the beginning, and Peaceful Uprising is regrouping and inviting new activist groups and individuals to schedule a time to visit the protest camp at the mine site—50 miles south of Vernal—to learn how to organize a campaign for social change. Participants can enjoy some pristine country while also learning skills such as nonviolent direct-action tactics, filmmaking and using social media to get their message heard.
Visit PeacefulUprising.org to learn more, and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a training weekend
Salt Lake City Board of Education
Thursday, Aug. 7
Utah schools tend to stack classes deep and teach 'em cheap. The Salt Lake City School District, however, is proposing a property-tax increase to fund education that residents should weigh in on. The increase would equal $54.17 in additional property taxes for an average $250,000 home. For a $250,000 business, the tax increase would add $98.50 in new taxes.
Salt Lake City Board of Education, 440 E. 100 South, 801-578-8332, Aug. 7, 7 p.m., SLCSchools.org
West Valley City Council
Tuesday, Aug. 12
West Valley City is holding a hearing on the coming year's budget. This is your time to see where your hard-earned money is going before the city starts paying its bills.
West Valley City Hall, 3600 Constitution Blvd., 801-966-3600, Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m., WVC-Ut.gov