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Citizen Revolt: April 18

Join the fight to end tar sand strip mining. Hear from Utah's foremost climate and land organizations. Plus, join the community in a rally for housing.



Join the battle to protect the state's public lands from a barren future. Through May, Tar Sands Thursdays offer meetings to discuss and share information on the fight to end tar sand strip mining in Utah. "We will research and share information on the connections between the tar sands, the governor's office, the CIB (community investment board), SITLA, and the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition," the event's website says. Tar sands are an increasingly common, expensive and dirty source of oil. Sadly, a large supply of these oil sands is found in eastern Utah. Millcreek Community Center, 2266 E. Evergreen Ave., Millcreek, Thursday, April 18, 3-5 p.m., free,

Public lands, gas exploration, the air you breathe. These are all immediate problems facing Utahns today. The Church & State's Earth Week: Utah Climate Initiatives Panel will take you step-by-step through what can be done in the fight against climate change. The panel, including Breathe Utah, HEAL Utah and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, follows the award-winning Wild Utah screening. The 14-minute documentary is what SUWA calls "an advocacy film for Utah's last remaining wild places. ... This film takes the viewer through the diverse landscape and draws upon diverse voices to tell the story of why these lands are worth protecting, why oil-and-gas production, off-road vehicle use, mining, and even politicians are risking the integrity of the landscape, and what can be done to ensure these public lands are protected for generations to come." Church & State, 370 S. 300 East, Tuesday, April 23, 6-9 p.m., free,

As Salt Lake City witnesses unprecedented growth and a building boom, we often forget the people left behind. Salt Lake seems to be building for businesses and wealthy residents. Community members will gather in a Rally for Housing Justice to demand action, share stories and connect. "Join us in raising our voices in City Council Chambers, and telling the council that they must take appropriate measures to put equity and justice back into housing," the event's website says. While they realize that some measures are in process, housing equity includes issues "that interrelate to housing, i.e. wealth inequity, transportation, zoning (inclusionary zoning), corporate development efforts, homelessness, policing, and cost of higher education and student-loan debt." Salt Lake City and County Building, 451 S. State, Tuesday, April 23, 6-9 p.m., free,