If you are among a marginalized community, you might want to learn how to lobby the Legislature effectively. At Utah Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Coalition & U of U Gender Studies Community Lobbying Training, you can hear from a community lobbyist and meet some legislators to help you navigate the halls of the Capitol. For Pacific Islanders, under-representation and marginalization in social, cultural and political spheres has been the norm. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are among the fastest-growing populations in the United States, and also one of the most important electorates. It's time to have a voice. State Capitol, 350 N. State, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 5-7 p.m., free, bit.ly/2EM35Qm.
FIGURING OUT PROP 2
Yeah, there was a compromise on the medical cannabis initiative, but you might be surprised at what comes now. How do we keep patients and their caregivers protected, and what does the law—and a legal challenge to it—mean for Utahns? At Unpacking the New Medical Cannabis Law: A Patients Perspective, you'll hear from a panel of experts who will tell it like it is. Don't miss former Salt Lake Mayor Rocky Anderson, who is suing to maintain the integrity of the initiative. Former state Sen. Steve Urquhart will moderate the panel which includes Andrew Talbott, pain physician and TRUCE board member; Christine Stenquist, patient advocate and TRUCE founder; and Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill. Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave., Park City, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 6:30-8 p.m., free, bit.ly/2rRrJaC.
WOMEN'S ADVOCACY SEMINAR
Forget the War on Christmas. The real war seems to be on women—keeping them in their place and making sure they're seen as objects rather than contributing members of society. The Women's Advocacy Seminar is a lunchtime event filled with tips and information about bills you can successfully impact during the upcoming legislative session. You will hear from some state legislators as well as Pat Jones, former state senator and CEO of Women's Leadership Institute; Erin Jemison, Utah director of Public Policy at YWCA; and Andrea Himoff, executive director of Action Utah. Bring a bag lunch to this ticketed event, which requires you to reserve now. Salt Lake Chamber, Board Room, 175 E. 400 South, Ste. 600, Wednesday, Jan. 9, noon, $20, bit.ly/2Q3JTzj.