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Citizen Revolt: June 14

Have your voice heard about the pending inland port; learn how to help fight hunger and don't forget about the latest interim session.

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Inland Port Protest
Here's a chance to stick it to "the man." The secretive Inland Port Authority will hold its first meeting, and still has no plans to engage the public. "Ever since the bill creating the port authority was passed in the last hours of the legislative session without public debate—they've been keeping us out of the conversation," the event's Facebook page says. The plan, fashioned in the final hours of the legislative session, took authority away from Salt Lake City and leaves the fragile lands around the Great Salt Lake in jeopardy. Then there's the traffic, air pollution and other problems that accompany a huge trucking center. This is the worst example of governing by fiat. Say "NO" to a polluting SLC Inland Port! Utah Capitol, 350 N. State, 801-803-9882, Monday, June 18, 8-10 a.m., free, bit.ly/2HtNmTL.

Answering Hunger
Make Hunger Visible will be talking with representatives of the LDS Church about What Services Are Available at Welfare Square? All clients and volunteers of Crossroads Urban Center should come to this discussion and have their questions answered. Utah has an overall food-insecurity rate of11.9 percent—this statistic looks at all households. Utah has a childhood food-insecurity rate of20.4percent, which just accounts for the households with children, according to the USDA and the 2010 U.S. Census. Crossroads Urban Center, 347 S. 400 East, 801-364-7765, Tuesday, June 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m., free, bit.ly/2xXXHI8.

Education Advocacy At Interim Session
The Legislature's Interim Session is often where things happen—with or without you. This month, you can learn how to take part in education advocacy and how state policy issues can affect you and your community. "Hear from educators, legislators and Action Utah leaders about education policy issues and how to advocate for your needs in education as a parent, teacher or concerned Utahn," according to the event's website. There will be a Capitol tour at this Interim Session Tour of the State Capitol: Education Advocacy, and you can attend some public committee hearings that run from 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Utah Capitol, 350 N. State, Senate Building cafeteria, Wednesday, June 20, noon-1 p.m., free/registration required, bit.ly/2sSdFxs.

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