Latino Day On The Hill
Latinos should have a voice, and the 2018 Latino Day on the Hill will celebrate their contributions and demonstrate their potential. Latinos account for half the population growth in the United States and 18 percent of the people. That's projected to be 29 percent by 2050. The sheer numbers portend growing political influence in our society. This bipartisan event is nonetheless sponsored by the Utah Republican Latino Coalition and will introduce the "Becky Lockhart Excellence in Achievement Scholarship" honoring the late Speaker of the House Rebecca Lockhart, and include speakers and cultural entertainment. Utah State Capitol, 350 N. State, 385-218-9070, Thursday, Feb. 22, 3-4:30 p.m., free, bit.ly/2GbehUd.
As the U.S. Supreme Court tries to figure out how to handle DACA, Utahns can rally for the cause. Lower courts have stopped the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, but the Justice Department is asking the high court to intervene before any federal appeals court weighs in. A Call For Solidarity: Rally for DACA, TPS & Human Rights has a list of 12 ambitious if unlikely demands, though they warrant attention from politicians who have yet to deal with immigration issues in a systematic way. From better conditions for ICE detainees to an end to all border walls, this rally spotlights the many illegal immigration issues the government has simply ignored—or created. The refugee crises in Iraq, Nicaragua and Syria are partly a result of U.S. actions. Utah State Capitol 350 N. State, Saturday, Feb. 24, 11a.m.-1 p.m., free, bit.ly/2GjXKxl.
Lobby For The Environment
Find out what threats face Utah's unique environment, especially the abundant and pristine waterways this legislative session. At Lobby Your Legislators Round 2, you will learn how the Legislature functions and how as citizens to lobby your representatives effectively. After the training, you can join the Utah Rivers Council to lobby legislators on those vital issues. Did you know, for instance, that the Green River was named the No. 2 most endangered river in the nation just a few years ago? Don't forget the Great Salt Lake. Pipelines, nuclear proposals and more are still on the table. Utah State Capitol Presentation Room (first floor off east entrance), 350 N. State, 801-486-4776, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 9:45 a.m.-1 p.m., free, bit.ly/2C2xt8m.