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Monument Rally

Coat Exchange, LGBTQ Youth Summit and more.

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Monument Rally
Guess who's coming to Utah? It's President Donald Trump, who apparently can't wait to slash Utah's national monuments—specifically Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante, in case you're wondering. There might be more, but "you'll find out," as the president likes to say. Utah Diné Bikéyah, Kids Speak for Parks, the Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance and other groups sponsoring the Rally Against Trump's Monumental Mistake say, "This action is illegal, unwarranted and dismisses the more than 2.8 million people that petitioned President Trump to keep our national monuments fully intact. It is also an affront to Native American tribes." Bring your #SaveGrandStaircase and #StandWithBearsEars signs. T-shirts are available, too. Utah State Capitol, 350 N. State, 385-202-4954, 801-631-1384, Saturday, Dec. 2, 1-2:30 p.m., free, bit.ly/2zaob9m.

Coat Exchange
Baby, it's cold outside, and the homeless know it's only going to get worse. If you have a coat or if you need a coat for what's coming, Pioneer Park is the place for you. This Coat Exchange is a different kind of Black Friday event, taking on the flipside of consumerism. All winter clothing items are welcome. If you're a little wary of Pioneer Park itself, check out the donation centers listed on the Coat Exchange website. Leftover clothing will be donated to Crossroads Urban Center, which advocates for low-income and homeless people. Pioneer Park, 350 S. 300 West, 801-502-1991, Friday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., free, coatexchange.org.

LGBTQ Youth Summit
Alienation, bullying, suicide—let's not go there. Instead, encourage youths 14-18 years old to find a place where they can affirm friendships, build community and foster creativity. Ignite is a statewide summit geared to LGBTQ youth, their friends and families, and seeks to build community and self-worth for kids who otherwise might be relegated to the fringes of Utah's conservative society. "Affirming parents, counselors and school administrators are welcome to attend and will have breakout sessions, including a Q&A with [Encircle] executive director Stephenie Larsen," organizers state.Ignite also includes celebrity performers, games, dinner, live music, and more. Utah Valley University Classroom Building, 815 College Drive, Orem, 951-514-9708, Saturday, Dec. 2, 12-8 p.m., free, bit.ly/2j2qRer.

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