It's not over till it's over. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rode through Bears Ears National Monument on a horse, totally missing the protests that preceded his entrance. But you still have a chance to make your voice heard, even if he's ignored the five tribes of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition. You can commit to 45 days of protest on your own terms and tweet him @SecretaryZinke. Contact your representatives and tell them to stand up to the Trump administration on public lands (find out who they are at whoismyrepresentative.com). Organize a house party to write letters to Zinke and get 10 friends to call and tweet him or contact their representatives. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance wants to know what you've done, so email firstname.lastname@example.org with a photo.
It's pretty obvious that Americans aren't listening to each other. How about you being the one to start? Join Utah for the New Conservative Movement at its More Perfect Union Constitution Rally. They maintain that, as American citizens, you're responsible to ensure that government works to "establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity." This is billed as a nonpartisan rally (read: Evan McMullin) to show our representatives that we expect them to abide by the Constitution, and to remind citizens that it's important to study and stand ready to defend it. Give it a try. Utah State Capitol, 350 N. State, Saturday, May 13, 1-2 p.m., free, bit.ly/2p31LBY
POLICY IN A PUB
Now here's a stand-up idea for Utah: Talk policy in a pub. Specifically, you can bend the ears of three movers in the education conversation: State Sen. Ann Millner, UEA President Heidi Matthews and State Superintendent of Education Sydnee Dickson. They're stopping by—maybe not to drink, but you can—to talk about how best to increase the money going to public schools. Snacks are courtesy of event organizers at Policy in a Pub: Education Funding. Is the answer local property taxes, increased income taxes (as the Our Schools Now ballot initiative proposes), undoing a 1996 change to the state constitution, or something they haven't thought of yet? Squatters Pub Brewery, 147 W. 300 South, 801-355-1400, Wednesday, May 17, 5-6:30 p.m., free, register at conta.cc/2pMxVAL