posted on 7/9/2013 by the Salt City Sinner
It’s another beautiful summer in Salt City, which has enjoyed such robust temperatures for the last few weeks that I’m half-surprised that Temple Square’s golden angel Moroni hasn’t liquefied like a doomed Rocket Pop.
After my harrowing abduction at the hands of our first brony President, there has been plenty to keep me busy, so my apologies for the absence – rest assured that Salt City Sinner was simply biding its time, and has not gone into remission.
Plenty to keep me busy, and there’s plenty to keep you busy, too, if you feel the inexplicable urge to emerge from your (hopefully) air-conditioned shelter. Here’s a quick rundown of some of my favorite upcoming events.
SALT LAKE HARM REDUCTION PROJECT MEETING, 7/10/2013
The Salt Lake Harm Reduction Project is just getting started, so if you want to get in on the ground floor, come out and meet these folks. Harm reduction is an approach to drug and alcohol abuse that seeks to minimize the negative consequences of risky behavior – overdoses, STDs – rather than engage in prohibition. Think of it as a sex ed approach to these issues rather than an abstinence-only one.
Kafeneio Coffee House, 7 PM
238 W. 3300 South. Salt Lake City
SUWA BACKYARD BASH, 7/17/2013
The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, which is celebrating it’s 30th birthday this year, is one of Utah’s most important and influential environmental organizations. If you’re concerned with green issues, or just want to enjoy eats and drinks with an assortment of friendly (but concerned!) citizens, drop by. Technically, it might be a good idea to RSVP here for this event.
Wyss Wilderness House, 6 PM
425 E. 100 S. Salt Lake City
THE GLORIOUS RETURN OF ANARCHIST MOVIE NIGHT, 7/19/2013
Anarchist Movie Night is one of the newest and by far one of my favorite Salt City traditions. This year will see a variety of films on a variety of subjects – this time around, the film in question is “The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation." AMN will convene periodically to show films and have discussions on a variety of topics of interest to anarchists, anti-authoritarians, and other various followers of conservative talk radio.
University of Utah Union Theater, 6 PM
Salt Lake City
TIM DECHRISTOPHER: INJUSTICE IN THE PRISON SYSTEM, 7/19/2013
Climate activist folk hero, civil disobedience exemplar and musclebound badass Tim DeChristopher served two years in prison for disrupting a public lands auction in 2008 (full disclosure: Tim is a friend of my sister’s). Tim’s time in prison was influential on his beliefs and his approach to climate justice, but this event will focus specifically on prison issues (for another excellent organization devoted to prison issues, check out the Salt Lake Anarchist Black Cross or Utah Prison Watch .
Kafein Coffee House, 7 PM
238 West 3300 South Salt Lake City UT
LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF UTAH MONTHLY HANGOUT, 7/25/2013
Support your local third party! As you may recall, I endorsed W. Andrew McCullough for Utah Attorney General in the 2012 election, and I voted for him, too. While I don’t agree with libertarians on many economic issues (other than ending crony capitalism), their social platform is awesome, and libertarians form a formidable contingent within Occupy Salt Lake. Their monthly hangout is a fun way to meet and talk to a real live libertarian – in the flesh, they are invariably awesome people in my experience.
Kafein Coffee House, 6 PM
238 W. 3300 S. Salt Lake City
Remember fellow workers – sunblock, ice water, a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses. Mighty Sol, the indifferent ruler of our solar system, broods ever onward from his throne in the sky. You can try to appease him, but it’s a lot easier just to avoid his lethal gaze.