Celebrate a big victory!
On May 16th Governor Herbert held a ceremonial signing of H.C.R. 007 – the first ever climate resolution in a red state and the first official acknowledgement of climate change by our elected officials in Utah. Action Utah is proud of our work crafting a resolution that fits Utah culture and beliefs and building bridges to garner the support needed to make progress on what has historically been a controversial and politically risky issue. We’re proud of you too for your advocacy to help get this resolution passed — good job, Utah!
1. Support a candidate THIS WEEK. Primary elections are coming right up! Often in Utah (in our many districts where there is a supermajority of one party), the general election is actually decided in the primary. If ever there was a time to help a candidate you support, NOW IS THAT TIME!
- Volunteer to help a candidate – even for an hour or two – this week. Can’t volunteer? Offer a donation, put up a lawn sign and tell all your friends about the candidate you love.
2. Register to vote by the May 29th deadline. ‘Tis the season to pay attention to voter registration deadlines and get yourself registered to be able to vote in primary elections. Registering to vote can take as little as 30 seconds! Click here to find out how to register to vote. Click here to find out who can vote in what primary.
- May 29 – Deadline to register to vote by mail. This is also the deadline for new registrants in Utah to affiliate as a Republican and qualify to vote in the GOP primaries. Affiliated voters may change party affiliation up until May 30th.
- June 19th – Deadline to register to vote online or in person
3. Thank your legislator for voting YES on H.C.R. 007! Good deeds ought to be rewarded. Even if you wish our climate resolution was stronger, even if you think it should have happened long ago, and especially because passage of the first climate resolution in a red state was a giant leap for many of our state legislators, saying thank you is an important way to support forward momentum on an issue a majority of Utahns believe in.
- Click here to find out how your legislator voted and how to contact them.
- Write a letter to the editor to commend the legislature and Governor for passing the first ever climate resolution in a red state. More information.
4. Subscribe to your local paper. Studies show that civic engagement is strongly linked to local news consumption, as those who closely follow local news are more highly attached to their communities. Yet local newspapers are declining. SL Tribune recently announced significant layoffs in its newsroom.
- Support your civic engagement AND your local paper by subscribing and giving subscriptions as gifts to your friends and family.
5. Thank Mia Love for standing up for a vote on Dreamers. Congress is clamoring for a vote on Dreamer legislation. The Freedom Caucus sank the Farm Bill on Friday over their desire to prioritize a decision on immigration reform. Additionally, group of GOP representatives has been defying party leadership by calling for a vote on a CRA to define the status of Dreamers at long last. Rep. Mia Love (UT04) is one of about 20 Republicans breaking with their party to force a vote on DACA.
- Thank Rep. Mia Love for standing up for Dreamers and pursuing policy in line with the beliefs of a majority of Utahns and Americans.
6. Spread the word about suicide resources. With the recent tragic rash of youth suicides, it is critical to spread the word to communities about resources available to help struggling teens and adults. According to the SL Tribune, “Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts is asked to call the 24-Hour National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Utah also has crisis lines statewide, and the SafeUT app offers immediate crisis intervention services for youths and a confidential tip program.”
- Share these resources with people in need and especially on social media to get the word out and provide help to struggling community members.
- May 29th and 30th – Candidate debates hosted by ABU Education Fund (Democratic HD24 and SD2) and the (congressional and senate).
- Action Utah’s Click here for more info and to register today. ducation Advocacy. Wed, June 20th, 12:00-1:00p. Join us at the Hill as Action Utah leaders demystify the legislative branch and political process and give you a tour the State Capitol Campus. You’ll have the opportunity to sit in on a public committee meeting of your choice. In the spotlight: Education advocacy can be confusing and opaque. We’ll walk you through ways YOU can impact education policy. Registration is free, but space is limited.
PRIMARY ELECTION DATES TO REMEMBER
- May 29th: Deadline to register to vote by mail
- May 30th: Deadline to change party affiliation (unaffiliated voters may still affiliate at a polling location after May 30th and qualify to vote in the GOP primary)
- June 5th: Mail in ballots sent out to voters
- June 12-22: In-person early voting
- June 19, 2018: Last day to register to vote online or at your county clerk’s office
- June 26th: Primary Election!
Do you want to take your advocacy a step further?
Action Utah provides opportunities for community members who want to make an even bigger impact. Contact us to learn more. And remember, your voice can be powerful!
Yours in action,
Andrea & Katie
Co-Founders, Action Utah
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