Happy Pioneer Day!
Pioneer Day commemorates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon settlers into Utah’s Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Looking for ways to celebrate your traditional Utah pioneer patriotism, your nontraditional Pie and Beer spirit or even your Pie’n’Queer baked good pride? Check out these options in Northern Utah, these events in Southern Utah, and these ideas in Utah County.
Action of the Week
No matter how you celebrate Pioneer Day, we encourage you to spend a moment thinking about the original Mormon pioneers — refugees fleeing from persecution to a land of safety, much like the Pilgrims before them, and millions of refugees since. With tens of thousands of refugees fleeing their homes across the world every day, YOU CAN BE PART OF THE SOLUTION FOR REFUGEES.
- Please read Holly’s Richardson’s excellent column in the SL Trib yesterday: “Every two seconds, someone in the world is forced from their home” asking Utahns to put aside their fears and be part of the solution for refugees. We agree!
- Support organizations helping refugees on the ground right here in Utah. We made it easy by listing them here.
1. BOOST CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN UTAH AND GET FREE STUFF! Time is running out, and our July membership drive is nearly over! We need 50 new Monthly Sustainers and 100 new Subscribers this month to support our work year round and grow our reach. Can you help us get there? If so, we have some free stuff to give you for helping to boost civic engagement in Utah! Find out more here.
2. IMPROVE MATERNAL POSTPARTUM CARE. Did you know that our nation has a rising maternal death rate from complications resulting from pregnancy and child birth? An important bill to decrease the number of deaths and severe complications from childbirth is gaining bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate.
- Ask your members of Congress to support the Maternal Health Accountability Act and the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act (S. 1112 and H.R. 1318) to reduce maternal mortality today! Sign this MomsRising petition and call your two senators and one U.S. House rep. Find contact info here.
3. SUPPORT EITC TO STRENGTHEN LOW INCOME FAMILIES. Did you see this great op-ed on intergenerational poverty in yesterday’s SL Trib by Vijay Mathur, professor of economics emeritus in Ogden? This kind of op-ed deserves a supportive response! EITC is proven to improve health, career, school and family outcomes while reducing intergenerational poverty. HB 57, which would have made Utah the 30th state to adopt EITC, passed votes in the Utah House and Senate, but failed to get funded in 2018.
- Write a letter to the editor of the Salt Lake Tribune to support Professor Emeritus Mathur’s op-ed and call on the Utah State legislature to commit the funding to help 25,000 Utah families rise out of poverty.
4. LEARN HOW TO WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR (LTE). Never written a LTE before? That’s okay! Join us for Letters & Lemonade on July 31st to get tips and tools on writing and submitting LTEs, plus info and talking points on key issues that need your voice. Space is limited, so get your tickets today!
5. VOLUNTEER FOR PROP 3! Utah Decides Healthcare has officially made it onto the ballot as Prop 3 to fully expand Medicaid in Utah. With several events coming up to spread the word about the ballot measure, Prop 3 could use your help! Click here to volunteer now.
- Letters & Lemonade – Tues, July 31st, 6:00-7:30p at Impact Hub, SLC. Join Action Utah for an evening of community and conversation to learn how to write letters to the editor that impact the issues. Tickets are going fast – get yours today!
- CCL Presents: “On the Road for Climate Action” – Mon, August 6th, 7:00p at the Provo City Library. As climate change continues to diminish our snowpack as well as adversely affect our forests and valleys here in Utah, Dr. Shahir Masri shares his insight on the effects of climate change on a worldwide scale. Includes a panel of scientists from BYU and UVU.
Have a great week!
Happy Pioneer Day — however you choose to celebrate it!
Co-Founder and Executive Director