A Toxic Tale 

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This week, you can attend a film screening of Semper Fi, Always Faithful, which explores the cover-up of a water contamination by the military around a Marine Corps base in North Carolina; a panel discussion will follow the screening. Later this week, it’s Interim Day at the Legislature, so you can drop by a whole mess of different committees. Looking ahead to Memorial Day weekend, you can plan to go camping for a cause with the Utah Tar Sands Resistance.

Semper Fi, Always Faithful Screening
Saturday, May 17

Check out this free film screening about toxic water and the betrayal of a military community that has given more than its share of service to this country. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion featuring authors Robert O’Dowd and Tim King, who wrote Betrayal: Toxic Exposures of U.S. Marines, Murder and Government Cover-Up (also see Essentials), and others, who will talk about the eco-crisis featured in the movie that may affect other military sites across the country.
Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, 801-556-0599, May 17, 2:30 p.m., SLCPL.org

Legislative Interim Day
Wednesday, May 21

It’s Interim Day on the Hill, and that means there’s a whole mess of committees that you can check out to see what your public officials are working on during this sausage-grinding off-season. The Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Interim Committee will hear a report on the costs and benefits of transferring public lands to state ownership, while the Health & Human Services Committee will consider the regulation of e-cigarettes. And those are just a few of the committees going on all day.
Utah Capitol, 350 N. State, 801-538-1029, May 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Le.Utah.gov

Memorial Day Weekend With the Tar-Sands Resistance
May 23-25

The beautiful PR Springs in central Utah are slated to be developed for the first tar-sands strip mine in the nation. This upcoming holiday weekend, why not connect with the land and the people fighting to protect it at a camp-out organized by the Utah Tar Sands resistance? You can roast marshmallows, discover allies and build solidarity.
To RSVP and help coordinate trip details, e-mail tarsandsresist@riseup.net, and visit TarSandsResist.org for more details.

Twitter: @EricSPeterson

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