Activism Cures Summer Doldrums 

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Don’t let the heat beat your activism into siesta mode this summer. Swing by an all-volunteer meet-up for Peaceful Uprising, an advocacy group keeping an eye on many progressive causes in Utah, and find a cause that calls to you. Later on this week, the West Jordan City Council will talk about a variety of issues, including new law-enforcement funding and providing a rent-free lease to the South Valley Sanctuary domestic-violence shelter. This week, you can also start preparing yourself for a mid-month 5K to help raise funds for sick and underprivileged kids.

Peace-Up All-volunteer Meeting
Monday, July 7

Get involved in campaigns for social and ecological justice across the state by dropping by this meeting. Whether it’s working on compassionate immigration reform or railing against plans to develop Utah’s first functioning tar-sands strip mine, Peaceful Uprising lets you choose your own progressive adventure.
Mestizo Coffeehouse, 641 W. North Temple, July 7, 6:30-8 p.m., PeacefulUprising.org

West Jordan City Council
Wednesday, July 9

West Jordanians should stop by this council as they discuss rezoning several neighborhoods from higher to lower density and also weigh in on some important funding considerations. One is a plan to use roughly $20,000 in city funds, plus a federal grant, to buy a 3-D scanner for crime scenes. The other is to approve a rent-free lease for the nonprofit South Valley Sanctuary domestic-violence shelter and service provider.
West Jordan City Hall, 8000 S. Redwood Road, 801-569-5117, July 9, 6-9 p.m., Ci.West-Jordan.Ut.US

Ride the Brainwave 5K and Motorcycle Rally
July 12

Start tuning up your chopper or stretching your running legs now for this charity rally, raising money for 50 kids with rare and debilitating diseases. The 5K registration is $25 per person and the cost to enter the motorcycle rally is $25 for a single rider and $30 for double riders. The event, sponsored by nonprofit Children & the Earth, will also feature food, vendors and live music.
Draper Spectrum Center, 12101 S. State, 801-860-0725, July 12, ChildrenAndTheEarth.com

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