The holiday break isn’t just an occasion to set a record for never changing out of your Hello Kitty pajamas or watching Die Hard marathons. It’s also a time to prepare for the activist’s new year by considering an ongoing volunteer role at the Road Home shelter. Need a family and fruitcake break? Take a road trip to protest a company soon to be moving massive “megaloads” of tar-sands equipment throughout Idaho and Montana. Women should also mark their calendars for the Real Women Run training day in early January to get ready for elected office.
Volunteer at the Road Home
The season of need doesn’t need to stop once the holidays have ended. In fact, the winter months following Christmas are often a time of dire need for Utah’s homeless. Start the new year right by committing to part-time volunteering at the shelter, whether it be short shifts manning the front desk or volunteering to read stories to kids ages 5 to 12.
The Road Home, 210 S. Rio Grande St., 801-359-4142, TheRoadHome.org/ Volunteer/Ongoing-/
Idaho & Montana Tar Sands MegaLoad Protest
Activists in Idaho and Montana are looking for help to give the company Omega Morgan a not-so-warm welcome, as the company will have a convoy of 900,000-pound, 376-foot-long transports carrying equipment to tar-sands-mining facilities in Alberta, Canada. Idaho activists are organizing a base of operations to protest the company, which they believe will soon be establishing a transportation corridor that may stretch to proposed tar-sands projects here in Utah.
For information on carpooling and rally spots visit WildIdahoRisingTide.org
Real Women Run Training
Women looking to upset the patriarchal order of Utah’s politics should mark their calendars for Jan. 11, when a training session will be held to help women make a run for elected office. The day-long training will include information on filing for office, fundraising and campaign strategy and organizing.
Salt Lake Community College, Miller Campus, 9750 S. 300 West, Sandy, 801-537-8612, Jan. 11, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., RealWomenRun.org/Training