Citizen Revolt | How to Rage Against the Machine 

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Rage. It’s about damned time, isn’t it? Honestly, people, if you’re not pissed off nowadays, you’re really not paying attention. So let’s do something about that, shall we? Yeah, we all know it’s a dirty system: politics, law and government. But face it, folks, you’re not fixing it unless you get your hands dirty, real dirty—up to your elbows in sticky citizen involvement. So c’mon kids, let’s get active: n

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Rush Valley Raptor Trip
nSaturday, Jan. 24
nFor just $5 in gas money, you can take a field trip out with the local Hawkwatch chapter to go spotting red-tailed hawks, golden eagles and other bad-ass birds of prey. A great way to get introduced to people involved in a great local conservation effort. Hawkwatch International Office, 2240 S. 900 East, 9 a.m. RSVP Jen Hajj at jhajj@hawkwatch.org

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Utah Legislature 2009 Opening Session
nMonday, Jan. 26

nOpening day, folks, time to start hitting the Hill and workin’ that citizen-lobbying muscle. What’s that? you say. Citizens can lobby? Hell, yes, you can. Here’s how it works: Go to the Legislature in the Capitol building and find the House or Senate floor. Milling outside the doors, you’ll see a lot of snakes in $900 suits; these are professional lobbyists. Now find the old men in green blazers. Ask them for a meeting slip and for advice on seeing a legislator. They’ll pass the note to your requested legislator and show you where best to catch ’em when they come out (if you don’t know what your legislator looks like, visit the Senate or House link at Le.State.UT.US and print out the House and/or Senate seating chart). Now, if a legislator totally snubs your request, shoot me an e-mail, and we’ll put the offender’s name on the Salt Blog’s Hall of Shame. Deal? 30 State Capitol Building, 538-1029

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Plazafest II
nTuesday, Jan. 27

nThe University of Utah’s Plazafest is always a smorgasbord of volunteer ops. Come check out the many student groups and pick up literature on getting involved in everything from saving Darfur to recycling. University of Utah, Olpin Union Ballroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., SA.Utah.Edu/Orientation

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