Guv’ment, big or small, can oftentimes be a frustrating and dysfunctional mess. But it’s only as frustrating and dysfunctional as the people who are elected to run it, so this election, choose carefully. This weekend, you can also attend a rally and candlelight vigil for a young woman killed by West Valley City Police in 2012. Later in the week, attend the fall fundraiser for environmental advocates HEAL Utah and learn more about efforts to lobby leaders to scrub the gunk out of Utah’s dirty air.
Red Shirt Rally & Candlelight Vigil
Saturday, Nov. 2
This date marks the anniversary of the police shooting of Danielle Willard, a woman who died by police force. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has declared the shooting as legally unjustified, and now, supporters are donning red and holding a rally outside the West Valley City Police Department, calling for charges to be filed against the officers who shot Willard and for a just and sensible approach to the war on drugs.
West Valley City Hall, 3600 S. Constitution Boulevard, West Valley City, 801-966-3600, Nov. 2, 5-7 p.m., http://citywk.ly/1bzn8JC
Tuesday, Nov. 5
Vote, dammit! Even if you all you want to do is complain about politics, consider the fact that you can whine from higher ground if you at least take the time to vote for the candidate you think should be elected. Visit Vote.Utah.gov for voter and candidate information and to find your polling place
Let’s Talk Dirty (Air):
HEAL Utah Fall Party Fundraiser
Wednesday, Nov. 6
The winter inversion season is just around the corner, which means now is a good time to at least clear the rhetorical air by discussing Utah’s abysmal air quality and strategize how to promote fewer red air days in the state and more greener public policies. A $25, $50 or $100 ticket to HEAL Utah’s seventh- annual Fall Party Fundraiser will support HEAL’s efforts to clean Utah’s air and allow you to learn more about clean-air policy while enjoying food from Finca, comedy, music and more.
HEAL Utah, 824 S. 400 West, 801-355-5055, Nov. 6, 6:15 p.m., HEALUtah.org