Toxic Chokehold Escape 

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This week, you can learn the basics of organic gardening so that you can start becoming more reliant on yourself and not on big agribusiness to put food on your table. You can also fight the toxic chokehold in your community this week by joining environmental advocates as they rally outside the Chevron refinery. Later, get involved at a Salt Lake City Council meeting that will be discussing the awarding of community block grants to serve organizations in the city as well as the Sugar House Streetcar Master Plan.

Organic Gardening Basics
Saturday, March 22

When so much of the world’s food is grown and controlled by so few corporations, and so much in the end is just thrown in the garbage, the simple act of growing your own food can become an act of defiance and self-reliance. Check out this workshop by Wasatch Community Gardens to learn about crop rotation, natural pest control and other organic-gardening basics.
Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 S. 400 East, 10 a.m-noon,

Break the Toxic Chokehold
Saturday, March 22

This week, you can take part in a national movement of folks making some noise outside the refineries spitting fumes and gunk in the air we breathe. The folks of Peaceful Uprising and the Utah Tar Sands Resistance are looking for some folks to rally outside the Chevron refinery to let the company know that Utahns are watching the polluters and will be holding them and their political allies accountable for the gunk in the air.
Chevron Refinery, 2300 N. 1100 West, noon,

Salt Lake City Council Meeting
Tuesday, March 25

The city council has got a full agenda at this meeting and will be looking for your two cents. The council will be hearing comments on how to award federal grant money to various city housing services, including those that help residents with AIDS secure housing. The council will also be looking for input on adopting a special Sugarhouse Streetcar Corridor Master Plan.
Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State, 801-535-7600, 7 p.m.,

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