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Citizen Revolt: Aug. 23 

Learn about Utah’s initiative for Medicaid, speak up about the San Rafael Swell and hear first-hand accounts of the Rohingya Refugee Crisis.

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You're going to be hearing a lot of pushback from opponents of the three ballot initiatives that you, the people of Utah, have agreed to vote on. Proposition 3, expanding Medicaid to 150,000 Utahns, would help the economy as well as individuals who need care, according to a study by the Utah Health Policy Project. The state would benefit from more than $800,000 in federal funds each year and the Utah economy would grow by nearly $1.7 billion. If you wonder why the Legislature is hesitant to expand Medicaid and why you should vote for Prop 3, join the Prop 3 Midvale Town Hall where you can ask questions and get the answers you need. Mid-Valley Health Clinic, 8446 S. Harrison St., Midvale, 801-706-7831, Monday, Aug. 27, 6-8 p.m., free,

It might not surprise you to hear that U.S. Rep. John Curtis and Sen. Orrin Hatch are all about putting Emery County on the map—the development map. You will have a chance to speak out, for what it's worth, at The People's Hearing on the San Rafael Swell. "They falsely portray the bill as a 'win for all stakeholders.' In reality, it is a loss for everyone who values the Swell for its vast wild spaces," the event's Facebook page says. The Emery County Public Land Management Act would leave unprotected 900,000 acres. You would see ORVs ravaging 800 miles of roads. And of course, the legislation facilitates coal mining. Go to speak up or volunteer. Salt Lake City Main Public Library Auditorium, 210 E. 400 South, 801-647-1540, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., free,

All over the world, people are fleeing their home countries for fear of their lives. The Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Burma has been called a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing," and should give us pause. The mass violence has displaced more than 600,000 Rohingyas, according to the United Nations, and many, along with other Burmese populations, have resettled in Salt Lake City. At the Human Rights in Burma and the Rohingya Refugee Crisis, you can hear from refugees, local and international experts during an interactive panel discussion. Marmalade Branch Library, 280 W. 500 North, 801-594-8680, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m., free,

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Katharine Biele

Katharine Biele

A City Weekly contributor since 1992, Katharine Biele is the informed voice behind our Hits & Misses column. When not writing, you can catch her working to empower voters and defend democracy alongside the League of Women Voters.

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