Keep Families Together Rally
Well, our fearless leader says he saw the light and ordered that the undocumented children be returned to their families. How and when that will happen is a question, but the harm already done to the children is not. The administration has been criminalizing immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees, black, brown and indigenous folk. It has revoked Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and is ramping up intimidating ICE tactics.The Families Belong Together Rally unites the country around a common message of inclusion and caring to say "stop separating kids from their parents," according to the event's website. And, "Families belong together."Utah Capitol, 350 N. State, Saturday, June 30, 10 a.m., free, bit.ly/2tm2PAS.
Homeless Youth Dinner
Everyone's heard of the evangelists who minister to the homeless—for a price. That price, of course, is a little religion. This year, Atheists of Utah intend to demonstrate that compassion and aid don't require a faith in God. At the Good Without God—Provide Dinner at Youth Resource Center, you can join them in this non-spiritual exercise of caring. Volunteers of America have opened the center to youths, some of whom might only need a place to shower, do laundry or have a safe meal. About 800 teens come to the center each year, seeking hope and help. Now you can be a part of the journey, helping with the meal and the cleanup after. VOA's Youth Resource Center, 888 S. 400 West, Sunday, July 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free, bit.ly/2KbnspY.
Homeless Fourth Party
Everybody says they want to solve the homeless problem. Who wants to get personal and start solving it on the ground? For most of the homeless population, their situation was not a choice, and a little humanity goes a long way to proving we care. At this Fourth of July Party for the Homeless, you'll be able to meet and interact with some who've met misfortune first-hand. You can show them we care and understand that this could be just a stop along the way to recovery. There will be games, face-painting and clothing and hygiene kit giveaways, among other activities. Pioneer Park, 350 S. 400 West, Wednesday, July 4, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., free/registration required to help, bit.ly/2tmvy8N.