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Citizen Revolt: May 31 

It's Pride Week so get to the march and rally at the Capitol; take a moment to stand against gun violence and hear stories about the internment of Japanese Americans at Topaz.

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Pride March
Take the whole week to celebrate diversity and acceptance, but for sure join the Utah Pride Week March & Rally at the Capitol in peaceful protest. The Pride movement honors activism with visibility, and the exercise of free speech as the practice of patriotism in the form of dissent. "With strong commitment to social justice and in solidarity with those whose voices are often silenced, we will march for love, for social justice, for all," the event's Facebook page says. Utah Capitol, 350 N. State, Saturday, June 2, 1-4 p.m., free, bit.ly/2IGwwGt.

Topaz Revisited
It happened during World War II, and it could happen again. Utah has a visceral connection to the internment of Japanese Americans, many of whom lost their homes and dignity—barely existing at the Topaz War Relocation Center near Delta. At this presentation, you can share these families' experiences of being forcibly relocated in the desert of Utah. Join Kimi Kodani Hill, granddaughter of Chiura Obata, and other descendants of Japanese American internees, as they recount their families' experiences at Topaz. During World War II, the U.S. government forcibly relocated thousands of Japanese Americans to detention camps, culminating decades of government discrimination against Asian immigrants. Chiura Obata: An American Modern is on view through Sunday, Sept. 2. Utah Museum of Fine Arts auditorium, 410 Campus Center Drive, 801-581-7332, Thursday, May 31, 6-8 p.m., free, bit.ly/2s5RSDb.

Stand Against Carnage
Politicians talk about the number of school entrances, mental health, arming teachers or fighting bullies—but not seriously enough about the guns themselves. After the seminal March for Our Lives, many "adults" thought the movement would simply go dark. But you can continue to make a statement—to be a part of a larger reality—as millions of Americans join Wear Orange Day to march and rally in support of real gun safety. Join them by wearing your brightest orange and simply walk out of the house or into the street, or join others for a concert in the park to remember victims and survivors of gun violence. Canyon Rim Park West Pavilion and Ampitheater, 3100 South 2900 East, Saturday, June 2, 4 p.m., free, bit.ly/2kkHEua.

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Katharine Biele

Katharine Biele

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

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