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This week, the shadowy American Legislative Exchange Council hits Salt Lake City for its 39th-annual meeting, and local activists are hosting events to show the corporate-driven, law-sponsoring organization that not everyone in town is rolling out the red carpet. This weekend, you can get a crash course on civil disobedience with nonviolent direct-action training sponsored by Peaceful Uprising. On Saturday, you can also run a 5K to benefit the Friends in Need Animal Sanctuary. On Wednesday, welcome ALEC in style by attending the ALEC Exposed Workshop.

Nonviolent Direct Action Training
Saturday-Sunday, July 21-22

Get a crash course in stickin’ it to the man with the activists of Peaceful Uprising, who will give a historical background on the use of nonviolent tactics of civil disobedience. Saturday’s session will include a workshop from the ACLU of Utah on knowing your rights, and Sunday’s will include hands-on training for staying on message in a protest and what to expect when you’re planning on getting arrested for a cause. Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, 801-747-9871, July 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Liberty Park, 600 E. 900 South, July 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,

Race for the Rescue 5K
Saturday, July 21

The Friends in Need Animal Sanctuary & Rescue in Eagle Mountain is looking for some runners to help out the ranch’s efforts. The organization provides home to abandoned dogs, cats and other animals far from home, including water buffalo and yaks, to name a few. Registration is $25 for adults and $20 for youth ages 4 to 16. Liberty Park, 600 E. 900 South, 801-753-8729, July 21, registration at 7 a.m., race starts at 9 a.m.,

ALEC Exposed Workshop
Wednesday, July 25

Join the anti-ALEC conference just a block away from where the group will be spoon-feeding bills to local lawmakers. Join local and national speakers from groups like Alliance for a Better Utah, Common Cause, HEAL Utah and others in discussing how to counter the ALEC machine’s reach into local and national politics. 629 S. State, 801-893-2281, July 25, 6-8 p.m.,

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