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#RaceMatters Open Mic, Health Care March and Community Conversations, June 8-15.

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Let everyone know exactly how you feel about the white privilege shrouding our nation today. At #RaceMatters Open Mic, you can tell your story in word, song or poetry. You can even dance about your experiences dealing with race, culture and identity in Utah—there's no controlling the narrative. The idea is to offer a much-needed space to talk about race, ethnicity and culture. During a few intervals throughout the night, those who had not planned to perform but are moved to speak may do so. Just tell your story. Salt Lake Community College South City Campus, 1575 S. State, Thursday, June 8, 6-9:30 p.m., free, bit.ly/2rVxcPk

Maybe they haven't heard the backlash yet. Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee have been crafting the Senate's version of the so-called American Health Care Act—the one that would leave 23 million people uninsured. Marches are one way of sending loud and clear messages to the political elite. If you're unable or prefer not to march, just meet at the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building (125 S. and State) for a rally at 11 a.m., featuring community advocates and speakers who are personally affected by these dangerous new health care measures. Tell them at the Unite for Health Care Rally and March that Utahns have a right to affordable, accessible health care. City Creek Park, North Temple and State Street intersection, Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., free, bit.ly/2sfbW4o

Well, yes, we need better understanding of the divided world we live in. The It Starts With You speaker series features NPR national reporters and local community members and examines complex issues that divide the country and community. They cover racism, bigotry, poverty and more. These community conversations dig deep to identify the many ways in which each and every one of us can stand up for the values of respect, equality, dignity and inclusion. Join NPR's Kelly McEvers of All Things Considered at the reception. Grand Theatre, Salt Lake Community College, 1575 S. State, 801-736-7787, Thursday, June 15, 7-8:30 p.m., free with RSVP; meet-and-greet reception, 5:30 p.m., $50, speakerseries.uw.org

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Katharine Biele

Katharine Biele

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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