RadioActive for August 30, 2015, wraps up our month-long focus on poverty by talking with disability activists and union organizers. Use the media player below to hear the show, which is hosted by volunteer Nick Burns and produced by Lara Jones. Click here for the RadioActive Report, a list of upcoming rallies, events and open public comment periods.
Segment 1: Jerry Costley and Barbara Toomer of ADAPT/Utah, an organization of activists with disabilities.
It’s been 25 years since the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act, but its promise has yet to be met in Utah, according to Toomer and Costley. Sunday, Sept. 27, at 1:30 p.m. on the south steps of the Utah Capitol building, ADAPT will demand justice for disabled individuals. As many as 200 ADAPT supporters from Utah and across the country will engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience. This rally will protest the ongoing budget shortfalls that drastically cut home and community-based services and routinely force seniors and people with disabilities into nursing facilities and other institutional settings.
Segment 2: Dale Cox, president, Utah AFL-CIO, and pipefitter Hyrum Matthews, Local #140
From labor circles, Utah AFL-CIO president Dale Cox and pipefitter Hyrum Matthews of Local #140 talk about the 40-hour work week, the state of unions in a right-to-work state, and details on a special Joe Hill Centennial Celebration set for Sept. 5 in Sugar House Park.
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The public comment period continues on Rocky Mountain Power’s request to start charging net metering customers an additional fee. To submit your comments, send an email to email@example.com and in the subject line be sure to put “Comments on Docket #14-035-114.” Public Service Commission hearings on the matter will start Tuesday, October 6.
Net metering measures the difference between the electricity a customer buys from the utility and the energy generated by a customer’s own solar or wind equipment. Rocky Mountain Power wants to charge an additional fee to net meter users to recoup the cost of infrastructure it says net meter customers benefit from but don’t pay for. Several environmental groups oppose the fee and claim that it will discourage the use of clean energy.
Saturday, August 29: Utah Poverty Partnership’s Annual Poverty Summit, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cathedral Church of St. Mark, 231 E. 100 S., SLC. This year’s summit will feature a Salt Lake City mayoral candidate forum and opening remarks by the Road Home’s Executive Director, Matt Minkevitch. Plus, discussions about: 1) affordable housing in transit oriented development, 2) federal budget cuts, and 3) proposed regulations of payday lenders. The Poverty Summit is free and includes lunch and snacks. For more details, visit crossroadsurbancenter.org.
Saturday, August 29: The 5th annual Porch Party to benefit Circle the Wagons will be held from 6pm-10pm at Strong Audi, 999 S. State Street, SLC. Circle the Wagons helps innocent victims of violent crime access the information and resources to aid necessary to surviving the aftermath of a violent crime. For more details, visit circle-the-wagons.org/porch.
Saturday, August 29: Mellow vs. Metal Show, a benefit for One Hundred for Haiti’s rural water project and sexual assault task force, at Spilt Ink, 933 S. Edison St., SLC. Mellow—Tunes, Spoken Word and Screen Show, 6–8pm. Bring anything you would like screened for just $5 (per item). Acoustic set by Jeremy Chatelain, spoken word by Greg Bennick of One Hundred for Haiti and the bands TRIAL and Between Earth and Sky. Screen show featuring Haiti inspired designs by: Dave Habben – habbenink; Amanda Powell and Jon Lange of 27 Tattoo; Andrew King and Oscar Garcia of Heart of Gold Tattoo; and Sonya Evans and Sarah de Azevedo of Oni Tattoo. Metal—Bands from 8pm – 11pm; $10 suggested donation. Chingaso (touring band from Denver); Oxcross, and The Ditch and The Delta.
Thursday, September 3: a rally in support of transwomen of color will be held at 6 p.m. the Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building, 125 South State Street, in Salt Lake City. The number of transwomen reported murdered in the U.S. rose to 19 in August, well beyond the record 14 transwomen reported murdered in 2014. This rally is organized by Stand For Queer Lives, a local group that emphasizes suicide prevention and community awareness regarding LGBTQIA lives. For more information on this movement, visit familiatqlm.org.
Saturday, Sept. 5: A Joe Hill Centennial Celebration will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Sugar House Park, 1400 East 2100 South, Salt Lake City. The free, all-day concert will feature Judy Collins, Joe Jencks, Mark Ross, the Guy Davis, Anne Feeney, Mischief Brew, and David Rovics on the main stage and many more performers on the side stage. Individual donors and local labor union sponsors make this free concert possible. Local Utah union workers will be at the concert organizing workers and telling the crowd about the realities of labor unions today. For more details, visit joehill2015.org.
Sunday, Sept. 27: at 1:30 p.m. on the south steps of the Utah Capitol building, join ADAPT as it demands justice for disabled individuals. As many as 200 ADAPT supporters from Utah and across the country will engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, at this rally.
As part of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this rally will protest the ongoing budget shortfalls that drastically cut home and community-based services that routinely force seniors and people with disabilities into nursing facilities and other institutional settings. MEETUP: 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Red Lion Hotel, 161 W. 600 S., SLC, then proceed to the capitol for the rally.
This event will be followed by three days of intense, non-violent protests directed at various political and bureaucratic leaders in our state. ADAPT will leave each morning (Monday-Wednesday) from the Red Lion Hotel. Details will be given out each evening in their “big meetings” at the Red Lion. For more details, visit adapt.org.
LISTEN: 6 p.m. SUNDAY, AUGUST 30: Barbara Toomer and Jerry Costley of ADAPT Utah talk about the plight of disabled Utahns who linger on waiting lists to receive services and are forced to choose between their independence and institutionalization just to receive the care to which they are entitled under the Americans With Disabilities Act.
September is Hunger Action Month. It’s been great to hear all about the Envision Utah survey results and how people say they’ll water their lawns less in order to eat more local food. But the fact is, children, the elderly, people on fixed or low incomes go to bed hungry right here in Zion, every night.
Use the player below to listen as Nick Burns talks about food insecurity. It’s part of our month-long focus on poverty in Utah. Guests include Gina Cornia of Utahns Against Hunger and Ginette Bott of the Utah Food Bank.
Then, producer Lara Jones talks with award-winning environmental journalist Joel Bourne. In his new book The End of Plenty, the Race to Feed a Crowded World [W. W. Norton & Company; June 2015], Bourne reports on the state of the modern food chain—and it isn’t good. “This is the story,” Bourne writes, “of the race to feed the world without wrecking it.”
Then Nick Burns returns to close out the show with a conversation about Utah women in tech—will Utah be the one to break the “Silicon Ceiling”? Guests include Clint Betts of Beehive Startups and StartFEST, and two women who head tech companies right here in Utah and will present at StartFEST next week: Sunny Washington of Ardusat and Donna Root of Jigabot.
RadioActive continues its monthly focus on poverty by talking about women in poverty. Host Nick Burns is joined by:
Events mentioned by guests:
Ȼents & $ensibility: Women and Money
September 9, 2015 (6:30-8:30 pm; Ragan Theater, Utah Valley University)
Keynote Speaker (Gail Miller) & Breakout Sessions
Event Information Flyer
REGISTER ONLINE NOW
Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Nancy Tessman Auditorium, The City Library
210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City
Register for the event here.
Real Women Run Fall Social
Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 5:30 p.m.
Market Street Cottonwood
2985 East Cottonwood Parkway, Salt Lake City
Real Women Run Training I
Saturday, January 16, 2016, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Salt Lake Community College, Miller Campus
9750 South 300 West, Sandy
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RadioActive continues its month-long focus on poverty in Utah. Host Nick Burns talks with:
• Peter Hebertson of Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services about services available to seniors
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We’ve all heard about Utah’s booming economy. We’ve all heard how low our unemployment rate is. Still, many Utahns remain in poverty, die with no access to health care, and all across Utah, every night, kids go to bed hungry. So begins a monthlong RadioActive focus on poverty in the Beehive State. In this edition, RadioActive host Nick Burns talks with:
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Host Nick Burns talks about the 10th Annual Governor’s Native American Summit with Shirlee Silversmith, Director of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, and Ken Sekaquaptewa, director of the Native American Initiative at Utah Valley University.
Later in the program, RadioActive producer Lara Jones brings you a conversation about clearing the air with Breathe Utah Policy Director Erin Mendenhall.
When it comes to justice reform, the attention seems to fall on drug crimes and mandatory minimum sentencing. But Utah faces more domestic violence than the rest of the nation.
Host Nick Burns talks about justice reform and efforts to curb domestic violence in this edition of RadioActive. He talks about a new lethality assessment protocol for law enforcement with Jenn Oxborrow of the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition and Chief Greg Butler and Lt. Adam Osoro of the Woods Cross Police Department. Plus, thoughts on law enforcement and justice reform from former Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank.
Producer: Lara Jones
Host Nick Burns talks to to people actively working to clear the air we breathe on this edition of RadioActive, originally broadcast July 12, 2015. Tune in every Sunday at 6 p.m. for a fresh edition of RadioActive on your community connection, 90.9fm KRCL.
Producer: Lara Jones
In the wake of the landmark Supreme Court ruling affirming same-sex marriage, RadioActive host Nick Burns talks with several guests about the past, present and future of LGBTQ civil rights.
September 2, 2015
Volunteers Needed for Joe Hill Centennial Celebration