RadioACTive: March 16, 2021

  • March 16, 2021
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#RoundtableTuesday hosts Tamrika and Risshan pass the mic to Utah's Latinx community, including Mayra Cedano of Comunidades Unidas, Erick Pernia of Arempa's Venezuelan Cuisine and artist Pedro Hueramo Rico of Xicanx Creative. Plus, COVID Diaries, Global Climate Strike and #3QuickPicks.

Tonight's lineup:

Rallies & Resources:

  • Tonight Redistricting: How Citizens Can Have a Voice, 6:30-8:30 p.m. online. Event by League of Women Voters of Utah: "Join the League as author Dave Daley talks with Co-President Catherine Weller about the dangers of gerrymandering — the fundamental rigging of our House of Representatives and state legislatures nationwide. If your vote is important to you, hear about how both parties are preparing for this upcoming redistricting cycle." Submit questions in advance by emailing them to Daley is the author of Ratf**ked: Why Your Voice Doesn't Count and Unrigged: How Americans are Battling Back to Save Democracy.

  • Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. online is your next chance to take a look at and give some feedback on Salt Lake County’s West General Plan. When completed, the plan will provide a big picture guide for officials and residents on growth and conservation efforts over the next 20-50 years. Zoom Meeting Registration: To learn more about the West General Plan and opportunities to engage, visit

  • Thursday: The Salt Lake City Arts Council launches Living Legacy, a project to showcase SLC's diverse communities through storytelling incorporating music, dance, as well as food and craft.

  • Friday: Fridays For Future Utah's Natalie Roberts invited RadioACTive listeners to meet up with youth activists at Washington Square at 10 a.m. for a march to the south steps of the Utah Capitol for a Global Climate Strike. From 11-a-3p, enjoy speakers, chants and singers. Students and adult allies will climate strike at the Utah State Capitol demanding action on the climate crisis. The slogan following this strike -- “#NoMoreEmptyPromises” -- means those in power continue to only deliver empty promises for dates that are much too late. We need concrete and immediate action in-line with science.

  • Saturday: Join Utahns statewide for the Feed Utah Food Drive & help feed the 511,000 Utahns who don't always have enough to eat. Just leave a bag of nonperishable food items at your front door by 9 am! For more info, visit or watch for a door hanger.

#PoetryStillHappens, with Trish Hopkinson of Rock Canyon Poets

  • Featured Poet: Jaqueline Balderrama, author of Now in Color (Perugia Press, 2020) and the chapbook Nectar and Small (Finishing Line Press, 2019). She serves as a poetry editor for Iron City Magazine and has been involved in the Letras Latinas literary initiative, the ASU Prison Education Program, and the Wasatch Writers in the Schools. Currently, she’s pursuing her Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah.

COVID Diaries No. 6: Addiction, by Tamrika Khvtisiashvili. In this entry, Khvtisiashvili passed the microphone to the Latinx community. Voices included Mayra Cedano, Comunidades Unidas; Consul of México, José V. Borjón, Consul of Mexico-Utah; and Lorena Riffo-Jenson, Salt Lake County Health Dept.'s  Access Vaccination Equity Team.

#3QuickPicks with Vern Waters of The County Library-West Jordan Branch. All available for online hold and curbside pickup, Water's picks on the Latinx Community included:

  • Graphic novel for kids: Red Panda & Moon Bear by Jarod Roselló. "Two Latinx kids battle supernatural threats to their working-class neighborhood with the power of science, magic, and a pair of very special hoodies. Red Panda and Moon Bear are the defenders of their community! Together, these brave siblings rescue lost cats, scold bullies, and solve mysteries, all before Mami and Papi get home."

  • Graphic novel for adults: Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer, Undocumented Vignettes from a Pre-American Life by Alberto Ledesma. "Doodling as activism -- Lunchtime sketches -- The first years -- Embracing my undocumented immigrant identity -- Assisting the reluctant dreamer -- On being an (ex)undocumented immigrant father -- The undocumented alphabet -- On the need for self-amnesty -- Deconstructing the dreamer -- Enter Trump.."

  • DVD: Hello World, Confronting Bias in Software. "The film delves into the history of software development that started as a woman-led industry but has evolved into a majority white male and Asian dominated industry. It tackles the tough topic of why women as well as Black and Latinx people don't pursue software careers."

#RoundtableTuesday hosts Tamrika and Risshan pass the mic to Utah’s Latinx community, including 

Views, thoughts or opinions shared by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the board, staff or members of Listeners' Community Radio of Utah, 90.9fm KRCL. Tonight's RadioACTive team included:

  • #RoundtableTuesday Community Co-Hosts: Risshan Leak, Tamrika Khvtisiashvili
  • Exec. Producer, Host:  Lara Jones
  • Assoc. Producer: Billy Palmer