Topic: Social Justice

From France to the USA: Two different takes on being biracial

January, 2019, Utah. I traveled 5,000 miles to a foreign country that would be my home for the foreseeable future. I’d left France, my country of birth, to marry the love of my lif …

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A budget is a reflection of our values. Decarcerate Utah co-founder explains the Defund the Police movement.

When I was first getting into prison abolition in 2016, I wrote a future manifesto for 2021 titled “WE HAVE PEACE! NO MORE POLICE!” to commemorate 50 years since the September 1971 …

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Setting goals for authenticity and accountability in allyship and toward racial justice

Author’s Note: The heinous murders of black people in our country have named the evil of racism and how it exists under the guise of white supremacy in the nation broadly, in our h …

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This time they can see our pain

Salt Lake City’s recent protests and perspectives from a young black student. You can call the protest violent. By the end, it was. But understand that when you do so, when all you …

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How to make this moment the turning point for change: basic lessons to draw from the past

As millions of people across the country take to the streets and raise their voices in response to the killing of George Floyd and the ongoing problem of unequal justice, many peop …

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CATALYST at Sundance 2020: Acasă, My Home

Journalist Radu Ciorniciuc set out to make his first film documentary. Four years later, he was leading an entire social project. In this year’s World Documentary Special Jury awar …

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Just Imagine

What Utah would look like without prisons. The U.S. incarcerates more people than any nation in the world, including China…. In 2016, the Brennan Center examined convictions and se …

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Oda Might

New Plan-B play explores the perils of existing in a black body (and what happens next) There are some times when the bottom doesn’t seem low enough. Then, after surviving a car cr …

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Salt Lake hosts U.N. Civil Society Conference

The goal: to achieve inclusiveness and sustainability at the grassroots level in our communites This August, as a board member-representative of U.S. Servas (pronounced Sir-vahs), …

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CATALYST goes to the inland port rally

What began as a peaceful protest became a scene of confusion, violence and frustration at the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce building on Tuesday. “I love that you’re using your inte …

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YOLO FOMO

It’s forbidden-fruit-Genesis-level tempting to write about politics because that is where all the easy jokes are. On the other hand there isn’t much room for new satire because eve …

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Terry Tempest Williams wins Robert Kirsch Award

Utah author Terry Tempest Williams has won the Los Angeles Times Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement by a writer whose work focuses on the American West. The initial award …

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Dan Habib Receives Peek Award for Advancing Conversation Around Disabilities with New Documentary Intelligent Lives

In collaboration with Rose Wagner and KUER, the Utah Film Center awarded this year’s Peek Award to filmmaker Dan Habib for positively changing the public’s perceptions of people wi …

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Passing of the old guard

Remembering two SLC activists and good friends who died three weeks apart In Utah’s world of grassroots activists and community builders we recently lost two great men— Robert “Arc …

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Free fare days

A great idea whose time (we hope) has come This legislative session may be a banner year for air quality! The Governor’s unprecedented request for $100 million of the budget surplu …

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