Tag: equality

Reclaiming “witch”

“Show me your witches, and I’ll show you your feelings about women.” -Pam Grossman, on society’s use of the term “witch”.  Being a feminist with a support system has its perks. For example, all my friends enthusiastically affirm my decision not to have children and I never face a moral qualm over choosing to prioritize

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Commentary: Utah needs to reach across its urban-rural divide

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. In Utah, it pays to be part of the crowd. The state is the ninth most urbanized in the nation, with 90 percent of the people packed together on just 1 percent of the land — mostly along the Wasatch Front. And along the Wasatch Front, business is booming. According to the Utah Economic Council’s 2019 Economic Report to

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Utah lawmaker proposes one of nation’s strictest abortion laws

This article originally appeared in the Deseret News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah lawmaker is proposing what would be one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. Rep. Cheryl Acton, R-West Jordan, has filed a bill to ban abortions in the state after 15 weeks gestation, with some exceptions. Acton said she decided to run the bill after learning

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He thought he avoided criminal charges, but now a second prosecutor is looking into the San Juan County clerk after he attempted to oust a Navajo candidate

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Should the San Juan County clerk face criminal charges for falsifying a document in a failed attempt to boot a Navajo candidate from the November ballot? An outside prosecutor said no late last month. But that won’t be the final word, as the county attorney is seeking a second review of the controversy. The move comes

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A Utah lawmaker wants to ban abortions after 15 weeks. If her bill passes, it would be among the most restrictive laws in the nation.

This article originally appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. A Utah representative has introduced a bill that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of gestation, a law that would be among the most restrictive in the nation. The state’s existing law allows abortions up until a fetus is viable outside the womb, or well into the second trimester. By that point, Rep. Cheryl Acton

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‘I’m sure it’s a culture shock for most of you’: Navajos take the majority on the San Juan County Commission

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Monticello • After a hard-won and historic victory that will shift the body from a long-standing white Republican majority to a Democratic and American Indian one, the new San Juan County Commission took the oath of office in a packed ceremony Monday. The occasion was met with celebration from many in southeastern Utah who hope

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Do these words represent your beliefs?

With midterms just around the corner it’s safe to say there will be no shortage of controversy this election year. Utah may not be a hotbed for election drama, but there is one candidate whose racist comments, anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, and demeaning views towards women are flying under the radar. House District 31 Republican Candidate Fred

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Reflections on Montgomery

I have driven down through the state of Alabama approximately 34 times in my life. Every summer and nearly every Christmas, my family would pile into our Chevy Venture and head deep south to visit my grandparents in Vancleave, Mississippi. That trip was the most consistent part of my childhood. Last week, I returned to

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16 states to Supreme Court: Let us fire people for being transgender

This article originally appeared in Think Progress. Read it in its entirety here A group of sixteen states has filed a brief calling on the Supreme Court to rule that it’s legal to fire people for being transgender. In the amicus brief filed Friday, the states recommended the Court consider R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc.

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