The last day of the Utah Legislature for 2010 saw a rally by students called “Still We Rise”, a group of activists, students and community members which unveiled a “Student Bill of Rights.”
(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune)
“We the Communities take back the power to declare our inalienable rights that have been promised but not practiced. We rise to protect our civil liberties and to show our legislators they will be held accountable for their actions today and tomorrow. We march to the heartbeats of our ancestors and we rise together united by our struggles.”
The 2010 legislative session has become increasingly frustrating for community members. A number of bills were considered and implemented this session intended to mute the present opportunities and programs that benefit Utah’s marginalized communities. Community members from all over SLC have followed this session and have organized to express their opposition to the bills considered in 2010.
Event organized by student community groups including: The Magpie Collective, Mestizo Institute of Culture and Art (“MICA”), SLC Brown Berets, Movimient Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (“MEChA”), Family School Partnership (“FSP”), Utah Coalition of La Raza (“UCLR”).
Highlighted bills that were considered by organizers to be detrimental to marginalized communities included:
HJR 24-A proposition to end Affirmative Action.
HB 428- A proposition to repeal in-state tuition for resident and hard working undocumented students.
HB 227-A proposition to require prospective business owners to present documentation that verifies they have the “right” to be in the United States.
SB 251-A proposition that mandates the use of e-verify for every employer.
HB 90-A proposition to benefit public and higher education through a slight tax increase on high wage earners did not leave committee as legislators sacrificed quality education to ensure attractive tax rates for prospective corporations to settle in Utah.
HJR 21-A proposition to withdraw Utah from the Western Climate Initiative.
SB 54-A proposition that would require schools to incorporate instruction about contraception in heath education courses which would benefit communities did not pass through committee
(cross-posted to Utah Legislature Watch)