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Situational Analysis - February 1, 2021

Good Monday morning to you! It's the beginning of a new month. That's a good thing, right? Today's newsletter is long, so buckle up.

Shout-out to David Zook who won the special election to replace Craig Buttars as the Cache County Executive on Saturday. Congratulations!

February is National Black History month. It began in 1926 as "Negro History Week" and became a month-long commemoration 50 years later. This year's theme is "The Black family: Representation, identity and diversity. Today is National Freedom (From Slavery) Day. The day honors the signing by Abraham Lincoln of a joint House and Senate resolution that later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. President Lincoln signed the Amendment outlawing slavery on February 1, 1865. It was not ratified by the states, however, until December 18, 1865.

If you only have time for one thing today, read this piece about 5 Black Utah pastors for whom racism is not hypothetical - they've lived it. "Racism in Utah is not as "aggressive as in Chicago - it's more passive aggressive," says Rev. Oscar Moses. "The Lord put me in places to help [others] deal with diversity...You see, racism is not born into children, It has to be taught to them," says Bishop Bobby Allen. 



32 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)
72 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration's first 100 days (04/14/2021)
88 days until the Biden/Harris administration's first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)

Today At Utah Policy

images/Resized_Logos/Holly_R.pngUtah bills, no chill and hunting Bigfoot
By Holly Richardson
Respite care for Utah's homeless - Rep. Jim Dunnigan is sponsoring HB34, "Medical Respite Care Program" which would create a respite care program for homeless Utahns who need additional care after visiting the emergency room. "The idea is that they'll stay there for maybe up to two weeks to get stable, and then [the respite care center will] try to get them into either one of our new research shelters for the homeless or some other type of housing or treatment...It will give them a chance for a better life." The bill passed the House Health and Human Services committee on Jan. 21 and is likely to be heard by the full House this week.
images/Resized_Logos/Black_History_Month.pngA news round-up as we begin Black History Month
By Holly Richardson
Today, I wanted to give you a taste of the kind of disaparities experienced by many members of the Black community. It's sobering to realize that COVID-19 has hit communities of color harder than White communities and yet the communities of color are disproportionately left out of vaccination efforts. Community members weighed in with Salt Lake City's new racial equity commission, experience discrimination because of their hair, where they live and the health care they receive. There is some good news too, including a focus on diversity and inclusion from Governor Spencer Cox and Lt. Governor Deidre Henderson. Here we go:
images/Resized_Logos/Tweet.pngTweets of the weekend: A round-up
By Holly Richardson
Quick round-up of news from the weekend: Trump's legal team woes, Marjorie Taylor Greene, some COVID-19 news and a coup, this time in Myanmar.

Utah Headlines

Deseret News

Salt Lake Tribune


COVID Corner

National Headlines

Policy News

Behind the Scenes: SB49 - Mobile voting pilot project
SB49 is being proposed in the 2021 legislative session as a pilot project to expand access to more voters. Senator Curt Bramble is the sponsor. Utah County Clerk/Auditor Amelia Powers Gardner joined me for a deeper dive into the legislation.
Podcast: Ultimate confidence
Deseret News editor, Boyd Matheson, recently joined  Mark Gerson on his show "The Rabbi's Husband" to discuss the nature of true confidence. He and Mark also talk humility, the crisis in confidence in today's world, 'light kindlers', and servant leadership. "True confidence comes when you have respect for the challenge....It comes from doing the hard work and heavy lifting that happens in our homes and it happens in our communities."
images/Resized_Logos/TOSA_logo.pngGuest opinion: In criminal justice reform, accountability is true compassion
The success of justice reform must be measured by whether it changes lives, not just lightening sentences. We should know. Arresting us changed our lives.We, the undersigned, are a group of former longtime felons and drug addicts. Collectively we have been arrested over 400 times. Between us we've been incarcerated for well over 150 years. And that was the best thing you could have done for us.
images/Resized_Logos/Mike_Lee_logo.pngSen. Lee's comments on DHS Secretary Mayorkas vote
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Thursday after voting against Alejandro Mayorkas's nomination to become Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security:"Not only is Mr. Mayorkas the chief architect of the illegal and unconstitutional DACA and DAPA programs, but he also was found by the DHS Inspector General to have given special access to wealthy Democratic donors for the corrupt EB-5 visa program.
images/Resized_Article_Images/Bear_River_Massacre.pngDarren Parry tells the story of the Bear River Massacre
Darren Parry learned from his grandmother Mae Timbimboo Parry the importance of sharing stories and making sure the truth is told. Mae worked for decades to ensure that the real story of what happened at the Bear River Massacre (not a "battle" - a slaughter) and her grandson Darren is carrying on that legacy.  

Business Headlines

  • The Worst Mistake GameStop Investors Can Make Right Now (Motley Fool) -  Assuming the party will continue. It very likely won't, and those who invest believing it will are the ones in line to get hurt the worst when it all comes crashing down.
  • Robinhood narrows stock trade restrictions (Fox Business) - Robinhood narrowed its stock trade restrictions from 50 to 8 companies on Sunday, including GameStop, Koss Corporation, AMC Entertainment Holdings, Express Inc., Naked Brands Group, Genius Brands International, BlackBerry Limited, and Nokia Corp.
  • Walmart donates $14 million as part of broader pledge to advance racial equity (CNBC) -  The money will go to 16 nonprofit organizations that are tackling racial inequities in various ways, such as educating communities of color about the Covid-19 vaccines, reducing debt for students at historically Black colleges and universities and providing internet access and technology to children who are attending school remotely.

On This Day In History

(From History.com)

  • 1790 - First session of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1861 - Texas becomes the 7th state to secede from the Union
  • 1865 - Union General William Tecumseh Sherman begins his march through South Carolina.
  • 1865 - John S. Rock becomes the first Black lawyer admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 1871 - Jefferson Franklin Long becomes the first Black member to speak on the floor of the US House of Representatives. He only spoke on the floor one time, opposing a bill that would remove voting restrictions on ex-Confederate political leaders. The bill passed.
  • 1884 - First Oxford dictionary debuts
  • 1896 - Puccini's "La Boheme" premieres in Turin, Italy.
  • 1901 - Clark Gable is born.
  • 1902 - China's empress Tzu-hsi forbids binding woman's feet
  • 1926 - Negro History Week begins. It became a month-long commemoration 50 years later in 1976.
  • 1931 - Boris Yeltsin is born. 
  • 1948 - "Cry the Beloved Country" by author and anti-apartheid activist Alan Paton is published in the U.S. 
  • 1960 - Black college students stage sit-in at a segregated lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C.
  • 1965 - More than 700 demonstrators are arrested in Selma.
  • 1968 - Richard Nixon announces his candidacy for president.
  • 1968 - Lisa Marie Presly is born.
  • 1972 - The 1st scientific, hand-held calculator (HP-35) is introduced, with a price tag of $395 (equal to $2,469.70 in 2020).
  • 1978 - Harriet Tubman becomes the first Black woman honored on a U.S. postage stamp.
  • 1979 - Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran.
  • 1982 - "Late Night with David Letterman" premieres on NBC. His first guest is BIll Murray.
  • 1990 - Ida B. Wells postage stamp issued.
  • 1991 - South African president, F.W. de Klerk says he will repeal all apartheid laws.
  • 1995 - Utah Jazz guard John Stockton passes Magic Johnson's all-time NBA assists mark of 9,221 in a win over the Denver Nuggets.
  • 1998 - Lillian E. Fishburne becomes the first Black woman to become a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy.
  • 2003 - The space shuttle Columbia breaks up while entering the atmosphere over Texas, killing all seven crew members.
  • 2004 - Wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl.
  • 2013 - "House of Cards," Netflix's first original series, starts streaming.

Wise Words

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

~Harriet Tubman

Lighter Side

Lighter Side

"My father, a Navy man, had the good fortune to be stationed in Hawaii -- but the bad fortune to have fair skin.

One day, after spending many hours under the hot sun, he reported back to duty with a terrible sunburn.

Expecting sympathy, he was, instead, reprimanded by his superiors and then written up for "destruction of government property."

(Reader's Digest)

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