Social Issues Archive

Bill Offering Tax Credit for Hiring the Homeless Passes the House

(KCPW News) Utah is one step closer to helping the homeless find a job. Today, the House of Representatives passed a bill

Rev. Jesse Jackson Coming to University of Utah

(KCPW News) Next week, the country will celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Headlining the celebration at the

Colder Weather Means More People Seeking Assistance at Local Shelters

A recent drop to winter temperatures in Salt Lake City has meant a spike in people looking to stay warm at local

CityViews 11/12/12: Utah’s Latino Vote/Writing for Social Change

  Segment 1: According to Latinovotemap-dot-org, Utah saw a 65 percent increase in the growth of eligible Latino voters in the state

Former Governor Huntsman Continues to Champion LGBT Equality

Nearly three and a half years ago, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman announced his support for same-sex civil unions shortly before leaving

KSL-TV Meets with LGBT Rights Groups

Two LGBT rights groups sat down Wednesday with the head of KSL-TV’s parent company, Bonneville International, following the NBC affiliate’s decision not

Community Urged to Help Share the Cost of Feeding the Hungry

It’s been nearly a year since the Salvation Army ran out of funding to keep running its soup kitchen downtown. Since then,

Issues Facing Latinos in Colorado, Nevada Could Shape Election

While Utah can hardly be considered a swing state in this year’s presidential election, its neighbors to the east and west are

Homeless Outreach Service Team Looking For More Business Partners

There are two kinds of meters in downtown Salt Lake City. Both sit on the sidewalk and accept change, but instead of

District Attorney Reflects on Impact of Sikh Temple Shooting

The impact of Sunday’s massacre at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin by a white supremacist hit especially hard for Salt Lake County

Huntsman to Be Honored by LGBT Rights Group

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is among those who will be recognized by Equality Utah as it holds its 11th Annual Allies

Geena Davis to Visit Salt Lake Bees Game, Highlighting Women in Baseball

She’s been a fugitive, baseball player and President of the United States… all on screen. Now, Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis is coming

BYU Research Indicates Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions Decreasing

New research from Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy indicates opposition to same-sex marriage and civil unions

Equality Utah Releases 2012 Endorsements, Some Stay Private

Equality Utah has released its list of endorsed candidates for statewide office, Congress, the legislature and local races based on their views

Politics Up Close: Dougall Runs for Auditor, Davis School District Pulls Book

What do Internet memes with Ryan Gosling and neon green lawn signs have in common? They’re both part of Representative John Dougall’s

Law Enforcement Say “Hate Crime” Hard to Tack On to Offense

It’s difficult to tack on “hate crime” to a conviction in Utah, according to law enforcement officials who took part last night

State Restores Time Limits On Food Stamps

Low-income adults in Utah without children will soon find their food stamp benefits being cut short as the state moves back to

Corporate Personhood Initiative goes to November Ballot

More than 7,200 verified signatures were collected in Salt Lake City for a campaign to end corporate personhood, according to a count

Utah KIDS COUNT Data Shows Climb in Poverty, Teen Sex

New data shows poverty, sexually transmitted diseases and lack of insurance are on the rise among Utah children. The state’s newest KIDS

Salt Lake City Launches Education Program for Refugees

Some of the biggest challenges refugees face when coming to the United States are understanding the legal system, learning their rights and

Utah Has Third Largest Wage Gap for Women

Today is Equal Pay Day across America, a day recognizing an ongoing wage gap among men and women in the U.S. And

Matthew David Stewart Supporters Rally for Peaceful Drug Policies

Nearly a hundred people filled a room at the Weber County Main Library in Ogden last night to support Mathew David Stewart,

Conference Sheds Light on Human Trafficking

Restoring self worth and value to victims of sex trafficking is a common theme at the 2012 Trafficking In Persons Symposium being

Occupy Salt Lake Settles Into New Home at Library Square

About 20 tents are now set up on a gravel lot east of the Salt Lake City Main Library, following the city

Gay BYU Students Contribute to “It Gets Better” Campaign

One former filmmaker at Brigham Young University says a new online video of BYU students telling their personal stories of the triumphs

The Cupcake Project at UMOCA

An exhibition coming to downtown Salt Lake City’s Utah Museum of Contemporary Art will have visitors thinking about hunger in a different

Councilman Enters Contest to Bring “Bully” to Salt Lake City

The controversial film “Bully” opens in major cities across the country this month and hundreds of other cities are demanding screenings of

Salt Lake City Main Library to Hire Social Workers to Help the Homeless

More help is coming to Utah’s homeless. The Salt Lake City Main Library, a known hotspot for those with nowhere to go,

Senate Approves Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

The Utah Senate approved a bill this morning that requires some welfare recipients in the state to be drug tested if they

Rally Motivated By Repeated Failure of Nondiscrimination Bill

Enough is enough. That’s what some in Utah’s LGBT community are saying after a nondiscrimination bill considered by the state legislature failed