Utah State Fairpark
December 31, 2010- Salt Lake City, Utah
Over 400 people joined High Road for Human Rights on New Year's Eve for the second annual ARTini celebration- an evening of food and festivities in support of grassroots action. Guests enjoyed dancing to live music by the Disco Drippers, delicious hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, and a silent auction with nearly 100 pieces from some of Utah's top artists.
Rally for Accountability
November 19, 2010- Salt Lake City, Utah
Around 60 members of the community gathered at Pioneer Park to demand that Bush and other criminals in their administration be held accountable for their illegal and immoral conduct. George W. Bush's cross country book signing tour arrived at the Costco in Sandy, UT on November 19th, 2010 promoting his memoir "Decision Points," in which he openly brags about condoning torture during his administration. While the rally was concurrent with Bush's visit to Utah, the message of the rally was bi-partisan: that all citizens must be held accountable according to the rule of law. Speaker line-up included Ashley Anderson, co-director of Peaceful Uprising; Retired Brigadier General David Irvine; Archie Archuleta, President of Utah Coalition of La Raza; youth activist Molly Robbins; and Rocky Anderson, former mayer of SLC and Executive Director for High Road for Human Rights.
Presentation To Democratic Women of Utah County
November 16, 2010 - Orem, Utah
Rocky Anderson presented to the Democratic Women of Utah County, sharing High Road's mission, focusing on High Road's issue of genocide, and stressing the important role citizen activism can play in stopping human rights abuses worldwide. You can view our presentation here.
Presentation at Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy
Westminster College October 11, 2010 - Salt Lake City, Utah
The High Road team spoke before a group of seven international visitors at Westminster College as part of the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy's program. The group is traveling under the auspices of the US Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program to examine human rights advocacy and awareness.
The group included representatives from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Tajikistan. They discussed their experiences in developing their various projects, ranging from a transitional justice organization to a transgender rights nonprofit. The workshop drew out a variety of shared lessons, arriving at Joe Hill's core message: "Don't mourn; organize!"
High Road Cooler World Music Festival
Liberty Park October 9, 2010 - Salt Lake City, Utah
Thousands of people gathered at Liberty Park on October 9th to enjoy free music and to raise awareness about the climate crisis. Green business, community groups, artists, and other organizations came together for the festival. In conjunction with thousands of events all over the world organized through 350.org, the festival was part of the most widespread day of environmental action in world history.
Candlelight Serenade Benefit Acoustic Festival
Thanksgiving Point August 21, 2010 - Salt Lake City, Utah
On August 21, High Road participated as a community partner in a Candlelight Serenade to benefit Child Rescue. The event raised awareness about the child sex trade, and raised funds to support law enforcement. Rocky Anderson spoke twice during the day-long festival, and High Road provided visitors with our new set of concrete solutions to combat slavery.
Jazz Festival Jam Session with Seth MacFarlane
Green Pig Pub July 10, 2010 - Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah State Capitol June 17, 2010 - Salt Lake City, Utah
High Road members, together with Utahns for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, took a stand against state-sanctioned killing on June 17, the eve of the execution of Ronnie Lee Gardner by firing squad. The sunset rally on the steps of Utah's capitol featured music by Kate McLeod and speeches by Ralph Dellapiana, ACLU Chairman Robert Wood, Rev. Reyes Rodriguez, Brian King, Sandy McGunigall-Smith, Nanice Ellis, Kent Hart, and Clark Newhall, MD.
More info on High Road's death penalty project can be found here.
High Road Part of Diverse Coalition Urging Protection of Miranda Rights
NACDL May 17, 2010 - Washington, DC
High Road is part of a broad coalition of 35 organizations that sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on May 17, urging him to reconsider his call to weaken Miranda Rights through the codification and expansion of the "public safety exception". Full text here.
Crimes Are Crimes - No Matter Who Does Them
New York Review of Books May 27, 2010 - New York, NY
High Road Director Rocky Anderson joined Cindy Sheehan, Cornel West, Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky, Ray McGovern, Carl Dix, Bill Quigley, William Blum, Joyce Kozloff, Ann Messner, David Swanson, Sunsara Taylor, Stephen Rohde, Fr. Bob Bossie, Peter Phillips, Jed Stone, Tomas Olmos, Peter McLaren, Jodie Evans, Margaret Lawrence, Matthis Chiroux, Larry Everest, Andy Worthington, Blase Bonpane, William Ayers, Dahr Jamail, Kathy Kelly, Mike Gravel, and others in signing the statement Crimes Are Crimes - No Matter Who Does Them. The statement appears in a full-page, full-color ad in the New York Review of Books. See the statement here.
Viva Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Gorilla Design Warehouse May 5, 2010 - Salt Lake City, Utah
High Road Death Penalty Project Director on RadioActive
KRCL April 26, 2010 - Salt Lake City, Utah
Ralph Dellapiana, High Road's Death Penalty Project Director, appeared on KRCL's RadioActive to speak about the flaws and injustices inherent in capital punishment. He was joined by Nancy Appleby, fellow UTADP coaliton member and member of Peace and Justice Commission for the Episcopal Diocese of Utah. Listen to the hour-long broadcast here.
Press Conference Announces the Formation of Utahns for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Matheson Courthouse April 23, 2010 - Salt Lake City, Utah
Organizations, religious leaders and other concerned community members gathered at Matheson Courthouse to announce the formation of Utahns for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, of which High Road is a founding member. Speakers at the conference included The Most Reverend John C. Wester, Reverend David A. Henry, Dee Rowland, and High Road Death Penalty Project Director Ralph Dellapiana. See the press release announcing UTADP's formation, and read the UTADP Position Paper.
University of Utah April 13, 2010 - Salt Lake City, Utah
Rocky Anderson moderated the biannual debate hosted by the University of Utah Debate Team around "The Nuclear Question." Debaters included Christopher Thomas, Policy Director of the Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah, Tom Magette, Senior Vice President of EnergySolutions Inc., Peter Jenkins, a health physicist and Chairman of the Utah Radiation Control Board, and Gary Sandquist, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Utah.