Past Events

March 20, 2017 – Free Screening of The Settlers at First Unitarian Church

Oct. 21, 2016 – Free Screening of Budrus at First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City drew alot of interest.


budrusA very informative Q&A followed. Thanks to all who participated. More to come. Stay tuned.

Budrus, a true story, delves into the fraught world of Palestinian-Israeli relations in this amazing account of one family’s leadership of a movement to prevent Israel’s Separation Barrier from slicing their town in half.  The father and his fifteen year old daughter inspire nonviolent protests against the Israeli military.

See Budrus Trailer here.

May 22, 2016 – The First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, UJPHL, and Wasatch Coalition for Peace and Justice co-hosted  Mariam Fathalla, a victim of the 1948 Nakba (catastrophe), who gave her personal account of her family’s removal from their home.


With a great granddaughter of other Nakba survivors, traveling companion and interpreter, Amena Ashkar, Miriam spoke of the horror on the day they were forcibly removed from their home. She and Amena also discussed what life in a refugee camp is like. Miriam has raised three generations in makeshift housing in the the refugee camps of Lebanon. It is the only “home” that Amena has ever known. Lebanon does not want them and Israel will not allow them to return. Though they seem optimistic, Miriam and Amena shared the personal despair of people without a home and without hope.


April 4-6, 2016 – UJPHL co-sponsored Professor Omid Safi who spoke to full house in Salt Lake City on “America and Islam: Peace and Justice in an Age of ISIS and Islamophobia”


Professor Safi is the director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center and the editor of the book, “Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism,” which presents a new understanding of Islam rooted in social justice, gender equality, and religious/ethnic pluralism.

March 24, 2016 – UJPHL co-sponsored California Congresswoman, Barbara Lee, who talked at the Hinkley Institute for Politics at the University of Utah about racism today.

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Lee has served in the US Congress since 1998. She has chaired the Congressional Black Caucus, and co-chaired the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Lee is most noted for being the only member of congress to vote against the authorization of use of force after the 9/11 attacks. This remarkable move has made her popular with many anti-war critics.  <>

2015 – UJPHL joins PAC and others to bring speakers to discuss Colonialism 

Summer 2014 – Utahns protested Apartheid Israel, the occupation of Palestine, and the attacks on Gaza.

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2009 – UJPHL co-founder Frances ReMillard meets activist and author, Alice Walker, during the 2009 legal study commissioned by the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa, which addressed the question, “Is Israel an Apartheid State?” Frances ReMillard prepared the subsequent summary of that tribunal, which can found here. Apartheid Booklet