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December 4, 2017
Trump tours Welfare Square looking for ‘tuna fish,’ praises ‘good stuff’ the Mormon church does and vows to protect religious freedom

Donald Trump may be the least popular Republican president in recent decades to meet with high-ranking Mormon officials, but you would never know it from his encounter Monday with LDS authorities. President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the Utah-based faith’s governing First Presidency, and Russell M. Nelson, head of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, were all smiles as they greeted the commander in chief at the LDS Church’s Welfare Square in Salt Lake City. Read more on SLTrib.com.

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December 2, 2017
Commentary: President Trump, meet the Mormons

Dear Mr. President: We welcome you to our beautiful state. You probably do not know much about Mormons, so let us take a minute to introduce ourselves to you. We are, above all, followers of Jesus Christ, and we take seriously and literally his commandment to care for the poor, the sick, the needy, the children, and the widows. We are peacemakers. Read more on SLTrib.com.

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November 11, 2017
Commentary: Are Mormons the new conscience of the GOP?

“Unfit.” That’s what Mitt Romney said late last week about Roy Moore, the controversial former state judge who’s on the ballot as the GOP Senate nominee for Alabama’s special election Dec. 12. Moore is under fire for allegations that he had sexual and romantic contact with girls as young as 14. Read more on SLTrib.com.

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October 6, 2017
Op-ed: Civility is the answer for an offensive defense

A video that has been shared widely on social media shows disturbing footage of students at a Woods Cross High School football game last Friday night. In the short video, a cardboard cutout of President Trump is hoisted overhead while students chant, "Build that wall!" Some students can also be seen making the "OK" hand signal, which has been associated with alt-right leaders who promote white supremacy. Read more on Deseret.com.

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October 5, 2017
Church leaders after Vegas shooting: Don't just mourn. Do something different.

Peace requires more than prayer. It requires action. Such were the words of some area church leaders Tuesday as they reacted to a mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday, Oct. 1, that so far has resulted in a death toll of 59. Witnesses described seeing dead and wounded lying on the ground and people in panic trampling on those who fell down trying to escape when a gunman opened fire in rapid succession on an outdoor music festival in Las Vegas. Read more on Standard.net.

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September 27, 2017
Trump's election triggered an 'unabashedly faithful' group of activists: Mormon women

A few nights after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Sharlee Mullins Glenn stared into the bluish light of her computer screen and prayed for guidance.

With frustration burrowed deep like a tick under her skin and dread that overpowered her tiredness, Glenn stumbled onto the answer at 2 a.m. It took only a couple of clicks on Facebook before she became an “accidental activist.” Read more on SLTrib.com.

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September 26, 2017
Apathy could be our biggest challenge this National Voter Registration Day

Are you registered to vote? That is the question many people will be asking Tuesday — National Voter Registration Day. Read more on TheHill.org.

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September 25, 2017
Prayer and Protest: Mormon women join the Trump resistance

One day early this spring, Silvia Avelar-Flores was shopping for birthday party supplies with her 8-year-old daughter in Salt Lake City when agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested her. They loaded her into a car and drove her two hours to a holding facility to await deportation. Read more on CaliforniaSunday.com.

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September 15, 2017
Congress, passing DACA is now a moral responsibility

There is an old proverb that says, “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second-best time is now.” When it comes to The DREAM Act of 2017, Congress has waited long enough. Versions of this legislation have been proposed repeatedly with bipartisan support since 2001. Read more on TheHill.com.

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September 13, 2017
Our View: Grassroots Utah group creating more civil talk, more civil action

Since the Democratic and Republican conventions last summer, lots of people have been demanding — and thirsting for — respectful discourse. But few have gone out of their way to find it or better yet, create it. Read more on Standard.net.

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September 7, 2017
Commentary: Congress must step in to protect DREAMers

Tuesday the Trump administration announced its decision to rescind DACA and allow it to expire after six months. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) provides critical protection and work authorization for upstanding members of our communities who were brought into this country as children. Read more on SLtrib.com.

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September 6, 2017
Holly Richardson: Kicking out DREAMers hurts us all

In the world of public relations, it’s common knowledge that if you want a story to get overlooked or buried, either release it on a Friday evening or when another news story is really heating up. President Trump often does both. Read more on SLTrib.com.

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August 15, 2017
GOP congressional primary may be too close to call

It could take until the end of the week to know who won Tuesday's hotly contested Republican primary in the 3rd Congressional District race to replace former Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Read more on Deseret.com.

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August 14, 2017
Mormon Women for Ethical Government, others rally in Provo to clarify voting procedures

Several organizations gathered at Provo’s historic courthouse Monday for a rally to help educate voters about Tuesday’s primary election and clear up confusion about the voting process. Read more on HeraldExtra.com.

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August 14, 2017
Mormon women, political activists rally to get-out-the-vote in confusing 3rd District special election

When Jocelyn Dorton heads to the polls Tuesday, it will be to cast a ballot in the 3rd Congressional District Republican primary race for the second time. An excited first-time voter, the 18-year-old said she filled out the mail-in ballot she received from Utah County weeks ago, only to learn later her vote would not count, because she had not registered as a Republican. Read more on SLTrib.com.

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August 13, 2017
Commentary: A call to unaffiliated voters to turn out Tuesday

We will not be complicit by being complacent. That is the motto of our nonpartisan group, Mormon Women for Ethical Government, our rallying cry. During this deeply troubling time in our history, we have committed to act, and not to be acted upon. Read more on SLTrib.com.

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August 12, 2017
Stop the hatred, Utah leaders say in wake of deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

As tensions escalated during “pro-white” demonstration in Charlottesville, Va., on Friday night into chaos and violence Saturday morning before a planned a white nationalist rally that left one dead and dozens injured, Utah leaders and activists took to Twitter to condemn hatred. Read more on SLTrib.com.

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August 11, 2017
Push for unaffiliated voters to register at polls could delay GOP primary results

A last-minute push to get unaffiliated voters to sign up as Republicans at the polls Tuesday so they can vote in the 3rd Congressional District primary election could delay the final results in the race. Read more on Deseret.com.

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June 7, 2017
Trump's policies have turned some Mormon women in Utah into political activists

Sharlee Mullins Glenn, a 56-year-old children’s book author, says she never imagined she would be standing outside a Homeland Security office in Utah with a bullhorn. But that’s exactly what she did in May. Read more on PRI.org.

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May 30, 2017
Mormon Women for Ethical Government champions political activism, sisterhood

“I’ve never been a politicized person before,” begins writer and artist Linda Hoffman Kimball. But when faced with a contentious election year and challenges to her values, Sister Kimball joined a group of her fellow sisters to found Mormon Women for Ethical Government, a cohort of LDS women primed for political activism and ready to champion the causes upon which the country was founded. Read more on ArizonaBeehive.org.

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May 14, 2017
Op-ed: An open letter to Jason Chaffetz from Mormon Women for Ethical Government

Dear Rep. Jason Chaffetz: As a nonpartisan organization of nearly 5,000 women, many of whom are your constituents, we are profoundly disturbed by apparent Russian involvement in our recent election. The unexpected firing of FBI Director James Comey is one more disruptive action weakening confidence in the current administration. Read more on Deseret.com.

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May 10, 2017
Boyd Matheson: The Case for Mormon Conservatism, a reply to Taylor Petrey

The Deseret News recently published an op-ed by Taylor Petrey, a visiting associate professor at Harvard Divinity School. Petrey offered a rather abstract and mildly manipulative set of musings about the failures of Mormon conservatism. While his seemingly sophisticated arguments would likely score points in an academic echo chamber, the realities show he has clearly missed the mark. Read more on Deseret.com.

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May 5, 2017
Holly Richardson: Sending people back into the shadows

Last week, Silvia Avelar-Flores ran to the craft store with her 8-year-old daughter to pick up supplies for a birthday party. There, an ICE officer who had been stalking her — I mean "surveilling" her — for three days arrested her in the parking lot. Her infraction? Overstaying a visa her parents got when she was 7. Read more on SLTrib.com.

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May 4, 2017
West Valley mother facing deportation gets last-minute OK to stay

A West Valley mother set to be deported to Mexico has received last-minute permission from a judge to remain in the U.S. Silvia Avelar-Flores, 31, was granted an additional 90 days in the country by an immigration court Thursday afternoon and was released from jail, federal officers said in a prepared statement. Read more on Deseret.com.

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May 4, 2017
'Every night, we just cry together': Young family heartbroken after ICE detains 31-year-old mother

A 31-year-old mother of three young children was swept up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Friday in the parking lot of a retail shop as her 8-year-old daughter watched. Silvia Avelar-Flores is now in federal detention in the Cache County jail. ICE officials said Wednesday she soon will be deported to Mexico. Read more on SLTrib.com.

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May 4, 2017
Utah mother of 3 facing deportation after ICE arrest granted temporary stay

Silvia Avelar-Flores, a mother of three who was arrested by ICE and faced deportation, was released from the Cache County Jail after being granted a temporary stay Thursday. Read more on Fox13Now.com.

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May 3, 2017
Protesters demand release of mother of three swept up in immigration roundup

Singing Mormon hymns, about 50 people protested the detention of a mother of three accused of overstaying her visa in the United States. Read more on Fox13Now.com.

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May 3, 2017
'She doesn't deserve this': Family laments mother's arrest, pending deportation

Adrian Juarez hasn't seen his mother since April 28 when she was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Since then, the 10-year-old has been the subject of much compassion from multiple groups who have said the potential deportation of the boy's mother, Silvia Avelar-Flores, is "immoral" and represents a federal effort to "terrorize" immigrant communities. Read more on Deseret.com.

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May 3, 2017
Groups protest pending deportation of Utah mother of 3

Community groups are protesting the pending deportation of a 31-year-old Mexican mother of three whose family says she was taken into custody by immigration agents while shopping with her daughter. Read more on USNews.com.

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May 3, 2017
Dozens protest planned deportation of West Valley City mom

More than a hundred people turned out Wednesday to show their support for a West Valley City mother slated for deportation. Read more on KUTV.com.

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April 12, 2017
Utah woman may have been in US illegally — but was it ethical to deport her?

This is the version of America in which we live now: Betty Ramos Castro of Draper has been deported to her native Colombia. This, despite the fact she is a single mother who is the only caretaker of her 18-year-old son who has mild cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Also — and this fact should be significant — he’s a U.S. citizen. Read more on Standard.net.

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April 7, 2017
Final appeal fails to prevent deportation of Utah woman

Despite a last-ditch appeal to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement for an extension, a Draper woman who has been living in the United States for the past two decades is being deported back to Colombia. Read more on SLTrib.com.

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April 4, 2017
Efforts to undo deportation of Draper mother fail

A 36-hour scramble to undo a Draper mother's deportation failed Friday as she awaited a connecting flight from Orlando, Florida, to Colombia. Read more on Deseret.com.

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April 7, 2017
Mormon women, others gather at Salt Lake City airport to try 'last-minute save' for woman's deportation

Mormon women, children and other concerned people gathered Thursday morning at Salt Lake City International Airport in a show of solidarity for an area woman who had been ordered by immigration agents to leave the United States. Read more on SLTrib.com.

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April 6, 2017
Trump: The Enemy of the Family

This morning Isabel, a middle-aged Mormon woman from Colombia who has lived in the US for years, left her home in Draper, Utah and was forced to board a plane bound for Colombia. ICE, acting under what they would only describe as “changed priorities,” took Isabel away from two US citizens who depend on her care. Read more on Patheos.com.

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April 6, 2017
Supporters heartbroken over deportation of woman

According to Mormon Women for Ethical Government said Isabel’s flight was re-routed to Orlando. Advocates and attorneys now have about six more hours to seek an extension. The group says they are working all day with the family and local attorneys to “leave no stone unturned”. Read more on ABC4.com.

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April 6, 2017
Dozens protest at SLC airport as ICE deports woman to Colombia

Members of Mormon Women for Ethical Government and other groups gathered at the Salt Lake City International Airport Thursday morning in a show of solidarity for a woman who has been deported to Colombia. Read more on Fox13Now.com.

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April 6, 2017
Draper mother deported despite last-minute push

An undocumented Draper mother being deported to Colombia missed her flight to South America on Thursday, providing a brief "glimmer of hope" that she would receive legal permission to stay in the United States, her friends said. Read more on Deseret.com.

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April 6, 2017
LDS Women Protest Deportation At Salt Lake Airport

On Thursday, members of Salt Lake City’s Mormon community gathered at the Salt Lake International Airport over concerns that a local LDS woman was being deported for overstaying her visa. Read more on KUER.org.

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