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Utah Legislature: Democracy Day draws activists to Capitol

SALT LAKE CITY(Deseret News) — Robin Addison wants to make a difference.

She works at Layton's Family Connection Center, a nonprofit agency that serves low-income families, but on Monday she took her work to halls of the Utah Capitol. Addison joined hundreds of other "citizen advocates" as they prepared to make their issues heard at the 2010 Legislature.

Democracy Day brought together a coalition of legislators and advocacy groups, including the AARP and the Utah Community Action Partnership, to educate citizens on ways to get involved and have an impact at the Legislature.

"I came to find out how to make a change for people who don't have food and shelter," Addison said.

Since the economic recession began, she said she has seen a dramatic increase in homeless Utahns who need help, and she hopes lawmakers will hear her message.

The event, which challenged participants to "speak out, speak up, take action," provided Addison and others a chance to meet their representatives.

Lt. Gov. Greg Bell told the gathering that lawmakers seek to represent Utahns.

"Representatives aren't here by accident," he said.

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