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Consciousness Calendar July 15 to 29: Featured Is A Gathering Of Progressives And A Celebration Of A Community Organization, As Well As Gun Violence Prevention, Community Performances And More


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

July 15, 2015 - Netroots Nation, an annual gathering of progressives and the political players and groups on that side of the political spectrum, will invade the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix, July 16 to 19, for an annual convention.

The group hosts calls itself a, “online and in-person campus for exchanging ideas and learning how to be more effective in using technology to influence the public debate.” The biggest single event is the annual convention. It began in 2006 as the yearly Kos Convention.

The gathering this year has taken on a pledge to see the passage of immigration reform, although other progressive issues will also be discussed. In all, the event includes 80 panels, more than 40 training sessions, keynotes, film screenings and, “other engaging sessions designed to educate, stimulate and inspire the nation’s next generation of progressive leaders.”

Perhaps the most notable exchange will be a presidential candidate forum with Sen. Bernie Sanders and Gov. Martin O’Malley Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will also deliver a keynote Friday at 10:45 a.m. Additional and noteworthy events are highlighted under the appropriate dates below.

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The Arizona Guidance Organization, a group dedicated to reforming the prison system and serving the families of incarcerated individuals, will host a ribbon-cutting and debut celebration July 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Fuego Bar and Grill, 9118 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix.

The ceremony will be a family friendly, community event that will feature community leaders and others with a celebration taking place outside Fuego Bar and Grill before dinner.

Tickets for the dinner are $40, but there are also eight-person sponsor tables available starting at $250. There are $400 sponsor tables available as well, and those tables will included an advertised logo on AGO fundraising material.

To purchase dinner tickets, email or call 623-692-3393. For more information, visit the event Facebook page at

Wednesday, July 15

The Arizona Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee and Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee will host a reception and fundraiser tonight at Mother Bunch Brewing, 825 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. A suggested contribution of $100 is suggested at the door, although sponsorship levels range from $250 to $750. For more information, visit To RSVP, email the names of attendees to

Thursday, July 16

Queer. People Of Color Caucus from 10 to 11 a.m. at Netroots Nation, Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix. This event is intended to give people of color who identify as queer a place to network and hold conversation as well as work on issues relevant to the group's interests. This event is free and open to those who would like to attend. For more information visit the event Facebook page at

Friday, July 17

You + Us = Best Launch Party Ever at 7:30 p.m. at Paz Cantina, 1011 N. 3rd St., Phoenix. Not 1 More and Puente AZ will be launching a new national organization and are holding an event to celebrate. The organization will focus on getting Latino and Chicano immigrants to participate in grassroots campaigns and other actions with the intention of bettering the community. This event is open to the public and requires a $20 donation. For more information, visit the event Facebook page at

As part of Netroots Nation, a, “Rally for Arpaio Free AZ, ICE Out of the 4th Ave Jail,” will be held beginning at noon in front of the Fourth Ave. Jail, 201 S. Fourth Ave., Phoenix.

Saturday, July 18

Bernie ‘16 Watch Party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix. This event is intended for supporters of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to watch the livestream of the Netroots Presidential Town Hall. This is a free event that is open to anyone who would like to attend. For more information, visit the event Facebook page at

Bernie Sanders’ Phoenix Town Meeting at 7 p.m. at Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix. Originally scheduled for Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, the events has been moved to accommodate the high number of attendees. Those who would like to attend need to RSVP to the event at For more information, visit the event Facebook page at

A bowling event that will benefit the Joshua Tree Feeding Program, will be held at Let It Roll Bowl, 8925 N. 12th St., Phoenix, beginning at noon. For more information, visit

Tuesday, July 21

“Capers” by Anu Yadav at 7 p.m. at Phoenix Center For The Arts, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix. This is a solo performance play about race, class and gentrification in low-income neighborhoods. This event is open to anyone who would like to attend. Those under the age of 18 are free and adults are $7 at the door, cash only. Nobody will be turned away from the performance due to lack of funds. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at

Thursday, July 23

Internationally recognized anti-racist writer and educator, Tim Wise, will lecture beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Bulpitt Auditorium, Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix. This lecture includes a facilitated conversation with Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker, and will be followed by a book signing. For more information, visit

Saturday, July 25

Community Mixtape: Cultiv8n Culture Showcase from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Phoenix Youth Hostel And Cultural Center, 1026 N. Ninth St., Phoenix. This show will be showcasing musicians, poets and artists from around the Phoenix metro who are socially engaged. Freedomchooseslove Pearson will be hosting the event. This is a free event, but there is a $5 suggested donation. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at

Wednesday, July 29

Gun Violence Prevention Action Event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chandler Regional Medical Center, 1955 W. Frye Rd., Chandler. East Valley Organizing For Action is holding this event in order to educate people on preventing gun violence. They are looking for volunteers to help tabel at the event. Those who would like to help can RSVP by emailing For more information, visit the event’s page at

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