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Tempe Hosts Event Sept. 20

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The Consciousness Calendar is published weekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to: generalcontact@moderntimesmagazine.com.
Featured Is A Human Rights Event, But Also Included Are Networking Mixers, A Cannabis Discussion, Constitution Day Events And Much More

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Sept. 9, 2015 — Amnesty International Tempe is hosting an event from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sept. 20  at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, titled, “Human Rights In America: Where Do We Stand Today?” The event is being held to asses the state of human rights in U.S. and what has changed in the last 20 years.

From the militarization of police forces across the country to extensive mass surveillance programs that have been questioned for their legality, there are many things going on in the country right now that have some people worried and this event intends to tackle the topic head on.

“We believe everyone is entitled to basic human rights, as listed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. So we work hard to raise awareness, and to move the world a little bit, in a better direction,” said an Amnesty International representative on the organization's website.

Amnesty International typically focuses on other countries, but this meeting will be totally focused on the U.S. “Please come to learn, to understand, and to help us work to improve the human rights situation in this country,” says the organization on their Facebook page.

This is a free event that is open to anyone who would like to attend. Though the event is free, those attending are encouraged to make a coffee or snack purchase. Those who have questions can email AiTempeAZ@gmail.com. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1087004704658211/.


Thursday, Sept. 10

A Cannabis Panel Discussion will be held at 5 p.m. at Maricopa County Democratic Party, 2914 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Prohibitionist leader, Ed Gogek, will be speaking in Arizona as part of his speaking tour to discuss the importance of prohibition. Mikel Weisser is a medical marijuana patient who is defending the idea of cannabis legalization. This event is open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1496062907371095/.

Friday, Sept. 11

“Humanities and the Impact of War on American Civic Life,” will be held at noon at Arizona State University Social Sciences Building, room 109, 900 Cady Mall, Tempe. This panel is being held in order to explore the social and cultural impact of 9/11 in the world today. This event is open to the public. For more information and to RSVP, visit the event page at https://ihr.asu.edu/news-events/events/fifteen-years-after-911.

Sunday, Sept. 13

“Living Your Dream” With Special Guest Kevin Patterson will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Rebel & Divine UCC, 917 E. Sheridan St., Phoenix. This event is open to the public but is geared toward helping homeless youth and at risk young adults on how to be healthy and live a successful life. For more information or to RSVP for the event, visit the event Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/418604695003401/.

Tuesday, Sept. 15

City Council Neighborhoods, Housing and Development Subcommittee Meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St., Phoenix, meeting rooms A, B and C. This subcommittee will be providing policy guidance on issues such as neighborhoods, homelessness, housing, historic preservation and planning. For those who can’t attend the meeting but would like to get the information, it will be streamed live at phoenix.gov/phxtv. For more information, contact the city manager’s office at 602-262-6941 or visit the event page at https://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/official-city-council-meetings/754.

Wednesday, Sept. 16

Multicultural Networking & Recruitment Forum from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 N. Third St., Phoenix. This event is being held in order to strengthen recruitment efforts between LGBT and diverse allied business professionals from the Hispanic, Black, Native American, Asian and the local business communities. This event is free and open to the public, but those who would like to attend are asked to RSVP. For more information and to RSVP, visit the event Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/817969061634633/.

Thursday, Sept. 17

Citizenship Day Forum & Celebration will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Unite Here Local 631, 2401 N. Central Ave., suite 120, Phoenix. This event is being held in order to help people learn how to become an U.S. citizen and to celebrate the accomplishments of those who have already accomplished citizenship. This event is being held on National Citizenship Day. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1759436150999149/.

Friday, Sept. 18

Constitution Day Celebration & Book Talk from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. ACLU of Arizona is hosting a talk by Phoenix-based attorney and author Robert J. McWhirter in honor of Constitution Day. McWhirter will be giving a presentation entitled “Just What’s So Exceptional About America? Rights, People, and the Bill of Rights.” This event is open to those who would like to attend. To RSVP, visit http://bit.ly/1ILQaYK. For more information, visit the event page at http://blogforarizona.net/event/constitution-day-celebration-book-talk/?instance_id=2960.

Saturday, Sept. 19

ALL-STAR CANVAS #YES4PUHSD at 9 a.m. at Center For Neighborhood Leadership, 816 N. First Ave., Phoenix. This is an event that is being put on by students who are doing what they can to fund their schools. They will be canvassing try to convince voters to vote for the Phoenix Union High School District override. For more information or to RSVP for this event, visit the event Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1488724761426276/.

Tuesday, Sept. 22

A “Mock Interview Lab” will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at Phoenix Workforce Connection, 9801 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. This workshop is being held in order for people to help perfect their interview skills so that they will have a better chance of getting a job. Those attending should come prepared to interview and to receive feedback. This event is open to those who would like to attend. For more information, visit the event page at https://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/econdev/775.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Valley Young Professionals will host a mixer at Desert Botanical Garden from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. This event is being held in order for young professionals to network and get themselves out in the world while being able to enjoy the Desert Botanical Garden. The event is being put on by VYP and the Monarch Society. There will be complimentary appetizers and a cash bar for drinks. The event is free for VYP members and $20 for non members. For more information, visit the event page at http://web.phoenixchamber.com/cwt/External/WCPages/WCEvents/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=3256.

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