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Consciousness Calendar Nov. 19 to Dec. 3: Featured Is A Thanksgiving Boycott, But Also Featured Are An Immigration Gathering, Educational Events And A Documentary Screening


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 19, 2015 — Black Friday has been a long-standing tradition in America when stores traditionally open their doors early on the Friday after Thanksgiving to offer shoppers a chance to get some incredible savings on just about anything. However, a trend has developed in recent years that has led retailers to open their doors earlier and earlier, leading to many leading retailers like Wal-Mart to stay open all day on Thanksgiving to get ahead of the competition.

The group Boycott Black Thursday is helping to organize a boycott of stores open on Thanksgiving.

“Target, Walmart, Best Buy and other major retailers have made the decision to open stores for ‘Black Thursday’ shopping as early as 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This means employees will be forced to work the majority of the day and evening in preparation for the huge sale. We believe this is an unethical decision that does not consider the families of the men and women who work at these stores, so we're boycotting Black Thursday,” states the group on their Facebook page.

Boycott Black Thursday already has more than 140,000 supporters, and that support is growing. An increasingly large list of major retailers such as Gamestop, Costco and Staples are refusing to open their doors on Thanksgiving.

Those looking to support Boycott Black Friday can use the hashtag #keepfamilyfirst on social media and of course, not support businesses that keep their doors open on Thanksgiving. For more information or to show support, visit the group’s Facebook page at

Thursday, Nov. 19

Resolving America’s Fiscal Crisis: A Discussion With Harry Stein at 6 p.m. at ASU Memorial Union, 1290 S. Normal Ave., Tempe. Harry Stein, director of fiscal policy at the Center for American Progress, will be on hand for this event. The focus will be to have an extended discussion and presentation on our nation’s current fiscal state and what can be done to fix it. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event page at

This Changes Everything documentary premiere at 7 p.m. at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson. This event will showcase the premiere of a documentary film based on Naomi Klein's book, This Changes Everything. The film documents the growing mobilization of people across the globe as they strive to protect the environment, combat the causes of climate change, and heal our Earth. General admission tickets for this event are $10. To buy tickets, visit

Friday, Nov. 20

O'Connor Institute Distinguished Speakers Series Presents Smithsonian Secretary Skorton from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale. Dr. David J. Skorton is the new chief executive officer for the Smithsonian and the first physician to serve in this capacity. The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research institute complex and Skorton will be on hand to discuss the job and answer questions. Tickets to this event are $75 for general admission, which includes a luncheon. To register for the event, visit For more information, visit the event page at

“The Great Mall Makeover: Rethinking Retail” is the subject of the next Valley Partnership monthly breakfast at Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the program begins at 7:45 a.m. The panel will feature Warren Fink, CEO, Carlyle Development Group; Chris Gerardo, Southwest director of leasing, Whitestone REIT; Jeff Moloznik, vice president of development, RED Development; and Christine Mackay, economic development director, city of Phoenix. Moderating the panel will be Scott Nelson, vice president of development, Macerich. To register, visit

Saturday, Nov. 21

OAO, HOT & Igniting Change Thanksgiving Dinner For The Homeless from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at 12th Ave and Madison St., Phoenix. Igniting Change AZ is hosting this event which will be aimed at serving hot thanksgiving meals to the homeless. The event is in need of volunteers and donations in order to make it a success. Those interested in volunteering or donating can visit For more information, visit the event page at

Promise Arizona will host a community fair in support of immigration reform on the lawn of the Arizona State Capitol, at 10 a.m., with the theme, “Our Promise: Vote, Defend, Win Relief.” The event kicks off a 12-month national campaign coinciding with the presidential election in support of immigration reform. For more information, visit

Sunday, Nov. 22

Cranksgiving Tempe 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at Bike Saviours, 1930 S. Roosevelt St., Tempe. This combination food drive scavenger hunt by bike will be taking place at various food vendors and grocery stores in Tempe in order to gather food for United Food Bank, as well as have a fun, health conscious scavenger hunt. Those interested in participating will check in at Bike Saviours at 1:30 p.m. and the event will start at 2 p.m. with an after-party at Spinelli's Pizzeria, Tempe for food and drink specials and awards and prizes. Entry for the event is free, but items totaling between $10 to $15 will need to be purchased for the scavenger hunt. For more information, visit the event page at

Tuesday, Nov. 24

City of Phoenix District 3 November Coffee Chat from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, 11111 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. This is a monthly event held by members of District 3 in order to discuss various happenings in the city and other relevant topics. This event is free and open to the public. For questions, contact Dominic Papa at 602-262-7441. For more information, visit the event page at

Monday, Nov. 30

Phoenix Water Open House: 24th Street Water Treatment Plant from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 24th Street Water Treatment Plant, 6202 N. 24th St., Phoenix. The city of Phoenix Water Services Department is hosting several open houses for the public in order to provide information and answer questions on the proposed water rate increase. City staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. Those interested in attending must RSVP and can do so by emailing For more information, visit the event page at

Thursday, Dec. 3

Jack Gantos: The Trouble In Me at 7 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. The Newbery Medalist and Printz Honor-winning author, Jack Gantos, will be on hand at Changing Hands Bookstore to discuss his new autobiographical novel, The Trouble In Me. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event page at

The 2015 Cox Communications/East Valley Economic Forum will be held beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa, 200 N. Centennial Way, Mesa. The keynote speaker is scheduled to be Sean McCarthy, Wells Fargo Private Bank. Roc Arnett, CEO of the partnership for the last 13 years, will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Excel Award. The registration deadline is Nov. 25. For more information, visit

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