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The Consciousness Calendar is published bi-weekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to:
Consciousness Calendar Feb. 24 to March 9: Featured Is A Multi-Day Arts Event, But Also Of Note Is The Local To Global Event, Educational Events And Much More


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Feb. 25, 2016 — There might not be a better time for BlackARTSMatter, especially with all of the talk about how unfair and unbalanced the landscape of the arts is toward people of color. The event BlackARTSMatter is looking to tip the scales in the favor of “black folks” and give the public a series of performances, discussions and more to accomplish it.

BlackARTSMatter started on Feb. 19 and will be continuing through the 28 in conjunction with the opening of Suzan-Lori Parks' "The America Play.” The Friday, Feb. 26 keynote is by Tina Oso, the woman who interrupted the 2015 Netroots Nation presidential town hall in Phoenix.

“We are inviting an array of black artists, activists, and thinkers to come together for this convening to both present their work and strategize new ways of thinking about art’s integral role in the Black Lives Matter movement,” said the event organizers in a statement.

Aside from the entertainment aspect of the event, the aim is to gather artists, activists, and thinkers in order to facilitate a dialogue between students, faculty, and the community themed around motivating theatre communities around Black Lives Matter and investigating the potential of theatre's contributions to the Black Lives Matter movement.

BlackARTSMatter is happening right now In collaboration with Mesa Arts Center, Arizona Commission on the Arts, The Black Theatre Troupe, South Mountain Community College at Performance In The Borderlands in Tempe. For a complete list of performances, tickets and other information, visit the event page at

Thursday, Feb. 25

What Citizens Owe Strangers: Human Rights, Migrants and Refugees - a lecture by Michael Ignatieff from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at ASU Memorial Union Ballroom, 1290 S. Normal Ave., Tempe. Michael Ignatieff is an outspoken public intellectual and a prolific writer who has written 17 books as well as a politician and scholar. He will be bringing his unique perspective to Arizona for a lecture at ASU. He will be discussing the subject matter of his books and learnings as well as taking questions from the audience. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event page at

Day of Action from 6 to 8 p.m. at 5111 North Scottsdale Rd, suite 277, Scottsdale. Volunteers and encouraged and welcome to join the staff and volunteers of Concerned Veterans for America in a Day of Action. This event will be a night of camaraderie and phone banking. Food and Drinks will be provided. This event is open to any who would like to lend a hand and attend. For more information, visit the event page at

Friday, Feb. 26 - Sunday, Feb. 28

Local To Global Justice Forum And Festival from Feb. 26 through 28 at Arizona State University Tempe Campus, Tempe, 85281. Racial Justice will be the theme of this year’s Local To Global Justice Forum and Festival, which is very suiting with racial issues being a part of the daily conversation in everything from #OscarsSoWhite to race riots in Baltimore. The 15th annual LTGJ will facilitate conversations surrounding this issue and. This event is open to the public. For more information and for a full event schedule, visit the event page at

Friday, Feb. 26

Help Support Solar In AZ from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Treeo, 906 N. 6th St., Phoenix. Arizona is a state that is primed for mass implementation of solar energy, but it is slow going. This event is geared toward gathering support for solar in AZ and educating the public on the benefits of clean and renewable energy. SunHarvest Solar owner Brandon Cheshire, former State Representative Lucy Mason, former Mayor of Paradise Valley, Vernon Parker and others will be on hand for the event. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event page at

Saturday, Feb. 27

End Mass Incarceration from 1 to 4 p.m. at Quaker Meeting, 318 E. 15th Street, Tempe. This event is intended to bring some major lobbying power to Arizona and to help increase the power of the fight to end mass incarceration in Arizona’s, and more importantly America’s prisons. This event is open to anyone who would like to voice support for the cause. For more information, call Bonnie Fraser at 480-278-3702.

Delivering Democracy Lecture at 4:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Award winning actress Viola Davis will be on hand for this lecture which will focus on Democracy and how it is a very misunderstood word and concept in our modern world. The lecture will look at what it really means and what we can do to exercise our power as citizens. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event page at

Gilbert Mayor John Lewis - Behavioral Health and Substance Use Event from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Sovereign Grace Church, 1280 N. Cooper Rd., Gilbert. The discussion will include identification of community resources available to help people fighting these issues. The event will include a continental breakfast that starts at 8:30. For more information or to register, visit the event page at

The Arizona American African Republican Committee is hosting a celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation from 2 to 4 p.m. at East Lake Park, 1549 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. For more information, email to

Sunday, Feb. 28

The Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots and others will participate in a Pro-Cop Rally from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mesa Police Headquarters, 130 N. Robson, Mesa. For more information on this event, visit

Tuesday, March 1

The McCain Institute will host, “Cyber Threats Part II: A Conversation on Trafficking and Technology” at 5:30 p.m. at The Newton, 300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. Conformed speakers include: Julie Cordua, CEO, THORN; Peter Manning, special agent, Department of Homeland Security; Greg Squire, special agent, Department of Homeland Security. To watch the event live online, visit listening to the event live online at  For more information, visit

Wednesday, March 2

Read Across America Day day is March 2. What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss than to create a day to encourage reading on his birthday? That is what Read Across America day is and it was created 19 years go in order to encourage reading and remind people the tremendous value of reading. For more information or to learn how you can participate in this year’s Read Across America Day locally, visit

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication will present, “A Journey to Hope: Prisoners and Refugees, Helping Their Plights at noon, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Speakers will include: Criselda Marie Z. Caringal, a documentary producer from the Philippines; Marta Cerava, a managing editor and digital content planner from Latvia; and Darko Ivanovic, a veteran journalist and producer from Montenegro.  For more information, visit

Thursday, March 3

Genomic Research on European Migrations at the End of Antiquity from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Lattie F. Coor Hall Room 174, 975 S. Myrtle Ave., Tempe. The extent to which migration into the Roman Empire at the end of Antiquity contributed to the collapse of imperial power in the West and the transformation of the Roman world has been debated for two centuries and this will be the subject of Patrick Geary’s discussion. This event is free and open to the public. To register for the event or for more information, visit the event page at or

As part of the “Iconic Voices” lecture series by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Barbara Barrett, former U.S. ambassador to Finland, will share her experiences as businesswoman and diplomat as well as her feats as a pilot and astronaut. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The event will be led by Jeff Cunningham, a Cronkite School professor of practice who is the former publisher of Forbes Magazine.For more information, visit

Saturday, March 5

Arizona List 12th Anniversary at noon at 6311 E. Naumann Dr., Paradise Valley. This special event will feature guest Speaker David Brock, founder of Media Matters who will be on hand to talk about how to successfully fight biased news coverage and discuss his new book, “Killing the Messenger”. This event is open to the public. Those interested can reserve a spot online at For more information, call 520-327-0520 or visit the event page at

The Sierra Club is hosting a hike to the caves at Cave Creek, which are on private land and not usually accessible. To reach the guide and to get more information, email Harry Lumley, or visit

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