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Consciousness Calendar April 21 to May 4: Featured Is A Slew Of Political Events As Well As Brown Vs Board of Education Presentations And A Report By The State Of Black Arizona


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

April 21, 2016 — It’s an election year, if that is not yet abundantly clear.

But the political action is not just on the television or Internet, it is more accurately going on in real life. Over the next two weeks, you can have coffee with U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (April 23), and participate in the selection of delegates to the Democratic and Republican party conventions this summer.

Beyond directly engaging in the political system, informed citizens and residents can get even more thoroughly informed by attending Brown vs Board of Education session (April 27 and 29) or  the release of the first state of Black education data (May 3).

Thursday, April 21

Independent Lens Pop Up! Peace Officer Screening at 6:30 p.m. at Dobson Ranch Library, 2425 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa. The Emmy Award winning documentary series, Independent Lens, is being celebrated by Mesa via a series of screenings. The next one will feature a screening of Peace Officer, which takes a look at the growing tension between law enforcement and the public. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Friday, April 22

Deadline for Nomination Forms for At Large Delegates, Alternates and PLEO for the Democratic Party. The deadline for those submitting Nomination Forms and Pledge of Support is fast approaching, but there is still time to get the forms in. The deadline is 5 p.m. on April 22. For more information, contact

Saturday, April 23

Cocoa and Coffee Club Breakfast With U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake from 7:30 a.m. to 9 at the Phoenix Airport Marriott, 1101 N. 44th St., Phoenix. Are you interested in having breakfast with Senator Jeff Flake? Well, you’re in luck, because Flake has set up an event for just that. Tickets to the event are $30 and a souvenir mug can be purchased for an additional $12. Space for this event is limited. For more information or to get tickets, visit

Law Day For Women from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, 1130 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix. The Fresh Start Women’s Foundation is looking to help women in Phoenix who are in need of legal advice. Law Day For Women will give women the opportunity to meet with volunteer attorneys who specialize in everything from divorce to family law. The meetings will be granted on a first-come first-served basis. There is a $10 entry fee required at the door. For more information or to RSVP, visit

Arizona NOW State Conference from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at UFCW Hall - Local 99. 2401 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. This event will be a day full of artists, activists and gathering in hopes to better position the citizens of Arizona for success in the upcoming election. Lunch will be included. Rates for non-members are $35, members are $30 and students are $20. For more information or to register, visit

Winnie Ruth Judd: Arizona’s Most Infamous Murderer from 3 to 5 p.m. at The Clarendon Hotel, 401 W. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix. The “Hip HIstorian” Marshall Shore is looking to take Arizonans on a bus tour that will follow in the footsteps of one of the most famous murderers in the state’s history; Winnie Ruth Judd. Tickets for the event are $30 and can be purchased at For more information or to RSVP, visit the event page at

To Sunday April 24

MYTHFEST 2016: Science Fiction and Shakespeare’s Tempest at Barrett Honors College, 751 E. Lemon Mall, Tempe. Those looking to take in some live theater are in luck. MYTHFEST features theatrical performances by Barrett Honors College students, alumni, special guest artists and the Herberger School of Film, Theater and Dance faculty and students. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event page at

Monday, April 25

Robert George: Public Morality and Religious Liberty After Obergefell from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at St. Mary’s High School, 2525 N. 3rd St., Phoenix. Catholic Phoenix will be hosting a talk by  Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University. George is a leading Catholic intellectual and regularly gives lectures on civil liberties, the Constitution and the philosophy of law. Admission to the event is $25 for adults and $15 for students. For more information or to get tickets, visit the event page at

Wednesday, April 27

A discussion on Prop 123 will be held at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Macayo’s, 4001 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. The Young Education Professionals are hosting this event, which will include networking and a panel discussion. For more information, go to:

Race and education is the final forum as part of the series “Difficult Dialogues,” held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Kirk Student Center’s Navajo Room at Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave. Despite progress since the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, access to education resources is not considered an equal playing field, and the forum will touch upon how people can improve that. To learn more or register, go to:

Thursday, April 28

Libertarian political commentator Julie Borowski, known for her popular YouTube channel, will speak at 4 p.m. in Room 104 of the Student Union at Glendale Community College, 6000 W. Olive Ave. Hosted by Young Americans for Liberty and sponsored by the Leadership Institute, the event is free to the public. For more details, go to:

Basketball legend Bill Walton will sign his memoir Back from The Dead (the title refers in part to his love for The Grateful Dead) at noon at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road in Phoenix.  Along with his storied career in sports and as a commentator, the book also covers his recovery from a devastating spinal injury in 2008. For more info, go to:

Friday, April 29

The monthly Valley Partnership breakfast will discuss the new Ritz-Carlton and a revamp of the Mountain Shadows resort from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. Sharon Harper, president and CEO of Plaza Companies, will be the keynote speaker. Panelists include Christopher J. Klecka, chief financial officer, Five Star Development; Scott B. Lyon, chief executive officer, Westroc Hospitality; and Jeffrey J. Mongan, principal and senior vice president, The Athens Group. To find out more or register, go to:

The Road to Brown, centering around the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision that desegregated public schools, will be shown at 5:30 p.m. in Room 134 of the ASU Polytechnic Campus, 6096 S. Backas Mall in Mesa. A discussion will follow the film. To RSVP or for more details, go to:

Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 29

UNITY: Journalists for Diversity will bring a regional media summit to Phoenix in conjunction with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association. On April 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. the event includes a town hall on immigration at Puente Human Rights Movement, 1937 W. Adams St., Phoenix. Panelists for the town hall include UNITY Board President Russell Contreras as moderator and Hector Rodriguez, Dagoberto Bailon and Fernanda Santos, Phoenix Bureau Chief of The New York Times on the panel. On April 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., the regional event, “Stories from the Four Corners: Empowering the Southwestern Perspective, will bring journalists from around the country to learn about prevalent and emerging issues within the Southwest. Speakers include Astrid Galvan, Tucson correspondent from The Associated Press; Fernanda Santos, Phoenix correspondent from The New York Times; and Felicia Fonseca, Flagstaff correspondent from The Associated Press. To get involved or learn more, go to:

Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30

Want to learn about a micro farm? The Micro Farm Project is offering a tour starting at 8:30 a.m. at 3111 E. Dahlia Drive in Phoenix. The proprietors grow fruits and veggies, raise goats and heritage turkeys, and make artisan breads. The goal is “to inspire, train and support gardeners and urban farmers through sharing our experiences, offering training and classes, as well as providing resources to the community,” according to organizers. There will be a $10 donation; to sign up, go to:

Saturday, April 30

For those not aware, this is an election year, and the Arizona GOP is holding its convention starting at 12 a.m. at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St. The GOP will nominate people to attend the 2016 Republican National Convention this summer in Cleveland, Ohio. To learn more, contact

To May 2

Fans of the printed word, be it serious or colorful, can take part in Independent Bookstore and Comic Book Day, and enjoy cake, sale prices and contests. Participating stores include Changing Hands Bookstore, Thrifty Joe’s Books and Music, Antigone Books and Bonny Books, Bookman’s Flagstaff, The Peregrine and All About Books and Comics. For addresses and other details, go to:

Tuesday, May 3

The State of Black Arizona will present the first state of Black education data report from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at South Mountain High School, 5401 S. Seventh St., Phoenix. There will be a moderated discussion by Byron Jones, chief financial officer for University at the Phoenix, along with national guest speakers in education, Dr. Charles H.F. Davis III and Dr. Chris Edmin. Also, Arizona state Rep. Reginald Bolding will talk about K-12 issues. A screening of the documentary Saving Tomorrow, Today is planned. To learn more, go to:

Dr. Howard Gardner will speak on “Beyond Wit and Grit” starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Turquoise Ballroom in the Memorial Union on the ASU campus in Tempe. Gardner, a professor at Harvard University, developed the theory of multiple intelligences and is considered a major education scholar. His appearance is part of the Frank Rhodes Lecture Series. Admission is free, but seating is limited. For more details, go to:

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