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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 May 19 To June 2: Featured Is An Islamic Educational Event But Also Featured Are Events Remembering Detainees And A Murdered Reporter


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

May 19, 2016 — Some, like Donald Trump, want to ban all people of the Islamic faith.

Others say those that say such things are ignorant bigots.

Tuesday, May 24 at 6 p.m. people can go and see for themselves when the Arizona Faith Network sponsors Islam 101 at 6 p.m. at Islamic Community Center of Tempe, 131 E. Sixth St., Tempe. AFN Board Member Imam Ahmad Shequierat will lead the event in, “exploring the Muslim Faith and the history of Islam and the Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon Him).” Other topics will include: geographical locations of the world’s Muslims; the Articles of Faith and the Pillars of Islam; and a discussion on radical Islam. Free copies of Quran will be available.

One last thing for westerners: Organizers ask that attendees dress “conservatively.”

For more information, visit

Thursday, May 19

Explaining the World Through Mythology will focus on the Incan and Mayan civilizations during a presentation starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Road, Gilbert. Sharonah Fredrick, assistant director for the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, will speak. Attendees can learn about the Inca prince, Pachacutec; Mayan moon goddess Ixchel; and the Jaguar’s multiple incarnations. To learn more, go to

Architecture and design firm, Gensler, and the city of Phoenix are hosting a public meeting from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel, 50 E. Adams St., Phoenix, to explore street improvement recommendations for Adams Street in downtown Phoenix. This public meeting will provide collected input from previously held community meetings as part of the Adams Street Activation Study. For more information, visit

Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20

Good Food Finder AZ and the Local First Arizona Foundation will present The Food and Farm Finance Forum Thursday May 19 and Friday May 20 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. The event will bring together food producers, food system advocates, policy makers, and funders to grow the capacity of Arizona food producers to, “forge alliances and partnerships that build collaboration around healthy local food systems, and cultivate healthy eating habits that demonstrate the connection between food, health, community and the environment.” For tickets — $59 for one day and $109 for both days — visit

Friday, May 20 and Sunday, May 22

Black Women Walking, a one-act play, uses storytelling, music, multimedia, and dance to venture back in time and meet great historic figures like Sojourner Truth, Marian Anderson, Fannie Lou Hamer and other Black heroines of history, will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, May 20 at The Salvation Army Ray & Joan KROC CORPS Community Center Phoenix South Mountain - Performing Arts Center, 1375 E. Broadway Road, Phoenix. A discounted matinee show is also available Sunday, May 22 at 3 p.m. For more information, visit

The Campaign to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana will be appearing at the Independent Wellness Center, 1000 W. Apache Trail, suite 108, Apache Junction at 4 p.m. Jason Medar, the Campaign Manager for the Campaign to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana, will be available to answer questions about his group’s 2016 Marijuana Legalization initiative and how it differs from the initiative put forward by the Marijuana Policy Project. For more information, visit

Friday, May 20 and Wednesday June 1

The Maricopa Association of Governments is hosting a variety of workshops for residents to understand their Interactive demographic maps. In a live computer lab setting, attendees will use the MAG map viewers (focusing on the Regional and State Demographic viewers and the Employment viewer) found at to conduct searches for demographic and employment data for county communities, cities, and regions. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding search terminology, and downloading data into usable formats. For more infomation, vist

Saturday, May 21

Puente Human Rights Movement, 1937 W. Adams St., Phoenix is hosting an event to honor Jesus Deniz Sahagun who died inside the Eloy Detention Center, May 20, 2015 and all those who have lost their lives while in ICE custody at 2 p.m. For more information, visit #Not1More #EndAllDetention #RememberingJosedeJesus

In what has become an annual event, at least 1,000 are expected to March Against Monsanto on the streets of Tempe. The vent will get started at 8 a.m. at Tempe Farmers Market, 805 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe. The march will begin at 10 a.m. For more information, visit

Tuesday, May 24

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce will bring together business leaders and elected officials at the organization’s 22nd Annual Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 122 N. Second St., Phoenix. The event will feature a moderated panel discussion featuring elected leaders who will review the key successes from this legislative session, the announcement of the inaugural Issue Champion Award recipient, and the Singing Senators will end the morning with their take on the 2016 session. For more information or to purchase a $50 ticket, visit

The Arizona Faith Network is sponsoring Islam 101 at 6 p.m. at Islamic Community Center of Tempe, 131 E. Sixth St., Tempe AFN Board Member Imam Ahmad Shequierat will lead the event in, “exploring the Muslim Faith and the history of Islam and the Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon Him).” Organizers ask that attendees dress “conservatively.” For more information, visit

Wednesday, May 25

The Space, 1205 E. Hubbell St., Phoenix, an anarchist community space in the Coronado neighborhood is hosting “Introduction to Tactical Firearms for Community Defense” at 6 p.m. According to the group, “As the reactionary right wing continues to mobilize and gain traction across the United States, it has become far past time for liberatory formations to start to organize community defense responses.” For more information, visit

Friday, May 27

Javaid I. Sheikh, Professor and Dean, Weill Cornell Medicine — Qatar will present “Designing the Future of Health Care” at 10 a.m. at the Health Sciences Education Building, 435 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix, lecture hall C104. For more information, visit

Wednesday, June 1

Guardian Tactical Concepts will present a “Bleeding Control” class from 5 to 6 p.m. at C2 Tactical Gun Range, 8475 S. Emerald Drive, Tempe. According to the event announcement, “Events like the Boston Marathon bombings, Paris attacks, and countless others have highlighted the need for public education and training in the treatment of gunshot and blast wounds, not just basic first aid and CPR.” The $150 training course will teach participants life-saving medical interventions, including bleeding control with a tourniquet, gauze packs or topical hemostatic agents, and opening an airway to allow a casualty to breathe. For more information, visit

Thursday, June 2

On June 2, 1976, Arizona Republic Reporter Don Bolles was killed when a bomb was exploded in his car in downtown Phoenix. At 8 p.m. 40 years later, there will be a gathering of storytellers, including law enforcement, firefighters, journalists, and family members who will recall their first person memories of that day. The Clarendon Hotel and Spa, 401 W. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix. For more information or to purchase tickets for $25, visit

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