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Consciousness Calendar June 2 To 16: A Tribute To Don Bolles, Along With Youth Poetry, Art, A New York Times Critic’s thoughts, Local Politics, Feminist Pioneers And Civic Hacking


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

June 2, 2016 —  With all of the talk about equal rights for those in the LGBTQ community recently, it's ironic to think that there was a time not so long ago, when women banded together to assert their rights.

June 15 from 6 to 8 p.m., the local chapter of the The National Organization for Women, a longtime leader in the U.S. feminist movement, will celebrate the group’s 50th anniversary starting at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. There will be live music, historical storytelling and spoken word, along with refreshments. The event is free. To learn more or to register, go to

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

Whatever their politics, most people can agree on this: Provocative, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore is rarely dull, as his past works have shown. Moore’s latest, “Where to Invade Next,” will be screened at 6 p.m. in Room 102 of ASU’s Wrigley Hall (on the Tempe campus). focuses on how other nations handle various governmental programs — and what they, in Moore’s opinion, do better than the United States. Other details can be found on this Facebook page:

Friday, June 3

Faces of DAPA,” an exhibition focusing on immigration,  will open at 7 p.m. in lot next to the Modified Arts Gallery, 407 E. Roosevelt St. in Phoenix. DAPA stands for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents; the exhibition will  feature the faces and stories of directly impacted families who are advocating in their own behalf. The New Carpa Theatre will perform periodic excerpts from plays written about immigration reform, and there will also be voter registration. For more information, go to

Saturday, June 4

Hacking and civics may not seen a perfect fit, but The McKinley Club thinks so, and is sponsoring A National Day of Civic Day of Hacking, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The McKinley Club, 800 N. First Ave., Phoenix  The event, according to organizers, s a nationwide day of action where developers, government employees, designers, journalists, data scientists, non-profit employees, UX designers, and residents who care about their communities come together to host civic tech events leveraging their skills to help their community. To learn more, go

Sunday, June 5

A memorial service for Powell “Eddie” Gammill, retired senior editor of Freedom’s Phoenix, at 11 a.m. at Messinger Mortuary 7601 E. Indian School Road in Scottsdale. A Northern Arizona University  graduate, and a 50-year-Arizona resident with strong political views, Gammill was also a  molecular biologist, laboratory manager, clinical virologist and microbiologist. For other details, go to or leave a message at

My Body, My Rights,” will focus on Amnesty International’s work on women’s rights in Burkina Faso and Ireland. The public talk will be will at 12:30 p.m. at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 s. Rural Road. Refreshments will be available. Other details can be found here:

Tuesday, June 7

Author’s Nights, presented by Arizona Humanities, will feature Robert Isenberg from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Arizona Humanities, 1242 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. Isenberg will discuss his well-received book “The Green Season,” described by one critic as “[illustrates] daily life in Costa Rica, a tiny Central American nation dedicated to peace and teeming with tropical life. With his trademark humor and observation, Robert Isenberg describes the people, culture and biodiversity that make Costa Rica so unique.” The event is free, but an RSVP is requested:

A panel on changes to expand voter participation will be held starting at 6 p.m.  The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, 210 N. 24th St. in Phoenix. The panel is a joint meeting of People Demanding Action Community Coalition and Somos America. Geoff Woods, a human rights activist, will moderate. To learn more, go

Wednesday, June 8

Tempe Councilmember Kolby Granville will hold a “community conversation” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Changing Hands Bookstore, 6438 McClintock Drive in Tempe. Granville said wants to hear from the public about ways to improve Tempe. For further info, go

Saturday, June 11

An informational meeting on next year’s Phoenix Youth Spoken Word Poetry Festival also know as “Louder Than A Bomb,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Burton Barr Central Library, second floor (The HIVE), at 1221 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. For more information, go to:

Diaspora Day is happening from noon to 8 p.m. at Steele School Indian Park, 300 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. Sponsored by Black Wall Street Phoenix in association with the Arizona Caribbean Cultural Association, the African Association of Arizona and other community partners, the event is is an opportunity to learn about different cultures, beliefs, customs, foods and music. Admission is $5; for more details, go to

Tuesday, June 14

GOVT 101,” a discussion group focusing on historic preservation, economic development and culture in Phoenix, will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave. The event is free to the public. To learn more, go to:

Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty and Truth” will be presented by  A.O. Scott from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St.  Scott, a movie critic for the New York Times,  wrote the book “Better Living” inspired by harsh feedback in response to  his scathing review of “The Avengers.”  Admission is $7, but free for museum members. For more info, go to:

Wednesday, June 15

The National Organization for Women , a longtime leader in the U.S. feminist movement, is celebrating its 50th anniversary starting at 6 p.m. at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. There will be live music, historical storytelling and spoken word, along with refreshments.  The event is free. To learn more or to register, go to

The Arizona Peace Officer and Training Board will hold its public meeting starting at 10 a.m. in its administrative building, 2643 E. University Drive in Phoenix. Topics include the executive director’s report final action cases, and new cases on 12 Arizona law enforcement officers. For more information, call 602-223-2514 or visit

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