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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

July 14, 2016  — After last week’s show of force by citizens that was trumped by Phoenix Police’s pepper spray, the Rev. Jarrett Maupin and some with Black Lives Matter will take over the intersection at 24th Street and Camelback Road beginning at 8 p.m. Friday.

The event will highlight recent and past actions of police officers where suspects were killed.

For more information on the protest, visit https://www.facebook.com/
events/260225427689716/


Today and on many days between now and Aug. 1, the city of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Department is performing their “Community and Police Trust Initiative.” The events are, “listening sessions” at various locations throughout the Phoenix Metro. Seventeen community members were selected by the city manager to represent Phoenix residents, including those from the disability, immigrant, LGBTQ, millennial and refugee identity communities. The public is invited and encouraged to provide feedback. Representatives from the city manager’s office and the Phoenix Police Department will be in attendance at all events, which are ADA-accessible. For more information, visit https://drive.google.com
/file/d/0B7iC20VGWenzY252d1dwN0hPTVE
/view?pref=2&pli=1
, call 602-262-6937 or go to https://www.phoenix.gov/

Lastly, those interested in police officer misconduct can always follow the activities of the police credentialing organization, AZPOST. Visit https://post.az.gov/about-us/current-year for more information.

Thursday, July 14

A letter-writing party, sponsored by the Phoenix Anarchist Black Cross, will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. at a TBD location. The meeting will focus on letter writing to political prisoners, providing resources to folks on the inside and organizing around jail/prison support locally and in solidarity with other ABC chapters and prisoner empowerment worldwide. More details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/777504902384910/

New York Times film critic A. O. Scott’s book, “Better Living Through Criticism,” will be the topic of a lecture at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. Sara Cochran, chief curator and museum director, will speak at 7 p.m. Entrance is free for members, and tickets are $7 for non-members. For tickets, go to http://www.smoca.org/event/better-living-criticism-think-art-pleasure-beauty-truth-o-scott/

The city of Mesa is presenting “A History of Water in the Valley and Healthy Watersheds,” a free class, at 6 p.m. at the Mesa Main Library, 64 E. 1st St. Leah Harrison and Rebecca Davidson from Salt River Project will take participants  on a historical journey of one of the oldest multipurpose federal reclamation projects in the United States, and also share information about forest and watershed restoration programs. The city of Mesa Water Resources and Water Conservation staff will also present. Those with questions may call Donna DiFrancesco at 480-644-3334 or Maren Hunt 480-644-3100.

July 14 to Aug. 1

Community and Police Trust Initiative is holding listening sessions at various locations throughout the Phoenix Metro. Seventeen community members selected by the city manager to represent Phoenix residents, including those from the disability, immigrant, LGBTQ, millennial and refugee identity communities. The public is invited and encouraged to provide feedback. Representatives from the city manager’s office and the Phoenix Police Department will be in attendance at all events, which are ADA-accessible. For more information, call (602) 262-6937 or go to https://www.phoenix.gov/

Friday, July 15

The Rev. Jarrett Maupin, a community activist, is planning a shut down the intersection of 24th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix starting at 8 p.m. He is billing it as a Black Lives Matter protest. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/260225427689716/

Noire Excellence:  Politics, Art & Conversation,” a forum for African-Americans who want their voice heard during this election season, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Studio J Art Gallery, 7190 E. Earll St., Scottsdale. For more information, contact Gayle Randolph at gaylerandolph@yahoo.com.

Saturday, July 16

St. Mary’s Food Bank is holding its annual Volunteer Service time, from 8 to 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, 3003 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix. Those who participate should be prepared to pack and lift. Afterwards, there will be dim sum at Great Wall Cuisine. For safety reasons, there is also a dress code. To learn more, go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1592769321036412/

A fundraiser to support Phoenix Police Officer Ben Denham’s fight against rare autoimmune diseases will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Phoenix Police Air Unit (located at the Deer Valley Airport) 102 E. Deer Valley Drive, Phoenix. Lunch is $5; admission is free, however. There will be a raffle for items like Arizona Cardinals game tickets,  along with food trucks. Denham’s GoFundMe page can be found at http://facebook.us13.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=781e5cc49e9e5803f53a10785&id=26ecbd17ab&e=5db1f836c6. Other info is here: www.facebook.com/SupportOfficerDenham

A Colombian independence celebration, featuring a tribute to that country’s music, will be held at 7 p.m. 2102 N 23rd Ave., Phoenix. Carolina La O will perform. People are encouraged to wear traditional Colombian outfits and bring the national flag. General admission is $35; for more details, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colombian-independence-celebration-tickets-26394794541?aff=efbneb

Professionals for Penzone will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at ´╗┐´╗┐Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E Main St., Scottsdale. The event is being held to support Paul Penzone, a candidate for Maricopa County sheriff. There will be food, drink and entertainment. To learn more, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/157477358004674

Sunday, July 17

Sip and Spin with Sinema, a campaign event for U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, will be held starting at 11 a.m. at Studio 360, 3627 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Sinema will teach a spin class. There will also be a brunch held at 12:30 p.m. at Chestnut, 4350 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Contributions are welcome. To RSVP, call (480) 526-7070 or contact Alishia@krystensinema.com.

Wednesday, July 20

There will be a Valley Metro Transportation presentation at 10 a.m. at the Ability office, 5025 E. Washington, Phoenix. Along with information on how to use the Metro system, the event will also include a free bus ride. To learn more, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/valley-metro-transportation-presentation-free-ride-on-buslight-rail-tickets-26185423306?aff=efbneb

Thursday, July 21

The Destruction of Memory, a film dealing with the destruction of historical structures and artifacts in Iraq and Syria by Daesh, will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. Director Tim Slade will discuss his film after the showing. Tickets are $4 for members and $7 for non-members. For tickets, go to http://www.smoca.org/event/the-destruction-of-memory/

Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23

The Great Arizona Code Challenge, open to students high-school age and younger, allows kids to create video games and websites, and win prizes. For more details, check out http://www.mitefphoenix.org/ or http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-arizona-code-challenge-tickets-16944945789?aff=efbneb

Sunday, July 24

The Amnesty Phoenix Public Forum will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the DeSoto Central Market. Public input is encouraged; go to https://www.facebook.com/events/291103504568759/

Tuesday, July 26

Competitive Arizona will hold a Chandler organizing meeting starting at 6pm at the Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 6400 W. Del Rio St., Phoenix. Competitive Arizona works for nondiscrimination policies for all people. To learn more, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1113995902005598/

Saturday, July 30

A barbecue to benefit Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor and 2016 Libertarian candidate for president, will be held starting at 3 p.m. at a private residence in Scottsdale. To learn more or get tickets, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1595086234123732/

A Day of Kindness for Maleah — held in remembrance of Maleah Ellis, who died tragically on June 12, will be held starting at 11 p.m. — at the Sycamore/Main Street Transit Center, 1830 W. Main St., Mesa. Volunteers are needed to distribute water and sandwiches.To get involved or learn more, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1724655481155299/

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