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Election Season Heats Up
In The Phoenix Metro

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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: generalcontact@moderntimesmagazine.com.
Consciousness Calendar Aug. 10 to 24: Featured Are Election-Related Events But Also Forums On Sex Assaults, The Vaccination Controversy And The True Costs Of Buying Low-Cost Clothing, Among Others

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Aug. 10, 2016 — One cannot turn on television news without hearing political noise — especially from Mr. Donald Trump — but as the primary election gets closer the local landscape is heating up.

Buckeye is holding a mayoral forum Aug. 10 — so you may have missed it. But Friday, Judge Jo Lynn Gentry, of the Maricopa County Superior Court, will hear arguments at 1:30 p.m. in East Court Building, 101 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, suite 414, on whether Arizonans will be allowed to vote on whether they want to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Aug. 14, Arizona List and Moms in Motion will instruct folks on grassroots politics. And Aug. 15, Arizona Advocacy Network will honor state Sen. Martin Quezada for his work on protecting voting rights.

An Ethnic Media Roundtable will be held Aug. 17 on The Struggle For Voting Rights In Arizona Participating groups include Promise Arizona, One Arizona, Arizona Advocacy Network and Mi Familia Vota. A light lunch will be provided.

Finally, the last day to request an early ballot for the primary election is Aug. 19.

For information on these events and more, scroll down to the appropriate date.

Wednesday, Aug. 10

Sustainability and entrepreneurs will be front and center during a forum starting at 6 p.m. in Wrigley Hall, on the ASU Tempe campus, 800 Cady Mall. ASU’s School of Sustainability experts show entrepreneurs how advances in technology can help drive urban innovations that results in smarter more sustainable cities, according to organizers. To learn more, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovate-on-sustainability-with-sch-tickets-26681536193?aff=efbneb

A mayoral candidate forum will be held 7 p.m. at the Verrado Grill, 4242 Golf Drive in Buckeye. Verrado Leadership and the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce are hosting the forum. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mayoral-candidate-forum-tickets-26906044704?aff=efbneb

A discussion about sex assaults on college campuses will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. at RC Gorman Navajo Gallery, 4251 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale. This event is part of the Arizona Foundation for Women's "SHE Talks" salon series and is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served. No tickets are needed, but attendees are encouraged to let us know you'll be there by writing to mcasarez@azfw.org or calling (602)-532-2800, Ext. 7 by Aug. 8. Additional information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1572576043043914/

Friday, Aug. 12

Judge Jo Lynn Gentry, of the Maricopa County Superior Court, will hear arguments at 1:30 p.m. in East Court Building, 101 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, suite 414, on whether Arizonans will be allowed to vote on whether they want to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Read the case information at http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/docket/CivilCourtCases/caseInfo.asp?casenumber=CV2016-009546

Saturday, Aug. 13

A producers meet and greet for “Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe” -- a film questioning whether there is a link between vaccinations and autism -- will be held at noon at the Paradise Valley Community Center, 17402 N. 40th St. in Phoenix. A screening is set for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Harkins Chandler Fashion 20 theater. To learn more, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1227228633996336/

Homelessness will be the topic of a town hall is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon at ASU’s Old Main Ballroom in Tempe. Co-sponsored by Tempe’s city Human Services Department, the town hall will cover topics such as housing solutions and best practices to dealing with the issue. Light refreshments will be served. For more details, go to https://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/town-hall-homelessness

Sunday, Aug. 14

Moms in Motion, sponsored by Arizona List, will host an election-related volunteer event at noon at the Claim Jumper restaurant, 1530 W. Baseline Road in Tempe. Participants will learn about phone banking and canvassing. Arizona List describes itself as a group dedicated to electing progressive pro-choice Democratic women leaders. More details can be found at this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/263353427377592/

Monday, Aug. 15

Arizona Advocacy Network will honor state Sen. Martin Quezada for his work on protecting voting rights at 6:30 p.m. To learn more or find out the location, go to https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OS0ToOeZPhv4q7c5p7-_XOEkzOaeAgGixePjFM8bquI/edit

Wednesday, Aug. 17

Ethnic Media Roundtable in Phoenix: The Struggle For Voting Rights In Arizona will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union Building at South Mountain College, 7050 S. 24th St. in Phoenix. Participating groups include Promise Arizona, One Arizona, Arizona Advocacy Network and Mi Familia Vota. A light lunch will be provided. To RSVP, contact Anthony Advincula, aadvincula@newamericamedia.org or Odette Keeley, okeeley@newamericamedia.org pr (650) 455-3063.

Arizona Peace Officers Peace Officers Standards and Training Board will hold its regular meeting at 10 a.m. at its administrative building., 2643 E. University Drive in Phoenix. Discussion items include a budget review and possible action regarding several law enforcement officers. Call (602) 223-2514 for more information. The agenda is available for viewing here: https://post.az.gov/sites/default/files/August%2017%20Agenda.pdf

Thursday, Aug. 18

“Beyond the Handcuffs: Improving Support for Abuse Survivors,” a free training event on handling domestic violence, will be held starting at 8 a.m. at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Training Center, 2627 S. 35th Ave. in Phoenix. The Maricopa Association of Governments is sponsoring this event; for questions, or to request additional invitations, contact Maria Piña at mpina@azmag.gov. To learn more, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-the-handcuffs-improving-support-for-abuse-survivors-registration-26613562883?aff=efbneb

A briefing and fundraiser on Mesa Question 1, a ballot initiative that proposes increasing the sales tax for police and fire services, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. Mayor John Giles will participate. Snacks will be served; an RSVP is required by Aug. 15. To register or learn more, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yes-on-mesa-question-1-vip-briefing-and-fundraiser-tickets-26986665844?aff=efbneb

Friday, Aug. 19

The primary election is also right around the corner — Aug. 30 to be exact. Deadline to register for the primary election was Aug. 1, but the last day to request an early ballot is Aug. 19. To review the 2016 election calendar, visit http://www.azsos.gov/elections/elections-calendar-upcoming-events and to begin the early voting process, visit https://recorder.maricopa.gov/earlyvotingballot/earlyvotingballotrequest.aspx. More info on requesting early voting ballot can be found here: https://recorder.maricopa.gov/earlyvotingballot/earlyvotingballotrequest.aspx

The Martin Luther King exhibit will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Building, 435 N. 5th St. in Phoenix. Artist Susan Berger will be the special guest. For more details, go to http://phoenixmed.arizona.edu/about/events/martin-luther-king-dr-exhibit-opening-and-recepti+on

Saturday, Aug. 20

Dr. Cintli Rodriguez, a University scholar and activist, will teach the ancestral history of maiz (corn), as part of the “Maiz Culture” event at 6:30 p.m. at the Puente Human Rights Movement building, 1937 W. Adams St. in Phoenix. To learn more about this free event, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/117059628737267/

“The ABC’s of Special Needs Planning Made Easy,” a free workshop, will be held at 10 a.m. at the Ability 360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St. in Phoenix. To learn more, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/able-act-of-2014-the-abcs-of-special-needs-planning-made-easy-learn-about-this-important-tickets-26762907577?aff=efbneb

Tuesday, Aug. 23

“The True Cost,” a film highlighting both human and environmental costs in the modern clothing industry, will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Harkins Valley Art Theater, 509 S. Mill Ave. in Tempe. After the film, a Q&A session will be led by Angela Johnson, Arizona fashion designer and founder of LabelHorde/AZ Fashion Source, along with Tracey Martin, founder of Threads Of Evolution. The event is free, but a donation of gently used clothes is encouraged. To register or learn more, go to: https://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/film-the-true-cost/

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