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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 Sept. 21 to Oct. 5: Native American Land Rights, Border Action And Helping U.S. Veterans Find Work Are On The Docket For September And October


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Sept. 21, 2016 — Hillary and Donald may be attracting all of the attention as far as debates are concerned, but everywhere — including Arizona and the Phoenix metro — there will be a slew of debates for many offices.

The Citizens Clean Elections Commission in Arizona is one of the biggest promoters of debates for legislative and statewide offices. Sure, they are mandated to perform these tasks, but who cares? They provide a valuable forum that otherwise might not be available.

Over the next two weeks there will be several in the Phoenix metro. There will also be some in other parts of the state as well. Regardless, to find one near you, visit

Sept. 21 and 22

The 23rd Annual Statewide Conference to End Homelessness will begin at 8 a.m. today and Sept. 22 at Black Canyon Conference Center, 9440 N. 25th Ave. in Phoenix. More information can be found at

Thursday, Sept. 22

Women of Action Leadership will hold a gathering starting at 5 p.m. at the Colliers International Center, 2390 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore what it means to be a member of the Women’s Action Leadership Circle. To RSVP, contact Wendy Owens at (602) 650-4827 or Other information can be found at

Valley Voices will present Veterans at Work starting at 3 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, Valley of the Sun, 340 North Third St., Phoenix. The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is hosting a conversation — featuring several panel speakers — about business, education and nonprofit leaders supporting veterans in the workplace. Admission is $30 per person; to learn more or register go to

Friday, Sept. 23

There will be a Legislative District 24 debate, hosted by the Citizens Clean Election Commission beginning at 6 p.m. Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport Hotel, 4300 E. Washington in Phoenix. Katie Hobbs will be a debate participant. For information about CCEC, go to

Saturday, Sept. 24

Jamie Lee Curtis isn’t just a noted actress and Hollywood veteran — she’s also a writer who has a new children’s book, This is Me: A Story of Who Are And Where We Came From. She’ll sign copies of the book at noon at the Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. Learn more at

Monday, Sept. 26

Tonight, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are set to debate at 9 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, at Hofstra University in New York (that’s 6 p.m. for us in the Phoenix metro.). NBC news anchor Lester Holt will moderate; themes include the United States’ direction, achieving prosperity and American security. To learn more, check out,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=66&cntnt01origid=93&cntnt01detailtemplate=newspage&cntnt01returnid=80

Understanding secularism in the United States will be the topic of a lecture at ASU’s Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict. Jacques Berlinerblau, a Georgetown University professor, will speak. The event starts at 3 p.m. in West Hall 135. To RSVP or learn more, go to

Tuesday, Sept. 27

The film Groundwater: To Enact A Law for The Common Good will be screened in room 481 of Wrigley Hall on the Arizona State University Tempe campus. This documentary focuses on the passage of the 1980 Arizona Groundwater Management Act, and the many citizens who worked to make it a reality. Lunch will be served To watch a trailer or learn more, go to

There will be a public meeting over the Central Arizona Project and long-term environmental research starting at 3 p.m. in room 481 of Wrigley Hall on the ASU Tempe campus. Numerous scientists will be in attendance. Refreshments will be served. To learn more, go to

Wednesday, Sept. 28

An ecology professor will speak on organismal adaptation to climate change from 1 to 2 p.m. in room 244 on ASU’s School of Life Sciences, Tempe campus. Jessica Hellmann — director of the Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota — will discuss new strategies on dealing with climate change. Find out more by going to

Candidates Michelle Udall, Russell W. "Rusty" Bowers, Robert Worsley and Kathleen Rahn will participate in a state House and Senate debate, for District 25, starting at 6 p.m. at the Country Inn and Suites by Carlson, 6650 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. in Mesa. For other details, go to

Friday, Sept. 30

The Arizona Public Health Association will hold its fall conference beginning at 7:45 a.m. at the Desert Willow Conference Center, 4340 E Cotton Center Blvd. in Phoenix. The marijuana regulation and taxation act will be one of the topics. More info can be found out

A LD 17 House and Senate debate is scheduled at 6 p.m. at Crowne Plaza San Marcos, 1 N. San Marcos Place, Chandler. Participating candidates include Steve Yarbrough, Steven Weichert, J.D. Mesnard, Jeff Weninger and Jennifer Pawlik. More details can be obtained at

Oct. 1 and 2

What is permaculture? Find out during a three-day design course hosted by Grow Phoenix. The cost is $975. To register or learn more, go to

Monday, Oct. 3

From their protest of a controversial pipeline to the 2016 election, native Americans are having an impact, which will be the topic of “Blogging the Election: How Native Americans Are Changing the Political Landscape.” Mark Trahant, independent journalist and Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism at the University of North Dakota, will host the forum beginning at 7 p.m. at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave.,
Phoenix. Find out more at

The McCain Institute for International Leadership will host a forum on ISIS and sex slavery starting at 2 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. Social media participation is encouraged. Find out more by checking out

Tuesday, Oct. 4

Indigenous peoples and social injustice will be discussed during an Arizona State University sustainability event at 3 p.m. in room 481 of Wrigley Hall on the ASU Tempe campus. ASU professor Rebecca Tsosie will speak. To find out more, go to

Wednesday, Oct. 5

Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action — a film dealing with native American tribes pushing back against exploitation of their lands — will be screened at 7 p.m. at Harkins Valley Art Theater, 500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. In-kind donations, including food items and clothing, are encouraged. Learn more at

State LD 30 House and Senate debates will be held at 6 p.m. at the Glendale Civic Center/Diamond Ballroom, 5750 W. Glenn Drive. Candidates participating are Robert Meza, John Lyon, Gary Cox, Otoniel Navarrete and Ray Martinez. Find out more at

Oct. 7 to 10

SOA Watch Encuentro at the Border will hold a weekend program, starting with a planned vigil and rally at the Eloy Immigrant Detention Center at 5 p.m. 1705 E Hanna Road. Other events are set, including a concert and march. To get involved, go to

Oct. 8 and 9

Hacks for Humanity is a 36-hour event promoting positive values and gets underway at 8 a.m. at Stauffer Hall B on the ASU Tempe campus. To learn more, go to

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