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Consciousness Calendar Jan. 11 to 25: There Are Many Great Avenues To Expand Your Consciousness, But Most Will Likely Be Consumed With The Slain Civil Rights Leader And The New President


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Jan. 12, 2017 — For many, Trump is leading a new rights movement.

Some think it is a good idea and many, don’t. Regardless, he will more than likely become the nation’s next president Jan. 20.

The man most responsible for civil rights, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., envisioned a time when, “little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.” His life will be celebrated Jan. 16.

Both are the subject of this week’s Consciousness Calendar.

Monday, Jan. 16, two of the best ways to remember MLK will be in downtown Phoenix in the morning and in Tempe at night. (see below)

Trump, on the other hand, inspired a vigil Jan. 20 (his inauguration) and Jan. 21 (the women’s march on Washington).

Then, on Jan. 26, in response to Donald Trump’s controversial win of the presidential race, Rockin Our Rights will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.

Thursday, Jan. 12

“U.S.-Mexico Philanthropy: Expectations and Opportunities for 2017,” will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at ASU’s Beus Center for Law and Society/Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 111 E Taylor St., Phoenix. Panelists include Claudia Jasso-Stevens, board member, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona; Amanda Aguirre, president, Regional Center for Border Health; and Lucila Murguia de Arronte, executive director, Junta de Asistencia Privada, Mexico. To find out more or register, go to

Regardless of the partisan divide today, nearly all Americans agree on thing: Educating their children is just too expensive. An information seminar on how to get thousands of dollars for a child’s education will be held at 7 p.m. in the Litchfield Park Branch Library Community Room, 101 Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. Robert Harrison Waln, owner and president of RHW Financial Services, will lead the discussion. For other information on the Waln or the free event, go to

Friday, Jan. 13

American Revolution 2 -- 1969 documentary of the alliance in Chicago between the Black Panthers and the Young Patriot Organization -- will be screened at 7 p.m. at Filmbar Phoenix, 815 N. Second St. Hy Thurman, one of the founding members of the Young Patriot Organization, will lead a discussion about his experiences in the Rainbow Coalition, and his vision for building a strong intergenerational working class movement against white supremacy today. To learn more, go to

Saturday, Jan. 14

Clean Our Streets 2017 will hold a kick-off event from 8 a.m. to noon at Little Canyon Park, 3299 W. MIssouri Ave., Phoenix. To learn more or get involved, check out the Facebook page:

Monday, Jan. 16

The annual and most attended celebration of the life and career of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be once again a march and festival in downtown Phoenix. Assembly begins at 8:30 a.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. The group will then march to Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix. For more information, visit Dr. Martin Luther King MLK March and Festival.

“Project: H.E.A.L. The Live Experience MLK Day” will be held from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Pkwy. This live recorded concert experience with R. Bernard, featuring special guest Chantea Cann, is sponsored by The Leadership Consortium. For more information, check out

Tuesday, Jan. 17

The West Valley State of the State Luncheon, featuring Gov. Doug Ducey, will begin at noon at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Casino, 9495 W. Coyotes Blvd., Glendale. Individual tickets are $70; registration is required. To register, go to  or contact

Wednesday, Jan. 18

“Poverty, Inc.,” an award-winning documentary, will be screened at 6 pm. MAC6 Conscious Workspace, 1430 W. Broadway Rd., suite 201, Tempe. Michael Matheson Miller, the filmmaker, will speak after the screening. Admission is free; for more details or to watch the trailer, go to

The Black Violin Concert will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Peoria Cenntennial Plaz, 9875 N. 85th Ave., Peoria. Black Violin, made up of string musicians Wil Baptiste and Kevin "Kev Marcus" Sylvester, is the blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. "Stereotypes," released late 2015, marked the third LP but first major-label debut for the hip-hop/classical crossover duo. For more information, visit or call (623) 773-7137.

Thursday, Jan. 19

“Educated in Whiteness,” An Author + Talk with Angelina E. Castagno, will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Arizona Humanities,  1242 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Castagno, an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Foundations at Northern Arizona University two different middle schools and explore how whiteness operates in our educational system. Seating is limited and refreshments are included.  To learn more or register, go to

Friday, Jan. 20

Safety Pin Nation will hold a peace vigil from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix. Those 18 and older are encouraged to register and purchase a T-shirt to defray costs.  Get more info at

Saturday, Jan. 21

Women's March on Washington will hold a Phoenix event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Senate Lawn of the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St. Along with the march, there will be rally with speakers and performers, along with tables representing social justice and advocacy organizations. To learn more, go to or check out

“A Walk For Breath,” 5K charity, will be held starting at 9 a.m. at F.O.E. East Mesa No. 4508, 6219 E. Main St., Mesa. The event will help raise money for COPD research.  To learn more, go to

Thursday, Jan. 26

In response to Donald Trump’s controversial win of the presidential race, Rockin Our Rights will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Proceeds will benefit the Abortion Fund of Arizona. Along with entertainment, the event will come with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. To learn more, go to or

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