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Consciousness Calendar April 5 to 19: Resistance Against Donald Trump’s Policies Continues With More Protests - On The Flip Side, There Are Numerous Benefits Planned In The Phoenix Metro


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

April 7, 2017 — Politics and controversial issues -- be they the latest scandal swirling around the Trump administration or how to protect important social/cultural programs -- are keeping people from all walks of life engaged.

One way for people concerned about our nation’s future to get involved is by attending the Progressive Democrats of America meeting, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6 at Old Chicago Alma School, 1656 S. Alma School Road in Mesa.

State Sen. Juan Mendez will be the guest speaker, along with Murphy Bannerman, who helped organize The Women's March in Phoenix, and co-founder of Arizonans for Social Justice. Topics will include the immigration battle, and upcoming protests and events. To learn more, check out the Facebook page:

Friday, April 7

The 7th Annual Human Rights Film Festival will be held through April 9 in Tempe. Films will focus on immigrant rights, racism, housing issues and other topics. Get more details at

Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA are holding a block party starting at 5 p.m. at their headquarters, 25 N. 40th St. in Phoenix. This free event will include live entertainment, games, a pet psychic, information booths, pet blessings and more. For more information, go to

Take Back The Night Phoenix will host an event from 5 to 9 p.m. at Phoenix Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave. There will be a candlelight vigil, a survivor art exhibit, food trucks, live entertainment and empowerment projects. Admission is free; get more details on the Facebook page:

Saturday, April 8

The film Trapped: What Remains of a Woman’s Right to Choose? will be screened at 10 a.m. at College Avenue Commons, 660 S. College Ave. in Tempe. Trapped, part of the ASU Human Rights Film Festival, explores threats to women’s reproductive rights. To learn more, check out

Racism and the Militarization of Policing in America, a forum that includes the film Do Not Resist, will be held starting at noon College Avenue Commons, 660 S. College Ave. in Tempe. The ASU Human Rights Film Festival is sponsoring the event; more information can be found on the Facebook page:

The forum A Ballot Initiative To Take Back Elections and Our Initiative Right will be held at 2 p.m. at Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road. In connection with proposed state measures, the forum will cover topics such as voter issues and reform, financing elections and redistricting. To get involved or learn more, go to

Walk In The Park, sponsored by Chandler Christian Community Center, will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Discovery Park, 2214 E. Pecos Road in Gilbert. Proceeds will go towards the center’s programs helping those in need. Fees to participate start at $20; for more information, go to

Sunday, April 9

There will be a No Ban // No Wall Vigil held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 1700 W. Washington St. in Phoenix. Hosted by Amnesty International, the event is in response to the Trump administration’s ban on people from Muslim-majority countries. To learn more, go to

Tuesday, April 11

The SHE Talks Series will focus on sexual assault during an event at 6 p.m. at 4035 E. Colter St. in Phoenix. Guest speakers scheduled to appear include Cassia Spohn, foundation professor and director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University, and Ashley Clauer, a survivor. Light refreshments will be served. To learn more, check out the Facebook page:

Thursday, April 13

Stand with Planned Parenthood will hold its Annual Phoenix Luncheon, starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. in Phoenix. Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will speak. Tickets start at $100; get more details at

Paint Night For A Cause, to benefit Oakwood Creative Care, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Oakwood Creative Care facility, 247 N. Macdonald in Mesa. Along with a step-by-step painting session, there will be food, beverages and fun activities. Tickets are $30; to purchase one or learn more, go to

Friday, April 14

The Corporatization of Criminal Justice, a conference hosted by Abolish Private Prisons, will be held starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, 111 E. Taylor St. in Phoenix. The event will feature panel presentations and keynote speakers from across the nation and world consisting of scholars, attorneys and advocates working on the role of private prisons in mass incarceration and immigration detention. For ticket prices or further information, go to or

Friday, April 15

A march/protest for Donald Trump's tax returns will be held at 10 a.m. in front of the Arizona House of Representatives, 1700 W. Washington in Phoenix. To learn more, go to

Those who want a “She Persisted” tattoo can get one done at all Arizona Club Tattoo locations. Proceeds will go to Arizona Helping Hands, which assists foster families. For more details and store locations, check out the Facebook page:

Safer Arizona is holding a signature drive, along with an open mic and comedy night, starting at 6 p.m. at Bud’s Glass Joint, 907 N. 5th St. in Phoenix. There will also be refreshments and prizes. To learn more, go to or call (623) 200-7722.

Wednesday, April 19

Social Justice Poetry & Art Event, hosted by Amnesty International at Glendale Community College, will be held at 6 p.m. at 6000 W. Olive Ave. in Glendale. Light refreshments will be served. To learn more or get involved, go to

A lunch with state Reps. Krysten Sinema and Andy Biggs will be held starting at noon at ASU Memorial Union, 301 E. Orange St. in Tempe. The event is sponsored by APS and the Valley Forward Association; tickets start at $50. For more information, go to

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