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Consciousness Calendar May 3 to 17: From Raising Awareness On Reproductive Freedom To Helping The Homeless, There Are Many Ways Arizonans Can Get Involved In Their Communities


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

May 3, 2017 —  With an eye on national affairs, many Phoenix-area residents are concerned at how the Trump administration’s actions could affect them. That’s where the expression “think globally, act locally” comes into play, and attention on issues including how to help those wrestling with addiction.

One event is Diversity Dialogues on May 4. There is also a Planned Parenthood Defense Rally May 6. While these are thought provoking and importantly consciousness raising, in these polarized times, a smile is nice to see.

There’s something for that, too: A Love & Compliments Rally on May 6. Only smiles are allowed at this one.

Have no fear, consciousness raising continues unabated with a May 20 March Against Monsanto.

There’s much, much more over the next two weeks, though, so browse, and maybe even put something in you personal calendar.

Thursday, May 4

Diversity Dialogues, which will feature “Physical/Sensory Disabilities in the Media,” starting at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, May 4 at 200 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix. The ninth in a series, sponsored by the Arizona Republic, this forum will time focus on coverage of Arizonans with physical and sensory disabilities and feature a panel. To learn more, check out the Facebook page: Those needing special assistance or an interpreter, call 602-653-6807.

Shot in The Dark, an organization that works on harm reduction tools and medication for drug users, is hosting a Needle Benefit at 10 p.m. at The Trunk Space, 1124 N. Third St., Phoenix. Performing will be AndyWarpigs, Dadadoh, Exxxtra Crispy and others. A $5 donation is suggested. For more information, go to

Friday, May 5

Refer 2404, a signature drive, is being held from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Participants should bring clipboards and black-ink pens if they have them. Volunteers will proceed to Roosevelt as part of the signature drive. To learn more or get involved, check out the Facebook page:

A casino night, held to benefit Christopher’s Hardship Fund, will be held starting at 6 p.m. at Arizona Heritage Center, 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe. The goal is to raise $80,000. Tickets start at $125; to purchase one or learn more, check out

Saturday, May 6

A Planned Parenthood Defense Rally will be held starting at 7 a.m. at the Planned Parenthood office, 1250 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe. Because of the temperatures, cold water will be available; people may bring umbrellas if needed. To get involved, go to

A Love & Compliments Rally will be held at 11 a.m. at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Organizers describe the event this way: “No signs about politics or any causes, and no snark or sarcasm. This is 100 percent about just making people smile.“ To participate, check out the Facebook page:

A Phoenix Global marijuana March will be held at 4:20 p.m. at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road. Those favoring legalization of marijuana will be able to sign a petition. For more details, go to
There will also be a Refer 2404 : Signature Drive at Global Marijuana March starting at 4 p.m. at the same location. To learn more, check out

Paint For a Cause, to benefit FIBCO Family Services, will be held at 4 p.m. at Your Art Party Studio, 7146 N. 57th Drive, suite B, Glendale. There will be entertainment and snacks; attendees should be 18 and older. Tickets are $50. To register or for more information, go to

Sunday, May 7

AMWA is holding a 20th-anniversary fundraiser and luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Falls Event Center, 4635 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert. Money raised from the event will provide rent assistance, skill training and academic assistance to local refugees. Tickets range from $20 to $35; get more details at

Wednesday, May 10

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, a film on the women’s liberation movement, will be screened at the Arizona Community Foundation, 2201 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. The event starts at 5:30 p.m., and light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. To register or learn more, go to

Thursday, May 11

RED Day, Keller Willams’ annual day of service, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 7221 E. Belleview St., No. 5, Scottsdale. This year’s event will be held at Family Promise of Phoenix, which helps the homeless. To get involved, go to

Friday, May 12

The Pasta and Pasta Event for the Homeless Youth at Tumbleweed will be held at 428 N. 24th St., Phoenix. Spaghetti and meatballs, lasagne, fettuccine, salad, baked goods and various beverages will be served to those in need. Volunteers are needed; check out the Facebook page for more details:

Saturday, May 13

Empty the Tanks, which sheds light on animal exploitation and captivity, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Via de Ventura and Pima Road in Scottsdale. To learn more, check out

Thursday, May 18

The Sustainability Secret, a documentary, will be screened free of charge at 2 p.m. at the Agave Library, 23550 N. 36th Ave., Glendale. To RSVP, go to

Saturday, May 20

A March Against Monsanto -- a music, art and food festival -- will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Singh Meadows in Tempe. Children are encouraged to dress up in costumes; there will also be a drum circle. To learn more, go to the Facebook page:

Award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, host of the progressive-based news show Democracy Now, will speak starting at 9:30 a.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. To learn more, go to

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