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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 Sept. 6 To 20: Combating Racism, DACA And Free Speech Are Just A Few Of The Topics Being Tackled In The Phoenix Area This Month

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Sept. 6, 2017 — It’s a term with which many are not comfortable: white privilege, magnified by too many shootings of African-Americans by police officers, along with general concern over racism and inequality in the United States.

Donald Trump’s election in November by mostly white, working-class voters -- many of whom were encouraged by his incendiary rhetoric -- and following white supremacist marches have further heightened concerns about racial tensions.

White privilege will be the focus of a “Let’s Talk Series” forum being held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14 at First Church UCC (Anthony Lounge) 1407 N. Second St., Phoenix.  

According to organizers, “The systemic injustices that perpetuate are a byproduct of the complicity of all whites, even the allies who struggle to free themselves from a legacy of racial hate and white supremacy, and who remain the beneficiaries of privilege afforded them because they are white.”

(A forum on dismantling white supremacy is set for Sept. 18, as seen further down in the calendar.)

To learn more or participate, check out this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events
/111893532862504/
  

Wednesday, Sept. 6

“Better safe than sorry,” as the saying goes. In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, disaster preparedness is the watchword, Resilient PHX, an event to help residents support the community in times of disaster, will be held starting at 4 p.m. at the Salvation Army Facility, 2707 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix. The city of Phoenix Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, with the support of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, is launching this program. For more details, check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resilientphx-launch-tickets-36962143767?aff=efbneb

The Burgers, Brews & Brawn Servathon to benefit Arizona Search and Rescue Dogs, will be held starting at 4:30 p.m. at Half Moon Windy City Sports Grill, 2121 E. Highland Ave., Phoenix. A $10 reservation fee will include a Phoenix firefighter serving the meal. For more details, check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-burgers-brews-brawn-servathon-to-benefit-arizona-search-dogs-tickets-36454925664?aff=efbneb

In response to President Trump’s controversial decision on DACA, a seminar on it and protecting immigrant youth will be held starting at 6 p.m. at First Church UCC, 1407 N. 2nd St., Phoenix. Daniel A. Rodriguez and the Arizona Dream Act Coalition will lead the discussion. To learn more, check out of the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2019887528240465/

Friday, Sept. 8

A protest against the Shrine Circus -- for its use of animals -- will be held through Sept. 10 at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road. Posters are available; participants should bring water. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/263480310810797

Saturday, Sept. 9

Kindness Co-Op on Second Chance Saturday focuses on helping homeless people get back on their feet. Those wishing to help out may show up at 2 p.m. at 76 S. 12th Ave., Phoenix and bring items such as shoes, first-aid kits, clothes and cold beverages. To learn more, check out the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/388873868182235

They have have sold millions of albums, but it’s safe to say that Nickelback isn’t exactly a critical favorite. In fact, there will be a concert in protest of the Canadian band at 5:30 p.m. at the Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. The gig is actually for a good cause, as proceeds will benefit Hope 4 Phoenix. To learn more, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1599307280144538/

Tuesday, Sept. 12

Well-known First Amendment expert Floyd Abrams will speak as part of Arizona State University’s Freedom of Speech on Campus? series. Admission is free; to register or learn more, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asu-hosts-freedom-of-speech-on-campus-a-conversation-with-floyd-abrams-tickets-36911146232?aff=efbneb

Thursday, Sept. 14

The movie Freedom to Marry will be shown at 5:30 p.m. at ASU Beus Center for Law & Society, 111 E. Taylor, Phoenix. A Q&A session with Evan Wolfson, who founded Freedom to Marry, will follow. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/376267009443077

Friday, Sept. 15

The ninth annual PARK(ing) Day Phoenix 2017 is set to start at 7 a.m. on Washington Street -- between 1st and 2nd Avenues -- in Phoenix. PARK(ing) Day involves reclaiming parking spaces for public use. People are encouraged to bring fun equipment. To get involved or more details, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/853790428116534

A Conversation on Leadership featuring county Sheriff Paul Penzone will be held at 5 p.m. at Arrowhead Country Club, 19888 N. 73rd Ave., Glendale. For more details, check out https://www.facebook.com/events/329342617508743

Saturday, Sept. 16

A scrimmage fundraiser for one•n•ten will be held at 10 a.m. at Hall of Dames, 2517 W. McDowell Road in Phoenix. One-in-ten benefits local LGBTQ youth. Admission is $5 for spectators, and $10 for skaters. To learn more, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/347643582324167/

Monday, Sept. 18

The “Dismantling White Supremacy Series,” described as being directed at “white folks,” will be held at 7 p.m. at Phoenix Youth Hostel and Cultural Center, 1026 N. 9th St., Phoenix. The three-part series will help participants “learn about the importance of transparent reflect practice, supporting leadership of color, equity as process, addressing patriarchy and hetero-normativity,” according to organizers, who are requesting donations between $5 and $10. To find out more, check out the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/507054589632900

Wednesday, Sept. 20

Street Dance Activism with Shamell Bell will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Artlink A.E. England Gallery, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Bell is a community organizer and dancer/choreographer who will discuss "street dance activism" as a model to disrupt social, economic and historical paradigms. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2072591452766466

Thursday, Sept. 21

“Life After Incarceration (A Simulation),” a forum focusing on former inmates and their challenges with reintegrating into society, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at ASU Student Pavilion, 400 E. Orange St. in Tempe. For more details, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/328627820940902

The UN International Day of Peace will be held starting at 7 p.m. at Unexpected Art Gallery, 734 W. Polk St., Phoenix. Local bands will perform in a "Concert for a New Humanity,” which will also feature conscious breathing, storytelling, drumming, video and poetry. There will be a $10 suggested donation at the door to raise money for Hurricanes Harvey/Irma relief. To find out more, go to the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/464671610582513

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