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Consciousness Calendar Sept. 20 To Oct. 4: From A Possible ACA Repeal To The Health Of Phoenix’s Economy, There Is A Lot To Keep People Busy This Fall


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Sept. 21, 2017 — After failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act earlier this summer, Senate Republicans are at it again with the Graham-Cassidy bill, which is considered an even harsher version according to various reports.

A vote, which features very little debate time and as of Wednesday no Congressional Budget Office score, is set for next week. In response, a rally is planned for noon Friday, Sept. 22 in front of U.S. Sen. John McCain’s office, 2201 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix.

(Of course, McCain was the final “no” vote -- complete with the now-famous “thumbs-down” gesture before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell -- that stopped an ACA repeal in July.)

According to their Facebook page, organizers are “an informal network of patients, faith leaders, doctors and nurses, and other advocates from across Arizona.

“ We’re very supportive of the bipartisan hearings on ACA stabilization in the HELP Committee and supportive of the bipartisan proposals coming from the Governors and the Problem Solvers Caucus,” they stated.

The Kill the Repeal Rally is hosted by Gretchen Kies, of La Leche League USA. To learn more, go to

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

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., Tempe. For more details, go to

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:

Friday, Sept. 22

Call to Brotherhood, a film about Navajo men who attend a four-day ceremony, will be screened at 6:30 p.m. at the North Mountain Visitor Center, 12950 N. 7th St., Phoenix. Along with the film, there will be a reception by creators Ron Interpreter and Jam Austin Murry, an open circle sound healing with native American drums and mantras, and a question-and-answer session. A donation is suggested. To learn more, go to

Saturday, Sept. 23

With DACA’s fate up in the air, an I Defend DACA fundraiser will be held from noon to 6 p.m. at McDowell Market, 1736 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix. A portion of the proceeds from sales at the market will go to various organizations for the DACA fund. Local vendors will be set up throughout the market. For more information, check out the Facebook page:

The 2017 Arizona Nonprofit EXPO will begin at 10 a.m. at the AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park, 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe. The expo will offer educational tools and workshops to advance their mission, while learning more about the non-profit sector from today's industry leaders. Admission is free; to learn more, go to

The Arizona Democratic Party will hold its State Committee Meeting at Glassford Hill Middle School, 6901 E. Panther Path, Prescott Valley. Registration will start at 8:45 a.m., with caucuses and a plenary session to follow. To RSVP or learn more, go to

Sept. 23 & 24

Arizona Wilderness Stewards will hold a meetup and training session starting at 8 a.m. at the First Water Trailhead in Apache Junction. Participants need to be prepared to hike up to 12 miles along rugged and occasionally steep terrain with overnight backpacking gear, and bring their own food. For more information, go to

Tuesday, Sept. 26

The forum “Growing Community Building From Roots Up,” which focuses on urban agriculture, will be held at 6 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. The speaker will be Kenny Barrett, an artist, project manager and community builder in Phoenix. For more details, call (602) 274-0067 or go to

Wednesday, Sept. 27

The Civil Conversations Series will focus on DACA Allies Training starting at 6 p.m. at Paradise Valley Community College, 18401 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. Topics include being knowledgeable about the DACA process, and how to refer student to community agencies that assist with DACA-related issues. For more info, go to

A free film screening of Viva La Verde will be held at 7 p.m. at Harkins Valley Art Theatre, 509 S. Mill Ave., Tempe. The film explores the past, present and future of Arizona rivers. To learn more, go to

“Modern Day Slavery: A Panel Discussion on Mass Incarceration” will be held starting at 7 p.m. at the Beus Center for Law and Society, 111 E. Taylor St., Phoenix. Hosted by Valley Justice, the event will include at question-and-answer session. Get more details at

Thursday, Sept. 28

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce will host an Economic Forum starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Sheraton Grand Phoenix Ballroom, 340 N. Third St. Speakers will offer local, national and global perspectives. Breakfast will be served. Admission starts at $90; for more information, go to

“In Search of Our Better Angels,” which focuses on the nation’s political divide, will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Carson Ballroom at Arizona State University in Tempe. Philip Gorski, a sociologist at Yale, will discuss approaches to lessen polarization. To RSVP or learn more, go to

Friday, Sept. 29

How to Make Freedom of Information Act requests will be the topic of a seminar, starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Knight Foundation litigation attorney Adam Marshall and Cronkite News Executive Editor Kevin Dale will explain how to request records and deal with denials. The session is geared towards students. To learn more, go to

Saturday, Sept. 30

Heels For Healing will be held at Flo’s on 7th, 4116 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix. Designer shoes and handbags will be sold for a worthy cause at reduced prices. There will also be a “Diva Dash” race. For sponsorship or other information, check out

A March For Black Women will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eastlake Park, 1549 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. According to organizers, the march will renounce “the propagation of state-violence and the widespread incarceration of Black women and girls, rape and all sexualized violence, the murders and brutalization of transwomen and the disappearances of our girls from our streets, our schools and our homes.” More info can be found at To RSVP for the event, go to

Feeding Arizona Together will be held at noon at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, 2831 N. 31st Ave., Phoenix. Participants will help pack emergency food boxes for members of the community. More details can be found on the Facebook page:

Sunday, Oct. 1

The Official Standing 4 Kaepernick Protest -- in support of the controversial NFL player -- will be held at 11:05 a.m. at the University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale. To learn more, go to

Monday, Oct. 2

“Life in a Living Building” will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the ASU Student Pavilion, 400 E. Orange St., Tempe. Denis Hayes, president of the Bullitt Foundation, will explain what it is like to work in what is commonly described as the world’s greenest commercial office building. Admission is free; go to for more details.

Tuesday, Oct. 3

“Can We Be Just: Public or Private Prisons Make A Difference?” will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at A.T. Still University, 5850 E. Still Circle, Mesa. Mesa’s Fraternal Order of Police, Sunrise Rotary and the East Valley NAACP will participate and offer a variety of perspectives. Admission is free; for more details, go to

ASU’s The McCain Institute is sponsoring “Russia: Time to Contain?” at a Washington, D.C. forum. A panel -- which includes Evelyn N. Farkas, a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council -- will debate the issue. To register or learn more, go to

Wednesday, Oct. 4

The SOCENT Social Entrepreneurship Summit will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at because, 3419 E. University Drive, Phoenix. Workshops will focus on issues like sustainability, advocacy and marketing. A meal will be served; admission is $60. For more information, go to

Thursday, Oct. 5

The Diversity First Luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a Phoenix location and is sponsored by the Arizona Diversity Council. For more information, contact or go to

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