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Consciousness Calendar Nov. 30 to Dec. 13: Reproductive rights, black voter participation and an AIDS vigil are happening this month


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 30, 2017 — When Leonardo DiCaprio won the Best Actor Oscar in 2016 for The Revenant, he mentioned how climate change is “happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.” The star also mentioned how indigenous people were being hit especially hard.

According to Arizona State University, “indigenous peoples are considered the most vulnerable to adverse effects because they are often inextricably tied to their land.” At the same time, indigenous peoples “have used traditional knowledge to mitigate climate disruptions and to adapt to the changing environment.”

That challenge will be the topic of Cultures Under Water: Climate Impacts on Tribal Cultural Heritage, a forum starting Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the ASU Memorial Union, 1290 S. Normal Ave., Tempe. Tribal leadership and members — along with scientists, scholars, attorneys and activists — will participate.

Joel Clement, former director of the U.S. Office of Policy Analysis, who made news earlier this year when he spoke out against the Trump Administration, will be the keynote speaker.

Admission to this legal-based event, held through Dec. 8, starts at $40 (before Dec. 4). It includes the film , which also features DiCaprio, and the native-based play Fairly Traceable. For more details, visit

Thursday, Nov. 30

Camelback Family Planning is hosting its annual fundraiser from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the facility, 4141 N. 32nd St., suite 105, Phoenix. Attendees may tour the clinic, meet staff and learn about reproductive rights. Refreshments will be served. The suggested donation is $50. To learn more, go to

The critically acclaimed documentary I Am Not Your Negro, focusing on the late writer James Baldwin, will be will screened at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave. Admission is free; for further details,

Friday, Dec. 1

The Phoenix AIDS Candlelight Vigil will be held starting at 6 p.m. at the Parsons Center for Health and Wellness, 1101 N. Central Ave. Fifteen NAMES quilt panels will be on display. For more details, visit

The State of Black Civic Participation Report will be presented at 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Flinn Foundation, 1802 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The report will focus on nonpartisan data on voters and explore ways to engage more Arizonans. To learn more or register, visit

Indivisible Phoenix is sponsoring a Light Rail Resistance Ride starting at 5 p.m. at 3750 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Those participating will get on the westbound train at 5:2 p.m., and should bring a sign urging people to vote, register to vote or update their registration. To learn more, check out the Facebook page:

Saturday, Dec. 2

Aunt Rita’s is putting on The RED Brunch at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, 340 N. Third St. The event will recognize and honor individuals and organizations that provide essential services and programs to the diverse HIV/AIDS community in the Greater Phoenix area. Tickets start at $100; for more details, visit

Hitting The Streets, an outreach project to Phoenix’s homeless population, will be held at 10 a.m. at Central Arizona Shelter Services, 230 S. 12th Ave., Phoenix. Volunteers will pass out water, non-perishable food items, toiletries, warm clothing and blankets to those in need. To learn more, go to

Sunday, Dec. 3

Deedra Abboud, an attorney who is a candidate for the U.S. Senate, will speak during the forum Civil Rights: Not What We Thought They Were at 10 a.m. at the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix, 627 W. Rio Salado, Mesa. Admission is free, but there’s an optional buffet breakfast for $5. More details can be found on the Facebook page:

Steps 4 Unity is holding a shoe drive starting at 5 p.m. at Unexpected, 734 W. Polk St., Phoenix. New or “gently used” shoes are needed. Further info can be found on the Facebook page:

Tuesday, Dec. 5

Justice That Works is holding a meeting at 6 p.m. at Dobson Ranch Library, 2425 Dobson Road, Mesa. The subject will be stopping the “school-to-prison pipeline.” Find out more via their Facebook page:

Thursday, Dec. 7

Net neutrality is a hot-button issue, especially in light of the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to eliminate policies that encourage it. A demonstration to support net neutrality is set for 6:30 p.m. in front of Verizon, 39 S. McClintock, Tempe. Participants should bring signs, and according to the organizer, keep their focus on Verizon executives, not employees. To learn more or sign up, go to

Friday, Dec. 8

Last year, The Arena community gathered for the first time in Nashville to begin to build a community for the next generation of civic leaders. Now, an event is set for Phoenix today and Dec. 9 at The Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St. Tickets start at $65; to learn more or purchase on, check out

Saturday, Dec. 9

The AZSA North Mountain Park Cleanup will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Volunteers should meet at 12950 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. They should wear appropriate clothing, sunscreen and bring water. To learn more, visit this Facebook page:

The Phoenix Volunteer Fair gets underway starting at 11 a.m. at 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. Over 75 agencies will participate; a full list and other details can be found on this Facebook page:

Dec. 10 to 12

The National Immigrant Integration Conference will be held through Dec. 12 at the Phoenix Convention Center. This is the signature event of the National Partnership for New Americans. To learn more, check out

Monday, Dec. 11

National Human Rights Day will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 550 W. Jackson St., Phoenix. Hosted by Puente Human Rights Movement, the event will focus on a “post (Joe) Arpaio culture,” and remove ICE from Maricopa County, according to organizers. For more info, visit the Facebook page:

Our Revolution is holding its December meeting at 7 p.m. at MVPita Mediterranean Grill, 1066 N. Power Road, Mesa. Bob Grossfeld and Bill Elliot of Outlaw Dirty Money will be on hand, as will state Legislative District 25 candidates Johnny Martin and Kathy Mohr-Almeida. To RSVP for this event, visit

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