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Consciousness Calendar Feb. 7 To 21: Legislative Events For The African American Community And Girls, And Secular Activists Are Happening This Month, As Well


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Feb. 7, 2018 — Now in its ninth year, the Desperado LGBT Film Festival -- interestingly enough, starting on Feb. 9 -- not only offers films, but also showcases local artisans, painters and photographers.

Of course, filmmakers, actors, producers and writers are on hand to interact with the audience. This year’s festival will feature 22 films, in both the feature and shorter categories.

Those include dramas such as Thelma, a thriller about a shy Norwegian girl who experiences seizures of a supernatural kind; After Louie, focusing on an aging, once-prominent artist who looks to friends for moral support; A Year in Transition, spotlighting an Arab-American who undergoes gender-reassignment surgery; Signature Move, focusing on a Pakistani-American lesbian who falls for a Mexican-American woman; and Snapshots, about a grandmother’s secret past and how it collides with her family.

A mixer featuring artist Dawn Bowman, a Phoenix native, is set for Feb. 10.

The Desperado festival be held through Feb. 11 at Paradise Valley Community College, 18401 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. An all-access pass is $80. For a full line-up of selections, screening times or other info, visit

Wednesday, Feb. 7

The League of Women Voters Metropolitan Phoenix is sponsoring a Legislative Day starting at 9:30 a.m. at its office, 1155 S. Power Road, Mesa. Members may meet with one or more of the legislators from their district, and inform them on important issues. Lunch will be provided. To learn more, visit the Facebook page at

The community forum Dispelling the Myths: Religious Doctrines and Religious Dogma will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. at the ASU Tempe campus, 1000 Cady Mall. People from Sikh, Islamic, Jewish, Mormon and secular identities will dispel common myths about their world religions and worldviews. Admission is free; to learn more, check out

Thursday, Feb. 8

The 16th annual Arizona African-American Legislative Conference will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the state Capital, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Topics will include pillar workshops, a town hall meeting and the “Unsung Hero” awards presentation. To learn more, visit

Saturday, Feb. 10

Camp Congress for Girls Phoenix 2018 is a leadership program that introduces girls ages 8 to 15 to politics. It is being held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 101 N. First St., Phoenix. Each participant will choose to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate or for the presidency. She will create her own campaign with a platform, campaign slogan, campaign finance plan, campaign marketing materials and a political ad for television. The cost ranges from $120 to $160. To learn more, go to

Spreadin’ LOVe on the Streets, an event to help homeless people, is happening today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Justa Center, 1001 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Volunteers are needed, as well as donations of hygiene items, water and sports drinks like Gatorade. (The drop-off location is 5135 N 10th St., Phoenix.) For more details, check out the Facebook page:

Sunday, Feb. 11

Comfort Food for the Homeless Youth is sponsoring an event be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Justa Center, 1001 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. We will be serving over 200 meals to the homeless Veterans and homeless seniors that are over the age of 55 years old. To get involved or learn more, go to

Monday, Feb. 12

Secular Day at the Capitol will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Arizona Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Transportation is available for Tucson residents. There will be a happy hour at the Vig Filmore after the event, sponsored by Secular Coalition for Arizona. For more information, visit

The forum “Campus Speech: When Protests Turn Extreme” will be held at 7 p.m. at AZ PBS Studios, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Middlebury College professor Allison Stanger -- who was seriously injured in 2017 when protesters turned violent -- and professor Lucia Martinez Valdivia, who lectured during protests over a course at Reed College, will participate. Admission is free. To learn more about the event or to register, visit

Tuesday, Feb. 13

In honor of Frederick Douglass’ bicentennial, a film about the civil rights pioneer will be screened today and Feb. 14 at Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Road. To learn more, call (602) 285-7777 or check out

Wednesday, Feb. 14

A rally for Lifting Our Voices for Education will be held at 4 p.m. at the state Capitol Rose Garden. Along with speakers, there will be a marching band, Valentines for lawmakers and more. To get involved or find out more, visit

Thursday, Feb. 15

Justice that Works and Renaissance the Poet are sponsoring Just Poetry starting at 6 p.m. at Fair Trade Cafe, 1020 N. 1st Ave., Phoenix. This is a social issue-based, open mic event. For more details, check out the Facebook page:

Saturday, Feb. 17

A benefit show for Shot in The Dark, which helps substance abusers, will be held starting at 7 p.m. at The Gallery, 1229 Grand Ave., Phoenix. Soft Shoulder, RNA, Gene Tripp and Clay House will perform. There will be food, beverages and raffles. Admission is $10 or $20. Get more info here:

Sunday, Feb. 18

Amnesty International Phoenix Charter will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Children are welcome and light refreshments will be served. More information can be found on the Facebook page:

Tuesday, Feb. 20

The Long Shadow, a film that investigates root causes of racial strife in America, will be screened in Room CDN 60 (Art Building North), at Arizona State University, 810 S. Forest Mall, Tempe. Admission is free; go to for more information.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Water is the topic in “We Are Currents,” a “performative conversation” being held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Rio Salado Habitat Restoration, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez and poet Natalie Diaz will participate. Admission is free. To learn more, go to

Thursday, Feb. 22

“Post-Human Politics: Inheriting from 1968” is the theme of The Second Annual Post-Human Network Graduate Student Conference being held on the ASU campus. 1968 is considered a high point of political protest and activism -- not only in the United States, but Mexico, France and even China. Kavita Philip, a history professor at University of California, Irvine, will speak. To learn more, visit

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