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Consciousness Calendar March 8 To 21: From Documentaries To An Event For Kids In Need, Activism Is In The Air As Spring Approaches


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

March 8, 2018 — Cabrini Green, a notorious complex in Chicago, was fully demolished in 2011. It stood for 70 years, and its name was synonymous with well-meaning but failed public housing programs in the United States. At one time, some 15,000 people lived there.

Although located near over Chicago’s most valuable neighborhoods, Cabrini-Green has been described as a “looming reminder of inequality and poverty.”

Not only were Cabrini’s high-rises demolished, but an African-American community was moved aside to make room for mixed-income neighborhoods.

Shot over the course of 20 years, the film 70 Acres in Chicago examines the change, from  razing of the first set of buildings in 1995 to clashes in the mixed-income neighborhoods 10 years later. Directed by Ronit Bezalel, 70 Acres was first released in 2014 and according to its creators, looks “unflinchingly at race, class and who has the right to live in the city.”

The  Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability is screening the film starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 at the Harkins Valley Art Theater, 509 S. Mill Ave. in Tempe. Admission is free; to register, check out

Thursday, March 8

Project Humanities will screen Dolores at Benedictine University, 225 E. Main St., Mesa. The film focuses on vaunted activist Dolores Huerta, who first came to prominence in the 1950s when she and Cesar Chavez started the farm workers’ union. The event starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free. Visit for more information.

Saturday, March 10

Sponsored by the Entrepreneur Empowerment Foundation, Urban Soup will be held starting at 4 p.m. at 602 E. Siesta Drive, Phoenix. There will be 15-minute presentations on initiatives, ranging from art to social justice. Check out for more details.

In response to an unpopular president with controversial policies, an Anti-Trump Unity Rally will be held starting at 10 a.m. at 3801 W. Cactus Road in Phoenix. The event is in response to a pro-Trump rally scheduled for the same day. Protestors are encouraged to bring signs, flags and posters. To learn more, visit this Facebook page:

Monday, March 12

The 2018 AFL-CIO Day of Action is set at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington in Phoenix. Participants will focus on telling legislators to preserve workers’ rights.  Registration begins at 9 a.m. Transportation will be available for those in Tucson. Lunch and materials will be provided, but an RSVP is required. For more details, check out this Facebook page:

Thursday, March 15

Twenty years ago, another president was in a lot of trouble for bad behavior: Bill Clinton committed perjury after details of an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky came to light, and was later impeached (but not removed from office). The special prosecutor who oversaw it, Ken Starr, will speak at The Newton, 300 W. Camelback Road in Phoenix. The Federalist Society is sponsoring the event; admission is $25. For more information, visit

The seventh annual Prison Education Conference will be held starting at 10 a.m. at Arizona State University Student Pavilion 121 (Senita Ballroom), 400 E. Orange St. in Tempe. Former Rikers Island inmates, Arizona Department of Corrections education supervisors, Michelle Campuzano of a Title 1 Phoenix School and others will speak. ASU’s Prison Education Awareness Club is sponsoring the conference, which is free to the public. To register or learn more, check out

Saturday, March 17

Meatless foodies, rejoice: Veg Out! Scottsdale Vegan Beer & Food Festival is set for today and March 18 at the Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Road. Along with numerous vegan food options, there will be live entertainment, educational speakers, chef demonstrations, fitness classes and over 100 expected vendors.  Admission starts at $20; for more details or to purchase tickets, visit

Saturday, March 18

Activism is the word for I’ve Got U Babe, a monthly meeting starting at 10 a.m. at Ocotillo Restaurant,  3243 N. Third St. in Phoenix.  Volunteers will assemble “period packs” filled with feminine products for low-income and homeless girls for Go With The Flow. Admission is $10. To learn more, check out

Saturday, March 24

Pride Run Phoenix will feature a half-marathon, along with 5K and 10K races, in the city. For other details including entry fees and courses, visit
The Third Annual Homeless Veteran Hygiene Kit Drive will get underway at 10 a.m. at Granada Park, 6505 N. 20th St. in Phoenix.  Some of the needed items (travel size is requested) are shampoo, soap, conditioner and moisturizer. Learn more by visiting the Facebook page:

A Get Involved Orientation Session — with Adrian Fontes, Maricopa County Elections recorder — will be held Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center, 510 S. Third Ave., Phoenix. Participants will learn how to become a part of elections in Maricopa County. To register for this free event, visit

Sunday, March 25

Love Festival for Underprivileged Children will be held at Unfair Advantage Performance, 2140 E. Fifth St. in Tempe. The event will offer kids three hours of fun activities. Volunteers and those willing to fund station are needed. For more information, check out this Facebook page:

Peeps ‘N Pints4Pups, benefiting Arizona Small Dog Rescue will be held starting at noon at The Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen, 5813 N. Seventh St. BarkHappy Inc. is sponsoring the event, which will offer beer, brunch, Peeps candy and giveaways. Tickets start $12; get more details by visiting

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