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Consciousness Calendar March 21 To April 5: Along With Activism, A Film About A Socially Conscious Missionary Will Be Shown In Phoenix


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

March 22, 2018 — It happens every year in the United States: Mass shootings, followed by a mourning period, then the usual futile discussion about whether it’s time to restrict access to certain automatic weapons. After a week or two, the mainstream news media moves on.

Because the National Rifle Association has such a strong grip over the vast majority of Republican lawmakers — both nationally and on the state level — and the president, no major legislation has been enacted since the 1990s. Even tragedies like Sandy Hook (where 20 children died) and the Route 91 Festival (the highest number killed in a U.S. mass shooting) didn’t move the needle. (On Tuesday, another school shooting took place in Maryland.)

However, the Parkland, Fla. shooting of Feb. 14 seems to be different in terms of getting the public’s attention, perhaps because the victims were teenagers, and those who are survived are social media-savvy and not tainted by the corrosive cynicism that afflicts other generations.

The Parkland teens have encouraged school walk-outs (such as one last week) and other demonstrations. Despite Donald Trump’s backpedaling, even some GOP factions — including those in Florida — are acknowledging that it’s time for some minimal level of gun control. (Elections in November may also be the catalyst.)

In the meantime, Moms Demand Action is hosting Lobby Day at the Capitol. Starting at 8:30 a.m. on March 27, participants will have a chance to meet Arizona lawmakers and learn from others. To sign up, visit

Thursday, March 22

Missionary Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino's work 300 years ago for human dignity lives on through friendships and humanitarian efforts of the people living on both sides of the border. His efforts are documented in Viva Kino, premiering at 5 p.m. at Filmbar, 815 N. Second St., Phoenix. For more information or to RSVP, contact Monica Grijalva at Instituto del Desierto Sonorense at 602-315-5502 or To learn about the film, go to

Friday, March 23

The Phoenix Abolition Group, which focuses on human rights and social justice, will meet at 2 p.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 1010 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix. This meeting will provide updates on the local legislation in Arizona, community education and other resources for ending human trafficking. Coffee and water will be provided. There’s a $5 reservation fee; to learn more, visit

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., 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

Wonder what life is like in Africa as a refugee? A Taste Of Africa will offer that experience. The event will be held at starting at 4:30 p.m. in a private home, and feature dinner and music. Mending the Soul ministers will also provide updates on their work in Africa. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required by visiting

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

Monday, March 26

Called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams Sensei is an author, spiritual teacher, master trainer and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She’ll discuss racial injustice and white supremacy during A Radicial Truth For Everyone starting at 5:30 p.m. at Memorial Union, Room 202 in the Alumni Lounge in Tempe. Admission is free; visit for more details or to register.

Wednesday, March 28

A Teach In will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the state Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. The organizers will write “report cards” for lawmakers, school state leaders on economics and math, and have “picture day” for #RedforEd and #NoProp305. To get involved, check out

Thursday, March 29

Is “dark money” a threat to U.S. policy or just anonymous free speech? That will be discussed during an O’Connor Institute Issues & Answers Forum, starting at 6 p.m. at Arizona Heritage Center, 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe. Panelists include Terry Goddard, former Phoenix mayor, state attorney general and now head of the Outlaw Dirty Money petition drive; Jodi Remke, chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission; and Jon Riches, director of national litigation for the Goldwater Institute and general counsel. Steve Goldstein, of KJZZ, will moderate. Admission is free; to register or learn more, go to

Friday, March 30

The city of Phoenix is hosting a habitat restoration event in Papago Park starting at 7 a.m. Parks Project Crew and REI will help with an on-going project to remove invasive tamarisk to restore native habitat in the park. Volunteers should bring plenty of water, necessary medications, and wear appropriate clothing, shoes, a hat and sunscreen. For more details, visit

Saturday, March 31

With a major election roughly seven months away, We The People Summit will focus on getting out the vote, tools and techniques, combating voter suppression, marketing and messaging, and a fundraising summit. It starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center. To learn more, check out

The 2018 AZ Women’s Conference will feature Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir and topics as women in politics, net neutrality and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The conference will be held from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. at Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road. Regular admission starts $50 (with discounts for students or veterans). To learn more or to register, go to

Monday, April 1

As colleges debate whether white supremacists and others far outside of the political mainstream should be allowed to speak to students, Arizona State University is holding Free Speech on Campus: A Challenge of Our Times at 5 p.m. in West Hall on the Tempe campus, 1000 S. Cady Mall. Geoffrey R. Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, will speak. Arizona PBS will film this presentation. To learn more, visit this Facebook page:

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