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Consciousness Calendar April 4 To 18: Along With Awareness Of Sexual Harassment And Helping Those In Need, Gay Pride Takes Center Stage


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

April 5, 2018 — Long before Anita Hill testified about Clarence Thomas, the #MeToo movement and a president who bragged about sexually assaulting women, there was Take Back the Night.

This non-profit organization, founded in the 1970s, has “a mission of ending sexual, relationship and domestic violence in all forms.” One of the first events took place in October 1975 after the murder of Susan Alexander Speeth, a microbiologist who was stabbed to death while walking alone to her home in Philadelphia.

Today, organizers hold yearly events in over 30 countries.

On Friday, April 6, Phoenix will be the site of a Take Back the Night event, beginning at 5 p.m. in Phoenix Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave. About 50 agencies will be on hand to provide outreach and support, while speakers will share their stories of sexual assault, domestic violence and trafficking. There will be live music from Two Night Stand band, a candlelight vigil honoring survivors, food trucks, a survivor art exhibit, an opportunity to make survivor artwork onsite and a photobooth.

There will also be exhibits: The Clothesline Project, a display of T-shirts made by survivors, and The Silent Witness Project, display of life-size statues and stories of victims who were killed as a result of domestic violence in Maricopa County. Check out this Facebook page for further info:

Friday, April 6

For many, spring means a better commitment to health. An environmental health symposium on reducing toxic load -- entitled “The Elephant in The Room” -- will be held through April 8 at the Doubletree Resort (Scottsdale), 5401 N. Scottsdale Road. Attendees will learn about toxicants from experts in the environmental medicine field, the newest research and useful laboratory testing in the field of toxicogenomics, and nutrition and botanical strategies for reducing toxicants in themselves or patients. To learn more, visit

Saturday, April 7

The 2018 Phoenix Pride Festival starts today and continues through April 8 at Steele Indian School Park. Five stages will feature entertainment, while 300 exhibitors showcase numerous food options, shopping opportunities and community resources. The festival includes an arts expo featuring local artists; the family friendly KidSpace that includes a bouncy house, face painters and more; the air-conditioned VIP Experience; an adult area and a Dance Pavilion. Admission starts at $15. Children under 12 and active-duty military personnel are free, while there are discounts for seniors, veterans and children over 13.. For tickets, go to

The film Outcasts focuses on the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (of the Bronx, New York) and their outreach to those on the fringes of society. Restore Dignity will screen the documentary at 6 p.m. at AMC Theatres, 565 N. Third St., Phoenix. A discussion will follow and refreshments will be served. General admission is $35. For tickets or other information, check out

The premier event that kicks off Arizona Bike Week, Tillman’s Ride salutes those in the military, law enforcement and fire departments. This year’s ride starts from Desert Wind Harley Davidson in Mesa and travels north to the Famous Buffalo Chip Saloon in Cave Creek. Fees range from $17 to $92.78. To learn more, visit

Sunday, April 8

The Phoenix Pride Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Third Street and Thomas. Over 2,000 people are expected to participate, and there will be numerous floats and live music. For more details, check out this Facebook page:

The NOH8 campaign began in 2009 after California voters passed the controversial (and no longer valid) Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage. Now, the movement continues in support of human rights awareness. A NOH8 Open Photo Shoot is set for 1:30 p.m. agt 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. Couple or group shots are $25, while a single-person session is $40. Visit this Facebook page for further details:

Wednesday, April 11

For 40 years, the Negro League offered African-American men the opportunity to play professional baseball. Yesterday's Negro League Baseball Exhibit will be held through April 17 at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 415 E. Grant St., Phoenix. A reception is also planned. Admission ranges from $5 to $10. For more details, check out

Friday, April 13

Laugh4Hope 2018 Comedy Show Fundraiser will start at 7 p.m. at Dream City Church, 13613 N. Cave Creek Road (Building G), Phoenix. Comedians Clayborn Cox, Carlos Oscar and Kristin Weber will be on hand. Proceeds will benefit pregnant women in need. Admission ranges from $10 to $25. For more details, visit

Saturday, April 14

The March For Science, which also include an expo, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park, 1134 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Along with numerous activities, food trucks will also be on site. Admission is free; to register or to learn more, go to

Circle The City volunteers are hosting the 13th Annual Garden Tea Party starting at 8:30 a.m. at Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale. Proceeds will go towards providing medical services to the homeless. Tickets are $60; to learn more or participate, call 623-900-2203 or visit

Tuesday, April 17

Youth for Troops and Daisy Mountain Veterans are hosting an event to provide plastic mats for homeless veterans at the Anthem Civic Building, 3701 Anthem Way, Anthem. For more details, email or visit

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