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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

April 19, 2018 — In 1970, the United States’ environmental outlook was bleak. The bald eagle, our national symbol, was seriously endangered because of DDT usage, while air pollution grew worse across U.S. cities.

Meanwhile, numerous rivers and lakes were under siege from various toxins (including Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River catching on fire in 1969). There was also the massive oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. In response, Gaylord Nelson -- then a U.S. senator from Wisconsin -- started Earth Day.

According to the Earth Day Network, “inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. … On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies.”

Since then, interest in Earth Day has grown, with events held across the nation. This year, Audubon Arizona is looking for people to help clean up the Rio Salado. on April 21. Starting at 9 a.m., participants will meet at the center before heading down to the river.

For more details, contact Alysse Lerager at or visit

Other opportunities include the 9th Annual Earth Day Phoenix Event starting at 11 a.m. April 21 at Steele Indian School Park and featuring eco-classes, exhibitors, food trucks, music and other events. To learn more, check out

Starting at 9 a.m. on April 22, people can devote time to helping Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary, Arizona’s 7741 E. Gray Road, Scottsdale. Learn more by checking out Also on April 22, the Sierra Club is urging people to mark Earth Day on “Your Corner,” a fundraiser that also allows participants to hike. Get more details at

Thursday, April 19

The faculty seminar series Negotiating North American Identitieswill be held starting at noon at Ross-Blakely Hall, Room 196 on the Arizona State University campus. Scholars will focus on postcolonial and decolonial empires. Attendees should RSVP and bring a lunch. Admission is free; to register or for more info, visit

Phoenix Drinking Liberally, for politically progressive-minded folks to discuss what’s happening in this country, will meet at 7 p.m. at Spoke & Wheel, 8525 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Further details are found here:

Friday, April 20

This month’s Coffee for a Cause: The College Program features An Educational Partnership With & For Women Who Are Incarcerated. Today, The Coronado will donate "Coffee for a Cause" all of its proceeds from coffee and non-alcoholic drink sales to The College Program. The Coronado is located at 2201 N. 7th St., Phoenix. For more info, visit the Facebook page:

Taking up where last month’s March for Our Lives left off, a Capitol ‘Die-In’ Rally - National Walkout Day will take place starting at 10 a.m. at the state capitol, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix. To learn more, visit

Saturday, April 21

The WomenInAction Conference 2018 will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Culter Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center 122 East Culver St., Phoenix. There will be speakers at this multi-generational event; admission is $20. To learn more, visit

Thursday, April 26

The Academic and Leadership Accelerate for Service Annual Dinner will be held starting at 5 p.m. at 1640 W. Broadway Road in Mesa. This year’s theme is “Rising Together.” Tickets start at $51 and can be purchased at To learn more, contact or check out

Living United for Change in Arizona is hosting Freedom Through Food: A History of Police & Prisons, an informal monthly gathering for people in the community that want to see a change in the criminal justice system. This is part of a four-part series, with the location to be determined. For more information, visit the Facebook page:

Saturday, April 28

The forum Understanding and Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Cancer Support Community of Arizona, 360 East Palm Lane, Phoenix. Diamond Strategies is the sponsor; admission is $100. To learn more, go to

The 2018 Homeless Walk Protest, in response to the city of Phoenix’s policies toward the homeless, will begin at 11 a.m. at 7th Avenue and Jefferson. Donations are encouraged. Learn more at

Monday, April 30

As news of possible Russian collusion with Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign continues, concerns grow that he might fire special investigator Robert Mueller. Should that happen, a protest is scheduled for noon at the state Capitol. To learn more, visit

Wednesday, May 2

The film He Named Me Malala, by Davis Guggenheim, will be screened at 6:30 p.m. at United Islamic Center of Arizona, 19250 N. 35th Ave., Glendale. After the Taliban tried to kill her for speaking out on behalf of girls' education, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai emerged as a leading advocate for children's rights and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Admission is free; to register, visit

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