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Consciousness Calendar May 18 To 30: May Is Coming To A Close, But There Are Numerous Ways To Get Involved And Make A Difference


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

May 18, 2018 — Given our current political climate, in which one seemingly regressive party seems to rule everything, the 1960s and ‘70s now seem like aberration. But during those two tumultuous decades, counterculture ruled. Hippies and “doing your own thing” were in.

In that spirit, Beverly Seckinger documented a 10-year period in a remote communal ranch in New Mexico. That footage became Hippie Family Values, will be screened at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 27 in the Virginia G. Piper Theater at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Described as an “intimate chronicle of a handful of hippie elders, along with their adult children and grandkids, the film counters dismissive stereotypes with stories of people whose worldview was forged in the 1960s counterculture, and who remain motivated by those youthful convictions in their 60s, 70s and 80s.

“The founders of this back-to-the-land experiment are slowing down and facing declining health. Will the next generation be able to sustain the community into the future?”

Seckinger is a professor in the School of Theatre, Film & Television at the University of Arizona. Her 2004 documentary Laramie Inside Out focuses on the aftermath of Matthew Shepard’s 1998 murder in Wyoming. It won the Best of Arizona award at the 2004 Arizona International Film Festival and premiered on PBS in June 2007.

Admission to the film is $14. To learn more or purchase a ticket, visit

Saturday, May 19

The Empower Hour - Stand Against Racism will be held starting at 6 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 West Camelback Road, Phoenix. Participants will join in the YWCA Stand Against Racism national event and discuss how racism has impacted our lives and what we can do about it. To learn more, visit
A discussion on the book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Joy DeGruy will be held at 10 a.m. at the Tanner Community Development Corporation, 700 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. For more details, check out

Sunday, May 20

A Puppy Mill Protest is set to begin at 11 a.m. at SanTan Village, 2218 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert. According to organizers, the store Puppies N'Love uses puppy mills. To learn more about the event, go to the Facebook page:

Monday, May 21

The Girls Rule! Foundation is sponsoring Go Giver Day at Feed My Starving Children, 1345 Alma School Road, Mesa. Volunteers will pack meals; only 60 spots are available, and an RSVP is required. To learn more, check out

Wednesday, May 23

Want to learn more about Mesa’s light-rail corridor? RAILmesa is presenting an update session at 6 p.m. at Volstead Public House, 105 W. Main St. Several topics will be covered, including Sycamore and Main redevelopment. Further details can be found here:

May 23 & 24

The Western Conservative Conference will be held today and May 24 at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix,. Among the featured speakers are writer Joseph Farah, former county Sheriff Joe Arpaio, actor Jack Scalia, and U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs and Debbie Lesko. For registration fees and other details, visit

Saturday, May 26

A community forum for people to meet local Black Lives Matter representatives will be held at 10:30 a.m. South Mountain Community Center, 212 East Alta Vista Road, Phoenix. The Maricopa County Branch of the NAACP and its NAACP College Units are sponsoring the forum. For more details, visit

Monday, May 28

The Memorial Day Moto Run will be held starting at 7 a.m. at Camelback Mountain. The run is held in remembrance of service members. Participants should bring water, snacks, a hat and snacks. To learn more or register for this free event, check out

Tuesday, May 29

Generation Opportunity Institute is presenting Life After Prison, on preparing Arizona inmates for release, starting at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Midtown, 4000 N. Central Ave. The dinner discussion is free of charge, and will focus on building and educating a community of activists passionate about improving Arizona's criminal justice system. For more details or to register, visit

Thursday, May 31

Freedom Through Food: Detention Centers is part of a four-part series and will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Living United Through Change in Arizona, 3120 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. This segment will focus on the mass imprisonment of immigrants facing possible deportation and connections between the for-profit prison industry and detention centers in the United States. More information can be found on the Facebook page:

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