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Consciousness Calendar June 1 to 13: Water is Life But There’s More To Life Than Just Water, Including Battling Violence, Understanding Islamophobia and Expanding Human Rights

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

June 1, 2018 — Water and the desert.

The Sonoran desert is known for being parched, but without hauling water to the Phoenix metro — thanks Central Arizona Project —  the nearly 4 million in the area would have to find someplace else to go. We humans, after all, drink and bathe a bit more than lizards.

Two events over the next two weeks will showcase the intricacies of humans living in the Sonoran desert and just maybe how to better survive within it.

This Saturday, June 2, take a nature walk beginning at 8 a.m., with desert plant enthusiast Jim Shepard at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 37615 U.S. Highway 60, Superior, Ariz. On this walk you can learn about the edible and medicinal plants found all around the desert. For more info, visit here.

Then, on June 6, join a discussion about whether there will be enough potable water in the future as Sarah Porter from the Kyl Center for Water Policy presents, “Arizona: Land of the Water Haves and Water Have-Nots” beginning at 6 p.m. at Arizona Humanities Council, 1242 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. For more information or to register your attendance visit here.

But there are more consciousness raising events than you can throw some water at over the next two weeks. Read below for gun violence prevention activities, a discussion on Islamophobia, animal rights and a city council meeting about body cameras for police officers.

Friday, June 1

President Trump’s new Domestic Gag Rule…  Want to know how it will affect Title X? Find the answers at the Phoenix: A Lunch and Learn - #NoGagRule Title X Discussion presented by Planned Parenthood at the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, 4751 N. 15th St., Phoenix. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2048346765413210/

June 1 and 2

Author of “American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear” Professor Khaled Beydoun will be the keynote speaker at A Ramadan Night For Civil Rights 2018 on June 1 presented by CAIR Arizona (Council on American-Islamic Relations Arizona). The event will be held at the Arizona Cultural Academy, 7810 S. Second St., Phoenix.  A donation of $15 to attend the event is suggested. For more information or to purchase tickets visit here. On June 2, Beydoun will speak at Changing Hands Bookstore’s downtown Phoenix location at 7 p.m., 300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. https://www.changinghands.com/event/june2018/khaled-beydoun-american-islamophobia

Saturday, June 2

To honor the memory of gun violence victims, join the Desert Southwest Conference in a Silent March for National Gun Violence Awareness Day also known as Wear Orange Day, starting at 8 a.m. at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington Ave. For more information on the walk, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1047664578691986/

Arizona Center for Empowerment is holding a Film Screening of a short movie on DACA: 6 years of Resistance in Arizona at 5761 N. 19th Ave., Phoenix. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/243849526192210/

Looking for something to do outdoors before it gets too hot… Then take a nature walk beginning at 8 a.m., with desert plant enthusiast Jim Shepard at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 37615 U.S. Highway 60, Superior, Ariz. On this walk you can learn about the edible and medicinal plants found all around the desert. It is just $12.50 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 12, free for children under 5 and free to Arboretum members and Arizona State Parks pass-holders. This event will be repeated throughout the summer on the first Saturday of the month. For more information visit, https://www.visitarizona.com/events/nature-and-science/edible-and-medicinal-plants-june-2018

Sunday, June 3

Feel strongly about animal rights? If so, join in on the first National Animal Rights Day (NARD) held in Phoenix at Historic Heritage Square, 115 N. Sixth St., Phoenix. NARD events are held annually in major cities across the globe to to honor the billions of animals that have had their lives wrongly ended. For more information visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/392386951156013/

Wednesday, June 6

A Citizens Petition for full deployment of body cameras on Phoenix Police within a year will be voted on in the formal City Council meeting at the Phoenix City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St. Come see the outcome or just be there to show support between 3:30 and 6 p.m. For more information visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/172958183383765

Ever wonder if there will be enough potable water in the desert we live in? Sarah Porter from the Kyl Center for Water Policy will be discussing this issue beginning at 6 p.m. during the Arizona: Land of the Water Haves and Water Have-Nots at Arizona Humanities, 1242 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. For more information or to register your attendance visit, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arizona-land-of-the-water-haves-and-water-have-nots-registration-45364281788

Wednesday, June 7

The 7th Annual LGBTQ “Let’s Get Better Together” Conference is a two day event focusing on improving health and wellness in the LGBTQ community. The conference will be held at the Desert Willows Conference Center, 4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd., Phoenix. For more information visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/203234143789856/

Tuesday, June 12

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Professional Women’s Alliance featuring 2017 ATHENA recipients Michelle Just and Mi-Ai Parrish. Check-in begins at 11 a.m. at Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. Lunch cost is $50 for non-chamber members. For more information, visit http://phoenixchamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/professional-women-s-alliance-feat-2017-athenas-4931

Wednesday, June 13

It is that time of the month for an evening distributing food and bottled water to the less fortunate. Join the Who I Am Foundation in this is a great opportunity to give back from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the YMCA Parking Lot, 350 N. First Ave. Phoenix. For more information visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/1446606242112239/

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