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Consciousness Calendar June 13 To 27: From DACA To Gun Safety, There Are Many Ways To Make A Difference In The Phoenix Community Over The Next Two Weeks


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

June 13, 2018 — Dreamers.

That word now has a much deeper meaning: “Dreamers” are also known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the very bureaucratic term for young people who were brought to the United States by their parents, who entered the country without the proper authorization, in search of a better life for either economic or safety reasons.

Most know the situation, for decades, in Mexico has been rough for many not in the economic elite. Meanwhile, citizens of civil war-ravaged nations such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have been fleeing from violence. (And sadly, the United States played a generally unwelcomed role in those situations during the 1980s).

Attempts to give DACA children — more than a few of whom joined the military and served this nation in Iraq and Afghanistan, sometimes giving their lives — have stalled in the Republican-controlled Congress. More than a few Republicans are nervous about Trump-supporting voters (who are generally opposed to new immigrants, legal or otherwise) punishing them in state primary elections or the general one on Nov. 6. Various polls have shown overall support by Americans of giving DACA children full citizenship.

In the meantime, the Arizona Dream Act Coalition is hosting a Taquiza to Benefit DACA Scholarship event starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 15 at La Casa Del Mariachi, 1420 N. 24th St. in Phoenix. Admission is $5 (and includes two tacos and one drink or $10 (four tacos, one drink).
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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 for this 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,

Friday, June 15

Restitution: Charity Event & Silent Auction is set for 5 p.m. at Sundown Gallery & Studios, 921 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. Proceeds will go towards Bang The Chains, a South Phoenix non-profit organization promoting disc golf, hip-hop and street art in local schools and communities. Art by James B Hunt, Lalo Cota, Aztec Smurf and others will be featured. To learn more, visit the Facebook page:

Saturday, June 16

Stand Up For Lolita, a rally being held to raise awareness for a killer whale being held in the Miami Seaquarium, is being held at 10 a.m. at North Pima Road and East Via de Ventura, Scottsdale. For information, contact or visit the Facebook page:

INVESTinED Summer of Action for Central Phoenix Signature Slammers is taking place starting at 9 a.m. at the Arizona Education Association, 345 E. Palm Lane, Phoenix. Volunteers are needed for the petition drive. To learn more, check out the Facebook page:

Help Big Cuz/Turn the Corner Feed 500 Homeless is holding an event at 3 p.m. at 201 W. Madison St., Phoenix. Food, bottled water, ice, condiments, plates, utensils, new or slightly used clothing and hygiene items for 500 people are needed. To learn more on helping or donating, at call Frankie at (602) 472-2123 or check out the Facebook page:

A Juneteenth celebration, honoring the end of slavery in the United States, will get underway at 4 p.m. at Eastlake Park, 1549 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. There will be food, vendors, community tables, entertainment, a children’s zone and more. Admission is free. For more information, call (623) 282-1555 or check out

Tuesday, June 19

Breakfast For Our Lives, based on the recent March for Our Lives, (focusing on gun safety measures) will be held starting at 7:30 a.m. at The Newton, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. For admission or other info,

Wednesday, June 20

A screening of the film This Is Home, for World Refugee Day, will be held at 6 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Community, 4715 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. A panel discussion will follow. For more details, check out the Facebook page:

The Sierra Club - Grand Canyon Arizona Chapter is screening Gray Area - Wolves of the Southwest at 7 p.m. at Wrigley Hall, Room 101 on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe Campus, 800 Cady Mall. Admission is free, and there will be a Q&A session after the film. (Donations for Women4Women Tempe are encouraged.) For more details, go to

Cultiv8N Culture is presenting An Unsettling Force Open Mic starting at 7:30 p.m. at Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix. There will be poets, a DJ and music. To learn more, check out the Facebook page:

Thursday, June 21

Audubon Arizona is sponsoring Birds n’ Beer: Watershed Protection After Damaging Flooding starting at 5:30 p.m. at Audubon's office, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Light snacks will be provided, and beer will be available for purchase. For more information, visit this Facebook page:

Friday, June 22

Coffee for a Cause: Equality Arizona will be held at 7 p.m. at the Coronado, 2201 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. One-hundred percent of all coffee and non-alcoholic drink sales will benefit Equality Arizona. For more details, check out

Saturday, June 23

The 21st Annual Emancipation Marathon will be held starting at 10 a.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. The marathon is held to honor the memory of victims of American slavery. For further details, check out

Go With The Flow - Paint and Sip Brunch will be held starting at 11:30 a.m. at The Painters Lounge, 1001 North 3rd Ave., Phoenix. Admission is $39, and proceeds will go towards feminine hygiene supplies for public schools. Along with paint stations, there will be food, drinks and raffle items. To learn more, visit

Sunday, June 24

Lessons of the Past is hosting a discussion with Holocaust survivor Charlotte Adelman at 12:30 p.m. at Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road. To learn more, check out this Facebook page:

Monday, June 25

Defend Our Chocolate, a panel discussion focusing on how climate change is threatening the chocolate industry, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. Panelists include Lauren Kuby, is a member of Tempe City Council member who ran on a sustainability platform in 2014. To learn more, visit

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