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Consciousness Calendar July 25 To Aug. 8: ADA, A Youth Leadership Conference And A Butterfly Walk Offer Ways To Make A Difference And Interact With The World


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

July 25, 2018 — Ever wonder why whenever you enter a building, nearly all of them have elevators or ramps in the front entrance? Or if a hearing-impaired employee requests it, an interpreter will be provided?

Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with physical limitations have help when it comes to living or working conditions.

According to the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, ADA is the nation's first “comprehensive civil rights law addressing the needs of people with disabilities, prohibiting discrimination in employment, public services, public accommodations and telecommunications.”

President George H.W. Bush, who signed the act, said this: “I know there may have been concerns that the ADA may be too vague or too costly, or may lead endlessly to litigation. But I want to reassure you right now that my administration and the United States Congress have carefully crafted this act. We've all been determined to ensure that it gives flexibility, particularly in terms of the timetable of implementation; and we've been committed to containing the costs that may be incurred. ... Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down.”

In honor of the ADA’s 28th anniversary, a celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday (July 26) at Ability, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix.

Speakers from the Arizona Attorney General Civil Rights Division, Arizona Center for Disability Law and Maricopa County Recorder's Office will be on hand during this free event.

To register, contact David Carey at or 602-443-0723; one may also register or learn more at

Thursday, July 26

Conservative media personality Tomi Lahren will speak as part of the American Money Tour at 10 a.m. at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel Spa & Conference Center, 9495 W. Coyotes Blvd. For more details or to register, check out

Friday, July 27

The Summer Youth Leadership Conference will take place today and July 28 at 6006 S. 30th St., Phoenix. Participants can sharpen up their skills in public speaking, resume building and other areas. Food and beverages will be served. To learn more or register for this free event, go to

Saturday, July 28

The Last Pig will be screened at the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center, 300 E. Indian School Road. Described as “a lyrical meditation on what it means to be a sentient creature with the power to kill,” the film is hosted by the Arizona Education Vegan Group. A panel discussion will follow; the event starts at 2 p.m. For more details, visit this Facebook page:

Jewels and Beats for Reproductive Rights is holding “A Handmade Tale” starting at 6 p.m. at The Coronado, 2201 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. Part of the proceeds will go toward Abortion Fund of Arizona. To learn more, check out

The 2018 Butterfly Walk will take place starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 37615 U.S. Highway 60, Superior. Walkers will learn about various butterfly species like Empress Leilia. Admission ranges from $5 to $12.50. For more details, call 602-827-3000 or check out

Tuesday, July 31

The social/educational forum Free Speech: Hate, Censorship and Rights will be held at 6 p.m. Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 111 East Taylor St., Phoenix. This social/educational event will feature some of Arizona's top speakers on free speech and the constitution. The program includes networking, personal stories and current events related to free speech. Admission is free; learn more at

Artists of Color Organizing for Racial Equality will gather at 6 p.m. at Azukar Coffee, 7246 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. The event will include discussions about artists of color and their work in the community. Food will be served. For more details on this event, check out this Facebook page:

Saturday, Aug. 4

Flow it Forward: A Community Service Project will be held starting at 10 a.m. at 501 S. Ninth Ave., Phoenix. Participants will take a tour of ICM Food and Clothing Bank’s facility and make a donation of menstrual hygiene products to give to the 150 to 300 families and individuals they serve each day. To learn more or register, visit

Strip Cabaret -- a benefit for a new theater, BLK BOX PHX -- will be held at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. at Playhouse on the Park 1850 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Call the box office at 602-734-5734 or visit for tickets and information.

The 31st annual Suvoyuki Day will be held at Arizona 87 in Winslow. There will be special archaeological site tours, cultural artists and demonstrators on hand. To learn more, go to

Aug. 4 and 5

The 69th annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N. Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff. More than 70 Navajo artists, storytellers and cultural interpreters from many clans will take part. Admission ranges from $9 to $12. For more details, visit

Aug. 6 and 7

A health-care related conference on human trafficking will take place today and Aug. 7 at the Phoenix Marriott in Mesa. There will be noted speakers, and topics including trafficking in Indian Country and the opioid crisis. Registration starts at $100. Visit for more details.

Tuesday, Aug. 7

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) will speak at the Professional Women’s Alliance forum at Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. Seventh St. Lunch will be served; admission is $35 for Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce members or $55 for non-members. For more information, check out

Wednesday, Aug. 8

Phoenix Art Museum is sponsoring Empower Hour at 6 p.m. The curator for the In the Company of Women exhibit. Admission is free; visit for more details.

Friday, Aug. 10

The documentary Dark Money will be screened at the Harkins Shea theater in Scottsdale. To learn more or get tickets, visit this Facebook page:

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