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Consciousness Calendar Aug. 8 To 22: As Mother Nature Continues The Annual Phoenix Summer Heat-bake, Activism is Also Hot In This Election Year With Many Events Available Through The End Of August


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Aug. 8, 2018 — With less than 90 days until what is quickly being considered one of the most important midterm election in the nation’s history, considered a referendum on a highly controversial and unpopular American president, activists on both sides of the political spectrum are gearing up for a tough battle.

That battle includes a U.S. Senate who will choose the a successor former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Donald Trump has chosen Brett Kavanaugh, a name not being well-received by reproductive rights activists.

Those concerned about this issue may attend the Health, Empowerment and Rights Summit planned for Saturday, Aug. 11 in Phoenix.

Part of #Fight4HER, organizers describe the day-long summit “as a national campaign fighting back against Trump’s Global Gag Rule.”

Participants will recruit, train and work with volunteers and build support in local communities to defend reproductive rights.

According to a website, “volunteer teams engage members of Congress to stand up to the Trump administration and fight for comprehensive reproductive health care and family planning for individuals around the globe.”

There will be workshops will be on voter registration, candidate engagement and get out the vote efforts. For more details (including location) and ticket info, contact or visit

Oh, and NEVER FORGET: mail-in ballot requests for Arizona’s primary election is Aug. 17 (see below) and the last chance to register vote in the 2018 general election is Oct. 9. Maricopa County residents should visit to register or update voting information.

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, focusing on how untraceable corporate money and its influence on elections nationwide, will be screened at the Harkins Shea theater in Scottsdale. To learn more or get tickets, visit this Facebook page:

Saturday, Aug. 11

Concerned Veterans for America is hosting a meet and greet starting at noon at Veterans of Foreign Wars Stanley A Crews Post 3513, 7220 E. Wilshire Drive, Scottsdale. Along with networking, the free event will include a barbecue-themed lunch, desert and non-alcoholic beverages. For more details, check out

Sunday, Aug. 12

No, it’s not inspired by the U2 song: Sundae Bloody Funday allows all who donate blood to have a free sundae. Starting at noon at Sweet Republic, 6054 N. 16th, St., Phoenix. Feminine hygiene products (for The Tampon Project, which benefits homeless women) are also welcomed. The fee is $10; for more details, check out

Tuesday, Aug. 14

A Governor's’ Town Hall, hosted by March For Our Lives, is set for 6 p.m. at 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. The forum will focus on gun violence; confirmed participants are candidates Sen. Steve Farley, David Garcia and Kelly Fryer. To register for this free event, visit

Wednesday, Aug. 15

The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board will hold a public meeting starting at 10 a.m. at its administrative building, 2643 E. University Drive, Phoenix, to hire an executive director. For more information, call 602-223-2514.

Thursday, Aug. 16

It might be a schlocky film from the early 1990s, but Demolition Man is part of Arizona State University’s “History of the Future” series, and will be screened at 7 p.m. at Film Bar, 815 N. Second St., Phoenix. Scholars will comment on how accurate the Sylvester Stallone film portrayed the future. Seriously. Admission is $7. For other details, go to

Global Ties Arizona is honoring Mohamed Ahmed as 2018 Global Citizen of the Year for his work using cartoons to fight radicalization and promote understanding of Muslims in the U.S. and beyond. The awards ceremony will start at 5:30 p.m. at The Adeline Hotel, 5101 N Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Admission is $75 and includes dinner. For more details, go to

The forum “Cultural Humility and Serving our Latinx Patients” will be held at noon at the University of Arizona College of Medicine (Phoenix), Learning Studio C403, Health Sciences Education Building, 435 North 5th St. Admission is free; register at

Friday, Aug. 17

Today is the the last day to request a mail-in ballot. For related information, visit Early voting information can be found at

Saturday, Aug. 18

Released in 1989, Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing is being screened at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. (Lee’s latest film, BlacKkKlansman is getting considerable buzz.) The PHX Film Collective event starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8. For more info or to buy a ticket, check out

Sunday, Aug. 19

Dancing for One•n•Ten, to benefit LGBTQ services, will be held starting at 2 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado. Tickets are $35. For further details, go to

Tuesday, Aug. 21

An Education Town Hall, hosted by Arizona Center for Empowerment, will take place starting at 5:30 p.m. at 1625 N. 39th Ave., Phoenix. Gubernatorial, state Legislature and education superintendent candidates will be welcome. Information can be found at Those interested may also contact or call 623-326-4867.

The film Smog of the Sea chronicles a one-week journey through the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea and an unusual crew studying it, including musician Jack Johnson. The film will be screened at 8 p.m. at Phoenix Public Market, 721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. For more details, visit this Facebook page:

Wednesday, Aug. 22

A rally calling for county Sheriff Paul Penzone to stop deportations will be held starting at 4 p.m. at 550 W. Jackson St., Phoenix. Puente Human Rights Movement is sponsoring this event. To learn more, check out this Facebook page:

Thursday, Aug. 23

The film Backpack Full of Cash will be screened at 7 p.m. at 1365 E. Elliot Road, Tempe. Hosted by Save Our Schools Arizona, the film is described as “a cautionary tale about how, in cities like Philadelphia, privatization and funding cuts have had a devastating impact on public schools.” To learn more, visit this Facebook page:

Friday, Aug. 24

A Charity Pie Night, benefiting Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, will take place at 7 p.m. at Practical Art, 5070 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. A $10 donation includes in-house pie-tastings, while $20 includes tastings and a raffle. Information can be found at

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