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Consciousness Calendar Aug. 22 To Sept. 7: A Celebration Of The 19th Amendment And The Arizona Primary Are Happening This Month


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Aug. 22, 2018 — Another school year has begun in Arizona. In spite of triple-digit temps, youngsters from ages 5 through 18, their backpacks filled to the brim, attend learning institutions hoping for a good year. The Phoenix area alone has dozens of school districts, including ones for both elementary and high school students.

Along with the adults in the classroom, education looms large in the minds of parents and lawmakers throughout the year. The challenges teachers face are many, making sure their pupils are learning what they should to handling a complex social/political environment.

Last spring in Arizona and other states, teachers decided they’d had enough of low wages and certain working conditions, and went on strike.

The Red for Ed strike in Arizona went on for a week trike that shut down classes for the majority of the state's 1.1 million public school students. Gov. Doug Ducey signed a budget which gave teachers a 9 percent raise in the fall and 5 percent over the next two years.

The Red for Ed movement continues, in the form of Phoenix Teacher Appreciation Day, starting at 1:30 p.m. this Sunday (Aug. 26) at Phoenix Center For The Arts, 1202 N. Third St.

Speakers include Rebecca Garelli, of Red for Ed; Beth Lewis, of Save Our Schools; and Christine Marsh, 2016 Arizona Teacher of the Year. This event is free for teachers and will feature live entertainment, food and beverage. General admission for non-teachers starts at $25. To RSVP, contact Ticket purchases can by handled at

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

Sunday, Aug. 26

A celebration of the 19th Amendment will start at 2 p.m. at Arizona State University, West 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale. There will be speakers -- including Gail Dines, a prominent sociology and women’s studies professor emerita at Wheelock College in Boston -- along with a short presentation by the League of Women Voters of Arizona and dessert/networking reception. Tickets start at $10; to purchase on or learn more, visit

BarkHappy Phoenix is sponsoring a Summer’s End Pawty benefiting Arizona Small Dog Rescue from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Salut Kitchen Bar, 1435 E University Drive, Tempe. There will be food & drinks specials, “doggy beer” and bobbing for tennis balls. Attendees can also enjoy exclusive giveaways from sponsors valued at over $40 and a chance to win great raffle prizes. Tickets start at $10; for more details, check out

A chanting workshop will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe. Pinna Joseph, a chantress and sound artist, will lead the event. Admission is $25; register by calling (480) 730-0205 or go to

Tuesday, Aug. 28

It’s Primary Election Day, with lots of competitive races and interesting candidates. Want to vote? Find registration and polling information by going here:

An election night gala for Arizona Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Farley will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. at The Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm St., Tucson. More details can be found on this Facebook page:

A primary night watch party for the David Garcia For Governor campaign will be held at 6 p.m. at Ermanos Craft Beer and Wine Bar, 220 N. Fourth Ave., Tucson. Learn more here:

Wednesday, Aug. 29

A conversation on gender and violence will be held starting at 6 p.m. at Shepherd of the Hills UCC, 5524 E. Lafayette Blvd., Phoenix. Project Humanities is sponsoring the event. Admission is free; more details can be found at

A seminar on greywater use will be held at 6 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. For more info on this Watershed Management Group event, check out

Friday, Aug. 31

The Awareness Tours is presenting a Housing Homeless Veterans Through Entertainment event 7 p.m. at Steel Horse Saloon, 1818 W. Bell Road, Phoenix. Cactus Chainsaw, Twisted Theorem and SKT will play; there will be also be raffles. Admission is $10. For more details, visit

Environmental Defense Action Fund is sponsoring Don’t Let Congress Put Arizona at Risk starting at 6 p.m. at Mi Familia Vota, 1710 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Admission is free; register or learn more at

Friday, Aug. 31

A rally entitled Preserving America’s Children Today is set for 10 a.m. at the state Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. To learn more, visit this Facebook page:

Wednesday, Sept. 5

The film Walter Cronkite: Witness to History will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. To learn more, go to

Beginning Sept. 5

The exhibit States of Incarceration -- a project of the Humanities Action Lab -- will be held through Oct. 27 in the 2nd Floor North Gallery at the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. To learn more, check out

Friday, Sept. 7

A protest of El-Zaribah Shrine Circus will be held at 5:15 p.m. at WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. To find out more, visit this Facebook page:

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