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A Musical Start To
The Election Season

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The Consciousness Calendar is published bi-weekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to:
Consciousness Calendar Sept. 20 To Oct. 3: Voter Action, Vigil For Hurricane Victims And A Refugee Townhall Are Happening This Month


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Sept. 20, 2018 — In case anyone needs a reminder, there’s a general election on Nov. 6. The Republican-dominated Congress, saddled with an unpopular president, is hoping that enough voters will overlook the last year and a half.

Meanwhile, Democrats — who seem at this point to be more fired up and angry over Donald Trump’s mostly scandalous tenure — are encouraging their base to show up at the polls.

If the Democrats win the House (and the Senate), more than a few voters will expect them to take action to rein Trump in or possibly impeach him for high crimes or obstruction of justice in connection with the Robert Mueller investigation over Russian influence.

To encourage folks to do their civic duty this year, AZ Blue 2020 is sponsoring Rockin’ Democracy
On Sunday, Sept. 23, at The Pressroom, 441 W. Madison St., Phoenix.

The event will feature music by The Harvest and guest speakers, including David Garcia, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate; Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains; and Terry Goddard, former Arizona attorney general. Rockin’ Democracy will start at 1 p.m. A ticket is required; admission prices vary. To learn more, visit

Thursday, Sept. 20

A vigil in remembrance of Hurricane Maria will be held at 8 p.m. at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. This event will be held in collaboration with Mujeres Del Sol, Asu Laso and local artists. For more details, check out

An opening reception for Migrant Stories: Art Benefit for Kino Border Initiative will be held starting at 7 p.m. at The Sagrado, 6347 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. This group show features art by Diana Calderon, Reggie Casillas, Edgar Fernandez, Rigo Flores, Sam Fresquez, Sam Gomez, Xylina Lopez-Katich, Gloria Martinez-Casillas and Lucinda Yrene, with music by Andrea Bunnell y Las Chollas Peligrosas. The exhibit will be held through Sept. 29. To learn more, check out

Friday, Sept. 21

PARK(ing) DAY 2018 will be held starting at 7 a.m. at on Washington Street — between First and Second avenues — in downtown Phoenix. This event allows community activists, neighborhood leaders and urban planners throughout the city to transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks and other social spaces. To inquire about volunteer opportunities, contact For other information, visit this Facebook page:

Arizona State University’s Rising Voices lecture series will feature Calvin Terrell, who will speak at South Mountain Community College, Performing Arts Center, 7050 S. 24th St., Phoenix. Terrell, founder and lead facilitator of Social Centric Institute, will focus on Barack Obama’s presidential win and the decade since. The event starts at 6:30 p.m., and admission is free. To learn more, go to

Saturday, Sept. 22

UMOM’s Tenth Annual Walk to End Homelessness will start at 6 a.m. at the Phoenix Zoo. UMOM New Day Centers hopes to also break the Guinness World Book of Records with the largest number competitors in flip-flops. To get involved, visit

An AZ Refugee Resettlement Town Hall will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. at the CASE office, 2401 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Food and beverages will be provided; for more details, check out

Wednesday, Sept. 26

Get To Give, benefiting the American Cancer Society, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 4550 E. Bell Road, suite 126, Phoenix. Volunteers will make coloring books and assemble donated items to give to the Phoenix Children's Hospital cancer ward; donated items are needed. Tickets are $10; to register or for more details, go to

As September is Suicide Prevention Month, Arizona Talks: The S Word will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Westward Ho, 618 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The program includes a resource fair, movie screening, and discussion on suicide, mental health and recovery. For info on this free event, visit

Thursday, Sept. 27

A multicultural conversation with Phoenix mayoral candidates, will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. at Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Road. ONE Community is the main sponsor of this free event. To register or learn more, check out

Banned Book Reading will take place starting at 6:30 p.m. at Alwun House Foundation, 1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. Admission is $5 in advance, or $10 the day of the event. For more details, check out

Saturday, Sept. 29

Build us HOPE will hold a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony for the Veterans Tiny Home V13 project starting at 9 a.m. at 1229 S. 13th Ave., Phoenix. For more info, visit the Facebook page or or

A discussion group on the book The Color Of The Law will be held starting at 10 a.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 E. Jefferson St. (Word Center), Phoenix. Erica Maxwell of Crayon Box Consulting Group will lead the group. This free event is open to those 18 and older. For more details, go to

Monday, Oct. 1

The film The End of Meat will be shown at 7 p.m. at FilmBar Phoenix, 815 N. Second St. Arizona Vegan Education Group is sponsoring the screening; for more details, check out

Thursday, Oct. 6

The Tour de Fat 2018 Tempe festival will kick off at 3 p.m. at Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. Along with bicycles, there will be music, beer and comedy acts. Proceeds benefit Tempe Bicycle Action Group, Bike Saviours, Central Arizona Mountain Bike Patrol and the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona. Admission prices vary; to learn more, check out

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