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Consciousness Calendar Oct. 17 To 31: Forums Set For Mental Illness Awareness And Animal Welfare, While Another Trump Rally Will Bring Tinderbox Politics Back To Phoenix


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 17, 2018 — Last year, the book The Hate U Give was published. Written by Angie Thomas, the fictional novel focuses on Starr Carter, a 16-year-old black girl who lives in a poor neighborhood but attends an affluent, predominantly white private school.

After a party one night, Starr and her best friend Khalil head home, but a white police officer stops the car. Not long after, the officer fatally shoots Khalil.

The death attracts national attention, with the mainstream media portraying Khalil as a gang banger and drug dealer, while offering favorable coverage of the officer. Starr is a witness the grand jury hearing but her identity is kept secret. The outcome forces her to take a public role.

Thomas, a college student at the time, said she wrote the book after the 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant in Oakland, California.

Critics embraced the book, which was a New York Times best-seller for 50 weeks. Salon described it as “topical, urgent, necessary, and if that weren’t enough, it’s also a highly entertaining and engaging read.”

Now, The Hate U Give has been transformed into a major movie featuring Amandla Stenberg (as Starr), Common Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie and Issa Rae.

It will be screened on Friday, Oct. 19 at AMC Arizona Center, 565 N. Third St., Phoenix. A discussion will follow; tickets are free, but registration is required. The ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy is sponsoring this event, which starts at 6 p.m. To learn more, check out

Wednesday, Oct. 17

Sajjad Shah and Iman Mahoui will make an appearance at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix in support of their new book Muslims of the World: Portraits and Stories of Hope, Survival, Loss and Love. The event starts at 7 p.m. at the bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. For more information, go to or call (602) 274-0067.

Thursday, Oct. 18

“The Bell That Tolls: A Conversation on Death and Dying” will be held at 6 p.m. at Sema Foundation Headquarters, 325 N. Austin Drive, Chandler. Project Humanities is sponsoring the free event. To learn more or register, visit

Friday, Oct. 19

It must be election season: A rally featuring Donald Trump — on behalf of GOP candidates, including Senate hopeful Martha McSally — will be held at 7 p.m. at International Air Response, 6250 S. Taxiway Circle, Mesa. For more details, go to

Oct. 20 and 21

The 2018 Rainbow Festival, produced by Phoenix Pride, is happening Oct. 20 to 21 at Heritage Square Historic District in Phoenix. There will be food and entertainment. To learn more or get involved, find links via this Facebook page:

Saturday, Oct. 20

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Valley Walk will be held from 8 a.m. to noon in Phoenix. This annual event is held to help raise awareness about mental illness, while reducing stigma. Participants should meet first at the state Capitol, 1700 W. Washington. To learn more, check out this Facebook page:

The 35th annual Apache Jii Day will take place in Globe. The day begins at 9 a.m. in front of the historic courthouse at the corner of Broad and Oak. Opening ceremonies will feature the national anthem sung in Apache. There will also be ceremonial dancers, local arts and crafts, and native American food. Admission is free; for more information, call 1-800-804-5623 or visit

Tuesday, Oct. 23

A free screening of the film Dominion will take place at 7 p.m. at the Harkins Valley Art Theatre, 509 S. Mill Ave. in Tempe. The film, sponsored by Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, focuses on how animals are used in the food and entertainment industry. (Dominion contains graphic scenes; viewer discretion is advised.) A discussion will take place afterwards. To learn more, check out

“Raising a Fist to Taking a Knee,” a forum on the political actions of two U.S. athletes during the 1968 Olympics, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. A half-century after John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their black-gloved fists during the national anthem at the Olympics, athlete activism once again has become a highly controversial topic (Colin Kaepernick being the latest example). ASU’s Global Sport Institute and the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy is hosting this event, which will feature several prominent Olympians and ASU graduate Gina Hemphill-Strachan, the granddaughter of American icon Jesse Owens. To register or learn more, check out

Wednesday, Oct. 24

Nainoa Thompson, a master navigator, will speak as part of the “Talk Story” series sponsored by ASU’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Thompson was the first Hawaiian since the 14th century to practice the ancient Polynesian art of navigation. The event will start at 4:30 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado. To learn more, check out

Thursday, Oct. 25

“What's Ailing Liberal Democracy? What Tocqueville Can Teach Us,” an ASU-sponsored forum, will be held starting at 3 p.m. in the Turquoise Room at Memorial Union, 301 E. Orange St. Panelists will include instructors from Hillsdale College, Georgetown, Harvard and Notre Dame. For other details, go to

“Dispelling Myths: Living with Trauma and PTSD” will be held at 6 p.m. at UMOM, 3333 E. Van Buren St. in Phoenix. This forum will focus on dispelling myths and realities of post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma, while exploring ways to heal individually and communally. For more details, check out

Friday, Oct. 26

Vegan World 2026! Conference will take place through Oct. 28 at Soul Center, 420 W. Mahoney Ave. in Mesa. Along with raising awareness on the environmental dangers of excessive meat consumption, the conference will feature numerous topics including community awareness. The film A Prayer for Compassion will be screened. An organic vegan lunch and snacks will be served both days. Registration fees are $29 for students or $79 regular. To learn more, visit

Night At The Museum: A Charity Hair & Makeup Show will start at 5:30 p.m. at Aveda Institute Phoenix, 8475 S. Emerald Drive Tempe. Proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. There will be henna painting, and a raffle, bake sale and silent auction. Admission starts at $15. To learn more, check out

Saturday, Oct. 27

“Let's Talk: Transforming Our Criminal (In)justice System” will be held at 2 p.m. at Brooks Academy, 3146 E. Wier Ave., Phoenix. Sponsored by Living United for Change in Arizona, topics will include school-to-prison-pipeline, police brutality and racial discrimination. There will be a free meal and childcare. For more details, visit

POUND for Pink Event, benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, will take place starting at noon at Life Time Athletic, 6850 E. Chauncey Lane, Phoenix. A small donation is requested. For more details, go to

The C+ Buffelgrass Removal and Sustainable Home Tour will be held starting at 8 a.m. at Saguaro National Park West. The Sierra Club is sponsoring this event. For more information, contact Frank Staub at 520-260-1400 or, or visit,-111.153346

Sunday, Oct. 28

AIDS Walk Arizona will take place starting at 10 a.m. at Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St. There will be entertainment, including the Phoenix Metropolitan Men’s Chorus. To get involved or learn more, check out

Monday, Oct. 29

“Religion, Journalism, and Democracy: A Conversation with Daniel Burke” will be held at 7 p.m. at ASU’s Cronkite Building, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Daniel Burke, religion editor at CNN, will join moderators John Carlson and Kristen Gilger in exploring the role of religion, the university and the media in promoting democratic culture. For more info, go to

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