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Consciousness Calendar Oct. 31 To Nov. 14: There’s A Big Election Happening Next Tuesday: Find Out How You Can Get Involved


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 1, 2018 — October ends with All Hallow’s Eve, but for some a far scarier date is right around the corner: Election Day, Nov. 6. Regardless of which side of the aisle one sits, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

For Republicans defending a still-unpopular president — who could face impeachment next year, depending on what special counsel Robert Mueller finds regarding his investigation on possible Russia interference in the 2016 election — this race comes down to holding one or both houses of Congress.

For Democrats, to win at least the House of Representatives and not lose vulnerable Senate seats in deep-red states would allow them to push back against some of Donald Trump’s more egregious, unethical or illegal acts.

Usually, midterm elections mean lower voter turnout. For example, 2014 had the lowest turnout since World War II; according to PBS, just 36 percent showed up, giving the GOP even greater majorities in the House and Senate.

While we won’t know until after Election Day, the trend this year indicates higher turnout, in part because of anger over Trump’s actions and more appealing Democrats candidates in high-profile races in Florida and Texas.

In the meantime, events are planned to motivate Arizonans. One is set for this Friday, Nov. 2:

The We Exist & We Vote Rally
allows members or supporters of the Arizona transgender community “in saying no to the Trump administration’s proposed re-definition of gender to exclude trans and gender non-conforming people to legal and public life,” according to Maricopa Working Families Party. The rally will start at 1 p.m. at the state Capitol, 1700 W. Washington.  To learn more about this event, check out the Facebook page:

Lower voter participation will be examined during Arizona's Voter Crisis: The Missing Voice of Underrepresented Communities, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Hotel Westward Ho, 618 N. Central Road in Phoenix. This seminar, will focus on voter turnout in Arizona, how certain voices are silenced during election season, and why civic engagement and participation is extremely vital to this democracy’s survival. Joseph Garcia, director of the ASU Morrison Institute - Latino Public Policy Center, will speak. Organizers will provide a light breakfast and lunch.
Admission is free; to register or learn more, visit

Want some musical inspiration before Election Day? Go Vote 2018, a concert and rally, will be held on Monday, Nov. 5, at The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St. in Phoenix. Prominent Arizona rockers Calexico and The Gin Blossoms will headline; other acts include PAO Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra and Mariachi Pasion.  There will be appearances by former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, former Mayor Greg Stanton, former city Councilwoman Kate Gallego and other special guests. Pizza will be available; the event kicks off at 7 p.m. Early bird admission is $15; otherwise, tickets start at $59. To learn more, go to

And, as always, if you need to find your polling location, visit

Thursday, Nov. 1

“The Party's Not Over: It's Just Beginning,” a lecture featuring David Brady, will be held at 4 p.m. in the Mohave Room on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe. Brady, a Davies Family Professor at Stanford University, will examine how Trump’s election and presidency is changing political parties and the electoral system. To RSVP or learn more, visit

Saturday, Nov. 3

An animal liberation march will begin at 11:15 a.m. at Verde Park, 916 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix. To get involved or learn more, check out this Facebook page:

The Equality Tour 2018, a rally promoting the Equal Rights Amendment, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave. in Tempe. There will be live music, speakers and food. Admission is free; for more details or to register, go to

Tuesday, Nov. 6

Hildalgo v. Arizona, an Arizona death penalty case, will be the topic of a forum at 12:15 p.m. at ASU’s the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, 111 E. Taylor St., Phoenix. Attorneys Susan Corey and Garrett Simpson will speak at this Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona event. Lunch will be provided; the event will also be live-streamed. To learn more, visit this Facebook page:

Friday, Nov. 9

A History of Advocacy: Celebrating 30 years of the Indian Legal Program will be held at 2 p.m. at Beus Center for Law and Society, 111 E. Taylor St., Phoenix. A reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Ak-Chin Indian Community Conference Center, Room 544, and the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Courtyard. The reception will include live music and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the ILP's operation and scholarship accounts. The event is free for ASU students; general registration is $50. For more details or to RSVP, check out

Saturday, Nov. 10

The sixth annual canines + cocktails, benefitting Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary, will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ross Aviation, 14600 N. Airport Drive, Scottsdale. The $45 admission fee includes a heavy appetizer buffet, cocktails, silent auction, live music, short program and photo opportunities with adoptable senior dogs. For more details or to register, visit

Boobs Cruise starting at 10 a.m. in Tempe, isn’t a Playboy event. Instead, proceeds from this pub crawl will benefit The Tammy D Foundation, which assists breast cancer patients with home cooked meals, transportation to doctor appointments, friendly support and more. The event begins at Thirsty Lion in Tempe Marketplace. The $25 entry includes a free drink/shot at each bar/restaurant, the annual Boobs Cruise T-shirt and a raffle ticket. For more details or tickets, check out

Nov. 13 and 14

The Arizona Housing Coalition Conference is happening today and Nov. 14 at the Black Canyon Conference Center, 9440 N. 25th Ave., Phoenix. This year’s theme: “Revealing the Redlines of Our Past: Redrawing the Neighborhoods of Our Future.” Events include keynote speakers and an awards luncheon. For more details, visit

Tuesday, Nov. 13

The forum Reducing Gentrification & Displacement - National Best Practices will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the South Mountain Environmental Education Center, 10409 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Hosted by South Central Collaborative, the event will focus on reducing the negative impacts of gentrification throughout the South Central Corridor (Warehouse District, Central City South, South Phoenix). There will be several speakers. Admission is free; to learn more, check out this Facebook page:  

The Light Rail Deception, a forum sponsored by Arizona Free Enterprise Club and Americans for Prosperity, will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the AFP Phoenix field office, 3835 N. 32nd St. Cato Institute fellow Randal O'Toole will speak on government subsidizing passenger rail. Admission is free; to register or for more info, go to

Wednesday, Nov. 14

All In For The Kids, a charity poker tournament benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital, will be held at Anchor Centre Tenant Lounge, 2201 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. The tournament will also feature a cocktail hour, hors d'oeuvres and a raffle. Buy-in/ ticket fees start at $120; to learn more, check out

Thursday, Nov. 15

The American Constitution Society will hold a panel discussion on law and ethics in the #MeToo era at 6 p.m. at  at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law ASU, 111 E. Taylor St., Phoenix. Denise Blommel, an employment attorney will moderate the panel. Admission is free; to learn more about the participants or attending, visit

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