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Consciousness Calendar Nov. 15 To 28: Along With Weightier Topics, The Upcoming Holiday Season Means Giving Back To Those In Need


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 15, 2018 — Sexual harassment has long been a problem in American society, long before Anita Hill testified in 1991 before the United States Senate regarding former President George H.W. Bush’s pick for the Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas.

Hill accused Thomas of sexually harassing her on more than one occasion. Thomas was confirmed after a bitter debate, but his tenure to this day is haunted by the allegations.

Over the next 25 or so years, various people from the political and entertainment world would get called out for inappropriate personal behavior (former President Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998 for lying about an extramarital affair while under oath).

Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign by all accounts should have failed, especially after his tawdry remarks about sexually assaulting women — never mind all the legal cases against him.

However, he managed to just barely win the Electoral College with plenty of support from the same evangelical Christians who despise Clinton and his wife, Hillary, because their supposedly lax “family values.”

Since Trump’s inauguration last year, numerous power players (including Harvey Weinstein, Les Moonves, Al Franken and Matt Lauer) have been brought down, both by law enforcement and the #MeToo movement. Tarana Burke, a New York-based civil rights activist who was raped as a teenager, first coined the phrase in 2006.

It would take 11 more years, thanks in large part to social media platforms, for that phrase to become a social justice phenomenon.

Millions of American women and more than a few men, from celebrities to private citizens, have shared what happened to them and how they’ve coped since then.

The American Constitution Society will hold a panel discussion on law and ethics in this new era at 6 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 15) at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law ASU, 111 E. Taylor St., Phoenix.

Employment attorney Denise Blommel will moderate the panel, comprised of Kelly Dermody, managing partner with Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein; Allison Gabriel, associate professor University of Arizona; Mary Jo O'Neill, attorney, Phoenix District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and Lynda Shely, ethics attorney, The Shely Firm.

Admission is free; for details on attending, visit

Saturday, Nov. 17

Former White House photographer Pete Souza will discuss his book Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents at 7 p.m. at Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. Tickets to the event, presented by Changing Hands Bookstore, start at $40.58. To learn more or purchase tickets, check out

The Babe Council will present Babesgiving 2018 starting at 11:30 a.m. at Safeway, 4750 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. This annual sidewalk party will help St. Mary's Food Bank with its 12th Annual Super Saturday Turkey Drive. People should bring canned goods; there will be music, refreshments and stickers. It costs $10 to participate. For more details, go to

Commemorative Air Force Museum is holding the 11th Annual Gathering of Legends from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This event honors veterans of wars and conflicts from World War II to ones in the 21st century. There will also be a kids’ activity table. Air Force Col. Tim Vining (Retired) will speak. The museum is located at 2017 N. Greenfield Road, Mesa. For more info, go to

Sunday, Nov. 18

The Moshav is sponsoring an East Valley Cohousing Introductory Meeting at 4 p.m. at 425 Desert Breeze Blvd., Chandler. To learn more about this sustainable community event, visit this Facebook page:

The Hope Bottle Drive for Homeless will take place at 10 a.m. at University Park, 1002 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, a $10 donation will purchase 70 bottles of water, 10 $1 bills or 10 HOPE wristbands. To learn more, contact or visit

Comic Pain Relief, hosted by International Pain Foundation and BioXcellerator, will take place starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Drive. The event is held to raise awareness about and support people living with chronic pain. Along with speakers (including actress and author Karen Duffy), there will be comedy featuring Bob Marley, a cocktail hour with appetizers and dinner. For ticket prices or further details, check out

Monday, Nov. 19

The 2018 State of Our State Conference will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Phoenix Airport Marriott, 1101 N. 44th St. The Arizona State University Morrison Institute for Public Policy is sponsoring this year’s event, which will look at Arizona's election results and will present voter engagement research from Morrison Institute and the Citizens Clean Elections Commission. Lunch is included. To register or other information, visit

Tuesday, Nov. 20

The Phoenix chapter of Democratic Socialists of America are presenting Socialist Night School starting at 6 p.m. at the Westside Multigenerational Center in Tempe. For more info, go to this Facebook page:

A Transgender Day of Remembrance will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Senate lawn of the state Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. To honor the memory of transgender people who were murdered, the event will feature youth community art, speakers and an artist performance. ASL interpreters will be on hand as well. To learn more, visit this Facebook page:

Saturday, Nov. 24

The Marine Toys for Tots Annual Ride will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Harley Davidson of Scottsdale, 15656 N. Hayden Road. The first 200 participants to pre-register will receive a “swag bag,” including a ride pin. Admission starts at $15; for more details or two register, check out

Sunday, Nov. 25

Rio Salado habitat restoration will begin at 8 a.m. at 2439 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Volunteers will work on clearing an outfall of non-native vegetation to prepare the area for planting cottonwood and willow trees next spring. The Sierra Club is sponsoring this event; tools, water and snacks will be provided. To learn more, contact Jennifer Martin at or (602) 423-6157, or go to,-112.07216

Thursday, Nov. 29

Know Your Water: Support Future Generations, a presentation on the Central Arizona Project, will be held at 6 p.m. at Arizona Humanities, 1242 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Heather Macre, an elected member of CAP’s board of directors, will lead the discussion. Light refreshments are included; admission is free. To register or learn more, check out

Friday, Nov. 30

Filmed in Arizona and directed by Pita Juarez and Matty Steinkamp, the film You Racist, Sexist, Bigot will have its world premiere at FilmBar, 815 N. Second St., Phoenix. General admission is $25, while a VIP ticket is $50 and includes popcorn, photos with the directors and film poster. The film features “an amazing rainbow of humans” and focuses on what people have in common. To learn more or buy tickets, check out

Arizona Gift of Freedom, benefiting Operation Underground Railroad (which fights child trafficking), will be held starting at 5 p.m. at because Event Space, 3419 E. University Drive, Phoenix. There will be live music by Redhill, Lyndy Butler and Nawai Kalai; food trucks, and gifts available for purchase. Admission is free; learn more at

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