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Consciousness Calendar Dec 13 To 31: Volunteering And Special Events Are Two Ways To Open Up Minds And Hearts This Month


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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Dec. 13, 2018 — During this holiday season, many seek solace in religious events, be they Christian, Jewish or any of the other faiths currently being worshipped today.

Humanism doesn’t easily fit into this time of year. It’s defined as “a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence (rationalism and empiricism) over acceptance of dogma or superstition.”  

The word has negative connotations to those who aren’t familiar with it, especially those with traditional religious beliefs.  

People wanting to learn more about this philosophy should check out Humanist Resistance book club, happening 6:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 14) at The Newton, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix.

Attendees will learn and challenge assumptions, get to ask lots of questions and seek out tools for being effective activists and policymakers.

This month, state Sen. Juan Mendez will lead a discussion on the book The Myth of Human Supremacy by Derrick Jensen.

According to the book, "human history has largely been built upon a single assumption, that the earth belongs to humanity. Jensen proposes a radical new definition of intelligence, based not on human dominance, but rather on the intricacy and sense of community with which various life forms articulate themselves."

To learn about the event, call 602-859-5184 or check out this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/256847234974195/

Friday, Dec. 14

Revolution Open Mic is happening at 7 p.m. at Azukar Coffee, 7246 S. Central, Phoenix. Performers of all kinds will have a platform to share their stories, voices and the many meanings of change, movement and "the revolutionary." Navajo tacos and drinks are available. To learn more, visit this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1983826268360650/

Saturday, Dec. 15

Equality Arizona Holiday Celebration will get underway at 10 a.m. at Phoenix Indian School Visitors Center, 300 E. Indian School Road. There will be brunch, drag story time, activities for kids and adults, and holiday photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Admission is free; to learn more, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/equality-arizona-holiday-gathering-tickets-53033331121?aff=efbeventtix

Bars Of Charity - Scottsdale will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. The $30 participation fee includes a $10 donation to a charity of his/her choice, a T-shirt, free shuttle rides and drink specials. To learn more or get involved, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/12-bars-of-charity-scottsdale-tickets-50828720070?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

International Human Rights and Migrants Day Event will be held starting at 9 a.m. at the Global Justice Center, 225 E. 26th St., Tucson. This fundraiser breakfast will feature speakers, including Amy Juan from The International Indian Treaty Council, and Isabel Garcia from La Coalición de Derechos Humanos. For more info, contact Marla at coalicion@derechoshumanosaz.net or go to https://www.facebook.com/events/267040127335504/

Sunday, Dec. 16

Emerge Arizona’s Woman of the Year Holiday Celebration will be held at noon at The Camby, 2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. A minimum contribution of $65 is suggested. To register or learn more, go to https://act.myngp.com/Forms/8441014997199357696?midqs=nx-rCdPoE0nWKyOu3OCY-w%3D%3D&fbclid=IwAR0kaIKwHpaq4zoSdzQM7t-WgjRLevi8nyzleDRcI57TQPcv5DRW7CsLmag

A Socialist Study Group on the refugee caravan and U.S. empire will be held at 1 p.m. at The Grand, 718 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. For more details, check out https://www.facebook.com/events/257175654960083/

Black Women of Arizona and Turn the Corner Now Organization are hosting a feed the homeless event from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1201 W. Madison St., Phoenix. Some items needed are frozen burgers, buns, condiments, bottled water and ice. For more details or to make a donation, check out this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/236924813580818/

Monday, Dec. 17

The panel discussion "Landscape Photography: From Sublime to Political" will be held at 6 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Mark Klett, Michael Lundgren, Aaron Rothman and David Taylor will be joined by Dr. Rebecca Senf for a Q & A session, and signings their new releases from Radius Books. For more details, go to https://www.changinghands.com/event/december2018/az-photographers-panel-discussion-landscape-photography-sublime-political

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Feministmas will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Monorchid, 214 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. They’ll assemble “thank you” kits for mail carriers and holiday decorations for GLAAZ, and write holiday cards to incarcerated women and on behalf of transgender rights. To get involved or learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2308193579425453/

Taco’Bout It Tuesday, to benefit at-risk youth, will be held at 6 p.m. at Homeless Youth Connection, 9950 W. Van Buren St. Those with questions may mail info@hycaz.org or call 623-374-3747. To RSVP or learn more, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tacobout-it-tuesday-at-hyc-tickets-53080783051?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

The Long and Short of It Book Club is holding at an event at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Featured will be The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer and Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado. For details about the books or other info, check out https://www.changinghands.com/event/december2018/long-and-short-it-book-club-female-persuasion-meg-wolitzer-and-her-body-and-other

Wednesday, Dec. 19

The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board will hold a public meeting at 10 a.m. at its administrative building, 2643 E. University Drive, Phoenix. Topics will include a budget and Legislative update. For more information, call 602-223-2514. A full agenda can be found here: https://post.az.gov/sites/default/files/Amended%20December%2019%20Agenda.pdf

Thursday, Dec. 20

Volunteers are needed for Phoestivus, a fundraiser for the Phoenix Public Market. Anyone interested in helping out should meet at 5 p.m. at 721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Learn more at https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z0000027DmPQAU&iframe=true&mapLinkHref=https://maps.google.com/maps

Friday, Dec. 21

Coffee for a Cause will host Read Better Be Better at 5 p.m. at The Coronado, 2201 N. 7th St., Phoenix. For more details, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/585787038531299/

Attention, early risers: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, is holding a Winter Solstice at 5:30 a.m. The featured work will be James Turrell’s Knight Rise Skyspace, with a toast the to shortest day of the year. Irish coffee and pastries will be served. For more details, visit https://smoca.org/event/sunrise-in-the-skyspace-2018/

Saturday, Dec. 22

Warm The Streets Of Phoenix is happening from 3 to 9 p.m. at First Church UCC Phoenix, 1407 N. Second St. Donations of blankets, gloves and other cold-weather related accessories, water and hygiene items are needed to help the homeless. For more details on how to help, check out this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/451090425418171/

Thursday, Dec. 27

The Sierra Club’s Palo Verde Group Political Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. To learn more, go to https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z0000027DLXQA2&mapLinkHref=https://maps.google.com/maps&daddr=Palo%20Verde%20Group%20Political%20Committee%20Meeting@33.462328,-112.073176

Friday, Dec. 28

Year In Review Trivia, benefiting Central Arizona Shelter Services, will be held at Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Questions will focus on a variety of topics, including pop culture, music, sports and politics/government. Tickets are $35; for more info, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/year-in-review-trivia-2018-benefiting-central-arizona-shelter-services-tickets-51744418950?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Monday, Dec. 31

The New Years Eve 2018 Masquerade Benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will get underway at 8 p.m. at Four Points by Sheraton, 10831 S. 51st St., Phoenix. There will be a DJ, dancing, drink tickets, a midnight toast, auction, appetizers and more. Admission is $35. Learn more at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-2018-masquerade-benefit-for-st-jude-childrens-research-hospital-tickets-53116810811?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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