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Consciousness Calendar Jan. 11 To 23: Activism Is Starting Off This New Year, From Marches For Democracy To Environmental Awareness


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Jan. 11, 2019 — In January 2017, the first Women’s March had a clear message: We will resist the divisive, corrosive policies of Donald Trump. More than 10 million people, including more than a few men, turned out in both red and blue states to make their voices heard.

Since then, there have been numerous marches, ranging from a call for impeachment to standing up for science.

As he begins his third year as president weighed down by even more scandal and mediocre approval ratings — along with a government shutdown he caused — Trump remains a deeply unpopular figure. However, the upcoming march set for Jan. 19 at the state Capitol in Phoenix is about more than just him.

According to organizers, this year’s theme is “Forward Together,” with attention also being paid to common sense gun reform, public education funding, and racial, environmental and economic justice. Along with speakers, there will be musical and dance acts, and food trucks for those needing some refreshments.

The event is wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. Service animals are welcomed. Support sticks for signs are discouraged but not forbidden, and participants should not bring large bags or backpacks. The march will start at 10 a.m.; the Capitol is located at 1700 W. Washington St. For more details, visit or

Before the Women’s March, a march Honoring Indigenous Women will begin at 8 a.m. at the state Capitol. This event will call attention to the plight of indigenous women, who have higher rates of being murdered, sexually assaulted, or victims of violence and suicide. This year, the group will join the Women's March. Learn more by checking out this Facebook page:

Another way to get involved is by joining the Babes March for Women, starting at 9 a.m. at the state Capitol. The emphasis will be on human rights. For more details, go to this Facebook page:

Friday, Jan. 11

The Central Arizona–Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Skysong Synergy I & II, 1301 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. This event will allow members of the central Arizona research community to network, and discuss recent updates and research. The keynote speaker will be Professor Marc Johnson from the University of Toronto-Mississauga. For more info or to register, visit

The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center — which rescues wild animals — needs help in the form of raking, trimming, painting, cleaning or other duties beginning at 9 a.m. at 27026 N. 156th St., Scottsdale. Light snacks will be served; there will also be a tour of the facility. To learn more, contact Urb Weidner at 602-300-8505 or, or check out,-111.746803

Saturday, Jan. 12

A conference on domestic violence, THEIRstory, will be held starting at 1 p.m. at Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Along with workshops and panels, there is also availability to watch the Phoenix Suns warm up before playing the Denver Nuggets. For other details, go to

Homeless Youth Connection is holding a Volunteer Welcome Event at 9:30 a.m. at its office, 9950 W. Van Buren St., Avondale. Participants will able to tour the facility, talk with other volunteers and learn ways to get involved. Refreshments will be served; to learn more, check out

Monday, Jan. 14

The forum Leading Strong in a #MeToo Culture will take place at 5 p.m. in Arizona State University’s Memorial Union, Alumni Room 202. Christine Jones, chief operating officer of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, will speak. Admission is free; for more details or to register, go to

A Legislature Opening Day Rally will get underway at 9:30 a.m. at the state Capitol, 1801 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona, ACLU Arizona, LUCHA, NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona, and other groups are sponsoring the rally, which will focus on health care, the environment and other issues. Find out more by visiting the Facebook page:

Tuesday, Jan. 15

An Evening with Will Tuttle, author of The World Peace Diet, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Optima Kierland Scottsdale, 7120 N. Kierland Blvd. The Humane Society of the United States (Arizona chapter) is sponsoring the event, and will provide vegan food; attendees may bring their own dish as well. For more details, see this Facebook page:

Wednesday, Jan. 16

The State of the Latino Vote will be held at 2 p.m. at the Bulpitt Auditorium, 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix. Topics range from the role Latinos played in the 2018 election and who voted. Featured panelists include Dorian Caal, of the NALEO Educational Fund; Ben Monterroso, of Mi Familia Vota; and Joseph Garcia, of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Admission is free; for more details, visit

Thursday, Jan. 17

A free mental health and first aid training session will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Crisis Response Network, 1275 W. Washington St. Suite 108, Phoenix. For more information, contact or visit

A session on ASU’s Global Advocacy program will be held at noon at Computer Commons, 501 Orange St., Tempe. Get more details at

Thursday, Jan. 18

A forum advocating ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment will be held at 10 a.m. at the Executive Tower, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. State Sen. Victoria Steele (D-9) and state Rep. Pamela Powers-Hannley (D-9), along with ERA Task Force AZ will explain what the ERA is, why and what people can do to get it ratified. Learn more by visiting this Facebook page:

Modern Law’s Annual Casino Fundraising Bash will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. at 1744 S. Val Vista Drive, Mesa. Organizers hope to raise $10,000 for the Equal Justice Initiative. There will be food, drinks and entertainment. Tickets are $50; to purchase one or learn more, go to

MLK Torch Run/Awards Breakfast kicks off at 6:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center. Awards will be given out for Calvin C. Goode Lifetime Achievement, Living the Dream and Legacy. For more details, call 602-513-8311 or visit

Project 25: Ride For Respect will begin at 8 a.m. at Desert Wind Harley-Davidson, 922 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa. The ride benefits efforts to end sexual exploitation. Admission ranges between $20 to $25; learn more at

Sunday, Jan. 20

MLK Candlelight Ceremony Concert will take place at 6 p.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 14th and Jefferson streets. A gospel choir will perform; there will be dancers, recitations and more. For other details, visit

Monday, Jan. 21

A march in King’s honor will begin at 9 a.m. at at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 14th and Jefferson streets. City officials are scheduled to participate. The march will culminate at Margaret T. Hance Park. Get more details at

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, “MLK the Radical: A Community Roundtable” will be held at 4 p.m. at Azukar Coffee, 7246 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. Participants will discuss the civil rights leader’s legacy; there will also be a live DJ, children’s activities and a poetry performance by Rashaad Thomas. Admission is free; to register, visit

Another way to honor an American hero: Get involved in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2019, held at various locations. For more details, call 602-261-8154. Or visit, or,-112.07216

Vital Voices: Celebrating Poet Ntozake Shange will be held at 6 p.m. at 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix. The acclaimed poet and playwright, who died last October, will be honored in this free community event. To RSVP or learn more, go to

Tuesday, Jan. 22

The Second Annual MLK Day Lecture: “The Real Martin Luther King” will begin at 4 p.m. at 425 E. University Drive in Temple. Panelists include Gary Dorrien, a religion professor at Columbia University; Lucas Morel is politics professor at Washington and Lee University; Keith Miller, English professor at Arizona State University; and Colleen Wilkowski, at PhD student at ASU. For more information, visit or

A forum on globe chamomile, an invasive plant species, will be held at 12:30 p.m. at Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. John Scheuring, conservation chair for the Arizona Native Plant Society, Tucson, will speak. Sponsored by the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance, the free event will include complimentary food and refreshments. To register or for other details, visit

Wednesday, Jan. 23

Aliento is hosting an Education Day At The Capitol starting at 8 a.m. at Brophy College Preparatory Academy, 4701 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The goal is to raise awareness on instate tuition access for all Arizona high school graduates, regardless of immigration status. To learn more, visit or

Jan. 24 and 25

2019 Maricopa County StandDown, focusing on helping homeless veterans, will take place Jan. 24 and 25 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road. StandDown is open to all U.S. veterans and their families and will offer information on numerous resources, including Veterans Administration benefits, and assistance with employment and housing. To participate or learn more, visit

Thursday, Jan. 24

Bringing America Together: a Conversation with Arthur Brooks will be held at 5 p.m. in the Carson Ballroom on the ASU campus in Tempe. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, will speak on how to help Americans “disagree better, forge a new model of aspirational leadership and unite the country.” For more info on this free event, go to

2019 NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona Gala will be held starting at 6 p.m. at The Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School Road, Phoenix. This year’s theme is “We Dissent - An RBG Themed Evening.” There will be food, drinks, music, merchandise, speeches, raffles and more to benefit NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona. Tickets start at $25; to purchase one or learn more, check out

The film Weed The People, about using cannabis to fight serious illness, will be shown at 7 p.m at the Film Bar, 815 N. Second St., Phoenix. There will be a post-screening discussion. Admission is $10; to learn more, visit

The forum “Prosperity, Politics, and Pentecostal Power in Nigeria” will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the West Hall on the ASU Tempe campus. Anthea Butler, an author who is also a religion and Africana studies professor at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak. Admission is free; to learn more, visit

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