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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Jan. 23, 2019 — For some veterans who serve our nation, coming home isn’t always ideal. In the metro Phoenix area, hundreds of vets deal with homelessness. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in November, there were an estimated 893 homeless veterans in the state — with half of them in Phoenix.

While the overall number has declined since 2014, according to HUD, there are still plenty of men and women in uniform who are struggling with finding a decent place to live.

For 18 years, the Maricopa County StandDown, coordinated by the Arizona Housing Coalition's Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance, has served thousands of U.S. military veterans, and their families, experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Phoenix.

Described as one of the largest events of its kind in the country, StandDown served over 2,100 veterans last year. This year’s event on Jan. 24 and 25 allows vets to find critical supportive services and housing stability.

The 2019 StandDown starts at 7:30 a.m. (on both days) at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road.

It’s open to all U.S. veterans and their families and will offer information on numerous resources, including Veterans Administration benefits, pet care and education opportunities. Volunteers are welcome. Visit on how to participate or learn more.

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

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 E. 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. Visit to learn more.

Friday, Jan. 25

The Human Resistance Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. at The Newton, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. This month, Heather Macre from the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board will discuss the book Water is for Fighting Over: and Other Myths about Water in the West by John Fleck. To learn more, visit this Facebook page:

Saturday, Jan. 26

The Blood And Snow Vampire Winter Ball takes place at 8 p.m. at The Oxbow Saloon, 607 W. Main St., Payson. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Central Arizona. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, and there will be live entertainment. Tickets are $10; to purchase one or learn more, check out

Save Our Ancient Red Rocks is holding the First Annual Northern AZ Environmental Conference from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Prescott. Topics include sustainability, climate action and the future of public lands. Admission is $10 and includes lunch. The conference will be held at 1230 E. Rosser St. To attend or full schedule, visit

Sunday, Jan. 27

Campaign for Smart Justice will hold a forum starting at 10 a.m. at the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix, 627 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Mesa. Isis Gil, of ACLU Arizona, will speak on how the criminal justice process works. A $5 donation includes a breakfast buffet. For more information, visit this Facebook page:

Monday, Jan. 28

SOS Arizona will be monitoring the state House of Representatives Education Committee during its meeting starting at 2 p.m. in the Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. To learn more, check out this Facebook page:

Tuesday, Jan. 29

The Art of Justice Open Mic and Art Show is taking place at 6 p.m. at First UCC Church, 1407 N. 2nd St., Phoenix. This is an all-ages open mic show, featuring art and community organizations. Snacks and water will be available. For more info, go to the Facebook page:

Socialist Night School will cover the relationship between fascism and capitalism during a meet-up starting at 6 p.m. at Westside Community Center, 715 W. Fifth St., Tempe. Readings will include works by Leon Trotsky and Loren Balhorn. For more info, check out this Facebook page:

Wednesday, Jan. 30

2019 LUCHA Lobby Day will start at 8:30 a.m. at the state Capitol, 1801 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Living United for Change in Arizona is sponsoring the event; for more details, go to

Attorney and author Robert McWhirter will lead the presentation “The Constitution and Donald Trump” at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. The event, which starts at 7 p.m., includes a question-and-answer session. To learn more, check out

A panel on workforce housing will be held at 9 a.m. at the Mountain Park Health Center, 1840 E. Broadway Road, Tempe. Panelists include Brandy Banks Hotchkiss, a partner at Leavitt Consultants; Liz Morales, Housing & Community Development Director for the City of Mesa; and Mark Lymer, an architect and Mesa Artspace Lofts resident. A light breakfast will be served. To register or learn more, go to

Thursday, Jan. 31

A climate activist protest will take place starting at 11:30 a.m. at the state Capitol. Climate Activist Organization is sponsoring the protest. For more details, visit this Facebook page:

Saturday, Feb. 2

Childhelp Drive the Dream Diamond Jubilee will take place starting at 5 p.m. at The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. Proceeds will benefit Childhelp, which offers treatment and works on the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Tickets start at $1,000 and are tax-deductible. For more info, go to

Tuesday, Feb. 5

The film Let My People Go: South Dakotans Stop Predatory Payday Lending will be screened at because Event Space, 3419 E. University Drive, Phoenix. A discussion will follow. The Center for Responsible Lending is sponsoring the event. Admission is free; to register or learn more, check out

The discussion “Colonialism is a Relation” will be held starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Vista del Sol Theater, 701 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe. Lorenzo Veracini, an associate history professor at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, will speak. Visit for more details.

Author Sir Jonathan Bate will discuss "The Poetry of Earth from Ovid to Modernity" at 7 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Bate will expound on “how the humanities can help us to understand this narrative and apply it to the present and immediate future in which global challenges have the potential to destroy the world as we know it.” Check out for further information.

A discussion on “Disrupting Body Standards” will be held at 6 p.m. at the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. To RSVP or for other details, go to

Wednesday, Feb. 6

A global conversation on China and the Middle East will be held at noon in Cronkite 444, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Participating will be Phanindra Dahal, a journalist from Nepal; Benazir Samad, a digital media editor from Pakistan; and Rula Rizk, a broadcast journalist from Lebanon. Visit for more details.

Thursday, Feb. 7

The 40th Street Lecture Series will take place at 6 p.m. at Washington Campus (Copper Room/IE1302), 108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix.  The topic is “The Revolution Will Not be Televised: Stories from the Frontlines of Social Change.” Admission is free; check out for other details.

“From Hope To Hate: The Rise Of Conservative Subjectivity In Brazil” will be held at 4:30 p.m. at  the Vista del Sol Theater, 701 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe. Rosana Pinheiro-Machado, a social scientist at the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil, will speak on the recent election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain. To learn more, visit

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