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Consciousness Calendar March 6 To 20: A Walk To End Homelessness, Benefits For Animals And Films Are All Happening In March


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

March 6, 2019 — Friday, March 8 is International Women’s Day, which celebrates women’s rights. This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter.

This year marks 110 years since this holiday was first proposed. In 1909, The Socialist Party of America organised a Women's Day on Feb. 28, 1909 in New York City. A year later, International Socialist Woman's Conference suggested a Women's Day be held annually. Soviet Russia made it a national holiday in 1917.

The United Nations adopted International Women’s Day in 1975. However, the holiday seemingly had little impact in the United States.

Since the 1960s, the American women’s movement has resulted in great progress and suffered severe backlash. But recently, the combined impact of the #MeToo movement and female candidates running and winning races in record numbers in the U.S. has women’s rights are back on the front page.

Phoenicians wanting to celebrate International Women’s Day have numerous opportunities, starting with Women in Blue at 11 a.m. on Friday at Space for Life, 3419 E. University Drive, Phoenix. For more info on this Arizona Federation of Democratic Women-sponsored event, visit or

An official Women’s Day celebration is taking place on Saturday, March 9 at the Purple Studio, 163 N. Dobson Road, Mesa. Along with speakers and a business information table, a light lunch and refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10, and an RSVP is required. To learn more about the AZ Resist gathering, check out or

Starting Monday, March 11, 38 Miles for the ERA will kick off at 8 a.m. at the Phoenix First Church UCC, 1407 N. Second St. Participants will hike for three days to support ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. On the second day, Tuesday, March 12, participants can meetup at 8:30 the Sandra Day O’Connor House, and at 8:30 a.m. On the final day, Wednesday, March 13, the meetup is at the office of U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.

Hikers are encouraged to wear white and are responsible for their own transportation, food and lodging, according to sponsor ERA Taskforce AZ. To learn more, go to or

Thursday, March 7

“Democracy & the Informed Citizen: An Evening with Thanh Nguyen” will be held at 7 p.m. at Devil's Oasis, 660 S. College Ave., Tempe. Nguyen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will speak on power of language, along with the relationship between citizenry and democracy. An audience Q&A and book signing will follow. Admission is free, Go to to register.

Saturday, March 9

2019 Freedom from Violence Walk & Unity Block Party will begin at 8 a.m. at Hermoso Park, 2030 E. Southern Ave., Phoenix. Sponsored by the Damion Gosa Memorial Foundation, the walk will raise funds to help end violence in the South Mountain community. Individual registration is $25; for more details, visit

The Clayton Nash Real Estate 5K Walk/Run will be held at 10 a.m. starting Falls Park, 5802 East Indian School Road, Phoenix. Proceeds will go towards the Care Fund and Agents Benefiting Children. Registration is $40 for adults, $20 for children. Visit for more information.

Sunday, March 10

PACC911 Glimmer of Hope luncheon, celebrating the group’s 20th anniversary, will be held starting at 11 a.m. the Omni Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale. Proceeds will benefit animals in need. Ian Schwartz, KPHO meteorologist, will emcee, while Letitia Frye will handle auction duties. For more details, visit

Tuesday, March 12

RedforEd is hosting AEA Spring Break at the Capitol at 9:30 a.m. There will be a “meet and greet” with lawmakers, a legislative briefing and lunch, among other events. For more details, check out these Facebook pages: and To register, visit

The American Constitution Society is presenting “The Schoolhouse Gate,” a forum on education and student rights, at 7 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe.  Justin Driver, a law professor at the University of Chicago, will speak. Admission is free. To register or for more details, check out mponent/events/event/226

Wednesday, March 13

Study of Civilian Review Board Models will be held at 9 a.m. at Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St. Sponsored by People Demanding Justice Community Coalition, the forum will center around the civilian monitoring of law enforcement. Visit to learn more.

Friday, March 15

AZ Climate Strike: Phoenix will begin at 4 p.m. at the State Capitol Executive Tower, 1700 W. Washington St. To get involved, check out or this Facebook page:

Community panels on the theatrical production of Detroit ‘67 will take place at 9:30 p.m. at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. Panelists include Ralph Remington of the Tempe Center for the Arts and Lola N’Sangou Levesque of Justice That Works. For more details, check out this Facebook page:

Saturday, March 16

Human Services Campus is sponsoring Will Walk to End Homelessness. Donations are encouraged. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. at 204 S. 12th Ave., Phoenix. The walk will start at 8 a.m For more details, check out

Creative InSurgency: Race, Place & Arts Leadership workshop will be held starting at 1 p.m. at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. For more info, visit

The Home Fur Good Medical Fun-Raiser will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Blue Martini Lounge, 5455 E. High St., Phoenix. Proceeds will go towards medical treatment for animals. A $25 ticket includes one drink, hors d'oeuvres and raffle opportunities. For more details or to buy a ticket, check out

A Rio Salado Habitat Restoration event will begin at 10 a.m. at the habitat, 2439 S. Central Ave.,
Phoenix. Keep Nature Wild and Four Peaks Brewery are; admission is free. To learn more, check out

March 16 and 17

The ACLU 100 Experience will be held starting at 10 a.m. at Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. There will be interactive exhibits, film screenings, family activities, roundtable and more. An RSVP is required. Visit for a full schedule and other info.

Tuesday, March 19

The History of the Anti-Sexual Violence Movement will be presented at 5 p.m. in the San Carlos Room of the Student Center, 522 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence and ASU Downtown Student Engagement are sponsoring this event. For more details, visit this Facebook page:

AEA Day at the Capitol, an education-focused forum, will be held starting at 10 a.m. Learn more at

Wednesday, March 20

Dawnland: A Documentary About Cultural Survival and Stolen Children, will be shown at 5:30 p.m. at Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road. Healing Racism Committee of Arizona, United Tribal Employee Council, SCC Indigenous Cultural Center, and MCC American Indian Institute are presenting the film. Admission is free; find out more at

2019 LINK, a social cause pitch competition, will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. at Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd St. Attendees will vote to award $500 to the most captivating and inspirational message of social change. General admission is $15. To register or learn more, check out

Thursday, March 21

Bestselling author Evan Thomas will speak at 11 a.m. -- as part of the O’Connor Institute Distinguished Speakers Series -- at the Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. Thomas will discuss his book on Sandra Day O’Connor, an Arizona native who was the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Tickets start at $85; find out more at

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