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At Arizona State Capitol

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

March 21, 2019 — Although they consist of just 1.1 percent of its population (according to 2017 official statistics), the history of Muslims in the United States dates back to the 1700s, with even some serving in the American Revolutionary War.

Since that time, Muslim Americans of all backgrounds have become an important presence in numerous facets of American life, from serving in Congress to winning Oscars.

Geopolitical events — from conflict in the Middle over six decades to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — have often lead to misconceptions or outright falsehoods about what Muslims believe. Sometimes, it has lead to serious threats or violence against Muslim Americans (a prime example being the 2017 train attack in Portland, Oregon).
Donald Trump’a divisive attitude regarding the 3.45 million Muslims living in the United States has done little to help citizens better understand, critics say.

An Australian nationalist was charged with murder after 50 people worshipping in a mosque were killed March 15 in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 2011, a far-right activist deeply opposed to Muslims killed 77 people in Norway.

This atrocities show that Islamophobia is not just an American phenomenon.
In light of these tragic events, AMA Muslim Day will take place March 28 at the state Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St.

Starting at 9 a.m., participants will have an opportunity to meet with legislators and discuss issues impacting the Muslim community. Lunch will be provided; tickets are $20. Arizona Muslim Association is sponsoring this event. To register or learn more, visit

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

Friday, March 22

Cultural Humility Training will be held starting at 9 a.m. at Biltmore Center, 2398 E. Camelback Road, suite 180, Phoenix. This training will focus on understanding and applying Cultural Humility in Indian Country, according to sponsor Indigenous Vision. Tickets are $75. For more info on the session, visit

Saturday, March 23

The annual Pride Run kicks off in the downtown Phoenix Entertainment District. After the race ends, there will be a block party, entertainment, exhibitors and more. Check out for full details.

Homeless Youth in America will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ASU Brickyard, 30 E. Seventh St., Tempe. Spirit of Service will discuss the region’s 30,000 young adults who are experiencing homelessness. Admission is free; to register or learn more details, go to

Wednesday, March 27

"Religion, Nationalism, & the Future of Democracy," featuring noted columnist Peter Beinart, will be held at 7 p.m. at Armstrong Hall, 1100 S. McAllister Ave., Tempe. Admission is free; for more info, check out

Thursday, March 28

The film For the Sake of the Children will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society, in the Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix. The film focuses on the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. A discussion will follow. For more information, visit this Facebook page:

Friday, March 29

“Any Positive Change” is the theme for this year’s AZ Harm Reduction Conference, being held at the Black Canyon Conference Center, 9440 N. 25th Ave., Phoenix. This conference will bring together local and national experts, community members, health and treatment professionals, and those directly impacted by substance use. Tickets range from $5 to $100. For more details, go to

Saturday, March 30

Pours for Paws will be held starting at 4 p.m. at Wasted Grain, 7295 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale. Proceeds will benefit All About Animals Rescue AZ. Along with wine tasting, there will be a silent auction. Tickets at $75. Learn more at

Envision Therapeutic Horsemanship will hold a fundraiser at 1 p.m. at MTM Ranch Horseback Adventures, 43001 N. Spur Cross Road, Cave Creek. For more information on this guided trail ride, go to

Tuesday, April 2

Equal Pay Day is happening in Phoenix. Learn how to get involved at

April 2 is Arizona Gives Day, the annual event uniting nonprofits to celebrate and increase philanthropy in the state through online giving. For more details, check out

Wednesday, April 3

“Federal Family Separation and Reunification Past and Present” will be held at noon at the Arizona Capitol Museum, 1700 W. Washington St. This presentation focuses on how the U.S. government of family separation and reunification of Japanese-American families during World War II compares with the current policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. Admission is free; go to for more info or to register.

Thursday, April 4

“Democratic Knowledge: A Roadmap for Rebuilding Civic Education” will be held at 5 p.m. at ASU Memorial Union, 301 E. Orange Ave., Tempe. For more details, visit the Facebook page at or

Saturday, April 6

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will speak at 4 p.m. at the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church,1401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. For more on this Arizona State University event, visit

Stewardship Training in Sycamore Canyon Wilderness will take place starting at 9 a.m. today and lasting through 4 p.m. Sunday. The Arizona Wilderness Coalition and Friends of the Verde River is sponsoring this hands-on event. Participants must bring their own food and camping equipment. For more information, go to

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