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Consciousness Calendar April 4 To 17: Habitat Rehab And Marching For Healthy Babies Are Some Of The Ways To Get Involved This Month


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

April 4, 2019 — In 1975, Philadelphia microbiologist Susan Alexander Speeth was stabbed to death while walking home. This tragedy lead to a march held that October to raise concerns over sexual assault and violence.

"Take Back the Night" was used as the title of a 1977 memorial read by Anne Pride at an anti-violence rally in Pittsburgh. The movement and similar rallies began in earnest in cities across the United States.

After some earlier criticism that men were left out, Take Back the Night now stresses stopping violence against both genders (including the transgender community), with the primary focus being opposition to sexual violence against women.

Today, similar events are held in 30 countries, and there is even a foundation to help victims. Along with the #MeToo movement, Take Back the Night has given victims a greater voice.

Phoenix-area residents can take part in a Take Back the Night rally starting at 5 p.m. Friday (April 5) at Phoenix Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave.

This event will include speakers sharing their stories of sexual assault, domestic violence and trafficking; 50 agencies offering provide outreach and support; a candlelight vigil; live music;
A candlelight vigil; food trucks; an art exhibit; and more. To learn more, visit this Facebook page:

In related events, the community conversation Dismantling a Culture of Rape will be held at 6 p.m. in the Navajo Room at Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave. Admission is free; to to register or for further details, go to

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

Friday, April 5

Cultural Humility, described as “a community dialogue on privilege and luck,” will be held from 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Workuity, 2390 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Indigenous Vision is sponsoring this event, which will feature facilitators and light refreshments. Admission is free. Visit for more details.

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

Sunday, April 7

GLSEN (pronounced “glisten”) is participating in the Phoenix Pride march starting at 10 a.m. beginning at Third Street and Thomas Road. To sign up or learn more, go to

“Religion, Media, & Climate Change: What’s the Story” will be held starting at 5 p.m. in West Hall 135 on the Arizona State University in Tempe. Speaking will be Jeffrey Cohen, of Arizona State University; Ben Ehrenreich, of The Nation; and Tulasi Srinivas, of Emerson College. Admission is free; to register or for more info, go to

Tuesday, April 9

Noted Washington Post section editor Karen Attiah will speak on “Religion, Journalism, & International Affairs” at 6 p.m. in Ventana Ballroom A on the ASU campus in Tempe. Admission is free, but attendees should register. To learn more, check out

Wednesday, April 10

Arizona Green Chamber’s April Lunch and Learn will be held at 11:30 a.m. at The Farm at South Mountain 6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix. Greg Brownell, sustainability manager, will lead a tour of the Farm. Admission is $5 for chamber members and partner organizations, or $15 for non-members. For more details, go to

As part of Earth Month, the film A Prayer for Compassion will be screened at 2 p.m. in Alumni Lounge Room 202 of the Memorial Union on the ASU Tempe campus. A discussion with Sailesh Rao, the film's executive producer and founder of Climate Healers, will follow afterwards. Go to to learn more information.

April 12 to 14

The Ninth Annual Human Rights Film Festival will take place at College Avenue Commons Auditorium, 660 S. College Ave., Tempe. Festival entries will cover topics such as missing migrant children, climate change and the LGBTQ community. For a full schedule and other info, check out

Rio Salado Habitat Restoration, a volunteer effort, will be held starting at 8 a.m. at the Central Gateway, 2439 S. Central Ave. Volunteers should wear sunscreen, closed-toed shoes, long pants and a hat. Water and snacks will be available. To RSVP or learn more, visit,-112.071181

Saturday, April 13

March For Babies, sponsored by March of Dimes, will kick off at 8 a.m. at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. This is a family friendly, 2.3 mile walk. There will be food, entertainment, specialty booths and more. To participate or for more details, check out

Night for Life, benefiting the Southwest Center, will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. at Heard Museum, 2301 N Central Ave., Phoenix. The event will include dinner, awards, a live auction, raffles and entertainment. For tickets or other details, check out

Monday, April 15

Chelsea Clinton will discuss her book Don’t Let Them Disappear., focusing on endangered species, at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy. Changing Hands Bookstore is co-sponsoring the event. Ticket prices range from $23 to $35; a portion of the proceeds from the event will support the zoo's native species conservation programs. For more details, visit

The Greater Phoenix Tea Party is holding a Patriotism Over Socialism Rally starting at 5 p.m. at the Gilbert Civic Center Park, 50 E. Civic Center Drive. Speakers include U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.). Go to for other info.

Thursday, April 18

The Stand with Planned Parenthood Annual Luncheon will take place at noon at the Arizona Biltmore, 2400 East Missouri Ave., Phoenix. Feminist leader and author Gloria Steinem will speak. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit

“ASU, Mandela and the Dawn of a New Democracy: South Africa Then and Now” will be held at 6 p.m. in Armstrong Hall 101 on the ASU campus in Tempe. Refreshments will be served after the panel discussion. An RSVP is required to this free event; for more details, visit

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