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Consciousness Calendar July 10 to 24: Vacationing Is Necessary, But It’s Always Time For Arizonans To Fight Injustice


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

July 10, 2019 — There is an old adage that goes something like this: “Americans don’t pay any attention to politics in summer.” 

That saying no longer applies, especially when it comes to the Trump administration and its highly controversial (some of them probably criminal) policies. One of the more egregious ones is the detention of migrant children in camps (most of which are located in rural areas). Numerous reports of poor treatment and even sexual abuse have surfaced. 

Neither Trump or his supporters seem to care, but many other Americans do (and they’ve protested in cities across the United States). 

Arizonans can get involved this Friday (July 12) and stand against the Trump administration’s immigration policies by joining the nationwide mass mobilization Lights For Liberty: A Nationwide Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, held between 7 to 9 p.m. at the ICE Phoenix headquarters, 2035 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Participants are asked to bring hygiene kits, non-perishable snacks and toys; all items will be given to families seeking asylum. For more information, visit

Also on Friday is Put Families First, where protesters will meet starting at 11 a.m. in front of U.S. Sen. Martha McSally’s office, 2201 E Camelback Road (Suite 115) in Phoenix. This event is being presented by Mi Familia Vota, SEIU, America Action and AZ Jews for Justice. Learn more at this Facebook page:

This week’s Consciousness Calendar also features events connected to community policing, homeless youth and environmental justice

Thursday, July 11

Visit Changing Hands bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix from 6 to 7 p.m. to hear from author Kathy Cano-Murillo on the many fascinating and intriguing details on the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and about her new book Forever Frida. For more information, visit

A March Against Police Misconduct and Brutality is set for 11 a.m. Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. All Black Lives Matter is sponsoring this event; families of Dalvin Hollins, Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper, Jacob Harris and Edward Brown are reportedly going to be in attendance. To learn more, go to this Facebook page: 

The Cultural Heritage Film Fest will be held through Aug. 22 at Black Wall Street Arizona Inc., 3146 E. Wier Ave. No. 32, Phoenix. Black Wall Street and the Bennu Institute of Arizona will show five different movies that have principles which apply to the community today. A community discussion, facilitated by Professor Gershom Williams Sr., will follow each film. For more information, visit this Facebook page:

Saturday, July 13

Homeless Youth Connection: Volunteer Welcome Event will take place starting at 9:30 a.m. at Homeless Youth Connection, 9950 W. Van Buren St., No. 114, Avondale. A tour, volunteer opportunities and light refreshments will be included. For more details, check out

Saturday, July 14

End Police Terror: A Forum on State Violence will be held starting at 3 p.m. at 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Party for Socialism and Liberation - Phoenix is hosting this event. Visit this Facebook page to learn more. 

Friday, July 19

Open Mic for Environmental Justice is taking place starting at 7 p.m. at The Coronado, 2201 N. 7th St., Phoenix. People will share art and stories about living in the climate crisis. Children’s clothes for migrants are welcomed. To learn more, check out the Facebook page: 

Saturday, July 20

New Veteran Tiny House Community Volunteer Meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. at 3020 W. Thomas Road, Suite 6. For more details, contact or visit 

Bowling for Rhinos is happening from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Brunswick Zone Mesa Lanes, 1754 W. Southern Ave., Mesa. BFR funds support Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and Way Kambas in Sumatra. Tickets ($35) include two hours of bowling, pizza, soda, shoe rentals and a shirt. Visit for more details. 

Little Black Dress Party, benefitting Lighthouse for Hope, will be held from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Blue Martini Phoenix, 5455 E. High St., No. 101, Phoenix. Ticket prices range from $10 to $35, and include a cocktail and raffle ticket. For more information, visit 

Sierra Club and Water Sentinels are sponsoring a monitoring of the Verde River, just east of Scottsdale, starting at 8 a.m. Equipment will be provided, but participants should bring sunscreen and water. For more details, check out

Sunday, July 21

Christmas In July Charity Fundraiser, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 35, will take place at 10 a.m. at Mathew B Juan Post 35, 2240 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Proceeds will go towards the children of deployed airmen and airwomen of Luke Air Force Base. To learn more or get involved, visit 

Thursday, July 25

Robin’s Firefighter Auction will be held at 7 p.m. at The Park Street Food Bar & Beer Garden, 3 S. Second St., Phoenix. Proceeds will benefit Arizona Search Dogs, and Valley of the Sun United Way. Admission is $50 and includes appetizers, beverages, a swag bag and more. Each firefighter is paired with a premium date package. For more info, check out 

Saturday, July 27

The fourth annual Community Health Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Metro Center Mall, 9617 Metro Pkwy West, Phoenix. Along with free health screenings, there will be wellness information, entertainment, raffle prizes, children’s activities and more. To learn more, go to

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