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Consciousness Calendar July 26 To Aug. 9: From National Issues Including The Equal Rights Amendment To School Supply Drives, There Are Many Ways To Help Out This Summer


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

July 26, 2019 — Although many associate it with 1970s politics, the Equal Rights Amendment was first proposed by Alice Paul and Crystal Eastman, in Congress in 1923. Simply put, the ERA is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed “to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex,” with the goal of ending legal distinctions between men and women in terms of divorce, property, employment and other matters.

The women’s movement of the 1960s also grew support for the ERA, which was submitted to state legislatures for ratification in 1972. By 1977, it had received 35 state ratifications, with only three more needed. Shockingly enough, even many Congressional Republicans — including former Presidents Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon — supported the ERA. However, a conservative activist named Phyllis Schlafly organized a successful campaign to slow ratification (by arguing that housewives would be harmed and women would be drafted, for example). 

After four states withdrew their ratification (known as recission) the deadline was extended to 1982. With U.S. voters moving to the right, the ERA’s momentum faded with the GOP removing it from the party platform in 1980. Future ratifications is uncertain, but in 2017 Nevada passed the amendment and Illinois passed it in 2018. Arizona is one of the states that has not passed the amendment.

It has taken 45 years, but once again there is a growing movement to make the ERA part of American law. That movement is coming to Phoenix next Wednesday (July 31), with Pack the room for #ERA, starting at 3:45 p.m. in the Community Room of the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave. For other details, visit this Facebook page: 

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

Mark’s The Spot & is sponsoring a Back to School Haircut & Backpack Drive at Mark's the Spot, 24 W. Camelback Road (No. 7), Phoenix. Along with school supplies, cash donations are welcomed. The event also includes food, drinks, music and activities for children. To learn more, check out 

Sunday, July 28

Shoes For A Cruise, fundraising shoe drive, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Ramjet Racing Performance Cycles, 12001 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix. Those who donate shoes will have a chance to win a cruise to Baja, Mexico or a $500 gift card. Proceeds go to benefit the Crabby Lion Conservation Park project from Liberty Park Charities. For more info, visit 

Wednesday, July 31

Phresh Start’s Back To School Bash is being held starting at 10 a.m. at The PHHacility, 4600 E. Cotton Gin Loop, Phoenix. The goal is to give 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to children who need it most; the event will also include entertainment, prize giveaways, haircuts and more. For more details, visit 

A free screening of the environmental film Into The Canyon will be held at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 1140 E. Baseline Road, Tempe. Roger Clark, program director for Grand Canyon Trust, will lead a discussion afterwards. For more information, go to

Thursday, Aug. 1

Progressive Democrats of America/Our Revolution will hold a 15th Anniversary Party at 6:30 p.m. at Spokes on Southern, 1470 E. Southern Ave., Tempe. More details can be found on this Facebook page: 

Friday, Aug. 2

The 2019 People’s Congress will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. through 4:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at City Center for Collaborative Learning, 37 E. Pennington St., Tucson. Living United for Change in Arizona is sponsoring the event. For other details, check out 

Saturday, Aug. 3

School supply drive Stuff the Bus will be held starting at 8:30 a.m. at 3721 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix. A list of needed supplies and other details, can be found on this Facebook page: 

Tuesday, Aug. 6

I Am You, for You Are Me, a protest against the Trump administration’s migrant policies, will be held in front of U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s office, 3333 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Arizona Jews of Justice is sponsoring the event. Visit to learn more. 

Helping One Woman will hold a fundraising dinner at 6 p.m. at Romano's Macaroni Grill, 1828 Litchfield Road, Goodyear. A $10 donation will include food and one non-alcoholic drink. There will also be a prize drawing. To learn more or register, go to 

Tuesday, Aug. 7

Author Rick Unklesbay will discuss his book Arbitrary Death at 7 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. The book focuses on a prosecutor’s prospective on the death penalty. Unklesbay will now runs the Pima County Attorney’s Office unit examining potential wrongful conviction. For more details, check out

Foraged Art Party: Growing the Green New Green Deal will be held at 6:30 p.m. at 514 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. Artwork created by volunteers will be delivered to congressional offices across Arizona. Contact Lydia Wilson at or (602) 253-9140 to learn more, or to learn more, check out,-112.080915 

Friday, Aug. 9

Bloom365 Brown Bag Lunch and Learn will be held at noon at Blooming Point, 19th and Northern avenues in Phoenix. The luncheon will focus on activating youth to empower one another. Tickets are $10; for more details, check out 

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