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The Consciousness Calendar is published bi-weekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to: generalcontact@moderntimesmagazine.com.
Consciousness Calendar Aug. 9 To 23: From Better Elections to Autism Advocacy, Arizonans Can Learn Ways They Can Become More Involved And Make A Difference


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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Aug. 9, 2019 — Here we are in the hottest days of the summer — mid-August — a time when people take vacations, kids go back to school and the football season begins in earnest.

Many of us, not surprisingly, have other things on our mind. However, as citizens of the United States, we need to remember that there are pressing issues that need attention and support, from criminal justice to making our political process equitable.

One way to do that is by attending the Outlaw Dirty Money Initiative, Aug. 10 (see more details below) with a presentation by Terry Goddard, former state attorney general.

Another way is to attend a town hall, Criminal Justice Reform: A Look Inside the System Aug. 24 (see below for more details). Panelists include state Rep. Gerae Peten and criminal defense attorney Benjamin Taylor. The Phoenix Alumni Chapters of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority are hosting and moderatoring this event.

Or, check out attorney and author Robert McWhirter Aug. 15 when he will discuss “The Constitution and Donald Trump, Part Ten” at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. Topics include the Mueller report, the constitutionality of getting Trump's tax returns, charging (or not charging) a sitting president with a crime, and whatever else comes up from the headlines or Twitter.

Lastly, mark a monumental moment in history with AZ Celebrates the 19th Amendment, marking 99 years since American women got the right to vote Aug. 26 at Arizona State University’s West Campus see below for more details. Kathy Hoffman, state superintendent of public instruction, will deliver the keynote speech, while Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans will also speak.

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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bloom365-brown-bag-lunch-and-learn-tickets-59618124415?aff=ebdssbdestsearch 

Saturday, Aug. 10

The Outlaw Dirty Money Initiative, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday Aug. 10, at Buckwald’s Arizona Grille at the Beatitudes, 1610 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix will feature a presentation by Terry Goddard, former state attorney general. Sponsored by the NW Democratic Breakfast Club, the event costs $11. To learn more, go to https://azresist.org/event/terry-goddard-outlaw-dirty-money-initiative-2/

Sunday, Aug. 11

Evidence-based Policing in the 21st Century, featuring Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir, will be held at 10 a.m. at the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix, 627 Rio Salado Pkwy. in Mesa. Moir will discuss how her department strives to implement fair policing strategies to prevent crime in Tempe neighborhoods. For more info, visit https://azresist.org/event/tempe-chief-sylvia-moir-evidence-based-policing-in-21st-century/ 

Monday, Aug. 12

Mind Your Business Book Club will discuss the best-seller Loonshots, written by Safi Bahcall, at 6:30 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. Visit https://www.changinghands.com/event/august2019/mind-your-business-book-club-loonshots-how-nurture-crazy-ideas-win-wars-cure to learn more. 

Wednesday, Aug. 14

The Arizona Water Blueprint: A Map for Arizona’s Water Resilience is being held at 6:30 p.m. at the Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center, 734 W. Alameda Drive, Tempe. Susan Craig, an analyst with the Kyl Center for Water Policy, will speak. This is part of the Arizona Riparian Council Series. For more information can be found at https://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/arc-speaker-series-arizona-water-blueprint/ 

Aug. 15 and 22

Cultural Heritage & Film Fest, hosted by Black Wall Street Arizona, will take place at 6 p.m. both days at 3146 E. Weir Ave., Phoenix. After the movie, there will be a community discussion facilitated by Professor Gershom Williams Sr. Movies shown include Black Panther, The Middle Passage and Sankofa. Visit this Facebook page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/705219696573342/

Thursday, Aug. 15

Attorney and author Robert McWhirter will discuss “The Constitution and Donald Trump, Part Ten” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15, at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. Topics include the Mueller report, the constitutionality of getting Trump's tax returns, charging (or not charging) a sitting president with a crime, and whatever else comes up from the headlines or Twitter. For more information, visit https://www.changinghands.com/event/august2019/robert-mcwhirter-constitution-and-donald-j-trump-part-ten

Friday, Aug. 16

The Paws 4 Vets Fashion Fundraiser will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 17230 North 59th Ave., Glendale. There will be a red carpet walk, carnival games, food from local eateries, military-themed artwork, prizes and more. Tickets start at $10. To learn more, check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paws-4-vets-fashion-fundraiser-tickets-65490053513?aff=ebdssbdestsearch 

Saturday, Aug. 17

Feeding Phoenix will take place from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 295 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. Volunteers will distribute lunch bags, water and a form of clothing to at least 50 people in the homeless community. To get involved or learn more, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/feeding-phoenix-tickets-65850888781?aff=ebdssbdestsearch 

A Lower Verde Water Monitoring session will begin at 8 a.m. Volunteers will also pick up trash at Needle Rock Beach, located near Scottsdale. For more details, go to https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z000001abNoQAI&mapLinkHref=

The presentation Arizona Water Pioneers will be held starting at 11 a.m. at Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg. Sandra Hurlburt, a team member for Arizona’s Team WET, will speak. A complementary ice treat will be served. For more info, visit https://westernmuseum.org/event/srp-speakers-bureau-presents-water-in-the-desert/

The East Valley NAACP will hold a general membership meeting will be held at the Progressive Baptist Church, 761 S. Horne, Mesa. More details can be found on this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/356587468395946/

Wednesday, Aug. 21

The Greater Phoenix Chamber’s Economic Developer Insider Series for August will focus on unmanned systems and how they’ll affect Arizona’s economy. Michael Toscano, former president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, will speak. The program starts at 8:30 a.m., and admission is $25 for Chamber members or $95 for non-members. Visit http://phoenixchamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/economic-development-insider-series-august-08-21-2019-6113 for more details. 

The state Department of Environmental Quality is hosting a Solid and Hazardous Waste Programs Workshop from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the ADEQ office, 1110 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Admission is free; to learn more info, check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adeq-solid-and-hazardous-waste-programs-workshop-tickets-64693956365?aff=ebdssbdestsearch 

Thursday, Aug. 22

An autism advocacy meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at Ability360 center, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Autism Ambassadors Corps is the sponsor, and admission is free. To learn more, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/autism-advocacy-meeting-tickets-59641941653?aff=ebapi 

A debate for Republican Maricopa County sheriff candidates Jerry Sheridan and Michael Crawford is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Glendale Women’s Club, 7032 N. 56th Ave., Glendale. To learn more, check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/make-arizona-constitutional-again-maricopa-county-sheriff-debate-tickets-67160106687?aff=ebdssbdestsearch 

Saturday, Aug. 24

A town hall, Criminal Justice Reform: A Look Inside the System, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at 1407 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix. Panelists include state Rep. Gerae Peten and criminal defense attorney Benjamin Taylor. The Phoenix Alumni Chapters of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. are hosting and moderatoring this event. An RSVP is required; more info can be found at https://azresist.org/event/criminal-justice-reform/

A Kwanzaa workshop is set for 1 p.m. at Black Wall St. Inc., 3146 E. Weir Ave., Phoenix. Professor Gershom from the Benuu Institute of Arizona will share his knowledge and experience in the African-American traditions of this holiday. To learn more, visit this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/284838402469652/

David Lastinger will speak on his book How To Do Things Your Phone Won’t: A Common-Sense Guide to Real Life at 5 p.m. at at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. For more info, go to https://www.changinghands.com/event/august2019/david-lastinger-how-do-things-your-phone-wont-common-sense-guide-real-life

Sunday, Aug. 26

AZ Celebrates the 19th Amendment, marking 99 years since American women got the right to vote, starting at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at Arizona State University’s West Campus, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale. Kathy Hoffman, state superintendent of public instruction, will deliver the keynote speech, while Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans will also speak. Along with a parade of runners, there will be networking opportunities, a dessert reception and voter registration. Admission ranges between $10 and $20; to learn more, check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/az-celebrates-the-19th-amendment-2019-tickets-62171427413 

Tuesday, Aug. 27

A seminar on conscious parenting will be held at 6 p.m. at Westside Multi-Generational Center, 715 W. Fifth St., Tempe. To RSVP or learn more, visit https://projecthumanities.asu.edu/content/humanity-101-homefront-conscious-parenting-and-social-change

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