PHX Engages On Climate,
Politics, Equality And Pot
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Sept. 20, 2019 — The world is already aware (even if some very hard-headed politicians claim otherwise) that climate change is underway.
Burning forests, more hurricanes, melting glaciers, increasing temperatures and declining bird populations are just some of the latest examples that our planet is not doing well. Young people are speaking out in greater numbers than ever. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg — described as a “teenage old soul” — just testified before Congress.
A climate strike caught the nation's attention Sept. 20. It also roiled the Phoenix metro, including a rally and march to the state Capitol. A rally will follow at the capitol square until about 6 p.m. To learn more, or go to https://strikewithus.org/phoenix/
Later this month, A Talking Climate forum will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Katharine Hayhoe, a leading climate scientist and political science professor, is well-known for engaging diverse communities -- including evangelicals -- in the climate change movement. Hayhoe will discuss what climate change means to people in the places where they live. (See date below for more details)
Finally, Managing Heat as a Critical Hazard, is set for noon on Oct. 1 in Wrigley Hall, room 481, ASU, Tempe. This forum will feature Vjolla Berisha, senior epidemiologist, Maricopa County Department of Public Health; Braden Kay, sustainability expert for the city of Tempe; and Jennifer Vanos, assistant professor for the School of Sustainability. A light lunch will be served, but an RSVP is required. (See date below for more details)
There’s much more in this installment of the Consciousness Calendar, which also features three homeless events on Sept. 21 and 29, and Oct. 5. (See dates below for more details)
Friday, Sept. 20
The Maricopa Hunger Banquet will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Central Arizona College, 17945 Regent Drive, Maricopa. Monetary donations and non-perishables are encouraged; participants draw at random a ticket that determines their income level for the evening. (Admission is free for all students and community members.) Mayor Christian Price will be the keynote speaker, and there will be special guests. Contact Megan Purvis at 520-494-6417 or email@example.com to learn more, or check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maricopa-hunger-banquet-tickets-65468579283?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.
Saturday, Sept. 21
Hike for Life AZ will be held at 10 a.m. on the Thumb Butte Trail in Prescott. The ProLifeWife and Queen Esther’s Closet are sponsoring this anti-abortion event. The $10 registration fee includes hiking snacks, water bottles and an "I hiked for life" T-shirt. For tickets or more details, visit
UMOM’s Walk the Walk to End Homelessness will kick off at 6 a.m. at The Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix. Participants will receive a zoo day pass, T-shirt, pair of flip flops and swag bag. To register or learn more, go to https://fundraise.umom.org/event/11th-annual-walk-the-walk-to-end-homelessness/e229886
Sunday, Sept. 22
Wander in the Wild 2019 will be held starting at 2:30 p.m. at Windmill House, 1460 W. Road 4 North, Chino Valley. This Highlands Center’s benefit funds its children’s education program. The outdoor and adventure-themed auction event also includes dinner. Tickets range from $100 to $720. For further details, check out https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wander-the-wild-2019-tickets-59621133415?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Tuesday, Sept. 24
A Meet & Greet with Mike Crawford, a conservative Republican who is running for Maricopa County sheriff, will be held at 6 p.m. at Dillon's KC BBQ Arrowhead, 20585 N. 59th Ave. in Glendale. Crawford is an Air Force veteran with 27 years of law enforcement experience. For more details, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-greet-with-mike-crawford-for-sheriff-tickets-71587424915?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Humanity 101 on the Homefront: Parenting and Suicide will be held at 6 p.m. at Arizona State University Preparatory Academy, 735 E. Fillmore St., Phoenix. The program will explore strategies for prevention, encourages suicide literacy, and for parental navigating of grief in the aftermath of suicide. Admission is free; to register or learn more visit https://projecthumanities.asu.edu/content/humanity-101-homefront-parenting-and-suicide
A Talking Climate forum will take place at 7 p.m., at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Katharine Hayhoe, a leading climate scientist and political science professor, is well-known for engaging diverse communities — including evangelicals — in the climate change movement. Hayhoe will discuss what climate change means to people in the places where they live. Visit https://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/talking-climate-bridging-the-divide/ for more information.
Thursday, Sept. 26
Protect Our Water Arizona on Fracking will be held at 6:30 p.m. at 917 E. Sheridan St., Phoenix. Kevin Gibson, a retired mining engineer, will present on the risk to Arizona water from different types of fracking and the present extraction operations. The Sierra Club’s Palo Verde Group is sponsoring today’s discussion; light snacks and water will be provided. To learn more, call (602) 405-1779 or visit https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z000001abNUQAY&mapLinkHref=https://maps.google.com/maps&daddr=Palo%20Verde%20Group%20Monthly%20Program:%20Protect%20Our%20Water%20Arizona%20(POWAZ)%20on%20Fracking@33.474485,-112.060981
Saturday, Sept. 28
The Puente Human Rights Movement will host a one-day fellowship session starting at 8 a.m. at its office, 1937 W. Adams St., Phoenix. The $100 fee will include swag, support and coaching, focusing on aspects of ICE, immigration detention and police violence. For more info, go to https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51510/c/279/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=11569
Sunday, Sept. 29
A Homeless Outreach event featuring vegan food is set for 5 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix. Food, water, first aid and hygiene product donations are encouraged. Visit
https://www.facebook.com/events/482428952595835/ to learn more about getting involved.
Tuesday, Oct. 1
Managing Heat as a Critical Hazard, is set for noon in Wrigley Hall, room 481 on the ASU campus in Tempe. This forum will feature Vjolla Berisha, senior epidemiologist, Maricopa County Department of Public Health; Braden Kay, sustainability expert for the city of Tempe; and Jennifer Vanos, assistant professor for the School of Sustainability. A light lunch will be served, but an RSVP is required. For more information or to register, go to https://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/the-whole-community-managing-heat-as-a-critical-hazard/
Wednesday, Oct. 2
Struggle For Survival, which focuses on global poverty, will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. at The Grove. 2777 S. Gilbert Road, Chandler. In this simulation facilitated by Crossroads Foundation, people discover what it’s like to struggle to earn enough to pay for rent, food, sanitation, medical needs and education — all by making paper bags out of newspaper and homemade glue. Admission is free; learn more at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/struggle-for-survival-tickets-72455378989?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Wrongful Conviction Day will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Beus Center for Law and Society, Great Hall, 111 E. Taylor St., Phoenix. Presented by the Arizona Justice Project and ASU Post-Conviction Clinic, the event will focus on preventing miscarriages of justice. Go to
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wrongful-conviction-day-registration-68177521803?aff=ebdssbdestsearch to learn more details.
The Kashmir conflict is the topic of “India’s Future in Crisis?” at 6:30 p.m. in Lattie F. Coor Hall, room 170, on the Tempe campus. Panelists are Ather Zia, University of Northern Colorado Greeley; Suvir Kaul, University of Pennsylvania; Yasmin Saikia, Arizona State University; and Daniel Rothenberg, Arizona State University. To learn more, go to https://csrc.asu.edu/content/india%E2%80%99s-future-crisis-kashmir-assam-and-fate-democracy
Thursday, Oct. 3
“Black Dignity: The Political Theology of #BlackLivesMatter” will be held at 11:45 a.m. at West Hall, room 135, on the ASU campus. Villanova professor Vincent Lloyd explores the role of a black political-theological account of dignity as it contributes to new moral vocabularies around racial justice movements today. Admission is free; more information can be found at https://csrc.asu.edu/content/black-dignity-political-theology-blacklivesmatter-0
The forum Food, Identity and Politics will be held at 6 p.m. at the Sema Foundation HQ Office, 325 N. Austin Drive, No. 4, Chandler. To RSVP or learn more, go to https://projecthumanities.asu.edu/content/vital-voices-food-identity-and-politics
Friday, Oct. 4
Falling Walls Lab is set for 1 p.m. at the Beus Center for Law and Society on the ASU campus in Phoenix. The lab is an international forum for the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers. To learn more about this event or apply, go to https://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/falling-walls-lab/
Saturday, Oct. 5
Today is the last day to see the exhibition I Have A Name at the AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park, 1300 N. College Ave. in Tempe. It features a collection of photographs of people living on the street. Visit this Facebook page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2396978280587824/
“For the People Must Act: Saving Democracy Part 1” will be held at 2 p.m. at The Madison Center for the Arts, 5601 N. 16th St., Phoenix. This is a Town Hall Series sponsored by Indivisible Valley of the Sun. For more details, check out https://azresist.org/event/town-hall-series-for-the-people-must-act-saving-democracy-part-1/
“To Legalize or Not” will be held at 3 p.m. at the Juniper Library, 1825 W. Union Hills Drive, Phoenix. This will focus on the ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in Arizona. Go to https://phoenix.eventful.com/events/legalize-not-/E0-001-130025934-0 for more details.
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