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Consciousness Calendar Oct. 18 to Nov. 1: From Battling Buffelgrass To Meeting Women Mayors And From Helping Bighorns To Battling The Sex Trade There Are Many Community Based Events Going On


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 18, 2019 — It may be an off year, but voting (and following local politics) still matter. 

School district and (and one sanitary district) elections will be held on Nov. 5 in Maricopa County. Your election day mail-in ballot must be received by then. To learn more, go to, and 

As Arizona moves from being a deep-red to purple state, its importance grows on the national level. In response, the We The Voters conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St. 

Topics will include clean elections, working across the political spectrum, the effect of social media and money in politics. Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego will deliver the opening remarks; the keynote speaker will be Mi-Ai Parrish, a media professor at Arizona State University, and former publisher of the Arizona Republic. For a full schedule, to register, or for more info, visit 

Tucson residents will pick a new mayor on Nov. 5 , and some candidates are off and running. A rally for hopeful Regina Romero will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 (Sunday) at Luna Culture Lab, 803 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Phoenix’s Kate Gallego, Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans, Fountain Hills Mayor Ginny Dickey and other women mayors of Arizona towns will be on hand. A sign-up sheet can be found here:

Friday, Oct. 18

The film Incident at Oglala will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 555 N. Central Ave. room 122, Phoenix. It dives into the story of Leonard Peltier, and the incident which ultimately led to his unjust incarceration. Incident at Oglala also looks into the American Indian Movement, AIM, and provides insight into indigenous resistance. Visit this Facebook page for more details:

Saturday, Oct. 19

Arizona Humane Society Foster Open House will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Arizona Humane Society Sunnyslope Campus, 9226 N. 13th Ave., Phoenix. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and the chance to take home a foster pet. Admission is free; visit to learn more. 

Have a Beer for Bighorn, a rally and fundraising effort for Friends of Ironwood Forest, will be held at 4 p.m. at 1859 W. Grant Road, Tucson. To learn more, go to,-111.005896 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. THE PINK Breast Cancer Pub Crawl will get underway starting at 2 p.m. at Skylanes Bowling, 7340 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale. There will be four other venues, and everyone is encouraged to wear pink. Ticket proceeds — minus the Eventbrite fee — will be donated to Making Strides for Breast Cancer. Tickets are $10, which allows entry into all the venues with no cover, along with drink specials and perks. To sign up, check out 

The sixth annual Save Second Base Pub Crawl will take place at noon The Local Chandler, 55 W. Chicago St., Chandler. All proceeds will go to Sonya Wade, a local mother battling breast cancer. Admission is $60 and includes food, swag bags, two drinks at each bar and a State48 T-shirt. Go to for more information. 

Sunday, Oct. 20

Volunteers are needed for Solidarity Not Charity, an event to feed those dealing with food scarcity, starting at 2 p.m. at the Phoenix Hostel & Cultural Center at 1026 N. Ninth St. People will help prepare vegan cuisine. More information can be found on this Facebook page: 

Monday, Oct. 21

“Targeting the Sacred: When Houses of Worship Come Under Attack” will take place at 7 p.m. in the Old Main Ballroom on the ASU campus in Tempe. A panel of experts will discuss recent attacks are a new phenomenon and what can be done to confront, minimize or eliminate them. Participating will be Anand Gopal (Columbia University), an award-winning journalist; Rev. Yolanda Pierce, dean of the Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C.; and George Selim, of the Anti-Defamation League. Admission is free; learn more at 

Tuesday, Oct. 22

The presentation “Women’s Contributions to the Modern Civil Rights Movement” will be held at 6 p.m. at AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park, 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe. Speaking will be Keith Miller, an English professor at Arizona State University and Kenja Hassan, Cultural Relations director of the Office of Government and Community Engagement at Arizona State University. To RSVP or for more information, contact or call 480-929-0292. Other details can be found at this Facebook page: 

Thursday, Oct. 24

The film <I>Councilwoman will be screened at 2401 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The film is about a hotel housekeeper who is also a councilwoman in Providence, Rhode Island. After the screening, a panel discussion will feature Phoenix City Councilmember Betty Guardado and union members, on Guardado's election and the upcoming political program for 2020. The event starts at 5 p.m., and admission is free. To learn more, go to 

The Fresh Start Women’s Foundation Celebration of Success will be held at 5:30 p.m. at 1130 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix. The group provides education, resources and support for women to “positively transform their lives and strengthen the community.” The celebration will include a light dinner. Admission is free; to register or for other details, visit 

Oct. 24 and 25

“Agents of Change: Futures of Hope, Futures of Concern,” a sustainability-related symposium, will take place Oct 24 and 25 in the Old Main Carson Ballroom on the ASU campus in Tempe. Panels, a keynote lecture and installations will focus on issues such as food, water, migration, labor, emotion, language and the built environment. To learn more or register, go to 

Saturday, Oct. 26 

The Targeted and Trafficked rally will take place at noon at Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. According to organizers, the rally focuses on “victims around the world that are being trafficked by neurological technology and other sophisticated computers built to track, hack and follow humans.” To learn more, visit 

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a Battle of the Bras Fashion Show will take place at 6 p.m. at Harrah's Ak-Chin Hotel & Casino, 15406 N. Maricopa Road, Maricopa, Ariz. Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and UltraStar Multi-Tainment Center employee teams will compete to determine the best bra and boxer short costume designs. Admission is free; to learn more, check out 

Monday, Oct. 28

The forum “Ethics and Intersectionality of the Sex Trade” will be held at 6 p.m. at UMOM New Day Centers, 3333 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix. This discussion parses out the complexities of sex trafficking and sex work by local experts, professionals, and activists. To learn more, go to

A monitoring of the San Pedro River will take place at 8 a.m. Volunteers are needed to take water samples and to make field observations. An RSVP is required so the Sierra Club has enough tools and materials. RSVP to Jennifer Martin at 602-423-6157 or Other information can be found at 

Tuesday, Oct. 29

A Youth, Know Your Rights Zine and Video Party will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Puente Human Rights Movement, 1937 W. Adams St., Phoenix. This youth-oriented event will include a workshop, free zines and release screening of our Know Your Rights video. Learn more at this Facebook page:

Friday, Nov. 1

Giveback Fridays will take place at 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, 2831 North 31st Ave., Phoenix. The Lizy Hoeffer Team is looking for volunteers. To learn more, go to 

Buffelgrass Blues Pulling Day will be held starting at 8 a.m. at Piestewa Peak Park, 2701 E. Squaw Peak Drive, Phoenix. Buffelgrass is invasive and is considered a major threat to Arizona’s native ecosystems. Volunteers should bring a water bottle, gloves, and wear sunscreen and appropriate clothing. Organizers will provide water, light snacks, tools and other equipment. Check out to learn more. 

Saturday, Nov. 2

Family Zoolights and Fundraiser will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy. Proceeds raised will go towards helping families in Southern Africa. The event will include a family style meal, a private viewing of the holiday Zoolights, hands-on activity stations to learn about the Orchard: Africa four programs, free carousel rides and raffle items. Go to for more information or tickets.

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