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The Consciousness Calendar is published weekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to: generalcontact@moderntimesmagazine.com.
Featured Is A Protest At The Capitol. Also Highlighted Are Community Meetups, A Discussion On 3D Printing, Bookstore Events, The Bitcoin Summit, And Much More

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

March 1, 2015 —More than 1,000 people are expected to join together Thursday at 4:15 p.m. at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix to protest Gov. Doug Ducey and the legislature’s plan to further cut education spending in the state.

“Lets make our voices heard and let the Governor know we are tired of the cuts to education,” says the organizing group’s Facebook page. “If you are a teacher or a concerned parent or community member, please share this so we can get representation on Thursday. Even if you can't go, others may be able to attend. The cuts have to stop. Our teachers and students deserve better.”

Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget includes 10 percent cuts to universities, and about a 5 percent reduction to public schools. From 2009 to 2012, the state cut education funding by more than $500 million.

Organizers say this is is a family friendly event and the event is scheduled to run until at least 6:30 p.m. so late arrivals are welcomed.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events
/444323762387359/


Monday, March 2

Should 3-D Gun Printing Be Banned? Discussion from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at University of Advancing Technology, 2625 West Baseline Road, Tempe. The Phoenix Federalist Society & the University of Advancing Technology present a discussion on the topic of 3-D printing firearms and the constitutionality of it. law professor Josh Blackman and FBI Special Agent Martin Hellmer will be on hand to speak. This is a free event. For more information and to register visit the event page at. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=440306356116161&story_fbid=629792970500831.

Tuesday, March 3

A group is organizing a gathering at the ASU provost's office in Tempe at 11:30 a.m.
to support diversity on campus and push back against white supremacists who have been organizing on the campus. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/329823423892347/

Palo Verde Group Conservation Committee Meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Los Olivos Quality Inn, 202 E McDowell Road, Phoenix. This monthly meeting focuses on national, state, and local conservation policies as well as desert preservation, forest protection and other such issues. The meeting is open to members and non-members alike. For more information contact Don Steuter at 602-956-5057 dsteuter@hotmail.com or visit the organizations page at https://sites.google.com/site/paloverdegroup/activities-calendar.

Thursday, March 5

Philip Connors: All the Wrong Places at 7 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Award winning author Philip Connors will be at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix to discuss his latest book, All the Wrong Places. The book is an account of his brothers death and how he found solace in the wilderness. The event is open to the public. For more information visit the event page at http://www.changinghands.com/event/connors-mar2015.

More than 1,000 people are expected to join together Thursday at 4:15 p.m. at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix to protest Gov. Doug Ducey and the legislature’s plan to further cut education spending in the state. Organizers say this is is a family friendly event and the event is scheduled to run until at least 6:30 p.m. so late arrivals are welcomed. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/444323762387359/

Saturday, March 6

Feminism Today, a group invitational of 13 prominent female artists working in Arizona will have an opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid, 214 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. Artists featured in this exhibition include Kristin Bauer, Christine Cassano, Cherie Buck Hutchinson, Mimi Jardine, Melissa Martinez, Monica Aissa Martinez, Constance McBride, Lara Plecas, Irma Sanchez, Mary Shindell, Beth Ames Swartz, Marilyn Szabo and Denise Yaghmourian. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/737328936380309.

Saturday, March 7

Roy Zimmerman: Satirical Songster Dude, at 6 p.m. at the Humanist Center, 627 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa. Sponsored by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Roy Zimmerman will be performing a show with his songs full of political satire with topics ranging from gay marriage to Republicans. This is a free show to the public, but donations will be accepted. For more information visit the event page at http://www.hsgp.org/Upcoming-Events.

Discuss Plato’s Dialogue “Meno” at 2 p.m. at Paradise Bakery, 7000 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix. This discussion will be based around the great philosopher Plato’s work “Meno,” which will be used as a jumping off point for a more broad discussion. For those interested in attending, a copy of the dialogue can be found here http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/meno.html . For more information, visit the event page at http://www.meetup.com/PHX-philosophy/events/220705457/.

A group advocating establishing a black business district in Phoenix will be meeting at 1 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Library, 3635 W. Baseline Road, Phoenix. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/754370007992933/

Sunday, March 8

11th Annual Fallen Officer Memorial 5K Walk/Run from 7 to 11 a.m. at Wesley Bolin Plaza, 1700 West Washington, Phoenix. This community event and fundraiser is intended to honor and remember Arizona’s police officers who have died in the line of duty. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and the Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Charity. For more information and to register for the event, visit the event page at https://copsarizona.org/civicrm/event/info?id=35&reset=1.

Monday, March 9

The AFL-CIO is hosting a “Day of Action” at the Arizona Legislature, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix beginning at 7 a.m. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/868510299858863/

Thursday, March 12

Lower Burro Creek Wilderness Inventory from 10:30 a.m. Thursday March 12 to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15 at The Kingman Field Office. This trip will be used to inventory lands in the Kingman resource area. This will be a difficult hike, so those who are not physically prepared should not attend. There will be one night of car camping and two nights of dispersed camping. For more information, visit the event page at. http://azwild.org/action/events.php.

A community discussion on “white privilege” will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Disability Empowerment Center, conference room B, 5025 E. Washington St., Phoenix. According to the group organizing the event, “This workshop will explore the root causes of white privilege and its impact on solving social challenges.” For more information, visit http://azcaa.org/events/member-events/#!event/2015/3/13/confronting-white-privilege-phoenix-1   

Friday, March 13

Andrew Smith: The Alex Crow from at 7 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 West Camelback Road, Phoenix. Andrew Smith will be speaking about his new book, The Alex Crow, as part of his Keep YA Weird campaign. Smith has been called the spiritual heir to Kurt Vonnegut and has won multiple awards for his work. This is a free event and is open to the public. For more information visit the event page at http://www.changinghands.com/event/smith-mar2015.

Saturday, March 14

Ancient Technology Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 East Washington St, Phoenix. The Pueblo Grande Museum will be hosting the 15th annual Ancient Technology Day, which will allow attendees to try their hands at traditional technology such as spears and cooking methods. This event is free to the public. For more information contact the museum at 602-495-0901 or visit the event page at http://www.visitarizona.com/events-calendar/ancient-technology-day-03-14-2015.

The Bitcoin Summit 2015 will be held March 14 and 15 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel, 2620 W. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix. Speakers will present information on Bitcoin and how it might impact society in the future. Full registration is $75, which includes $25 in Bitcoin. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/588742437922373/

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