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Oct. 3 To 17

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A discussion of solitary confinement in the penal system will be held Oct. 11 in Phoenix.

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Highlighted Events Include Presentation On The Impact Of Solitary Confinement On Mental Acuity And A Bevy Of Political Events

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 3, 2012 — Featured event is a dialogue, “Solitary Confinement of the Mentally Ill,” hosted by David's Hope, an education and advocacy agency designed to provide people living with mental illness, from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix.

The featured speaker will be Matthew Lowen of American Friends Services Committee who will be sharing the highlights of a recently released report, Lifetime Lockdown, which he co-authored. Lowen is the Program Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee, or AFSC, office in Tucson. He has worked with AFSC since 2005, focusing largely on issues of solitary confinement and mass incarceration. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice, Peace, and Conflict Studies from Eastern Mennonite University and is finishing a Master’s Degree in Geography at the University of Arizona.

David's Hope is a Phoenix based group dedicated to bringing humane treatment to Arizona's inmate population, focusing on respect of human rights and individual dignity as the foundation to enable former prisoners to successfully reintegrate into communities.

RSVP to mbrncik@yahoo.com. For more information, contact Mary Lou Brncik at 602-774-4382 or visit davidshopeaz.org.

Oct. 3

East Valley Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team will hold a meeting at the Mesa Police Department Red Mountain Station 4333 E. University Drive, Mesa, at 10 a.m.

The first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney will be on televised live from Denver, Colo., beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.debates.org.

The League of Women Voters of Arizona, The Public Interest Group, Alliance for Retired Americans, Planned Parenthood and Children’s Action Alliance are hosting a presentation entitled, “The Health Care Act & You…Fact & Fiction” at 4423 N. 24th Street, suite 500, Phoenix, at noon. For more information and to RSVP, e-mail to info@lwvmetrophoenix.org or call 480-966-9031.

Oct. 4

The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson, American Association of University Women, Sustainable Tucson, and Temple Emanu-El will present a free forum for candidates for Arizona’s Corporation Commission, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 225 N. Country Club Road. For more information, call 520-327-7652 or 520-326-3018.

Oct. 5

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People — East Valley Branch of Arizona will host their annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Mission Palms Resort, 60 E. Fifth Street, Tempe. The theme of the awards banquet is "From the Ballot Box to the Boardroom — Marching Forward for Social Justice.” Keynote speaker will be Dr. Neal Lester, associate vice president Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development and English Professor at Arizona State University. City of Tempe Councilman Cory Woods, Honorary Chair and Arizona State University Gammage Director, Colleen Jennings Roggensack will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies. For tickets or more information, call 480-442-1222 or e-mail evnaacp@gmail.com.

Oct. 6

An Arizona Survivalist and Prepper Expo will be held at the Arizona Wing Commemorative Air Force Museum 2017 N. Greenfield Road, Mesa, beginning at 9 a.m. Admission is $10. For more information, visit http://www.meetup.com/RonPaulPhoenix/events/81671292/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

The Partnership for a Drug Free America, Arizona Affiliate, will hold its annual Mall Walk beginning at 8 a.m. at Scottsdale Fashion Square. It is $28 to walk if registered before the day of event and $35 Oct. 6. For more information, visit http://www.drugfreeaz.org/walk

The Arizona Wilderness Coalition will be hosting their Fifth Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at ASU Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th Street, Tempe. The films that will be screened include Viva la Verde! and Last of the Great Unknown. For more information, visit http://azwild.org/action/filmfest2012.php

The End the War Coalition and its member groups, Arizona Alliance for Peace and Justice, CODEPINK Phoenix, Progressive Democrats of America – Phoenix Chapter, Veterans for Peace Phoenix and Women In Black Phoenix will host, “11 years of War in Afghanistan - End It Now!” at 5:30 p.m. at 24th Street and Camelback Road, Phoenix. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/417428548317580/

Oct. 7

Activists associated with Occupy Phoenix will hold two events Oct. 7 at Aside of the Heart, 901 N 5th St, Phoenix. The first, beginning at 3 p.m., will be a discussion of communism and socialism and whether they are reliable options to capitalism.For more information, visit, http://www.facebook.com/events/113241482159805/ Then, at 6:30 p.m., they will host an Occupy Phoenix one-year planning meeting.

Oct. 9

The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson, Pima Community College and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host a forum for candidates for Congressional District No. 3, in the Proscenium Theater at Pima Community College’s West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road at 6 p.m. All candidates have been invited. For more information, call 520-327-7652 or 520-326-3018.

Oct. 10

The Expect More Arizona PAC, which is supporting Arizona ballot propositions 118 and 204, are supporting a day of action Oct. 10. The PAC is not hosting a large event, but are encouraging supporters of the two propositions to plan flash mobs, wear a Vote 4 Education t-shirt, tweet candidates with an “I Vote 4 Education” message using #Vote4Ed hashtag, and sending Facebook messages. For more information, visit http://www.expectmorearizona.org/do-more/vote-4-education/tenten/

The Arizona Democratic Party will welcome Phoenix Suns great and current Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to their Hall of Fame Dinner which will begin at 6 p.m. at Sheraton Downtown Phoenix Hotel, 340 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix. Cost to attend ranges from $125 for a single seat to $25,000 for a sponsorship. For more information,  contact Rebecca Pringle at rpringle@azdem.org or 602-234-6821.

Oct. 11

The first vice-presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan will be on televised live from Danville, Ky., beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.debates.org.

The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale will host a Post Primary Mayoral and City Council Candidates' Forum beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Senior Center at Granite Reef, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale. For more information, contact Sonnie Kirtley at 602-717-3886 or cogsaz@cox.net.

David's Hope, an education and advocacy agency designed to provide people living with mental illness, is hosting a dialogue, “Solitary Confinement of the Mentally Ill,” on from 2 to 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St. Phoenix. The featured speaker will be Mathew Lowen of American Friends Services Committee who will be sharing the highlights of a recently released report, Lifetime Lockdown. RSVP to mbrncik@yahoo.com. For more information, contact Mary Lou Brncik at 602-774-4382 or visit davidshopeaz.org.

Oct. 13

Supporters of the democratic party, President Barack Obama and candidate for Maricopa County Sheriff, Paul Penzone, are expected to rally on the corner of Thomas Road and Central Avenue beginning at 11 a.m. Oct. 13. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/440639862646121/

Kyrsten Sinema, democratic candidate for Arizona Congressional District No. 9, will attend a Democratic Women in Action Luncheon, at the Lavender Restaurant, 77 E. Paseo de Golf, Green Valley Country Club in Green Valley. The event will begin at 11:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. For more information, contact Laurie Cirrincione at crinkster54@q.com or 520-625-3133.

Campaign Against Marijuana Prohibition in Arizona is holding their Second Annual Arizona Canna Kush Expo, beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 and 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Club 910, 910 N. McClintock Drive, Tempe. The event will feature live music, comedy, food, cannabis trivia, vendors, beauty, fashion and cannabis awareness and will be hosted by local comedian Sean McCarthy and friends. San Diego reggae sensation Sunny Rude is the featured band. For more information, visit http://camp420.net/arizona-canna-kush-medical-marijuana-expo-2012/

Oct. 16

The second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney will be on televised live from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.debates.org.

Oct. 17

The Glendale Tea Party will be hosting a debate between the two candidates for mayor of the city of Glendale, Manny Cruz, and Jerry Weiers, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 29, 6821 N. 58th Ave., Glendale.

For entertainment and fun events in Arizona, visit http://www.arizonaguide.com/events-calendar

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