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Oct. 13 To 24

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Protestor at last year's New York City SlutWalk. Photo by Davis Shankbone and used under a Creative Commons license.
Highlighted Events Include SlutWalk, A Native American Parade, A Dialogue On Civility, And An Arab American Heritage Festival

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 13, 2012 — SlutWalk Tempe — a march and rally to raise awareness about “inaccurate and discriminatory attitudes toward victims of sexual violence” — will be held beginning at 2 p.m., Oct. 20, Tempe Town Lake.

The Phoenix event was held for the first time last October, inspired by an April 2011 event in Toronto. The first SlutWalk was sparked after a Toronto police officer informed a group of law students that he believed the best way to avoid sexual assault is to "stop dressing like sluts." Students and Toronto citizens took to the streets, some in provocative clothing, carrying signs reading "It's not my fault" "Blame the rapist, not my skirt" "Consent is a YES, not a low cut blouse."

Much of the same is expected at Tempe Town Lake Oct. 20. Approximately 100 people took part in the SlutWalk Tempe event in Oct. 2011.

“Whether you are a victim of sexual assault, know someone who is, or just want to see a change made in societies view of rape, you are welcome to come,” according to organizers.

Participants are encouraged to bring sunscreen, water, signs and friends. Cardboard and paint will also be available at the prior to the beginning of the walk sign.

For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/117907638356502/ or http://slutwalkphoenix.wordpress.com/

Oct. 13

The Native American Connections Parade, featuring floats, music and marchers, will begin at 9 a.m., Oak and Third streets, Phoenix and travel to Steele Indian School Park. The theme of this year’s parade is "Strenghthening the Future of Native Americans through Sports, Health and Wellness!" Visit www.nacparade.org to complete registration forms, volunteer, sign up, or for additional information.

More than 100 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/

Democrats are organizing flash mobs in Phoenix to participate in simultaneous flash mobs to show their support for President Barack Obama in conjunction with 18 other cities at 11 a.m. Those interested should email PhoenixDanceForObama@gmail.com.

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 a.m. Cost is $25 per person. For more information, contact Laurie Cirrincione at crinkster54@q.com or 520-625-3133.

Anyone who has ever dreamt of having a police officer serve them food will find their dreams have come true from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Red Robin, 1636 S. Stapley Drive, Mesa. All tips given to the officers will be donated to Special Olympics. For more information, visit http://apps.mesaaz.gov/EventCalendar/Default.aspx?edtid=13597

A community activist fair will be held beginning at noon, Cesar Chavez Plaza, 201 W. Washington Street, Phoenix. For more information, visit firstfridayman@hotmail.com.

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. 14

The Occupy Phoenix Film Festival will begin at 6 p.m. at Aside of Heart, 901 N. 5th Street, Phoenix. Films to be shown at American Autumn, Precious Knowledge, and Vegucated. For more information, contact firstfridayman@hotmail.com.

Oct. 15

The Scottsdale Office of Diversity is sponsoring a Civil Dialogue Series, “Listen Up, A Community Conversation on Civility,” from 6 to 8 p.m., Civic Center Library Auditorium, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale. Speakers include Fred Duval of the  National Institute for Civil Discourse; Dr. Matthew Whitaker, Arizona Humanities Council Project Civil Discourse; and Lisa Urias, a regional expert on civil rights and communications. For more information and to register, visit http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Events/Civil_Dialogue_Series___Listen_Up___A_Community_Conversation_on_Civility_s_p14718?EventMode=View&EventOccurrence=0

“The Catholic Conscience,” Theology on Tap PHX’s second event in their three-part political series will begin at 7 p.m., Ajo Als, 5101 N. 16th Street, Phoenix. According to organizers the event will feature Fr. John Ehrich, Medical Ethics Director for the Phoenix Diocese, who will, “target the ‘non-negotiables’ as he unpacks this great topic of faith.” For more information, visit
http://eventful.com/phoenix_az/events/theology-tap-phx-political-series-oct-15th-/E0-001-050660327-4

The Orquesta de Camara Concierto Sur chamber octet from Cienfuegos, Cuba, will perform a four-movement symphony written to commemorate the opening of a cultural dialogue between the U.S. and Cuba, beginning at 7:30 p.m., Tempe Center for the Arts Theater, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. For more information, visit https://tempe.gov/index.aspx?page=20&recordid=5251

The second debate between Arizona’s U.S. Senate candidates will be televised at 6 p.m. on KUAT channel 6, Tucson. Democrat Richard Carmona, republican Jeff Flake and libertarian Mark Victor are expected to participate.

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.

No More Deaths Phoenix, a group dedicated to ending immigrants deaths in the Southwestern border desert-area, will hold their bi-weekly meeting at 7:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. For more information, visit http://nomoredeaths.org/ or email to firstfridayman@hotmail.com.

Oct. 17

The third debate between Arizona’s U.S. Senate candidates will be broadcast by KJZZ, 91.5 FM radio at 11 a.m. Democrat Richard Carmona, republican Jeff Flake and libertarian Mark Victor are expected to attend.

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.

A free class presented by Yogi Bhajan, “Meditation for a Peaceful Mind,” will be held beginning at 7 p.m., Worker Rights Center, 331 E. Willetta, Phoenix. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/508455435851259/

Young Americans for Liberty will host a debate on political issues at 7 p.m., Arizona State University, Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom, featuring liberal Ana Kasparian, conservative J.P. Freire, and libertarian Austin Petersen. For more information, visit http://www.yaliberty.org/debates.

Oct. 18

Taliesen West tour guide and former urban planner Tony Lickteig will present a lecture on Frank Lloyd Wright at 7 p.m., Shemer Art Center and Museum, 5005 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. For more information, call 602-262-4727.

The Arizona Advocacy Network will be hosting its Arizona Advocates Taking Charge Annual Networking Reception on Oct. 18. Although details are scant, the Arizona Advocacy Network is working to bring a popular national talk show host to the event. Contact Sam Wercinski at Sam@AZadvocacy.org or 602-297-2500 for more information.

Local activists will hold a discussion on the Arizona Ballot propositions, including libertarian and green party viewpoints, at 7 p.m., Fair Trade Cafe, 1020 N. First Ave., Phoenix. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/392211214184976/

The film, As Goes Janesville, which follows laid-off workers, business leaders and a state senator caught in the middle of Wisconsin's labor wars, will be shown at 6 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa. Admission is free. For more information, call http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/Special-Engagements/asgoesjanesville

Oct. 20

Actress Jane Seymour and her husband, actor James Keach, will participate in a daylong event beginning at 8:30 a.m at the Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix in support of Camp Golden Eagle. A golf tournament will kick things off, followed by VIP reception at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. The camp provides medically safe camping programs for children 7 to 15 with serious illnesses, and their families. For more information, visit http://charityhappenings.org/camp_soaring_eagle_annual_golfgala_hosted_by_jane_seymour.html

Students for Liberty Arizona will be hosting a regional conference at Arizona State University, 699 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe beginning at 9 a.m. Speakers will include Matt Welch of Reason Magazine, Yaron Brook, President Ayn Rand Institute, Clint Bolick of the Goldwater Institute, Professor Michael Thomas of Utah State University, Trevor  Burrus of the Cato Institute and others. For more information, visit http://studentsforliberty.org/event/arizona-regional-conference/

Juan Bautista de Anza Day — a free, living history celebration of Indian, Mexican and Spansish clonial periods in Arizona history — will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Tubac Presidio, 1 Burruel Street, Tubac. For more information, visit http://azstateparks.com/Parks/TUPR/index.html

The Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave., will present a free presentation, “Arizona Animal Encounters: Arizona Mammals,” at 11 a.m. For more information, call 602-468-6470 or visit http://riosalado.audubon.org/.

The Second Annual SlutWalk Tempe — a march and rally to raise awareness about inaccurate and discriminatory attitudes toward victims of sexual violence — will be held beginning at  2 p.m., Tempe Town Lake. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/117907638356502/

The 2012 Arab American Festival will be held Oct. 21 and 22 from noon to 9 p.m., Steele Indian School Park Memorial Hall, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Admission is $5 for those older than 12. The five areas of the festival are: entertainment, kids zone, hookah lounge, international food court, and vendors. For more information, visit www.ArabAmericanFestival.com

Oct. 21

The Animal Defense League of Arizona, Animal Advocates of Arizona, Grand Canyon Chapter of Sierra Club, and Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center will present “Lions, Wolves and Bears,” an exciting free event at 2 p.m., 27026 N. 156th Street, Scottsdale. The presentation will discuss the status and policies affecting these animals in Arizona. Activities include an optional free tour of the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. Register at http://lions-wolves-bears.eventbrite.com.

The AZ Interfaith Communities will assemble to get out the vote at 4 p.m., Cesar Chavez Plaza, 201 W. Washington Street, Phoenix. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/358360134249037/

Oct. 22

The third presidential debate between President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney will be on televised live from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.debates.org.

A forum on the Valley Metro proposed rate increases will be held at 6 p.m., Tempe Transportation Center 200 E. Fifth Street, Tempe. Increases are for all Valley Metro services, including bus fare and light rail. For more information, visit http://www.valleymetro.org/farechange/comparison

"TOT Q&A Night,” Theology on Tap PHX’s third event in their three-part political series will begin at 7 p.m., Ajo Als, 5101 N. 16th Street, Phoenix. According to organizers the event will feature Fr. John Ehrich, Medical Ethics Director for the Phoenix Diocese, Alan Sears of the Alliance Defending Freedom, and the Rev. Christopher Fraser of the Diocese of Phoenix's Judicial Vicar and Canon Law Expert For more information, visit
http://eventful.com/phoenix_az/events/theology-tap-phx-political-series-oct-15th-/E0-001-050660327-4

Oct. 23

Two forums on the Valley Metro proposed rate increases will be held at 6 p.m. One will be at the City of Chandler Council Chambers, 88 E. Chicago Street, Chandler, and the other at Cesar Chavez Library, 3635 W. Baseline Road, Laveen. Increases are for all Valley Metro services, including bus fare and light rail. For more information, visit http://www.valleymetro.org/farechange/comparison

Oct. 24

Three forums on the Valley Metro proposed rate increases will be held Oct. 24. The first, at noon, will be at the Valley Metro Boardroom 101 N. 1st Ave., Phoenix. The other two will be at 6 p.m. One will be at the City of Glendale Council Chambers 5850 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale and the other at Cholla Library Multipurpose Room, 10050 Metro Parkway, Phoenix. Increases are for all Valley Metro services, including bus fare and light rail. For more information, visit http://www.valleymetro.org/farechange/comparison

The Centennial Theatre Foundation will present Goldwater: Mr. Conservative at the Plotkin Cutler Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver Street, Phoenix. Shows will be daily from Oct. 24 to 27. For more information, visit https://azjhs.org/

Oct. 25

The fourth and only debate in front of a live audience between Arizona’s U.S. Senate candidates will be held beginning at 12:30 p.m. at 6 p.m. at Arizona Western College, Yuma. Democrat Richard Carmona, republican Jeff Flake and libertarian Mark Victor are expected to participate.

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

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