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Consciousness Calendar

Oct. 23 To Nov. 6

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A piece of protest art created by GMO Free USA.
Featured Event Is A Protest March Down Central Avenue To Bring Attention To Kellogg’s Use Of Genetically Modified Organisms In Food Products

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 23, 2012 — A GMO Free Phoenix: Occupy Kellogg’s Cereal public event and march will be held Oct. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m., beginning at Burton Barr Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

The Phoenix group is affiliated with a national movement that has been centering on Kellogg’s since the company donated more than $20,000 to California Prop. 37 opponents. That proposition would mandate warning labels on all food products that are, or include genetically modified organisms. Voters will decide on election day.

Genetically modified crops are being grown across the world for many reasons, chiefly to activate higher levels of BT toxins that make them able to warrant off pests. Although the companies that have created these crops claim they are safe for human ingestion, there have been no research done to assess the long-term impacts to humans.

Recent clinical research has shown that they may or may not be harmful. Activists against GMO use for human food say without verifiable proof, the potential fallout — including cancer and a host of other maladies — is too important to ignore.

GMO Free USA and is cooperating local groups have been using the Kellogg’s Facebook page to inform customers the company is opposed to California’s GMO labeling law since June. For more information, visit the Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/events/428185670571468/


Tuesday, 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 St, 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

Wednesday, 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/

Thursday, Oct. 25

A debate 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.

Valley activists, spearheaded by LUCHA, will host a “community speak-out” at 3:30 p.m., Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, to tell Gov. Jan Brewer to reverse her decision to give driver’s licenses to “Dream Kids.” For more information, visit the Facebook event page, http://www.facebook.com/events/363780823707684/

Randall Amster, executive director of Peace & Justice Studies Association and a professor at Prescott College, will present a lecture, Seeking Justice in Arizona at 4 p.m., West Hall, Arizona State University. For more information, visit http://humanities.asu.edu/calendar/seeking-justice-arizona-lecture

The Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project will hold a benefit happy hour to raise funds for its efforts beginning at 5:30 p.m., Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. For more information, visit http://eventful.com/phoenix_az/events/journey-hope-happy-hour-battered-womens-legal-ad-/E0-001-049039386-5#box-details

A city of Mesa Neighborhood Outreach Office will host a roof rat community meeting at 6:30 p.m., Entz Elementary School, 4132 E. Adobe, Mesa. Maricopa County Vector Control Field Supervisor David Guerreri will make a presentation and city staff will be available to answer questions. For more information, visit www.maricopa.gov/envsvc/VectorControl.

Two forums on the Valley Metro proposed rate increases will be held Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. One will be at Arcadia High School Conference Room, 4703 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix and the other at City of Mesa Utility Conference, 640 N. Mesa Drive, Mesa. Increases are for all Valley Metro services, including bus fare and light rail. For more information, visit http://www.valleymetro.org/farechange/comparison

The Willcox Tea Party are hosting former Border Patrol Agent Zack Taylor, who will present them with an “intelligence briefing” about violence along the U.S. border with Mexico. For more information, visit http://arizonateaparty.ning.com/events/willcox-tea-party

Friday, Oct. 26

Two Americans, an independent film by Dan DeVivo and Valeria Fernandez will make its theatrical debut Oct. 26 at Harkins Shea, 147354 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. Five show times will be held throughout the day, beginning at 11:15 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m.. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/513680575310869/

Ignite Phoenix No. 13 will be held at 6:30 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. Speakers will present five-minute presentations. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit http://www.ignitephoenix.com/

Saturday, Oct. 27

Farm Sanctuary, a national farm-animal protection organization will host a Walk For Farm Animals Event beginning at 9:30 a.m., Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. Third St., Phoenix. Registration is $25. For more information, visit  http://www.facebook.com/events/437985029558583/ or http://www.walkforfarmanimals.org/about/

A GMO Free Phoenix: Occupy Kellogg’s Cereal public event will held from 1 to 4 p.m., Burton Barr Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The group has been using the company's Facebook page to inform customers the company is opposed to California’s GMO labelling law. For more information, visit the Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/events/428185670571468/

Arizona Republican candidates will be appearing at a rally from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. featuring actor Steven Seagal, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Rep. Jeff Flake and others at Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa. For more information, contact Lori Urban, gopgal@azgop.org or by calling 602-957-7770

The Center for Bioethical Reform will hold a pro-life strategy conference from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Roosevelt Community Church, 924 N. First St., Phoenix. The conference will present ideas to end abortion in America through, “the use of effective social reform strategies.” For more information, visit http://eventful.com/phoenix_az/events/2012-cbr-az-prolife-strategy-conference-free-/E0-001-051590225-6

Sunday, Oct. 28

Arizona Walk Now for Autism 2012 will be held beginning at 8 a.m., Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. For more information, visit http://www.walknowforautism.org

Monday, Oct. 29

James Morone, a professor and chair of political science at Brown University will give a free talk, Saints, Sinners and Power: The Role of Religion in a Secular Government, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Old Main, Arizona State University. For more information, visit http://csrc.asu.edu/programs/alternative-visions/saints-sinners-and-power-role-religion-secular-governmenta-lecture-jame

The Commission on Compensation for Elected Officials will host a meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the lower level of Mesa Council Chambers, 57 E. First St., Mesa.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

The anti-immigration film, They Come To America will have a free screening at 7 p.m., Pollack Tempe Theatres, 1825 E. Elliot Road, Tempe. Film-maker Dennis Michael Lynch will also be available for questions. To get in free, mention you are a "Friend of RidersUSA." For more information, visit http://phoenixteaparty.ning.com/events/event/show?id=3782906%3AEvent%3A170388&commentId=3782906%3AComment%3A170922&xg_source=activity

Saturday, Nov. 3

Mesa will host its Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods night Nov. 3. Neighborhoods are encouraged to get together and have a block party between 4 and 9 p.m. The party has to be registered with the police department and will include a specialty unit visit. Information and registration at www.mesaaz.gov/police/GAIN.aspx.

Sunday, Nov. 4

A Zumba marathon benefiting the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation of Phoenix will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Scottsdale Pavilions, 9175 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale. Registration is $25. For more information and registration, email emily@scottsdalestreetfair.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 6

The Arizona Republican Party will hold an election night celebration beginning at 7 p.m., Hyatt Regency Sundance Room, 122 N. Second St., Phoenix. Cost is $75 and they are also requesting donations of blankets, children’s clothes and toys for veterans. For more information, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/org/2531646336?s=10567706

The Arizona Democratic Party will host their election night celebration beginning at 7 p.m., Renaissance Downtown, Grand Ballroom, 50 E. Adams St., Phoenix. Everyone is invited and entrance is free. For more information, contact Rebecca Pringle at 602-234-6821 or rpringle@azdem.org.

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

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