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Dec. 14 To 28

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Sculptor Joseph Kincannon and an assistant pose by one of the Bill of Rights slabs. Image courtesy MyBillofRights.org.
Featured This Week Is The Dedication of The First Monument For The Bill Of Rights And A Goldwater Institute Hosted Debate On Unions For Government Workers

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Dec. 14, 2012 — There are two two featured events this week. The first is the dedication of the first monument to the Bill of Rights and the other is a Goldwater Institute-sponsored debate on the role of unions in government.

America's first monument of the Bill of Rights will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Wesley Bolin Plaza, 1700 W. Washington Street, directly across from the Arizona Capitol complex. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Congresswoman-elect Kyrsten Sinema and others will be on hand to accept the monument on behalf of the people of Arizona and the city of Phoenix.

The project was spearheaded by MyBillofRights.org, a nonpartisan nonprofit founded by writer/comedian Chris Bliss.

"The Bill of Rights is the most powerful and successful assertion of individual rights and liberties ever written; one of history's most important and influential documents" says Bliss. "And yet it's barely taught in our schools any more, and nowhere to be found in our public square. Until now, that is."

The monument was designed and sculpted by Joseph Kincannon of Kincannon Studios in Austin, Texas. The design consists of a sequence of ten individual limestone monoliths, 7 to 8 1/2 feet tall, arrayed across the crest of an arcing hillside, facing the capitol.

The monument's $400,000 budget was raised privately, with Newman's Own Foundation providing initial seed money. Bliss's comedy brethren then joined in, raising over $125,000 via an all-star comedy concert at Phoenix Symphony Hall this past May, headlined by Lewis Black, and featuring comedy legends Tommy Smothers and Dick Gregory; along with Steven Wright, Bill Engvall, Kathleen Madigan, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Father Guido Sarducci.

Final phase funding was completed with leadership gifts from Arizona's business and legal communities, along with grants from the Rodel Foundation of Arizona, The Herberger Foundation, and the Arizona Community Foundation, and over 1,000 small contributors in 43 states.

For more information, visit www.MyBillofRights.org

The Goldwater Institute, 500 East Coronado Road, Phoenix, will host a debate on the future of government unions from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. The first half-hour of the debate will be broadcast on Channel 3 in Phoenix. The anti-union stance will be put forward by Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute and the Roman Ulman, executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will present the pro-union side. Seating is limited, so the Goldwater Institute is asking those wishing to attend to RSVP today by emailing Michael Pfeifer at mpfeifer@goldwaterinstitute.org or by calling 602-462-5000, ext. 274.
                   

Friday, Dec. 14

Local activists will protest Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold, 333 N. Central Ave., Phoenix beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by a concert at Aside of Heart, 901 N. Fifth St., Phoenix. Visit www.facebook.com/events/153815344763409/ and
http://www.facebook.com/events/450447581665291/ for more information.

Saturday, Dec. 15

America's first monument of the Bill of Rights will be dedicated at 10 a.m. at Wesley Bolin Plaza, 1700 W. Washington Street, directly across from the Arizona Capitol complex. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will be on hand to accept the monument on behalf of the people of Arizona and the host City of Phoenix. For more information, visit www.MyBillofRights.org

The 2012 Arizona Activists Patriot Roast and Fundraiser will be held between 6 and 10 p.m. at Filiberto’s Bar and Mexican Restaurant, 7111 E. Thomas Road, Scottsdale. Marc J. Victor and Ernest Hancock will be the special guests. For more information and to buy tickets, visit http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Article/122768-2012-11-18-2012-arizona-activist-patriot-roast-fundraiser.htm

Lawn Gnome Publishing, 905 N. Fifth St., Phoenix, will host a “Solidarity With the Environment. No Tar Sands! No 202!” from 7 to 10 p.m. featuring Neurotic Pleasures, Shining Soul, and The Hourglass Cats. Admission is a $5 donation.

Sunday, Dec. 16

The Goldwater Institute, 500 E. Coronado Road, Phoenix, will host a debate on the future of government unions from 5:15 to 7 p.m. The first half-hour of the debate will be broadcast on Channel 3 in Phoenix. The anti-union stance will be put forward by Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute and the Roman Ulman, executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will present the pro-union side. Seating is limited, so the Goldwater Institute is asking those wishing to attend to RSVP today by emailing Michael Pfeifer at mpfeifer@goldwaterinstitute.org or by calling 602-462-5000, ext. 274.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board will hold an open meeting at 10 a.m., at the AZ POST facility, located at 2643 E. University Drive, Phoenix, to discuss final action on five cases and the introduction of 21 new cases against police officers and two members of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. For more information, visit www.azpost.state.az.us/Calendar/Docs_2012/Dec19,2012Agenda.pdf

Friday, Dec. 21

Congressman Ed Pastor will hold his annual holiday dance beginning at 8 p.m. at Corona Ranch, 7611 S. 29th Ave., Phoenix. Music will be by Barrio Lation and DJ Dragon. For more information, contact info@edpastor.com.

The Consciousness Calendar is published weekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to: generalcontact@moderntimesmagazine.com.
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