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Jan. 12 to 26

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One of many that support immigrant rights to be a civil right. Image by Neve Otseog and used under the terms of a Creative Commons license.
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Spotlighted Is An Immigration Reform March From Downtown Phoenix To Glendale, A Tent City Vigil, A Discussion On Censorship, And A Visit By Sen. Al Franken


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Jan. 12, 2013 — A 10-mile march is planned from the Fourth Avenue Jail, 201 S. Fourth Ave., Phoenix, to the city of Glendale police headquarters, 6835 N. 57th Drive, Glendale beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 19 in order to promote the cause of immigration reform.

Tonatierra, known as the indigenous people’s assembly, will lead the event with support from other organizations like Occupy Phoenix. According to organizers, the intent of the march is to send a message by “Earthgram with the rumbling of our feet,” to ask for immigration reform that protects families and provides humane treatment in a system often associated with beatings and death.

Everyone is welcomed to show their support at any point along the march route — expected to be along Grand Avenue. Tonatierra has been active in trying to get Phoenix to become a human rights city as done recently in Eugene, Ore., so as to recognize the rights of humans as seen in the UN declaration of Human Rights for all people. Such an action would recognize rights for migrants and indigenous people and might require Phoenix to change its policies.

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Saturday, Jan. 12

The Arizona Green Party will be holding their annual meeting from noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Harmon Branch of the Phoenix public library system, 1325 S. Fifth Ave., Phoenix. Activities will include county and national chapter reports as well as the nomination and election of Arizona officers. For more information, visit

Sunday, Jan. 13

The Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix will present peaker Dianne Post as she speaks about the scourge of prostitution from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Humanist Community Center, 627 W. 8th Street, Mesa. Post, an attorney, has been fighting against prostitution throughout the world for more than 26 years. For more information, visit and

The Arizona Foundation for Contemporary Theology will host the Rev. Bruce Sanguin as he speaks about Evolutionary Christianity beginning at 6 p.m., Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Sanguin is minister of Canadian Memorial United Church and Centre for Peace in Vancouver, B.C. and supports updating the theology and practice of churches in light of the reality of evolutionary processes. Admission is $10 and $5 for students. For more information, visit or

Monday, Jan. 14

The Arizona Legislature will open their 51st session Jan. 14 and several groups will make appearances on the capitol grounds in order to make their voices heard. Those who have organized include the Center for Arizona Policy who will meet at the flagpole between the Senate and House chambers at 7:30 a.m. for a prayer meeting. A host of groups are spotlighting women's issues, including the National Organization of Women, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and many others who will be gathering at 10:30 a.m. LGBT activists are gathering at 11:30 a.m. Those advocating for Gov. Jan Brewer to allow DREAM Act kids to obtain a driver’s license will gather at 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

On the second day of the legislative session, the Arizona Association of Realtors will host Realtor Day at the capitol. Activities will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit

Wednesday, Jan. 16

The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board will hold an open meeting at 10 a.m., at the AZ POST facility, 2643 E. University Drive, Phoenix, to discuss final action on cases and the introduction of new cases against Arizona police officers accused of malfeasance. For more information, visit

The Human Equal Rights Organization, a group advocating equal rights for all, will host a town hall on the election of President Barack Obama from 6 to 7 p.m. at One Voice Community Center, 4442 N. Seventh Ave., suite 8, Phoenix. For more information, visit

Thursday, Jan. 17

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce will host a reception for Gov. Jan Brewer and a kickoff for the 2013 legislative session from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. For more information, visit

The Puente Human Rights Movement is spearheading a vigil and demonstration outside of Tent City, 3131 W. Durango St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This event was organized after the death of a Tent City inmate earlier this month. For more information, visit

Saturday, Jan. 19

A 10-mile march is planned from the Fourth Avenue Jail, 201 S. Fourth Ave., Phoenix, to the city of Glendale police headquarters, 6835 N. 57th Drive, Glendale beginning at 8 a.m. in order to promote the cause of immigration reform. For more information, visit

Redefine, a pro-life conference, will be held beginning at 8 a.m. at Christ Church Lutheran, 3901 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Admission is $6 to $12. For more information, visit

An event denouncing the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the northwest corner of Mill Avenue and University Drive, Tempe. For more information, visit

Monday, Jan. 21

A tape-delayed replay of President Barack Obama’s inauguration will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Gus's Pizza Bar and Grill, 6135 N. 35th Ave., Phoenix. A $15 special event menu will be available. For more information, visit

Wednesday, Jan. 23

The Sierra Club will host a workshop to help residents become effective citizen “lobbyists” for the environment beginning at 6 p.m. at The Thorpe Center, 245 N. Thorpe Road, Flagstaff. Pizza will also be available. For more information, contact For more information and to RSVP, contact Sandy Bahr at 602-253-8633 or

Thursday, Jan. 24

Duy Le Kanh will present, “What is Censorship? How does it Work? What Impact does it Have?” beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Barrett Honors College on the ASU Tempe Campus. The event is free but registration is required. For more information, visit

Dean Stacy L. Leeds, dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law, will present “Whose Sovereignty? Tribal Citizenship, Federal Indian Law, & Globalization,” at the ASU law school in Tempe, Armstrong Hall beginning at 4:30 p.m. The event is free, but registration is requested. For more information, visit

Friday, Jan. 25

The Arizona Advocacy Network and a coalition of progressive organizations are hosting Sen. Al Franken as he speaks on reclaiming government for the people beginning at 5 p.m. for a reception and with the program beginning at 7 p.m. at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N. 16th Street, Phoenix. Franken will be introduced by Rebekah Friend of the Arizona AFL-CIO. The event will be emceed by Francisco Heredia of Mi Familia Vota Arizona. Tickets are $150 or $250. For more information, visit

Friday, Jan. 25

The Arizona Democratic Party will host their state committee meeting beginning at 9 a.m. at Dobson High School, 1501 W. Guadalupe Road, Mesa. State committeemen will be voted upon beginning at 1 p.m. A resolution for controlling guns in America will also be discussed, but will not be voted upon until the spring meeting. For more information, visit

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