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Feb. 7 to 21

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The Consciousness Calendar is published weekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to:
Featured Is A Second Amendment Rally, An Environmental Rally At The Capitol And A Presentation On The Hopes And Challenges Of The Arab Spring


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Feb. 7, 2013 — A second amendment rally, endorsed by local tea party groups, will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington Street, Phoenix.

“The purpose of this gathering is to let the powers that be know without a doubt, that the citizens of Arizona will NOT ALLOW any further curtailment of our Constitutional Rights, and in particular, the 2nd Amendment! We intend to show them this is NOT open for debate!” according to the website for the event.

Those organizing the event are asking attendees to bring that long guns but that they should be unloaded to prevent accidents. They are also asking that everyone be dressed in civilian attire — no tactical gear or uniforms.

For more information, visit or

Thursday, Feb. 7

Phoenix NORML, CAMP420, are calling on friends, patients, activists and advocates to appear at a rally in front of the Arizona State Capitol at 11 a.m. in support of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. For more information, visit or

The Black Alliance for Just Immigration, in partnership with the City of
Phoenix’s Civic Space Community Connection Series presents the Rise
Film Series every Thursday through the Month of February. The Abolitionists/Frederick Douglass will be shown Feb. 7 at 6 p.m., Civic Space Park, A.E. England Building, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. For more information, visit

The Arizona Student Environmental Coalition will ride bicycles from ASU to Tempe City Hall to speak out for clean water, fresh air, and a healthy planet at 6 p.m. Those interested in joining should meet at the northwest corner of the Memorial Union, 1290 S. Normal Ave., Tempe, by the fountain. For more information, visit

Friday, Feb. 8

The League Of Women Voters will hold a founder’s and statehood day celebration featuring a discussion about home rule at Shalimar Country Club, 2032 E. Golf Drive, Tempe, beginning at 11 a.m. Dr. David Berman of ASU will be the featured speaker with comments from former U.S. Rep. and Tempe Mayor Harry Mitchell and former manager of Maricopa County David Smith. Registration is requested prior to Feb. 4 and the lunch event is $18. For more information, visit

The 23rd Annual Chinese Week & Culture & Cuisine Festival will be held Feb. 8 to 10 at the Chinese Cultural Center, 668 N. 44th Street, Phoenix. The Friday through Sunday event is sponsored by Phoenix Sister Cities Commission and will feature Chinese cuisine, arts, crafts, dragon and lion dances, mah-jong booth, martial arts demonstrations, musical performances, a photo exhibit, and hands-on activities. Admission is free but it cost $5 to park. For more information, visit

ONE Community, an advocacy group for the LGBT community will hold a press conference with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton at 10:30 a.m. at Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington Street to announce the launch of UNITY Pledge, a concerted effort by Arizona businesses and individuals to advance workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and hospitality. For more information visit

Saturday, Feb. 9

The American Liberty Festival will be held beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. on the campus of Northwest Christian School, 16401 N. 43rd Ave., Phoenix. The event is touted as an “immersion experience” that will feature such activities as a battle re-enactment between redcoats and patriots. Admission is $10. For more information, visit

The Arizona Wilderness Coalition is hosting a non-native weed and recreation remediation event in the Superstition Wilderness Feb. 9 and 10. For more information and to register, contact Sam Frank, AWC central Arizona director at 928-350-2204 or visit

Sunday, Feb. 10

The 17th Phoenix Jewish Film Festival will be held at three Harkins Theatres in the Phoenix metro from Feb. 10 to 24 with a showing each night at 7 p.m. The six films selected are aimed at both younger and older audiences For more information, call 480-451-1788 or visit

The 25th Willo Historic Home Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Third Avenue and West Monte Vista Road, Phoenix. The tour will view a variety of homes including those from the Tudor, Spanish Revival, bungalow, and ranch styles from the 1920-1940’s. Cost is $18 and registration is required. For more information, visit

An Arizona centennial celebration will be held at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver Street, Phoenix, beginning at noon. Featured events are a student time capsule dedication, lecture and music by Marshall Trimble and For Better and Worse. For more information, call 602-241-7870 or visit

Pro-life group Justice For All will bring their training program to ASU Feb. 10 to 12. For more information, visit

Monday, Feb. 11

Dr. Jonathan Fine will present “The Arab Spring: Between Hopes and Challenges,” at 1:30 p.m. in West Hall room 135 on the campus of Arizona State University. For more information, visit

The American Friends Service Committee will host a prison sentencing reform happy hour and fundraiser beginning at 5 p.m. at La Cocina, 201 N. Court Ave., Tucson. For more information, visit

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication will present "Hacking + Activism: Aaron Swartz, Anonymous and the Ethics of Digital Community," a conversation with author and activist Cory Doctorow beginning at 10:30 a.m. at 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. For more information, visit

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Environmental Day at the Arizona State Capitol will begin at 8 a.m. at the offices of the League of Cities and Towns, room 101, 1821 W. Washington St., Phoenix, and will continue to 4 p.m. Carpooling is available from some locations and a bus will be coming from Tucson to Phoenix. For more information, contact Sandy Bahr at 602-253-8633 or

Somos America will host a State of the Union viewing party at the International Union of Painter and Allied Trades, 1841 N. 24th Street, Phoenix, beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Lawn Gnome Publishing’s Books and Beakers Science Cafe will present “Ants and Decision Making” beginning at 7 p.m. at 905 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix. The discussion will be moderated by TK Campo of the nerdcore ukelele punk band, TK and The Irresistibles. For more information, visit or

President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address to Congress.

Thursday, Feb. 14

LUCHA is hosting a Valentine’s Day event, “Dear Governor Brewer: Be Our Valentine & Let DREAMers Drive,” in an attempt to convince Gov. Jan Brewer to reverse her decision to allow DREAM Act kids to get an Arizona driver’s license. The event will begin at 3 p.m. at the governor’s office, 1700 W. Washington Street, Phoenix. For more information, visit

One Billion Rising Phoenix, a group striving to end violence against women and girls, will march from Cesar Chavez Plaza to Civic Space Park beginning at 4:30 p.m. Performances by Apollo Poetry and Celia Farran. For more information, visit

Saturday, Feb. 16

The Second Annual Superior Trails Ecotourism Festival will begin at 7 a.m. at the Magma Club, 38 Kumpke Court, Superior. Eight different guided hikes are available. Cost is $10. For more information, call Mila Lira at 520-827-0676 .

NORML will be holding its State Summit from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Crossroads Conference Center in Prescott College, 220 Grove Ave., Prescott from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guest speakers will be Jay Fleming of L.E.A.P. (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) and the Prescott Rotary Club, to speak about hunger in Arizona. For more information, visit

A second amendment rally, endorsed by local tea party groups, will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St, Phoenix. Attendees are asked to bring guns , but not ammunition. For more information, visit or

The Volunteer Non-profit Service Association will host its annual used book sale Feb. 16 and 17 at the State Fairgrounds, 1826 West McDowell Road, Phoenix. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds go to Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County, Inc. and Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. Book prices range from $1 to $5 per book. More than 500,000 gently used hardback books, paperback books, video tapes, CDs, DVDs, audio books, puzzles, and games will be available. For more information, visit

Sunday, Feb. 17

Judith LeBlanc, national field organizer for Peace Action, will appear at the Arizona Worker’s Rights Association, 331 W. Wiletta, Phoenix, at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Tonatierra Community Development Institute will host a fundraiser, including dinner and a movie from 4 to 7 p.m. Funds will benefit the institute's “Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Conference” April 19 and 20 at Arizona State University West. The fundraiser will also include a silent auction including art, jewelry, clothing and much more that has been donated by indigenous communities. The dinner menu will include vegetarian friendly options. For more information, visit

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict will conduct a panel discussion on religion and politics as it relates to American life at 6 p.m. in Burton Barr Public Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Panelists are Linell Cady, Bruce Meyerson, the Rev. William Burrill, Robert McWhirter, and Jeffrey Ventrella. For more information and to register for free, visit

Wednesday, Feb. 20

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 Anti-Defamation League of Arizona will present Activist Within, a film produced by Arizonan Rachel Lack, which documents the journey of two grassroots organizations fighting for gay rights. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Scottsdale Community College’s Turquoise Room, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale. For more information, visit

ASU’s Barrett Honors College will present “Warp Speed: How Technology is Accelerating and the Importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education” which is the 2013 John J. Rhodes Lecture at 7 p.m. in the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. The lecture will be presented by Leroy Chiao, former NASA astronaut, engineer and entrepreneur. For more information and to register for this free event, visit

Thursday, Feb. 21

Jeffrey M. Smith, author of Seeds of Deception, creator of the new documentary, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives, and an anti-GMO food advocate, will speak at the Shadow Rock Mountain Campus, 12861 N. 8th Ave., Phoenix, at 6:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by ASU’s Global Institute on Sustainability, and co-sponsored by GMO Free Arizona, The Urban Farm, Changing Hands Bookstore, and The Institute for Responsible Technology. This event is hosted in partnership with The FUSION Foundation and Shadow Rock United Church of Christ. To RSVP, email to For more information, visit or

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