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Feb. 14 to 28

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A GMO caricature. Image by AZRainman and used under a Creative Commons license.
The Consciousness Calendar is published weekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to: generalcontact@moderntimesmagazine.com.
Featured Is A Phoenix Metro Appearance Of A Pre-Eminent GMO Activist, The Biggest Used Book Sale In The Southwest And A Weekend Teach-In At Arizona State University

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Feb. 14, 2013 — 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 Feb. 21 at the Shadow Rock Mountain Campus, 12861 N. 8th Ave., Phoenix, at 6:30 p.m.

Many researchers and advocates claim genetically engineered foods, or GMOs, are a major contributor to rising disease rates in the U.S., especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems already seen in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat GMO soybeans and corn, according to these researchers. Smith will discuss the possible health risks of genetically engineered foods, how to avoid them, and where exactly food comes from.

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 sustainabilityevents@asu.edu. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/149485525206326/ or http://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/jeffrey-smith

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 http://www.facebook.com/events/476076912448795/.

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 http://www.facebook.com/events/115265325297783/

Friday, Feb. 15

The Arizona State University Global Institute of Sustainability will present, “Evolving in the Nano City: Urban Design, Urban Culture, and Forces of Change” a discussion presented by Darren Petrucci and Kelly Campbell Rawlings at their February Science Cafe, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington Street, Phoenix. For more information, visit http://sustainability.asu.edu/events/

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 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 http://www.facebook.com/events/117898411721276.

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 https://www.facebook.com/events/146325982185364/ or http://phoenixteaparty.ning.com/events/2nd-amendment-rally

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 http://www.vnsabooksale.org/.

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 http://www.peace-action.org/

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 www.dismantlingdoctrineofdiscovery.org

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 www.projectcivildiscourse.com.

The Maricopa Association of Governments will hold a Regional Council Executive Committee at noon, 302 N. First Ave., Phoenix. For more information, visit http://www.azmag.gov/Events/Event.asp?CMSID=4260

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 http://www.azpost.state.az.us/MeetingsCurrent.htm

Phoenix City councilman Jim Waring will host a special meeting with Sen. John McCain and Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, Founders Room, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. The discussion is expected to be focused upon issues and topics for the state and nation. For more information, call 602-262-7445, email to council.district.2@phoenix.gov, or visit http://www.phoenix.gov/news/021413d2meeting.html

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 http://www.facebook.com/events/432490390155365/

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 http://barretthonors.asu.edu/news-events/calendar/

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 sustainabilityevents@asu.edu. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/149485525206326/ or http://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/jeffrey-smith

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert will speak to students beginning at 2 p.m. at Glendale Community College, in the GCC Student Union room 104. The event is hosted by the student club GCC Young Americans for Liberty, and will primarily focus on economic issues. For more information, visit http://www.GlendaleYAL.com, or email Gage Skidmore at gtskidmore@hotmail.com

Friday, Feb. 22

The 12th Local to Global Teach In will be held from Feb. 22 to 24 at Arizona State University, Tempe. The theme is “Justice for Women/Justice for All,” and will include panels and plenary sessions as well as hands-on exhibits of permaculture gardening and other skill shares, engaging activities and workshops for children and youth, and tabling from over 40 campus and community groups. For more information, visit http://www.localtoglobal.org/2013.html

Saturday, Feb. 23

Promise Arizona in collaboration with Maryvale High School will present a deferred action clinic will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Maryvale High School 3415 N. 59th Ave., Phoenix. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/409140672494167/

The tea party and others are holding another Second Amendment rally at 11:45 a.m. at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington Street, Phoenix. This rally has been termed the .223 rally because the date coincides with the familiar ammunition and gun type. For more information, visit http://phoenixteaparty.ning.com/events/day-of-resistance-223-2nd-amendment-rally

A protest decrying Bradley Manning’s 1,000 day in prison will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Mill Ave., and University Drive. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/530060690358820/

The American Academy for Constitutional Education and the local tea party will hold a town hall from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. The free event will attempt to explain the Constitution and why the document is moldable and adaptable to any time or circumstance. For more information, visit http://www.aafce.com/

Monday, Feb. 25

The East Valley Transition will host their sixth semi-annual seed swap from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at the Chandler Sunset Library’s Monsoon Room, 4930 W. Ray Road, Chandler. Seeds will be available to all, even those who do not bring any, according to organizers. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/471130792950557/

Gail Collins of the New York Times will present "When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present" at 7 p.m. in the School of Social Transformation, Armstrong Hall Room 105, Tempe. For more information visit http://eventful.com/tempe/events/john-p-frank-lecture-gail-collins-ny-times-columnist-/E0-001-048198391-2

Tuesday, Feb. 26

The 2013 International UFO Congress & Film Festival will begin at 10 a.m. at Radisson Fort McDowell Resort, North McDowell Mountain Park Drive, Scottsdale and continue through Sunday, March 3. Half day passes to full event passes are available, ranging from $25 to $229. For more information, visit http://ufocongress.com/ufo-conference/schedule/

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Nils Ferrand, senior researcher of the French National Institute for Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture will present, “Let Them Plan and Play: Autonomous African Resource Management,” from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Wrigley Hall, room 481, Arizona State University, Tempe. For more information, visit http://sustainability.asu.edu/events/sustainability-series.

Thursday, Feb. 28

The Arizona Clean Elections Commission will hold a meeting from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the CCEC Conference Room, 1616 W. Adams, suite 110, Phoenix. For more information, visit http://azcleanelections.gov/calendar/commission-meetings/upcoming.aspx

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