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March 21 to April 4

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Featured Is An ACLU Arizona Event On Digital Privacy, DREAMER Events, A March For Marriage Equality And A Planned Parenthood Luncheon

By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

March 22, 2013 — ACLU of Arizona will present “The Constitution Is My Firewall” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Steve's Greenhouse Grill 139 E. Adams St. Phoenix. Social media, and online shopping will be discussed along with other digital privacy issues.

“Whether you use Facebook to keep in touch with friends from college, buy books for your Kindle on, or play Angry Birds on your iPhone, current privacy laws do not protect your private information like they should. Digital privacy is a civil liberties issue everyone should care about,” according to the event Facebook page.

Representatives from ACLU Arizona will discuss what the group is doing to help residents keep their personal information private and what can be done to defend privacy rights. Free appetizers and drink specials will also be available

For more information, visit 214237988721430/

Friday, March 22

Phoenix MENSA will present an Austrian Economics presentation by Charles Goyette at Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd., Scottsdale, at 7 p.m. Goyette is a libertarian-conservative commentator and former radio broadcaster, who is noted for his outspoken anti-war views. Register at Phoenix/

SUFFRAGE will present Dreamer Slam: A Night Beyond Borders at Phoenix Youth Hostel, 1026 N. 9th St., Phoenix, 7 p.m. The event brings performers together to highlight the experience of Dreamers, a group of students who came to the U.S. as minors without obtaining legal permission to reside and who now seek citizenship.

The Camp Verde Community Center, 395 S. Main Street, Camp Verde, will host archaeology-related demonstrations, exhibits, lectures, films and “archaeology for kids” activities, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 22 to 24, as part of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness month. For more information, visit

Saturday, March 23

Arizona Marches for Marriage Equality will begin at Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, at 1 p.m. The march is organized around the upcoming Supreme Court decision over California’s Prop 8. Organizers hope to draw attention to the growing support for same-sex marriage to include same sex couples.

The “Stop Tar Sands Profiteers” rally will occur at the corner of Mill Avenue and University Drive in Tempe at 4 p.m. The rally will be part of a week of solidarity actions to support an end to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Advocacy for Victims of Abuse Training will be held beginning at 8 a.m. at Hope Covenant Church, 1770 S. Dobson, Chandler. For more infomation, visit

Laura’s Run, which benefits the Laura Burdick Foundation to help families of transplant recipients in need at St. Josephs Hospital Heart/Lung Institute transplant Center, will be held at 9 a.m. at the Scottsdale Sports Complex, 8081 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale. For more information, visit

Sunday, March 24

My Life will present My Fest: Creating a Future Free of Bullying and Suicide at Tempe Beach Park at Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue in Tempe at noon. The free event features music, art, entertainment and youth involvement to try to find solutions to problems faced by many teens that lead to depression, substance abuse and suicide.

Monday, March 25

Max Blumenthal will host High on Zionism: Indoctrination in Apartheid Israel in Neeb hall at the ASU Tempe campus at 7 p.m.. Max Blumenthal is an award-winning an journalist and bestselling author who will join ASU Students for a lecture about his experiences traveling thru the Middle East that will include discussion on United States’ relationship with Israel, the Arab Spring and the last Israeli Election.

ASU’s Center for the Study of Religion and Politics will host, “The Politics of Native American Religious Freedom,” featuring Suzan Shown Harjo, President of The Morning Star Institute in Washington, D.C. in the College of Law, Armstrong Hall, room 105, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. For more information, visit

Tuesday, March 26

ONE Direction will present Light the Way to Justice at Cesar Chavez Plaza, 201 W. Washington St., Phoenix, at 6 p.m. The event will consist of a rally and candlelight march in conjunction with similar events happening in over 80 cities in 35 states in support of equality in marriage for same sex-couples as the Supreme Court hears arguments on California’s Prop 8.

Wednesday, March 27

The ASU Global Institute of Sustainability will present “Environmentalism of the Poor vs. Environmentalism of the Rich” at Lattie F. Coor Hall on the Tempe Campus at 5 p.m. Speaker Sunita Narain will discuss strategies such as community-based water management and rainwater harvesting.

Former ASU President Dr. Lattie Coor, Chairman and CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona, will speak on the Center's "The Arizona We Want" initiative, at 6:30 p.m. in the Scottsdale Community College, Turquoise Room, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale. For more information, visit

The Arizona Worker Rights Center, faith leaders and community allies will be holding a press conference and letter drop at the offices of Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake at 3:30 p.m. According to the group, the event is to, “expose the workplace abuse that results from regressive immigration policies and highlighting the damage that these policies have on working Arizona families of all backgrounds and ethnicities. For more information, visit

Thursday, March 28

The Arizona Green Party will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Public Library, Saguaro Branch meeting room, 2808 N. 46th Street, Phoenix. For more information, visit

Planned Parenthood will hold a fundraising luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix. Featured speaker is bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and social critic Anna Quindlen. Tickets are $150. For more information, visit

ACLU of Arizona will present “The Constitution Is My Firewall” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Steve's Greenhouse Grill 139 E. Adams St. Phoenix. Social media, and online shopping will be discussed along with other digital privacy issues.  For more information, visit

Friday, March 29

The ASU Origins Project will hold a panel discussion titled “Science, Myth, Reality: The Unbelievers Panel and Screening” at ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, at 7 p.m. The event will include a film documentary, The Unbelievers, starring scientists Lawrence Krauss and Richard Dawkins, with contributions from filmmakers, actors, and writers including Woody Allen, Cameron Diaz, Ricky Gervais, Ian McEwan and Werner Herzog. Tickets start at $16 with student discounts available.

Saturday, March 30

ACLU Arizona will hold a dance titled “AZ DREAMing and Dancing” at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, at 6 p.m. The event will raise money for ACLU efforts to defend the rights of students who came to the US as minors and seek a path to citizenship. The event will feature music by by KT and The Repeat Offenders and cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

The ASU Origins Project will hold a panel discussion titled “The Storytelling of Science” at ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, at 7 p.m. The panel will feature science educator Bill Nye, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, theoretical physicist Brian Greene, Science Friday’s Ira Flatow, science fiction writer Neal Stephenson, executive director of the World Science Festival Tracy Day, and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss. Tickets start at $16 with student discounts available.

A Showing of Bill Moyers’ The United States of ALEC will be held beginning at 1:45 p.m. at Denny's, 3315 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. For more information, visit

Monday, April 1

LUCHA, UFW Foundation and La Campesina 88.3 FM will host the “We are ALL Arizonans" Cesar Chavez Day of Service” cleanup day around the Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event takes place on the birthday of social justice activist Cesar Chavez and will focus on the community coming together regardless of citizenship status.

ASU’s Center for the Study of Religion and Politics will host a lecture on religion, conflict and peace studies/politics, value, and alienation, from 1:30 p.m. to  3 p.m. in West Hall 135, featuring Akeel Bilgrami, Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy and the former Director of the Heyman Center for the Humanities, at Columbia University. For more information, visit

Tuesday, April 2

The annual Women in Blue Day — an effort to increase the voice of women who support the democratic party — will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix. Registration will be 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. For reservations or for more information, please contact Dawn Knight at or 928-445-4471.

Thursday, April 4

The Painters Union hall will host a forum on the recall of Sheriff Joe Arpaio titled “Bringing Justice to Arizona - Why Recall? Why Now?” at Painter’s Hall, 210 N. 24th St., Phoenix, at 6 p.m. The forum will focus on the discussion of difficulties faced by the recall campaign. For those with petitions, notaries will be available. Light refreshments will be provided.

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