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Nov. 6 to Nov. 20

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A public hearing on the pollution reduction plan for the Navajo Generating Station will be held Nov. 14 at the Phoenix Convention Center. Image by squeaks2569 and used under the terms of a Creative Commons license.
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Featured Event Is A Public Hearing On The Navajo Generating Station, Discussions on Justice, Cultural Festivals And A Smattering of Educational Events


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 6, 2013 — Featured this week is an Environmental Protection Agency public hearing Nov. 14 regarding the regional haze caused by the Navajo Generating Station and the alternative proposal put forth by stakeholders led by Salt River Project. The event will begin at 11 a.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center south building, 100 N. Third Street, Phoenix.

The EPA issued a process for the reduction of NOx emission in January. This summer, stakeholders including the Bureau of Reclamation and led by Salt River Project, submitted a revised plan they claim will reduce emissions further than the EPA plan. Several extensions and continued public hearings were then announced, including this one in Phoenix. Public hearings are also being held in LeChee, Page, Kykotsmov, and Tucson.

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Wednesday, Nov. 6

The Phoenix Art Museum, 1621 N. Central Ave., will host “War & Peace,” and it’s creator, John J. Perez, at 7 p.m. The film, “tells the story of Mexican Americans and Latinos during World War II and its aftermath as they battle both fascism abroad and discrimination at home.” For more information, visit 18eb8d0b-6610-3aa8-2921-088b3964d230

Thursday, Nov. 7

Lawrence Robinson, assistant professor of law at the Phoenix School of Law, will present “Seeking Justice in Arizona,” a talk about neighborhood organizing, drawing from his work on education, law, labor, immigration, and LGBTQ rights. The presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m. in ASU West Hall, room 135, Tempe. For more information, visit seeking-justice-arizona-lawrence- robinson-organizing-communities

The ASU Global Institute on Sustainability will present, “Climate Change, What’s Love Got To Do With It,” beginning at noon in Wrigley Hall, room 481, ASU Tempe. The event will be presented by Larky Hodges, a local climate activist, green-living consultant, and storyteller. For more information, visit events/rsvp/larky-hodges

ASU’s Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict will present, “War Against Evil: The Religious Foundations of U.S. Foreign Policy,” a lecture by Ira Chernus beginning at 11:45 a.m. in West Hall, room 135, ASU Tempe. Chernus is a journalist, author, and professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. For more information, visit -center/war-against-evil-religious-foundations -us-foreign-policy-lecture-ira-c

Friday, Nov. 8

The Western Conference on Linguistics and the Arizona Linguistics Symposium will be held Nov. 8 to 10 at ASU Tempe. This annual, international conference has been held in rotating locations in the western part of the United States and Canada since 1988. This conference is open to any aspect of linguistics. Plenary speakers include Mary Ann Willie from the University of Arizona and Elly van Gelderen of Arizona State University. For more information, contact Claire Renaud at or visit

The 19th Annual Arizona Asian Festival, held from Nov. 8 to 10 at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, will feature ethnic cuisine, arts and crafts, martial arts demonstrations, cultural dances and music from nearly a dozen Asian countries, include Japanese Taiko drums. Most events will occur Nov. 9 and 10. For more information, visit

Saturday, Nov. 9

The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality will hold a national training conference Nov. 8 and 9 at Phoenix Airport Marriott Hotel, 1101 N. 44th Street, Phoenix. This association promotes reparative therapies for people who want to stifle their same-gender attraction or their sense of gender identity. Protesters plan to promote their opposition Nov. 9 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit

The Tempe chapters of Amnesty International will host "Localpalooza for Human Rights," beginning at 2 p.m. at Kiwanis Park, All-American Way (south of Baseline from Mill Ave.) Bands will be featured and there will also be a beer garden and food vendors. Beyond the entertainment, there will also be discussions on current social justice issues, and a children-themed, "Kids' Corner for Human Rights" activity. There is no entrance fee or cover charge, but donations are welcome. For more information, visit

The Sierra Club and its Arizona leader Sandy Bahr will present a discussion on the Navajo Generating Station and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s current rulemaking on pollution limits for the coal-powered facility. For more information, visit

One Voice Community Center Center, 4442 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix will host Camp HERO, an intensive 20-hour training designed to teach the principles and skills of community organizing to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists and their allies. For more information, visit

The 12th annual Veterans Day Traditional Pow Wow will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at ASU West, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale. The events will include Native American dancers, drum groups, artisans from throughout Arizona, traditional arts and crafts, food, music and dance. For more information, visit

Sunday, Nov. 10

Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix will host Carmi Gillon, former director of the Israeli Shin Bet, as he discusses, “Prospects for Peace & Security in Israel.” For more information, visit

Wednesday, Nov. 13

The ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will present, “Evolution of Social Complexity Colloquium,” beginning at noon in the Human Evolution and Social Change building, room 401, ASU Tempe. The event will be led by Katie Hinde of Harvard University for the latest in this exciting new colloquium series co-hosted by professors Joan Silk and Robert Boyd. For more information, contact Lyn Mowafy at or visit

Former Lt. Gen. Norman Seip will speak about, “Sustainability and National Security,” from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. in the Memorial Union, Pima room, Arizona State University, Tempe. For more information, visit

The YWCA Empowerment Series will host Pernille Spiers-Lopez, former CEO of IKEA North America, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. Phoenix. For more information, contact Regina Edwards at or visit

Thursday, Nov. 14

The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public hearing on regional haze caused by the Navajo Generating Station beginning at 11 a.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center south building, 100 N. Third Street, Phoenix. The EPA issued a plan to cut pollutants earlier this year that was revised and amended by the variety of stakeholders this summer. For more information, visit

ASU’s The Barrett College will host its Drescher Lecture beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Barrett Hall, ASU Tempe. Fall 2013 recipients of the Drescher endowment are Dr. Joseph Foy and Dr. John Parker. For more information, visit

The Democratic Party of Arizona will host its 2013 Hall of Fame dinner beginning at 5 p.m. at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third Street, Phoenix.  Keynote speakers are Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico. For more information, contact contact Dan Mitchell at or 602-234-6820.

Friday, Nov. 15

The East Valley and Pinal partnership will host the 2013 Transportation Summit from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Hilton Phoenix Chandler, 2929 W. Frye Road, Chandler. For more information, visit

Saturday, Nov. 16

The Arizona Russian Festival will be held at Nov. 16 and 17 at Heritage Square, 115 N. Sixth Street, Phoenix. This cultural event will offer traditional performances by musicians, bands, and dancers from Russia and Eastern European countries, art gallery, and games, festivities for adults and children, and traditional ethnic food. For more information, visit

Sunday, Nov. 17

The 12th Annual Discover India Diwali Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Scottsdale Civic Center, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale. This free event will feature Indian art, history and culture, food fair, clothes and jewelry bazaar, cooking and cultural demos, children’s games and activities. For more information, visit

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