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Jan. 7 To 21

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Gov. Jan Brewer. Image by Gage Skidmore and used under the terms of a Creative Commons license.
A Smorgasbord Of Civic Activities Are Scheduled For When The Legislature Reconvenes Next Monday; Also Included Are Numerous Opportunities at ASU, A Dharma Talk, And Several Activism Training Events

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Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Jan. 6, 2013 — The featured event this week is the kickoff of the next session of the Arizona state legislature on Monday, Jan. 13. Included will be the state-of-the-state address from Gov. Jan Brewer and a surplus of civic activity on and about the capitol grounds downtown.

The biggest and most organized rally during the opening day of the next legislative session, 1700 W. Washington Street, will begin at 10 a.m. and will be focused upon women's health. It is sponsored by a myriad of organizations, including: ACLU-AZ; AFL-CIO; Arizona Advocacy Network; Arizona List; Arizona Federation of Women; Arizona Foundation for Women; Arizona Women’s Political Caucus; Business and Professional Women of Arizona; League of Women Voters – Phoenix Metro; NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona; National Council of Jewish Women; Planned Parenthood of AZ. People from throughout the state will be bused and/or carpool to the capitol for this event. Those who want to rideshare from northern Arizona should contact Seráh Blain, she.beatnik@gmail.com. Those from southern Arizona are referred to local groups: Morganne Rosenhaus, mrosenhaus@ppaz.org; Kat Sabine, kat@prochoicearizona.org; Laura Penny, lpenny@womengiving.org. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events
/558722810872047/
for more information.

There are far too many to name them all here, but other events include Citizens for a Better Arizona and 200 volunteers gathering for the AZ 200-Seeking Justice for AZ, with the stated intent of offsetting the tea party agenda. The action is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. in the courtyard at the Arizona Legislature, 1700 W. Washington Street. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1377871325798866/?ref=22

The Center for Arizona Policy’s Prayer Walk At The Capitol, is from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Participants will meet at the Capitol flagpole at the southeast corner of 17th Avenue and Washington Street at 7 a.m., walk to the House and Senate floors for prayer at 7:10 a.m., and begin the walk to pray for our leaders at 8 a.m. For more information, visit http://www.azpolicy.org/get-involved-events/capitol-prayer-walk

The Opening Day Demonstration to End Marijuana Prohibition at the Arizona State Capital, 1700 W. Washington in Phoenix, is at 10 a.m. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/652316524789098/?source=1


Tuesday, Jan. 7

At several Mesa Public Library locations, speakers from Keogh Health Connection and Empowerment Systems, Inc., will present The Affordable Care Act: What It Means To You healthcare bureaucracy seminar, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Topics will include the new law itself, information about the newest changes to the healthcare system, special eligibility, and information about premiums, credits, and cost-sharing reductions. At the library locations pre-registration is required, and can be completed through its online events calendar at www.mesalibrary.org

President Barack Obama’s Organizing For Action campaign is facilitating a candlelight vigil to mark the two-year anniversary of the shooting in Tucson that included Gabrielle Giffords and Judge John M. Roll. Hosted by Stephanie Haskins, the event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., located near the Fear Statue, 302 W. Monroe St., in Phoenix. For more information, visit
https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gunviolencepreventionactionevent/gs87dx

End the War Coalition meets to set partisan and ideological differences aside for the sole purpose of uniting to achieve peace on Earth. A meeting will be held at Aside of Heart, 901 N. 5th St., in Phoenix at 7 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/AsideofHeart

No More Deaths, an organization whose mission is to end death and suffering on the U.S.-Mexico border through civil initiative, will hold a meeting at Central Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave., in Phoenix at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://nomoredeathsphoenix.org/

Thursday, Jan. 9

The Arizona State University Partnership for Community Development’s 6th Annual Community Collaborative will be at the AE England Building, 424 N. Central Ave., in downtown Phoenix from 4 to 10 p.m. Cost is $25 to take part in the reception, although students may attend presentations and guest speakers for free. For more information, visit http://scrd.asu.edu/pcd/community-collaborative.

A meeting of the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter’s Rincon Group program will take place at the Service Employees International Union offices, 1600 N. Tucson Blvd., in Tucson, at 7 p.m. The program focuses on three places: Devil’s (Gaan) Canyon, Aravaipa Canyon, and the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. Russell Lowes and Mitch Stevens will deliver a multimedia presentation highlighting these locations and the conservations issues involved therewith, including a mining company’s proposed land swap to extract copper ore below the surface of Devil’s Canyon. For more information, visit http://arizona.sierraclub.org/meetings_events.asp

Friday, Jan. 10

Although Gov. Jan Brewer and the Arizona Legislature will not start their session until Monday, Jan. 13, she and most legislative leaders will meet and talk with business leaders from noon to 2 p.m. at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce (and Industry) and Arizona Manufacturers Council luncheon at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third Street. Also speaking will be Glenn Hamer, CEO of the chamber. Tickets are $75 for members, otherwise $90. For more information, visit http://azchamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/2014-legislative-forecast-luncheon-235050

In an event designed to raise funds for the Goldwater Institute, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will speak at the The Scottsdale Plaza Resort’s Grande Ballroom, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. for a roundtable discussion with VIPs and big donors, a VIP reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets for only the dinner — no roundtable or VIP reception — are $125. VIP dinner tickets are $500 each and table sponsorships are from $1,250 to $10,000. For more information, visit http://goldwaterinstitute.org/events/rising-star-series-us-senator-rand-paul or contact JLloyd@goldwaterinsititute.org

Saturday, Jan. 11

The City of Glendale’s Seed Library, part of a free green-living series, is available at the Glendale Main Library North Lobby, 5959 W. Brown Street, from noon to 3 p.m. Drop in and check out the available seeds. If you have extra seeds, please bring them to contribute to the library. The seed library is made possible by a partnership with the Conservation and Sustainable Living Office, the Glendale Public Library, and the Valley Permaculture Alliance. For more information, visit http://www.glendaleaz.com/waterconservation/classesandeducation.cfm.

The first of four Local to Global Justice Planning Meetings will be held at Pita Jungle, 1250 E. Apache, in Tempe from noon to 2 p.m. The annual teach-in event requires hard work and dedication from the planning committee that comprises students, faculty, and community members for working out the complexities of entertainment, food, logistics and other preparation activities for the teach-in. For more information, visit http://www.localtoglobal.org/plan.html

From noon to 4:30 p.m., the Arizona Green Party will hold its next general membership meeting (guests are also welcome), at the Harmon Branch of the Phoenix Public Library, 1325 S. Fifth Ave. The agenda includes county chapter and national party reports, an update on the 2014 ballot status petition drive, and AZGP bylaws revisions. For more information, visit www.azgp.org

Monday, Jan. 13

The Center for Arizona Policy’s Prayer Walk At The Capitol is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Participants will meet at the Capitol flagpole at the southeast corner of 17th Avenue and Washington Street at 7 a.m., walk to the House and Senate floors for prayer at 7:10 a.m., and begin the walk to pray for our leaders at 8 a.m. For more information, visit http://www.azpolicy.org/get-involved-events/capitol-prayer-walk

The biggest and most organized rally during the opening day of the next legislative session, 1700 W. Washington Street, will begin at 10 a.m. and will be focused upon women's health. It is sponsored by a myriad of organizations, including: Abortion Access Network of Arizona; ACLU-AZ; AFL-CIO; Arizona Family Health Partnership; Arizona Advocacy Network; Arizona List; Arizona Federation of Women; Arizona Foundation for Women; Arizona Women’s Political Caucus; Business and Professional Women of Arizona; League of Women Voters – Phoenix Metro; NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona; National Council of Jewish Women; Planned Parenthood of AZ; Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona. People from throughout the state will be bused and/or carpool to the capitol for this event. Those who want to rideshare from northern Arizona should contact Seráh Blain, she.beatnik@gmail.com. Those from southern Arizona are referred to local groups: Morganne Rosenhaus, mrosenhaus@ppaz.org; Kat Sabine, kat@prochoicearizona.org; Laura Penny, lpenny@womengiving.org. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/558722810872047/ for more information.

The Opening Day Demonstration to End Marijuana Prohibition at the Arizona State Capital, 1700 W. Washington in Phoenix, is at 10 a.m. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/652316524789098/?source=1

Citizens for a Better Arizona and 200 volunteers are planning the AZ 200-Seeking Justice for AZ, with the stated intent of offsetting the tea party agenda. The action is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. in the courtyard at the Arizona Legislature, 1700 W. Washington Street. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1377871325798866/?ref=22

A Buddhist dharma talk at Changing Hands Bookstore, from Phoenix’s Clear Light Buddhist Center’s resident teacher Kadam Michelle Gauthier, will take place at 7 p.m. The presentation is of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso's How To Solve Our Human Problems: The Four Noble Truths. For more information, visit www.changinghands.com.

The Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter’s Make a Difference in 2014 – and Beyond! Citizen Lobby/Advocacy Workshop will take place at the Quality Inn-Garden Room, 202 E. McDowell Road, at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The workshop will  include the do’s and don’ts of citizen lobbying. For more information, visit http://www.meetup.com/Sierra-Club-Grand-Canyon-Chapter/events/157200802/.

Tuesday, Jan. 14

The Maricopa Association of Governments’ Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee will meet in the Ironwood Room, 302 N. First Ave., Ste. 200, in Phoenix at 1:30 p.m. The committee comprises representatives of MAG member agencies, as well as the development, architecture, landscape architecture communities, Valley Metro and the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists. For more information, visit www.azmag.gov.

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s Legal and Regulatory Reform Issue Committee Meeting will meet in the chamber boardroom, 201 N. Central Ave., Ste. 2700, in Phoenix from 11 a.m. to noon. The committee will address a variety of legal issues including tort and regulatory reform, labor and unions, ballot reform, and election and campaign finance reform. For more information, telephone 602-495-6497.

The Economic Development Committee of the East Valley Partnership will meet at its headquarters, 535 W. Baseline Road, Ste. 107, in Mesa from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The committee’s areas of focus include education, workforce development, and capital financing development. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, visit www.evp-az.org.

Professor Peter Byck of Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability will present “You Walk on the Ceiling of an Unknown Universe” as part of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass CommunicationsCarbon Nation Conversations program. The event is in Wrigley Hall, Room 481 at the ASU Tempe campus, from noon to 1:15 p.m. Speakers will include ranching and soil experts covering the world’s new frontier of soil, climate, and carbon. For more information, visit http://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/carbon-nation-unknown-universe.

Wednesday, Jan. 15

ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Evolution of Social Complexity Colloquium will be in the ISTB-1 Room 401 on the Tempe campus, at noon. The presenter will be Bernard Crespi of Simon Fraser University, co-hosted by professors Joan Silk and Robert Boyd, and sponsored by the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. For more information, visit https://clas.asu.edu/evolution-social-complexity-colloquium-4.

The City of Mesa’s Brownfield Assessment Grant public meetings (there is also one on Jan. 20) are at Fire Station 202, 830 S. Stapley Drive, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., for the purpose of receiving citizen input on an application to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a Brownfields Assessment Grant. For more information, visit http://www.mesaaz.gov/sustainability.

Thursday, Jan. 16

The ASU College of Law Indian Legal Program’s “Who Decides You’re Real? Fixing the Federal Recognition Process” presentations (there is also one on Jan. 17), will take place at Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom Room 241, 310 E. Orange Street at Tempe campus, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://conferences.asucollegeoflaw.com/triberecognition/.

The East Valley Partnership, East Valley Chamber of Commerce Alliance, and Mesa Community College’s 2014 East Valley Breakfast with the Governor will take place at the Hilton Phoenix East-Mesa, 1011 W. Holmes Ave., from 7:30 to 9 a.m. This annual event gives East Valley business, education, civic and political leaders the opportunity to hear the Governor's vision for the upcoming year. Cost is $50 for Partnership or Chamber members), and $60 for non-members. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/EVPartnership.

Friday, Jan. 17

The Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Breakfast benefitting Arizona Opportunities Industrialization Center and Youth Scholarships will be at the Sheraton Phoenix downtown, at 3rd Street and Van Buren, at 7 a.m. For more information, visit http://arizonamlk.wix.com/azmlk2014#!events/cuy0.

Saturday, Jan. 18

There will be a Journalism Workshop With Chris Braswell Of Modern Times Magazine At Aside Of Heart, 901 N. 5th Street, Sat. Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/437609796364523/.

The Project Arizona monthly meeting will be at Central Deli, 3110 N. Central Ave., Ste. 175 in Phoenix, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The organization works together to support projects done by non-profits the Phoenix metro. For more information https://www.facebook.com/events/377123045765944/.

The 3rd Saturday Medical Farmers Markets are at VFW Hall Rental 4853 E. Thomas Road in Phoenix, from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $5 at the door w/non-perishable food donation, or $10 at the door without. Early 10 a.m. entry is available for cardholder patients 65 years and older, Arizona cardholders with physical disabilities requiring wheelchair/scooter, and patients with gait impairments or who require escorts for daily activities. Must have current Arizona state-issued MMJ card for entry. No out-of-state cards or pending paperwork allowed. For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-saturday-medical-farmers-markets-tickets-6060447963.

The City of Glendale will host a SRP Residential Solar Basics Workshop Main Library North Lobby, 5959 W. Brown Street, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. For more information, visit http://www.glendaleaz.com/waterconservation/classesandeducation.cfm.

The City of Chandler Multicultural Festival will take place at 22 S. Delaware Street, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is a free event that highlights our community’s diversity through music, dance, art, storytelling, and a children’s area. For more information, visit http://www.chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=157.

Sunday, Jan. 19

The Martin Luther King jr. Candelight Ceremony Concert will be held at the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church at 1401 E. Jefferson Street in Phoenix, from 6 to 7 p.m. Youth from across the Phoenix metro are brought together to participate in the Candlelight Mass Choir for a Gospel experience. For more information, visit http://arizonamlk.wix.com/azmlk2014#!events/cuy0.

The Arizona Life Coalition and anti-abortionists from across Arizona will rally in protest of the 40th anniversary of landmark U.S. Supreme Court abortion-related case, Roe v. Wade, at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, 1700 Washington Street in Phoenix, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.azliferally.org.

Monday, Jan. 20

The Martin Luther King Jr. March will begin at the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 E. Jefferson Street in Phoenix at 9 a.m., and culminate at 11 a.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park for a festival. Arizona citizens young, old, and of all nationalities and many various organizations will take part in a march symbolic of Kings 1968 march in Washington D.C. For more information, visit http://arizonamlk.wix.com/azmlk2014#!events/cuy0.

The Phoenix Animal Liberation Squad’s Slaughterhouse Protest and Vigil for the Victims will take place at the JBS slaughterhouse, which the group says kills 2,200 cows per day, at 651 S 91st Ave., in Tolleson from 1 to 3 p.m. At 12:30 p.m., all will meet at Aside of Heart and carpool to the facility location. Participants are encouraged to bring water bottles and wear black. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/770435049637116/.

The Roosevelt Row Merchants Association Meeting will be at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd Street, 1202 N. Third Street, in Phoenix from 6 to 7:30 p.m. RoRoMA fosters a vibrant and sustainable business community and a destination for arts and culture in the Roosevelt Row Arts District, and meets on the third Monday of each month. For more information, visit http://www.rooseveltrow.org/about/roroma/.

Tuesday, Jan. 21

ASU’s Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict’s Conversations at the Center program series presents Alessandro Monsutti’s “Fuzzy Sovereignty,” a reflection on his analysis of war and post-conflict reconstruction in the light of the social networks and economic strategies developed by refugees and migrants, and addressing theoretical and methodological issues related to globalisation. The program is at the ASU College of Law Faculty Center, Armstrong Hall 226, from noon to 1:15 p.m. For more information, visit http://csrc.asu.edu/programs/conversations-center/fuzzy-sovereignty.

The Arizona Summit Law School’s Sixth Annual Pro Bono Fair will take place at 1 N. Central Ave., 13th floor, from 2 to 6 p.m. Participating organizations, including the Arizona Advocacy Network, among other organizations committed to community service, will be present. The fair will provide students a chance to learn more about local volunteer opportunities. For more information, visit www.azadvocacy.org.

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