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Jan. 14 To 28

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The Legislative Session Is Now Underway, The Spring Semester At ASU Is A Hive Of Activity; The Presidential State Of The Union And The MLK Jr. Anniversary Are Also Near At Hand

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Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Jan. 13, 2014 — This week’s calendar is of a busy and optimistic environment, with local social activism and civic planning of every stripe forthcoming. Of course, there are a few national points of order as well.

On Monday, Jan. 20, the Martin Luther King Jr. March and Festival 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 from many various organizations will take part in a march symbolic of King’s 1968 march in Washington D.C.

The event’s committee is also sponsoring a creative expression contest for high school students. The assignment is based on a recent Arizona Theatre Company production of Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop. (The themes from the play are passing the baton, man v. symbol, and non-violence.) The contestants’ challenge is to create an original work in the form of an essay, letter, monologue, or spoken word poetry piece that is inspired by Dr. King’s legacy. Submissions are due by Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. A committee of local community members will select the winning entries and honorable mentions. Winners will receive scholarship prizes, community recognition, master session creative writing and performance workshops, media features, and the opportunity to perform at the MLK celebration festival.

For more information visit http://arizonamlk.wix.com/azmlk2014#!events/cuy0.

Tuesday, Jan. 14

The Maricopa Association of Governments’ Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee will meet in the Ironwood Room, 302 N. First Ave., suite 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., suite 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, suite 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 ASU’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 Communications’ Carbon Nation Conversations program. The event is in Wrigley Hall Room 481 at the 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.

The Arizona Corporation Commission is holding an open meeting at Hearing Room One, 1200 W. Washington Street in Phoenix, at 10 a.m. For more information, visit http://www.azcc.gov/Divisions/Administration/Meetings/Agendas/2014/1-14-14%20omagenda.revised.pdf.

The East Valley Partnership’s Economic Development Committee will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m., to discuss topics such as education, workforce development, and capital financing development. The meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at various locations, but it does not meet in December, June, July, or August. For more information contact co-chairwomen Caryn Sanchez at cmsanchez@srpnet.com or Lois Yates at lois@gldpartners.com, and visit http://www.evp-az.org/.

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 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 on the 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 Modern Times Magazine editorial staffers at Aside Of Heart, 901 N. 5th Street 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., suite 175 in Phoenix, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The organization works together to support projects done by non-profits in the Phoenix metro. For more information https://www.facebook.com/events/377123045765944/.

The 3rd Saturday Medical Farmers Markets are at VFW Hall, 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 Residential Solar Basics Workshop at the 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. Candlelight Ceremony Concert will be at the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 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 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.

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.

The Stand Your Ground Second Amendment Rally, put on by Gun Rights Across America and Riders USA will take place at the Arizona Capitol’s Senate Lawn, 1700 W. Washington Street, in downtown Phoenix from noon to 2 p.m. For more information phone Mike Sullivan at 602-751-1694, or visit http://phoenixteaparty.ning.com/events/stand-your-ground-2nd-amendment-rally.

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 from many various organizations will take part in a march symbolic of King’s 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, 901 N. Fifth Street, 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. 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.

Professor Nilsa Bosque-Pérez of the University of Idaho’s Department of Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences will present “Socioecological Systems in Costa Rica: Challenges and Opportunities.” The event will be at Wrigley Hall, Room 481 on the ASU-Tempe campus from noon to 1:15 p.m. For more information, visit
http://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/nilsa-bosque-perez.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

ASU history professor Paul Hirt will present "Energy and Democracy: The Social Construction of Electric Power Systems in Northwest North America," at the Tempe campus in Coor Hall Room 5536, at 4 p.m. For more information, visit http://clas.asu.edu/history-faculty-forum-paul-hirt-associate-professor-history.

Join local 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and their teachers as they visit the ASU West Campus for the traditional “I Have a Dream” speech and historical March on Washington reenactment, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.asu.edu/mlk/events/index.html.

Experimental urbanist, strategic futurist, and visual communicator Lindsay Kinkade will present “Radical Bike Futures,” a workshop in which participants will imagine and share what the community might possibly do next to make The Valley of the Sun the most beautiful, fun, user-friendly, walkable, and bikeable region it can be. The lecture is part of the Arts and Humanities in Sustainability Series co-sponsored by ASU’s Institute for Humanities Research and Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. It is at the Tempe campus in Wrigley Hall, Room 481, from noon to 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/lindsay-kinkade.

Thursday, Jan. 23

Three five-hour Rape Aggression Defense classes (Jan. 23, 28, and 30) for women will take place at the Mesa Police Department’s Public Safety Training Center, 3260 N. 40th Street, from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information phone Brenda Thorek at 480-644-4423 and visit http://www.mesaaz.gov/police/CrimePrevention/RapeAggressionDefenseTraining.aspx.

The Maricopa Association of Governments’ Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee will meet in the Saguaro room on the second floor, 302 N. First Ave., in Phoenix, at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.azmag.gov.

The Central Arizona National Lawyers Guild will hold a forum on Citizens United and its Impact on Arizona, at the Burton Barr Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., in Phoenix on the fourth floor from 6 to 8 p.m. Speakers include state Senator Debbie McCune Davis, attorneys Paul Eckstein and Perkins Coie, Rivki Knox from the League of Women Voters, and Jon Alonis from the Arizona Advocacy Network. For more information contact Dianne Post at postdlpost@aol.com or 602-271-9019.

ASU School of Life Sciences’ SOLS Meets Society Speaker Series presents a film screening of Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, at the Tempe campus, ISTB 4, Marston Exploration Theater. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the screening begins at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, visit http://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/green-fire.

Saturday, Jan. 25

The ASU Real Estate Council, Arizona Republic, and the W.P. Carey School of Business are hosting “Phoenix Housing Market Explained II,” in the Business Administration C-Wing Building, 400 E. Lemon Street in Tempe, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Registration begins at 9:30. Admission is $25 per person; ASU students and alumni receive a $10 discount. For more information, visit www.wpcarey.asu.edu.

One of multiple Local to Global Justice Planning Meetings will be at Pita Jungle, 1250 E. Apache Road in Tempe, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The L2GJ Teach-In Planning Committee welcomes assistance from throughout the community. For more information, visit http://www.localtoglobal.org/plan.html.

The Desert Lightning Clubhouse meeting of the Twelve Visions Party’s Neothink Society will gather at the Phoenix Convention Center West Building, 100 N. Third Street, downtown. For more information about this event, visit http://www.neothinkclubhouses.com/arizona/.

The local edition of the Second Global March Against Chemtrails and Geoengineering will occur at Tempe Town Lake, 620 N. Mill Ave., from noon to 3 p.m. The rallying cry is “it is time to stop the crime! It is time to claim back our sky!” For more information, visit http://gmacag.com/.

Monday, Jan. 27

The Maricopa Association of Governments’ Continuum of Care Regional Committee on Homelessness meeting will be in the Saguaro Room of the organization’s headquarters, 302 N. First Ave., suite 300, downtown at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.azmag.gov.

The regular weekly meeting of the Puente Human Rights Movement is at 1306 E. Van Buren in Phoenix, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Puente is part of the global movement for migrant justice and human rights. For more information, visit www.puenteaz.org.

The regular weekly meeting of Tonatierra: Embassy of Indigenous People is at 812 N. Seventh Street downtown, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The organization works toward creating and sustaining a Cultural Embassy of Indigenous Peoples to support local-global and holistic indigenous initiatives. For more information, visit http://tonatierra.org and www.nahuacalli.org.

The Progressive Democrats of America meet monthly on the fourth Monday; this meeting is at Sun Up Brewing Co., 322 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.pdamerica.org.

The Stephen Greenblatt Reading Group will present “New Historicism and its Discontents” at the ASU Institute for Humanities Research, Social Science Building Room 109 on the Tempe campus from 11:30 to 1 p.m. This is the second of four discussions in the series. A light lunch will be served, so please R.S.V.P. at http://clas.asu.edu/stephen-greenblatt-reading-group-new-historicism-and-its-discontents.

Tuesday, Jan. 28

The U.S. Presidential State of the Union Address East Mesa Watch Party is at 1824 N. 103rd Street in Mesa, from 8 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/stateoftheunionwatchparty/gs857l.

The U.S. Presidential State of the Union Address Scottsdale Watch Party is at 6411 E.  Jean Drive in Scottsdale from 8 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/stateoftheunionwatchparty/gs85xg.

The Mesa Red Mountain Tea Party will meet at East Valley High School, 7420 E. Main Street (northeast corner of Main and 74th) in Mesa from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit communications@azgop.org.

The Southeast Valley Tea Party Patriots meet every Tuesday, this time at the Barney Family Sports Center, 22050 E. Queen Creek Road in Queen Creek, from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information contact Ann Stevens at 480-334-3688.

The Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter’s Alternative Energy meetup group gathers at 202 E. McDowell Road in Phoenix from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more information contact Jon Findley at 480-756-2916.

The Maricopa Association of Governments’ Population Technical Advisory Committee meeting will be in the Saguaro Room of the organization’s headquarters, 302 N. First Ave., downtown at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.azmag.gov.

Somos America meets on Tuesdays at Painters Union Hall, 210 N. 24th Street (south of Van Buren), from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The  group is a community-based coalition mobilizing for social justice, equality, and human rights for migrant communities in Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.somosamerica.org.

The Evolution of Social Complexity Colloquium presented by the ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change, the Institute of Human Origins, and the Consortium for Biosocial Complex Systems, will be in ISTB-1 Room 401 on the Tempe campus at noon. For more information, visit http://clas.asu.edu/evolution-social-complexity-colloquium-3.

The Consciousness Calendar is published weekly and provides selected events for the proceeding two weeks. Send calendar submissions for consideration to: generalcontact@moderntimesmagazine.com.
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