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Phoenix Metro Consciousness

Calendar 1/21 To 2/4

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Ecology, Religion, Socio-Economics, Homelessness, Alternative Energy, Meditation, Water, Indigenous Peoples, And The Bard Himself Are Among The Upcoming Local Smorgasbord Of Conscientiousness: Go Go Go!

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Jan. 21, 2014 — The Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness’ Point-In-Time Homeless Street Count will happen at various locations in Maricopa County on Jan. 28, from 6 to 9 a.m., and volunteers are needed. The project helps the coalition better understand how many individuals and families are experiencing homelessness in our community, and for it to be better equipped to meet their needs.

Participating cities that receive federal funding for homeless assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are required to conduct an annual comprehensive point-in-time count during the last 10 days of January. This helps local governments and non-profit organizations more effectively allocate resources necessary to meet the needs of the homeless population.

Volunteers will be deployed in groups of two or three to count and interview homeless individuals and their families. Volunteers will be required to attend a training session prior to the account. For the city of Mesa, the training session will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Fire Station 201, 360 E. First Street. All survey volunteers must be 18 or older. Volunteer registration is being handled by Arizona Coalition for the Homeless. To register, visit www.azceh.org/events and click on the link for “Point in Time Homeless Street Count.”

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.

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.

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.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and their teachers will visit the ASU West Campus for the traditional “I Have a Dream” speech and historical March on Washington re-enactment, 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 e ent will be held at the ASU 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.

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.

Thursday, Jan. 23

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.

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.

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.

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 Sen. 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.

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/.

Sunday, Jan. 26

Fan the Flames: The Phoenix Anti-Capitalist Conference will begin at the Nile Theater, 105 W. Main Street, in Phoenix at 2 p.m. The first annual conference hopes to channel some of the energy witnessed at the demonstrations against the Syrian War, and the Million Mask March, and use it to build a tangible front of resistance in the Phoenix metro. Calling on all anti-capitalists to visit www.facebook.com/events/700239416660918/ for more information.

Monday, Jan. 27

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.

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

Tuesday, Jan. 28

The Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness’ Point-In-Time Homeless Street Count, will happen at various locations in Maricopa County from 6 to 9 a.m. The project helps the coalition better understand how many individuals and families are experiencing homelessness in our community, and for it to be better equipped to meet their needs. for more information, visit http://www.azceh.org/events?eventId=809931.

The Maricopa Association of Governments Population Technical Advisory Committee is at 302 N. First Ave., in Phoenix, at 10 a.m. on the second floor. For more information visit www.azmag.gov.

“FitPHX: The Three Reasons for Food Addiction,” will be presented at Phoenix’s Century Library, 1750 E. Highland Ave., from noon until 1 p.m. Coe Kirby, author of Your Health Is Your Wealth, will discuss how to develop healthy nutrition and exercise habits. For more information, visit http://events.azfamily.com/FitPHX_The_Three_Reasons_for_Food_Addiction/296045296.html.

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, Jan. 28 and 29. For more information, visit http://clas.asu.edu/evolution-social-complexity-colloquium-3.

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.

A special showing of the documentary film PRICELE$$, will be at the ASU West campus Sands Classroom Building 235, 13492 N. 47th Ave. in Phoenix, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. It will be followed by an update of the Arizona Clean Elections Commission and a review of 2014 ballot measures. For more information, contact jon@azadvocacy.org.

The Arizona Association of Environmental Professionals meets on the fourth Tuesday at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Old Town Scottsdale, 4000 N. Scottsdale Road, from 6 to 8 p.m. The meetings are open for non-members as well. For more information, visit http://www.azaep.org/monthly-meetings.html.

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 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.

Gary Hirshberg will present “How to Make Money and Save the World,” at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Hirshberg’s company is the world’s largest organic yogurt company, supporting thousands of family farmers on hundreds of thousands of highly productive, chemical-free acres. For more information visit http://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/gary-hirshberg.

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.

Thursday, Jan. 30

The Arizona Clean Elections Commission will meet at the CCEC Meeting Room, 1616 W. Adams, suite 110 in Phoenix at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.azcleanelections.gov.

The Arizona Transit Association’s 2014 Legislative Day at the Capitol, which will include the traditional Ice Cream Social from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Throughout the day, AzTA board members and general membership will be involved in a day of discussion, education, and advocacy with the state’s legislative leaders. For more information, visit http://www.azta.org/conference/overview/azta-legislative-day-the-capitol.

Friday, Jan. 31

A march against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Fast Track Authority will begin at 22nd Street and Camelback in Phoenix, near U.S. Sen. John McCain’s office from noon to 1 p.m. It is a global day of action for this cause, and more information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/635896946474231/.

The Latin American Research Clusters Series at ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences presents Mariluz Cruz Torres’ “Engaged Anthropology, Testimonies, and Women’s Resistance in Mexico,” will be at the Social Science Building Room 109 on the Tempe campus, from noon to 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://clas.asu.edu/latin-american-research-cluster-series-mariluz-cruz-torres.

The Seventh Annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture presents Reid Peyton Chambers on “Reflections on the Changes in Indian Law and Indian Reservations from 1969 to the Present,” at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Armstrong Hall, 1100 S. McAllister Avenue in Tempe. The lecture is at 4:30 p.m. and the reception is at 6. For more information visit http://conferences.asucollegeoflaw.com/canby2014/.

Kelly Larsen will present her book Keys to Unlocking Your Inner Power at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive in Tempe, at 7 p.m. While working as a nurse, the author reports having a joined near-death experience with a patient. For more information about the event, visit http://www.changinghands.com/event/larsen-jan14.

“Charlie King celebrates Black History Month” will be presented at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave., from 7 to 8 p.m. The performance piece examines the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 to 1967. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/CentralAzNLG/posts/689878397699294.

Saturday, Feb. 1

Lens on the Land presents “Rosemont: What's at Stake - A Photography Exhibit,” at the Fluxx Studio and Gallery, 414 E. Ninth Street in Tucson, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The program is a collection of photographs celebrating the cultural and ecological richness of the Santa Rita Mountains and surrounding watersheds that would be impacted by the proposed Rosemont mine. For more information visit www.lensontheland.com.

Monday, Feb. 3

The Puente Human Rights Movement meets on Mondays at 1306 E. Van Buren in Phoenix, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Puente Arizona is part of the global movement for migrant justice and human rights. As a grassroots community-based group Puente promotes justice, non-violence, interdependence and human dignity. For more information visit www.puenteaz.org.

Tonatierra: Embassy of Indigenous People meets on Mondays at 812 N. Seventh Street in Phoenix, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The group seeks to build and sustain a cultural embassy for indigenous peoples. For more information visit http://tonatierra.org/ and www.nahuacalli.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Agriculture, Environment and Water Committee Meeting is at 201 N. Central Ave., from 9 to 10 a.m. For more information visit www.phoenixchamber.com.

The Palo Verde Group Conservation Committee meets on first Tuesdays at 202 E. McDowell Road in Phoenix, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the second floor conference room in the southeast corner of the Quality Inn and Suites. Discussion includes issues related to national, state, and local conservation policies, desert preservation, forest protection, wildlife and endangered species, and growth management. All are welcome. For more information contact Don Steuter at 602-956-5057 or dsteuter@hotmail.com.

The Maricopa Audubon Meetings and Programs are held on first Tuesdays, September through May, at the Desert Botanical Garden, usually in Dorrance Hall or Webster Auditorium, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway in Phoenix, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.maricopaaudubon.org/meet.html.

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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