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Aug. 8 to Aug. 21

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Javier Sicilia meets with Anthony Wayne, U.S. ambassador to Mexico.

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Featured Community Activity Is The Trans-Border Caravan For Peace And Justice, An Awareness Event To Halt Drug Violence In North America

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Aug. 7, 2012 — Mexican poet turned activist Javier Sicilia and the Trans-border Caravan for Peace and Justice, will arrive at Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix at 6 p.m. Aug. 15, and a host of Phoenix-based supporters will hear testimonies and participate in a peaceful and prayerful rally.

Javier Sicilia is leader of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, or MPJD. He formed the movement in the last year after his son was killed by suspected drug-gang members. The goal of the caravan — scheduled to begin Aug. 12 in San Diego and cover several southern U.S. states before making its way to Chicago, New York and Washington — is to create awareness about drug violence, weapons trafficking and trans-border issues such as migration and money laundering.

Sicilia has called on the United States to stop providing aid to Mexico under the Merida Initiative — a U.S.-funded regional plan to battle drug cartels and other transnational criminal networks — and also supports legalizing narcotics and treating addiction as a public-health problem, not a national security issue.

The U.S. Congress passed the Merida Initiative — sometimes called Plan Mexico — in 2008 in order to fund the ‘war on drugs’ south of the U.S. border. Under the plan, approximately $1 billion has been provided to buy Black Hawk helicopters, surveillance equipment and training for the Mexican government. The Merida Initiative was initially created in response to surging drug trafficking violence. In 2006, there were 2,000 drug-violence related deaths, but under the Merida Initiative, deaths rose to 11,000 in 2011. Protests in Mexico have highlighted public disapproval over the growing violence, including rape, torture and killings of civilians by the armed forces who receive U.S. aid.

Before coming to the U.S. to plan the event, Sicilia and Brisa Maya Solis, executive director of the National Center for Social Communication, or CENCOS, received the blessing of U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Anthony Wayne.

“The United States has a long history of supporting freedom of expression, including peaceful demonstrations of protest and dissent. I appreciate the courtesy of the MPJD leaders in sharing with us their views and plans, and it was gratifying to hear the extent of their contacts and cooperation with civil society in the United States,” Wayne said.

According to the Associated Press and others, since late 2006 organized crime-related violence in Mexico has left more than 50,000 dead, 10,000 missing and 120,000 displaced from their homes.

http://caravanforpeace.org/
Phoenix http://www.facebook.com/events/392385704162037/
Tucson http://www.facebook.com/events/383946265005062/


Aug. 8

Congressional candidate and current Arizona senator Ron Gould and Arizona Senate President Steve Pierce will be hosting a coffee event at the Hassayampa Inn, 122 E. Gurley Street, Prescott, at 9 a.m. in the Arizona Room. For more information, call 928-854-6971 or email to volunteer@rongould.com.

U.S. Senate candidate and proud member of the tea party, Clair Van Steenwyk, will provide a half-hour commentary via the internet from 4:30 to 5 p.m. at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/van-the-radio-man/2012/08/07/crossroads-with-van-plus-tea-party-talk. Van Steenwyk, who also hosts a radio show on KXXT 1010 AM, will also discuss his faith. For more information, visit http://www.vanforussenate.com or call 623-328-7272.

A group of activists have arranged a discussion of the American Dream at 6 p.m. at Aside of the Heart, 901 N. 5th Street, Phoenix. Per the Facebook event page: “Just as the values that the American Dream has stood for have shifted over time, so has its character. Come discuss how the changes in the cultural definition of the American Dream affect us.” For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/421804047861724/

At 6:30 p.m., the Glendale Tea Party will host a “debate” of mayoral candidates at Denny’s, 5161 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, although only candidate Walt Opaska is expected to attend. Also making an appearance will be Sahuaro district candidate Anthony Kern. It is anticipated that discussions of the Phoenix Coyotes lease agreement will be discussed. For more information, visit www.glendaleteaparty.com.

Aug. 9

David Schapira, the former democratic leader of the Arizona Senate, will host a meet and greet at the home of Shereen Lerner and Robert Miller, 5931 S. Newberry Road, Tempe, at 5:30 p.m. Campaign contributions are encouraged, starting at $50. For more information, contact Lauren Kuby at 602-790-2156 or lauren@davidforaz.com.

Community activists are planning on telling the Tempe City Council at their meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at 31 E. Fifth Street, that they do not support corporate personhood. For more information, visit the Facebook event page at http://www.facebook.com/events/326136117467701/

Aug. 10

A naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 10 at Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse, SPC Courtroom 200, 2nd Floor, 401 W. Washington Street, Phoenix.

Congressional candidate and current Arizona senator Ron Gould is hosting a pizza party at Kingman Republican Headquarters, 1608 Stockton Hill Road, Kingman, at 5 p.m. Gould will share why he is running for Congress over a slice of pizza. For more information, call 928-854-6971 or email volunteer@rongould.com.

The AZ East Valley Pro-Life Alliance, Inc., an anti-abortion group, is holding a reception and fundraiser for Gov. Jan Brewer and Reps. Justin Olson, Justin Pierce, Debbie Lesko and Kimberly Yee, Friday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m., at the Mesa Country Club, 660 W. Fairway Drive Mesa. For more information, call 480-216-7217 or email Life@EVProlifeAlliance.org. Activists are planning on picketing and protesting this event. For more information on event protests, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/310438665719495/

Aug. 11

Congressional district 9 democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema will be canvassing the district in two shifts, beginning at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively, on Aug. 11. For more information about volunteering, e-mail kendra@kyrstensinema.com.

The candidates running for Congressional district 2 will be the focus of a forum hosted by the Tanque Verde Valley Democrats and the Saguaro Eastside Democrats, at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road (Tucson) at 2 p.m. Aug. 11. Ron Barber, who represents the current Congressional district 8, will be represented by State Representative Steve Farley and campaign staff. State representative Matt Heinz, who represents south central Tucson will attend. For more information, call 520-749-4673.

Harder Development is presenting a Two-Part Art + Mural + Silent Auction community event to raise funds for Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona beginning at 6 p.m. Aug. 11, featuring DJ Shane Kennedy, snacks and beverages donated by local businesses, and paint supplies donated by Calle 16 for Free Arts participants and artists. Each contributing artist will create a collaborative painting with the kids. Participating artists include: (curator) Hugo Medina, Sebastien Millon, JB Snyder, Angel Diaz, Katie Beltran, Amanda Adkins, Colton Brock, Pablo Luna, Thomas Breeze Marcus, Gennaro Garcia and Aaron Johnson. Videographers Salvador Robledo and Hector Anderson will be documenting the project. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/405907139466006/

Aug. 12

Arizona Women United are sponsoring a town hall, “Unite against the War on Women,” at 1 p.m. Aug. 12 at Barr Central Library 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. There will be a Q&A period facilitated by panel members; followed by a Q&A and discussion with audience members. Female candidates that are scheduled to attend include: Lilia Alvarez, candidate for Maricopa County supervisor; Wenona Benally Baldenegro, candidate for Congress, district one; Karyn Lathan, candidate for Arizona House, district 17; Tonya Norwood, candidate for Arizona House, district 20. The panel will include: Abby Sinclair, Arizona Women United; Paula Pennypacker, Republican Political Activist, owner of Just for Redheads Beauty Products; and Nancy LaPlaca, policy advisor to Corporation Commissioner Paul Newman. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/339299496155291

The Equality Walkers will complete the final mile of their 100-mile journey in an effort to promote full equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning individuals from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 12 at Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington Street, Phoenix. For more information, visit www.righttomarryaz.org, or http://www.facebook.com/events/440181496002432/

Milliron and Bayless Feldman Families will be hosting an evening with Congressional district 9 candidate Kyrsten Sinema at a private residence at 5 p.m. Campaign contributions are welcomed, beginning at $25. For more information, contact Devin Rankin at devin@rankinconsultingllc.com or 602-770-3077.

Aug. 13

The democratic gun owners caucus will meet at 7 p.m., Aug. 13 at Arizona Democratic Party Headquarters, 2910 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/388515171203426/

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their monthly Agriculture, Environment and Water Committee Meeting at 3 p.m. within Chase Tower, 201 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. According to the chamber, the committee, “works to reform legal and regulatory framework to allow businesses to operate efficiently while maintaining environmental and water quality.” For more information, visit http://phoenixazcoc.weblinkconnect.com/cwt/External/WCPages/WCEvents/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=2595.

Aug. 14

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Workforce Committee Meeting will convene Aug. 14 at 2:00 p.m. The committee monitors overall employment regulation issues related to the cost and quality of doing business in the Valley and works to strengthen academic accountability to create a stronger future workforce. For more information, visit The Greater Phoenix Chamber Of Commerce.                    

The New River/Desert Hills Community Association is presenting A Meet the Candidates event on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. to  9 p.m. at Crossroads Christain Fellowship, 42425 N. New River Rd., New River. The event is an an opportunity to meet many of the candidates who are running for public office in that area. For more information, contact Alan Muller at 602-432-2800 or Terry Marron at 623-587-7039, visit www.nrdhca.org. or NR/DHCA website - Meeting Page

Aug. 17

The Phoenix Roman Catholic Diocese will sponsor the Respect Life Leader’s Luncheon Friday, Aug. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Diocesan Pastoral Center 400 E. Monroe Street Phoenix. At the Defend and Proclaim Life Luncheon, Dr. Maricella Moffitt will describe her journey as a Catholic physician and, “warn people about the impending dangers to religious liberty.” Bishop Thomas Olmsted will also present his annual address and encouragement for pro-life leaders. For more information about the luncheon call Trent Horn at 602-354-2132 or email thorn@diocesephoenix.org.

Aug. 18

The Phoenix Tea Party will support the Unity Rally 2012 scheduled on Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at The River Church, 3738 River International Drive, Tampa, Fla., during the Republican National Convention, with speakers Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann among others by hosting a local Unity Rally, Aug. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at a location to be announced. Tea Party activists and like-minded organizations are sponsoring this event. For more information, and updated location visit The Phoenix Tea Party.

Aug. 20

KUAT Channel 6 will televise a Congressional debate for district 2 on Aug. 20 between candidates Rep. Ron Barber and state Representative Matt Heinz on Arizona Illustrated. The debate will be pre-recorded in the studio.

The Phoenix Tea Party is endorsing a talk on AZ Gun Laws Relating to Self Defense, Aug. 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Dillon's Top of Central, 8525 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The featured speaker will be attorney Marc J. Victor. For more information, visit http://phoenixteaparty.ning.com/events/az-gun-laws-talk-relating-to-self-defense

For entertainment and fun events in Arizona, visit http://www.arizonaguide.com/events-calendar

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