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Aug. 21 to Sept. 4

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In Japan, thousands of Dolphins are killed every year. Photo by Campaign Whale and used under a Creative Commons License.

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Featured Event Is Japan Dolphin Day Protests Including An Event In Downtown Tempe At 5:30 p.m. Sept. 1

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Aug. 21, 2012 — Beginning Aug. 31 and continuing to Sept. 1, events will be held across the globe to protest Japanese dolphin harvesting.

In the Japanese city of Taiji, which has been a whaling center since the 17th century, they hold an annual dolphin hunt beginning each Sept. 1. Approximately 1,000 dolphins are killed each year with the meat eventually making its way into the Japanese commercial marketplace and labeled as “whale.”

At Japanese embassies around the world on Aug. 31, petitions will be presented asking the Japanese government to stop the killings in the village of Taiji. For more information on the global events, visit the group's Facebook page and/or sign the petition.

In 1988, Taiji suspended their commercial whaling as a result of a ruling by the International Whaling Commission, or IWC. The town continues to hunt small whales, such as melon-headed and pilot whales, as well as dolphins; commercial activities which are not regulated by the IWC. Whalers from Taiji also participate in the annual hunt for minke whales, which is sanctioned under IWC regulations for scientific purposes. According to the Fisheries Research Agency, 1,623 dolphins were caught in Wakayama Prefecture in 2009. In 2008, 1,484 dolphins and whales were caught. In 2009, 2,317 dolphins and whales were caught, just under the town's self-imposed quota of 2,400.

“September 1 marks the official beginning of the dolphin drive hunting season in Taiji, Japan, as I helped to show the world in the Oscar-winning movie The Cove. Every year, thousands of dolphins are brutally killed; some are then sold into a lifetime of slavery in captive facilities around the globe, and the rest are used for their flesh – which is highly contaminated with mercury and other toxins, rendering in dangerous for human consumption,” said activist filmmaker Ric O’Barry. “We absolutely must keep the international spotlight on Taiji in order to stop these senseless murders once and for all.”

In the Valley, supporters will gather at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at the northwest corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe. For more information, contact Patricia Cady at pcady_jdd_2012@yahoo.com.

Aug. 21

Puente is organizing an event from 10 a.m. to noon at the U.S. Courthouse, 400 W. Washington Ave., Phoenix, in an effort to demand that the only remaining provision of SB 1070 be enjoined. According to the group, “We will not be defeated by a piece of unjust legislation that allows ICE, Arpaio, and public law officials to target and deport families. We demand that ICE take a stand and not comply with Arizona and that Obama suspends Secure Communities (SCOM) in Arizona.” For more information, visit the Facebook event page at http://www.facebook.com/events/276686249112749

Aug. 22

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce’s Valley Young Professionals are hosting a behind the scenes tour of Amazon’s Fulfillment Facility, 800 N. 75th Ave. Prior to the 8:30 a.m. tour, guests will have the opportunity to hear from Amazon’s Phoenix General Manager, Dan Fay and learn more about Amazon’s impact on the valley’s economy. Cost is $20 for non-chamber-members. For more information, visit
http://phoenixazcoc.weblinkconnect.com/cwt/External/WCPages/WCEvents/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=2594

The original North Phoenix Tea Party will be hosting a republican Senatorial debate on Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. in Deer Valley Church, 15220 N. 39th Ave., Phoenix. Three GOP candidates for U.S. Senate are expected to attend, including Jeff Flake, Will Cardon and Clair Van Steenwyk.For more infomation, visit http://arizonateaparty.ning.com/events/original-north-phoenix-tea-party-announces-a-republican or http://www.meetup.com/RonPaulPhoenix/events/75806462/

The Fair Trade Cafe, 1020 N. 1st Avenue, Phoenix, will host a screening and discussion of Heist: Who Stole the American Dream Screening & Discussion from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/414758191894719/

Aug. 23

The city of Peoria is hosting a series of community meeting regarding the permission of electronic billboards at including one Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Peoria City Hall, 8401 W. Monroe Street. According to the city, The city believes the digital billboards will be a benefit to local businesses and residents. Digital billboards can be used to advertise local businesses and community events, communicating emergencies to the public and, add vibrancy to the community in special areas such as the Peoria Eighty three 'P-83' Entertainment District (Peoria Sports Complex area). In addition, advertising on the signs can be a substantial revenue stream for the city which can be applied to economic development projects.” For more information, visit http://www.peoriaaz.gov/NewsPR2.aspx?PID=1677&id=54035

Aug. 24

Those wanting to attend the Aug. 24 baseball contest between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres can also help the Arizona Association of Food Banks. A portion of the proceeds for all tickets sold will go to the group which provides foods to thousands of Arizonans. For more information, visit http://www.azfoodbanks.org/

The controversial film 2016: Obama’s America by Dinesh D’Souza, a longtime conservative pundit and policymaker, will hit more than 20 theaters across Arizona Aug. 24. For more information, visit http://2016themovie.com/theaters/?state=AZ

Aug. 25

Columnist, syndicated editorial cartoonist, and author Ted Rall — creator of Tom Tomorrow — will be at Changing Hands Bookstore at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 to discuss his book, The Book of Obama: From Hope And Change To The Age of Revolt. Rall describes Obama as "conservative, risk-averse, and tone-deaf." For more information, visit http://eventful.com/tempe/events/author-ted-rall-book-obama-/E0-001-049951538-1

Aug. 26

Valley residents will participate in a protest in support of gender equality Aug. 26 at 10 a.m. as more than 20 men and women will gather at Steele Indian School Park and walk down Central Avenue topless. Women participating in the event will have to cover both their nipples and areolas with tape in order to not be arrested. The topless group will join about 30 others around the globe in a protest that targets gender inequality. For more information, visit http://gotopless.org/gotopless-day.

Valley supporters of Ron Paul will gather at noon in Civic Space Park, 444 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The rally will be in support of a similar rally held in Tampa, Florida at the site of the republican convention, in support of Ron Paul. For more information, visit http://www.meetup.com/RonPaulPhoenix/events/76981172/?joinFrom=event&success=profileUpdatedEventWelcome or
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rallies-around-the-world-Aug-26th-2012-in-support-of-Ron-Paul-in-Tampa/200009770126356

The Sierra Club’s Saguaro Group will hold their annual fundraiser at 3 p.m. at the home of Louis and Carol Lantz, 11432 E Blue Wash Road, Tonto National Forest, Cave Creek. The film Carbon Nation will be shown, followed by a hike on Gold Mountain, happy hour, barbecue dinner, and entertainment. For more information, visit http://arizona.sierraclub.org/meetings_events.asp

Occupy Phoenix will hold a second planning meeting for the Oct. 15 anniversary of the movement at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26  at Aside of Heart, 901 N. 5th St, Phoenix. Options to get the discussion started include: an activist fair with like-minded groups; a block party at Cesar Chavez Plaza or Margaret T. Hance Park; a concert at Aside of Heart; a huge protest; or an occupation downtown or at the capitol. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/269837946451506/

Aug. 27

Gardeners and others are holding a Fall Seed Swap from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Road, Chandler. Gardening tips will also be shared and organizers invite all to attend, even those who don’t have a green thumb. For more information, email to admin@eastvalleytransition.org.

Aug. 28

Don’t forget to VOTE!

Aug. 29

The day after the primary election, the Arizona democratic party will hold a Unity celebration which will also introduce the democratic candidates for the general election at 5 p.m. in the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix. For more information, visit http://www.azdem.org/unity2012 or contact Rebecca Pringle at rpringle@azdem.org or 602-234-6821.

Aug. 31 & Sept. 1

Beginning Aug. 31 and continuing to Sept. 1, events will be held across the globe to protest Japanese dolphin harvesting. At Japanese embassies around the world on Aug. 31, petitions will be presented asking the Japanese government to stop the killings in the village of Taiji. For more infomation on the global events, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/456044134413884/. Petitions can be signed at http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-annual-slaughter-of-dolphins. In Phoenix, supporters will gather at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at the northwest corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe. For more information, contact Patricia Cady at pcady_jdd_2012@yahoo.com

Sept. 3

Improving Birth National Rally For Change will be represented in Phoenix Sept. 3 when activists gather at 5 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Hospital, 350 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix. Organizers are promoting the event as, “a peaceful rally to bring awareness of unnecessary induction and Caesarean section." For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/424300550954174/


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

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