46th Annual Juneteenth Festival on June 18



“Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.”


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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Festival ongoing today till 9 p.m. Dropped by and visited the tables — NAACP, Codac, Pima County Dem Party with several politicians & candidates there — LD 9 Senator Steve Farley, candidates Dr. Matt Heinz (for CD 2 House of Rep.), Brian Bickel (for D 1 Supervisor), Michael Gordy (School Supe candidate), and Joel Feinman for Pima County Atty. Speeches to be held at 4 p.m.

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