Black Life Matters Conference at UA in January 2015



“Scholars, writers, artists, activists, policymakers, and community members will come together in Tucson, Arizona, in January 2015 to discuss WHY Black life matters and WHAT can be done about sustained racialized state violence”.

3 day Black Life Matters Conference  at University of Arizona Memorial Student Union, January 15 to 17, 2015. Register online at:

Read my previous post about the protest in downtown Tucson in response to the Ferguson grand jury failing to indict the white police officer who shot 18 year old  Black teen Michael Brown in August 2014:

UPDATE on Conference website: (with program for each day listed)

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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 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, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. I think these type of conferences at least get people to think about racism issues and discuss them openly. Many of my white friends look blankly at me when I tell them that racism exists here in Tucson.
    We attended a Ward 6 equality forum a few weeks ago, and several Black Americans in the room said that what happened in Ferguson could happen here.

  2. Conferences are nice I guess. But all you need is a television set to see what works against institutional racism. Blockading interstate highways in places like Dallas with massive crowds that works! Lets try that here on interstate 10!

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