Celebrate World Aids Day on Dec. 1st



Please join Tucson’s World AIDS Day – to celebrate how far we have come in the fight against HIV/AIDS, remember those we have lost, and promote awareness of HIV prevention.

There will be live Music, Dance, Art and Speakers
LIVE FEED/Sister celebration with TANZANIA!

Jeremy Michael Cashman and Mighty Joel Ford
Vannessa Lundon

Esperanza Dance Troup
Youth Hip Hop

Live Artists!
Jessica Gonzales
Keaton Kohl
Austin Pierson

FREE ADMISSION! (from Loft Cinema website)




World AIDS Day 2015 promises to shed a new light on a life long journey to find a cure and an end to HIV and AIDS . This year the World AIDS Day Committee in Tucson and The Loft Cinema join forces to present this annual commemoration and community event.

SAAF, TIHAN, The Peterson Clinic, Cope Community Services and El Rio Health Center will be in attendance to provide prevention awareness and on site confidential HIV testing. Reveille Men’s Chorus Reverb, The Esperanza Dance Project and other community arts organizations will perform through the course of the afternoon. A live on-air feed with an AIDS affected region of Africa is expected, as are other Skype connection to World AIDS Day events in Southern Arizona. Local food Trucks will be available as well.

Please join us for this momentous occasion and shedding a new light on the HIV/AIDS crisis and the community wide effort to find a life long cure.

For more information please contact: Rick Small , Heather Moroso and John Jackson through the World AIDS Day Tucson Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/WorldAIDSDay.Tucson

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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. Ongoing right now till 8 p.m. over 12 info booths, artists performing at World Aids Day on the front patio of the Loft theater, plus four food trucks. Listened to singers, then Alfredo, a straight guy diagnosed HIV positive who spoke from the heart about his journey, 8 year struggle and how he felt blessed by his wife and 3 daughters every day. Esperanza Dance Project addressed childhood sexual abuse by their dancing and expressions of empowerment and growth. Info booths were from Pima County Health, TIHAN, SAAF, UA LGBTQ Affairs, COPE, Hope, Cenpatico, etc. More to come to celebrate progress made with HIV/AIDS. (I did enjoy hot Ramen #2 at the Fat Noodle Food Truck as I anticipated.)

  2. Fat Noodle Food Truck, Big Bad Wolf, Cool Cajun Cafe and MJ Sonoran Hot Dogs will be providing food truck food at the event on Tuesday from 4-8 pm. “Fat Noodle truck serves ramen – my favorite” says Carolyn.

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