1st Amendment Forum

    April 29, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    UA Modern Languages Building
    The University of Arizona
    1423 East University Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85719


    Ward 6 Councilmember Steve Kozachik will be moderating a forum about free speech with 1st Amendment attorney Toni Massaro from UA School of Law, former CD 2 Congressman Ron Barber (founder of Fund for Civility, Respect & Understanding) and representatives from Islamic Center of  Tucson, Jewish Federation, UA Dean of Students.

    This forum is the followup to an earlier forum about the bottles and trash being thrown from balconies off the high rise apartments near Park Ave., west of the UA campus, plus offensive statements made about that time.  Recently KKK flyers have been distributed around Tucson door to door.

    Message from Council Kozachik:


    “My hope for the forum is to get a campus dialogue going that addresses the issue of
    speech rights and responsibilities. It’ll be an open dialogue with questions and comments from the audience.
    I’ll be moderating a panel populated by First Amendment attorney Toni Masarro from the UA School of Law, former Congressman Ron Barber from the Center for Civility, Respect, and Understanding, and representatives from the Islamic Center of Tucson, JewishFederation, and the UA Dean of Students. This is not an easy topic, and that’s the reason it’s so important we set aside a forum in which to share openly about it.
    The forum will take place on Wednesday, April 29th
    at 6pm. It’ll be held in the Modern
    Languages building, room 350. That’s the large building right next to the Administration building. There’s a parking garage right next door, so that part’s easy.
    I hope you can carve out time that evening to come and participate. This is about speech,
    so the more diverse voices we hear, the more informed we’ll all be when we leave. It’s
    important to get a broad demographic (age, ethnicity, faith) into the conversation. More details to come between now and the 29th.”
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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).


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