7th Anniversary of Tucson Tragedy mass shooting on 1/8/11


    Tucson’s January 8th Memorial Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organized to fund and build a permanent memorial commemorating the event of January 8th, 2011 and the wonderful Tucson spirit which emerged immediately following the tragedy.

    Money is being raised by this January 8th Foundation to build this memorial at El Presidio Park in downtown Tucson, close to the Old Pima County Courthouse. To donate, go online:


    No Democrats of Greater Tucson meeting today in observance of this anniversary, the 7th, since that day when the shooter Jared Lee Loughner killed 6 innocent people and wounded 13 others, including then-CD 8 Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, and her District Director, former CD 2 Congressman Ron Barber.

    UPDATE: If you want to eat out and help the Foundation, here’s a list of restaurants donating a percentage of their sales today: https://www.facebook.com/events/328146027684593/

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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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