A Day Without A Woman


    Join us for:
    A Day Without A Woman

    Wednesday, March 8th – 9 am-12 noon

    On International Women’s Day, we stand together with women for justice, equity and the human rights of women. On March 8th, the YWCA will open its doors to the community for an interactive lobby and press conference.
    9-12 – Free coffee & donuts all morning
    11 am – Press conference
    Local leaders will discuss women and education, healthcare, equity, the Women’s Strike and the legacy of feminist organizing on International Women’s Day. Speakers include:

    Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith, Professor, Mexican American Studies UA
    Eva Carrillo Dong, Governing Board Member, Sunnyside School District
    Regina Romero, Vice Mayor, City of Tucson
    Kelly Fryer, CEO, YWCA Southern Arizona

    9-12 – Action Stations
    Each of these groups will have an action for you to take:
    Take Back the Night – In support of sexual violence survivors
    YWCA Promotoras – Raising awareness of domestic violence
    LUPE (Lucha Unida de Padres y Estudiantes) – Protecting immigrant students & families

    Join us at the YWCA’s Frances McClelland Community Center (525 N. Bonita Ave)
    Why a Women’s Strike?
    The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington have called for a nationwide “Day Without A Woman” on March 8th, International Women’s Day, to draw attention to the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system–while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity. A Day Without A Woman is our opportunity to raise our voices together again, to say that women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability.

    Everyone can participate in some way. For example:

    1. Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor and/or;
    2. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses) and/or;
    3. Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman.
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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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