Anti Dark Money Kick Off

    February 13, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    502 W. Roosevelt St. Phoenix
    502 W Roosevelt St
    Phoenix, AZ 85003
    Are you ready to stop Dark Money in Arizona? Join us for a briefing on VPA’s anti-Dark Money ballot intitiative and learn about how you can get involved!Refreshments will be provided!



    The Voice of the People Association of Arizona (VPA Arizona) is an Arizona nonprofit whose goal is to amplify the voices of Arizonans in the legislative and electoral processes. VPA Arizona will accomplish this through civic education, voter registration and leadership development.

    VPA Arizona was founded by Terry Goddard, former Phoenix mayor and Arizona Attorney General. Faced with the ongoing threat of “dark money” and its corruption of Arizona elections, Terry founded VPA Arizona to make the citizen initiative process more viable, increase civic engagement as well as training a new generation of activists and organizers. Terry hopes that VPA Arizona will be a critical piece of infrastructure for Arizona and serve to help register voters and engage citizens in our electoral processes.

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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).


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