Arizona Advocacy Network Tucson Happy Hour


    “We’re finally making our way down to Tucson! Join Arizona Advocacy Network on Saturday, April 29th from 4PM-5:30PM at The Shanty for our first Tucson event of 2017.

    AZAN staff will be giving an update on the condition of Arizonans’ access to the ballot and status of voting rights this legislative session. We’ll also be hearing from other Tucson leaders on the importance of protecting Clean Elections and preserving Merit Selection of judges. Hope to see you there!”

    Suggested (but not required) contribution: $25. Hope to see you there!

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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).


    1. 20 people at this happy hour today to hear from AZAN staffers Joel Edman and Alison Marciniak about their work “defending & deepening Arizona’s commitment to democracy”. Their work includes voting rights, campaign finance reform, free & independent courts. Their flyers says that the “difference between a passive citizen and an engaged activist” is simply lack of information. Present tonight: LD 9 State Senator Steve Farley, former House members Phil Lopes, Bruce Wheeler, Victoria Steele, Matt Kopec and atty. Vince Rabago who ran for AG. AZAN hopes to continue meeting with activists around the state, and previously did training in Pima County on Request to Speak process at the Arizona Legislature.

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