Arizona Faith Leaders press conference to call on Arizona U.S. Senators to put public health first in the face of climate change

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     ARIZONA FAITH LEADERS CALL ON U.S SENATORS FLAKE AND MCCAIN TO PUT PUBLIC HEALTH FIRST IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

     (Phoenix, Arizona) On Tuesday, November 14 at 10:00am, Arizona Interfaith Power and Light and Arizona Faith Network are hosting a press conference with faith leaders from across the state. They will call on U.S. Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain to understand their moral obligation to protect Arizonans’ public health in the face of climate change, and to oppose the Trump administration’s dirty energy agenda.

     The tragic impacts of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as the wildfires across the West, underscore the need for climate action. However, Senators Flake and McCain continue to support the Trump administration’s policies that endanger public health, including applauding the recent decision to rollback of the Clean Power Plan. The speakers will underscore there is a need for a moral response to climate change, while promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation.

     

    WHO:

    ·         Pastor Doug Bland, Executive Director, Arizona Interfaith Power and Light

    ·         Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman, Congregation Kehillah

    ·         Imam Didmar Faja, United Islamic Center Of Arizona

    ·         Patti Sills-Trausch, Director of Faith in Action Ministry, Franciscan Renewal Center

    ·         Reverend Stephen “Steve” Keplinger, Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Tucson)

    ·         Sarah King, Chair, Earth Care Commission, Arizona Faith Network (Flagstaff)

    WHERE:

    Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

    100 W. Roosevelt Street

    Phoenix, AZ  85003

    WHEN:

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    10:00 AM-10:45 AM

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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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