Arizona Stand Against Racism



    “Make the Pledge to Stand Against Racism. Register today and please join us for the 10 AM press Launch event. 
    oin us for this National Day of Action: RSVP Below!
    Friday, April 29th
    10:00 Launch Event
    Speakers include: Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Law Enforcement Leaders, Debbie Embry (Tucson Urban League), Kelly Fryer (YWCA of Southern Arizona), Doris Snowden (NAACP of Southern Arizona), Annie Marie Sykes (Black Women’s Task Force). This event will be held at the Frances McClelland Community Center, YWCA, 525 N. Bonita Ave. 85745. FREE.

    12:00-1:00 Brown Bag Lunches throughout the community 
    Host a Brown Bag lunch about racism at your workplace, school or faith community. All you need to do is gather 6 or more people and secure a place to meet. You’ll receive a toolkit and training – or we will provide a trained facilitator for you! There is NO COST to participate. Register below.
    Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. 1000 people in Arizona will participate this year. 

    In Southern Arizona, we have joined with our partners in the Coalition for Racial Justice – Tucson Urban League, NAACP of Southern Arizona, Black Women’s Task Force and Our Family Services-Center for Community Dialogue – to sponsor a series of events on April 29th. Our sister organization, YWCA of Metropolitan Phoenix, is working with partners in Maricopa County, as well, making this a statewide effort. 

    Questions? Email Thank you for standing with us against racism!
    Unite as one community in order to celebrate diversity, raise awareness that racism & injustice still exist, & silence the voices of those who promote hate. To become a community partner, email us.”

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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. Over 70 people in the YWCA lobby today to hear from the speakers. First up was Liane Hernandez, YWCA Community Life Director & who manages the YWCA Café, and spoke of the racism directed against her as a young Chicana, as she remembered her first memory of race. Then YWCA E.D. Kelly Fryer said that “racism was alive & well in America”, that racism is embedded in our systems (i.e. Border Patrol checks detain Hispanics much more than white people); Tucson Urban League’s Debbie Embry who lamented the fate of young black men in America, many of whom are in prison and being shot; Mayor Jonathan Rothschild who remembered how segregated Tucson was when he was a child, mentioned the efforts to make the City of Tucson government more diverse (including last 2 City Managers); Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos said that we are all the same “human race”; Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall who remembered when she was refused entry to the Tucson Country Club due to being Jewish, and the many diversion projects her office now has for offenders; TPS Asst. Chief Carla Johnson also spoke of addressing institutional bias, implicit bias in the police force with training and awareness. Also present today was Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson, the current Chair; and aide Laura Dent for W 1 Councilwoman Regina Romero, other community leaders. Stand Up and take the pledge against racism, which is online at the YWCA website. Most of us signed on the board in the foyer. Many stayed to watch the “Little Brother” film ongoing right now.


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