Building a Racially Just Sanctuary Movement (day 1)


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    Despite our best intentions, we as members of majority-white faith communities and/or denominations continue to perpetuate white supremacy, ranging from micro-aggressions we commit as individuals to the very structure of our institutions. As we seek to participate more thoroughly in local and national efforts for immigrant rights, this training is a unique opportunity to assess our role in oppressive systems that affect undocumented immigrant communities of color and work to turn ourselves personally and structurally towards an anti-racist framework.

    Suggested contribution of $80 for both days for an individual or $350 per congregation. All are welcome, regardless of ability to pay.

    Lunch on Saturday is included.

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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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