Candlelight Vigil & “A Trillion Acts of Love”

    January 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Armory Park
    220 S 5th Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85701
    Tucsonans to Remember Historic Women’s March with Candlelight Vigil and “A Trillion Acts of Love” on Jan. 20, 2018
    “Last year an impassioned group of Tucsonans organized a sister march to the Women’s March on Washington. With a typical Tucson twist, they added a Solidarity Rally. On January 21, 2017 between Armory Park and the Joel Valdez Library, a record 15,000 Southern Arizonans attended, marching peacefully in support of human rights, women’s rights and diversity. This year, the area’s sister Women’s March will take place in Casa Grande, AZ on January 2o , 2018.
    In Tucson, three of the 2017 Women’s March planning team will host a Candlelight Vigil on January 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Armory Park (220 S. 5th Avenue) and launch a new movement called A Trillion Acts of Love. “We stand together to affirm our shared humanity and pronounce our continued message of resistance to plutocracy, and to acknowledge that, though it appears our democracy is dying, the light of hope remains within us,” says Sheli Weis, writer, artist and activist against hate. “A Trillion Acts of Love is an effort to spread kindness across Tucson, and beyond! We’re asking everyone to bring a candle and an act of love they will commit in 2018–something to tighten the net of support between people. This is a radical act of self-determination to bring power back into our own hands. We must subvert the spread of hatred and separation across our country with love and compassion for our neighbor.”
    And that’s not all. In a bold move, the team decided to give Tucsonans the opportunity to start immediately with an Act of Love by partnering with the Armory Park Senior Center. “The vigil is right outside their door, so we asked what they needed, and decided to wrap it all up together. It’s a perfect opportunity to help our citizens in need,” said Pam Bickell, who was an editor for the previous march.
    Peter Romano of Handprint-Images stepped forward and offered to photograph each person holding a sign declaring their Act of Love, to be uploaded to the Women’s March Facebook page for any donation, from “one cent to as big as your heart,” with much of the proceeds going directly to the Senior Center. He will even print a souvenir photo for each participant for a $5 fee with 50% going directly to the Center. The seniors are possibly planning to decorate the photo booth and the staff is just stunned at this rapid turn of events.
    An official Anthem has been adopted and original art has been designed. The emerging female artist Maya Burns’ song, “Time to Take Action” is available for download on YouTube and the artwork created by Donna Sutton, who designed last year’s fundraiser T-shirts will be featured prominently in relation to the Trillion Acts of Love movement.
    For details go to Donation list of items needed by the seniors, drop off times and location are listed below. Updated information will be released in an additional press release next week as the event progresses.
    Women’s March/Tucson Solidarity 2018 “A TRILLION ACTS OF LOVE” Immediate act! DONATE TO SENIORS IN THE COMMUNITY!”
    Armory Park Senior Center donation list:
    ● New Towels, hand towels, washcloths
    ● New Men’s or Women’s socks and underwear ANY SIZE!
    ● New Shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, baby powder
    ● New Combs and Brushes
    Donation drop off: Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 9am until the event ends (appx 10 pm?)
    Address and Phone: 220 S 5th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701 · (520) 791-4865
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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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