Pam Powers from PDA and Blog for Arizona @ DGT

    February 9, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 North Bonita Avenue
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    $10 Chinese buffet cash, $12 credit/debit, $3.50 drink only
    Pam Powers
    Pamela Powers

    Progressive blogger Pamela Powers from Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and Blog for Arizona, on “What can the Oberlin Rescuers tell us about today’s Civil Rights struggle?”

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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. AZ Blue Meanie and I attended this uplifting talk by Pam at DGT, about the 1858 incident in Oberlin, Ohio involving Pam’s ancestors the Lymans and others who helped the “underground railroad” and esp. fugitive slave John Price. A group of Oberlin Rescuers (all men) freed Price, who had been taken from Oberlin to Wellington, Ohio under federal guard, to be returned to slavehood in Kentucky. (Price had been living as a free man in Oberlin, & eventually escaped to Canada). Pam compared that action to today’s economic/low wage injustices, undocumented workers from the South, academic freedom, challenges to the U.S. Constitution, solidarity among activists, and good communication. Stay tuned as she taped her talk and will post it later online, with photos.


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