Climate Justice Community Forum (new date, postponed from March 5)

    April 16, 2016 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Global Justice Center
    225 E 26th St
    Tucson, AZ 85713


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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. About 100 people attended this forum today at the Global Justice Center. The welcome keynote was by two Dine Navajos Kim Smith and Makai Lewis, who spoke of their Journey of Existence, a 1500 Dine Walk through their lands, over 11 months, to get answers from the land, not formal schooling. The Rising Tide Organizers spoke of the long SW drought, interconnection of global crisis and environmental changes, need for creativity and resiliency. Attended first workshop on Geographic Barriers in Tucson, with presenters from Unidos and Flowers & Bullets, which showed geographic maps of the poverty/ethnicity/food deserts/H20 rebate class attendance to show how ethnic/poor communities are vulnerable in Tucson, with less green space than other areas. Youth led groups such as these two are trying to find sustainability and seek climate justice for all. LD 10 House candidate Kirsten Engel was the only political leader present.


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