Cooperation Unconference 2018

    April 7, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
    City High School
    47 E Pennington St
    Tucson, AZ 85701


    “This is a historic time. A national conversation of sorts is taking place in the media, in coffee shops, in our democratic institutions and behind the scenes, that will determine who we are going forward. People are realizing that sitting back and watching is maybe not the best option.

    Come join the conversation. Building on the success of Cooperation Unconference 2017, we are inviting local leaders and regular folks to come together and take ownership of our future. An “unconference” is a great way for people to create together and support each other, and to quickly learn firsthand what movers in our community are up to. If you’ve never been to one before, its fun, fast-pasted and participatory. You help shape the sessions and choose things you are comfortable with and interested in.”

    More details to come, sign up now for updates… We will have a good cross-section of the community – Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will be there for lunch, new Ward 3 City Council member Paul Durham will attend, Adelita Grijalva will be there from TUSD in the afternoon; we’ll have folks from Lucha, Sister District, Outlaw Dirty Money, and more. But we need you!

    Register here:

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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. 20 people checked in to this conference representing various activist groups in Tucson. Aim of conference is “to connect people on the ground”. In morning welcome all were asked to propose topics for discussion for 3 sessions. These were suggested & chosen: 9:35 a.m. Voting rights/engagement, Criminal Justice Reform, Civic engagement; 10:35 am Hate crimes, Effective Resistance, Teacher Pay/Education and 1:35 p.m. DACA issues, Challenges for Refugees, and Campaign Finance. Mayor Rothschild to speak at 12 noon, and marchers from Cesar Chavez march/rally to attend in p.m.

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