“Equal Means Equal” screening & panel discussion


    Presented and Hosted by Tucson NOW

    Equal Means Equal



    With a post-screening panel discussion moderated by Judith McDaniel, PhD, JD, and featuring Representative Pamela Powers-Hannley, Representative Randy Friese, MD, Senator Steve Farley, Montserrat Caballero, and Chris Love, JD

    Equal Means Equal offers an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. Examining both real-life stories and precedent-setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez uncovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace harassment to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, and the healthcare conglomerate to the judicial system. Along the way, she reveals the inadequacy of present laws that claim to protect women, ultimately presenting a compelling and persuasive argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment. (Dir. by Kamala Lopez, 2016, USA, 93 mins., Not Rated)


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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 Tucsoncitizen.com 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, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Hard-hitting, sometimes graphic documentary of issues facing American women: wage discrimination & poverty levels, sexual assault/rape/violence against women, pregnancy laws, sexual harassment, sex trafficking, incarceration of women, domestic violence, ERA passage. Comments from panelists after movie (w/o attorney Chris Love who was ill): Prof.Judith McDaniel moderated this “intense film” and asked “Why do we need ERA, Which issue in the film needed most help and What are we doing? LD 9 Rep. Randy Friese: “crystal clear need for equality for women” in Arizona (hasn’t ratified ERA); LD 9 Rep. Pam Powers Hannley: economic reason for equal rights for women is primary issue, get women out of poverty; Activist Monserrat Caballero: need to educate people on ERA issues, history of women’s struggles; LD 9 Senator Steve Farley: need ERA after nation elected Donald Trump, issue is women’s right to control their bodies, get birth control, abortions. Other issues discussed: SF – some women aren’t pro-choice in legislature/state senate (Republicans), MC – we need equal pay for women, esp. Latina women, all issues connected; PPH – 2 Republican women House members voted for ERA in House this Spring, need to raise our children not to be violent; RF – consider impact on future children by women now in poverty, w/o education; JM – not question of how to keep daughters safe in college but question of teaching our sons to respect women; RF – difficult to get ERA to AZ House floor,as House Speaker tried to recess, in 2018 need Committee to have a hearing for testimony, to get to floor; PPH – will re-introduce in 2018 in AZ House/Senate; MC – need people to resist current Adm. and work for equality, please see “Dolores” film at Loft; SF- Dem party has 3x as many precinct committeepersons since Nov. 2016. Audience questions – how deal w/ time limit set for ratification of ERA (has already passed – legal issue), with only 2 more states needed since Nevada ratified it in 2017; how to get young people involved who don’t know history of ERA passage & failure to be ratified by 3/4 of the states; MC – lots of young women organizing right now, i.e minimum wage increase due to youth working in Tucson; SF – gratitude to good work being done by YWCA of Southern Arizona. Former House. Reps. Bruce Wheeler and Victoria Steele present tonight also.

      Note: In 1978, a joint resolution of Congress extended the ratification deadline to June 30, 1982 (from original deadline of March 30, 1979). My home state of Hawaii was the first state to ratify (March 22, 1972).

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