Equality & Justice Conference

    January 10, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Phoenix Pride LGBT Center
    801 North 2nd Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85003
    $25 early bird, $35 later


    Please save the date for January 10, 2015 for the first annual EQ AZ Equality and Justice Conference.

    Reserve your place at our Equality & Justice Conference TODAY. Early Bird tickets are just $25, before December 31st. Buy today!

    Travel scholarships are available for those interested in attending from outside of Maricopa County. To find out more, email conference@equalityarizona.org with your name, address and preferred details for travel.

    The day is packed with informative speakers who will help participants effectively advocate in their communities for equality and justice.

     The keynote speakers are Dr. Kevin Patterson and Dr. David Patterson, Super Dads and Plaintiffs in the recent lawsuit that resulted in the ban on same-sex marriages being lifted.They will share their story of family and advocacy.

    Our featured sessions include:

    • Advocacy – Kelley Dupps, Training Director, HERO
    • Using Personal Stories to Motivate People into Action – Stan Williams, Arizona Organizing Director, Enroll America
    • Social Media as an Advocacy Tool – Robbie Sherwood, Executive Director, ProgressNow Arizona
    • EEO Laws – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Mary Jo O’Neill, Regional Attorney, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    • How to Herd a Pride of Lions: Unique Challenges of Transgender Community Organizing – Abby Louise Jensen, Vice President, Executive Committee member, Southern Arizona Gender Alliance and C. Michael Woodward, MPH Treasurer, Executive Committee, Southern Arizona Gender Alliance
    • Self-Care: Unlocking the Key to Effective Personal and Community Advocacy Work – Heal Your Life – Chris Tompkins, Coach, Teacher, ARoadTripToLove.com
    • Policy and Legislative Trends and Changes – Angela Hughey, President, One COMMUNITY, Sheila Kloefkorn, HRC National Board of Directors Member, Bill Hardin, Attorney at Law, Osborn Maledon and Bettina Nava, Partner, First Strategic 
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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).


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