Film & Panel discussion for DV Awareness Month

    Join us for a Film & Forum
    honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

    WHAT:  An award-winning short film followed by a panel discussion with community leaders who deal with domestic violence.

    WHEN:  Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00

    WHERE:  Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N Wilmot Road, Tucson

    –This could be an Arizona story–

    The film:  5 Awake follows five Louisiana women, outraged over husbands shooting their wives, who set out to strengthen domestic violence laws, including a controversial proposal to restrict the gun rights of domestic abusers. In Louisiana, this was considered lunacy. Not the part about armed abusers. The part about wanting to disarm them. This is the story of what happens when women, armed with passion, pluck and political savvy, wake up and refuse to take no for an answer.

    The forum:  five community leaders who deal with domestic violence will tell about their work and then accept questions from the audience.  They are:

    Anna Harper-Guerrero, Exec. VP of Emerge
    Assistant Chief Carla Johnson of TPD
    Judge Wendy Million of Tucson Domestic Violence Court
    Tami Sanchez, Lead Victim Advocate for Pima County Attorney’s Office
    Senator David Bradley, representing LD10
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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).

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