Free the Children press conference


    Hosted by Free the Children Coalition

    “Local Activists, organizations, and community leaders have come together to form the “Free the Children Coalition” to address and denounce the separation of families at the border and the subsequent detention of children under conditions which violate human rights principles.

    Join us for this press conference and stand in solidarity with detained children in Tucson and across the country.

    We demand:
    ● An END to the criminalization of migrants and asylum seekers
    ● An END to family separation
    ● An END to conditions which violate human rights standards
    ● And END to the commodification of criminalized peoples as a means of profit for any market
    ● The adoption of JUST and HUMANE policies which are focused on family reunification and which improve the living and housing conditions for children without family
    ● Prosecution of those responsible for human rights violations
    ● State, County, and City policies which demand high standards of living and housing conditions and require full transparency from private shelters/detention

    Free the Children Coalition: People’s Defense Initiative, Represent Me AZ, Derechos Humanos, Justice Alliance, ACLU, Southside Worker’s Center, The Poor People’s Campaign, Chukson Water Protectors, PALF, Wesley Foundation of Tucson, and YWCA, among others.

    WHAT: Press Conference to condemn the inhumane practice of separating families at the border and the subsequent housing of children under conditions which violate the rights of the child and interfere with their social, physical, and mental development. Announcement of upcoming rally.”

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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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