“Innocent Voices” film

    December 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    St. Frances Cabrini Parish
    3201 E Presidio Rd
    Tucson, AZ 85716

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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. Harrowing true story of an 11 year old boy Chava in a rural village in El Salvador, with a single mother and older sister, young baby brother. The El Salvadoran Army regularly forcibly takes 12 years old boys to recruit them into the army, fighting the guerrilla resistance (of which belongs Chava’s Uncle Beto). Chava’s father has already left for the U.S. The villagers face nightly gun battles and more innocent lives lost, and finally Chava has to escape to the U.S. as well. This war raged from 1980 to 1992 in El Salvador, with US aiding the government. It is indeed a story of survival as some of Chava’s friends don’t make it. Young love is also portrayed with a girl at his school, until the school is closed due to the ongoing war. Even the helpful Christian priest in the village is often violently beaten and later removed by the Army.

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