Legislative Wrap up at Free Thought Arizona

    November 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    DuVal Auditorium, University of AZ Medical Center
    1501 N Campbell Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85713

    “Tory Roberg is a social worker who changed paths into public policy advocacy when she realized that real change occurs at the policy level. She is a well-respected, professional lobbyist at the state Capitol, known for her work to promote minority groups and otherwise unpopular issues among the legislative majority.

    Her work has repeatedly put her on the front lines of important social battles. She was one of just four voices at the state senate arguing passionately against the abhorrent SB1062 when it was introduced, after which she helped energize the equality community to defeat the law. She’s organized rallies, crafted strategies for advocacy groups, unified disparate voices, and aggressively lobbied to enact positive change.

    Tory has worked at the organizational, state legislative, and federal government level, helping unify various and sometimes disparate groups around great causes. She has repeatedly fought injustice and kept spotlights on those that governments overlook, and she will proudly continue doing so for nonprofits and advocacy groups that also want to make the world a better place. Tory is known for her endurance, her spunk, her intelligence, and her willingness to continue fighting for what’s right and just. She truly shows courage in the face of adversity.

    Tory is the Director of Government Affairs for the Secular Coalition for Arizona and will be joining us in November to give us an update on the 2018 legislative session. She’ll give us the inside stories of the battles around secular government at the Arizona state capitol.”

    RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/freethoughtaz/events/244088009/

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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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