March for Black Women to the Women’s March Phoenix

    January 21, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, Phoenix
    1700 W Washington St
    Phoenix, AZ 85007

    :Join the March for Black Women on Jan. 21st, 2018 at the Wesley Bolin Plaza at 9am – 9:55 am, before marching to the Arizona State Capitol to meet with the Women’s March Phoenix at 10am.

    We will gather at 9am in the Wesley Bolin park to honor the Black Women of Arizona whether elected to public office, LGBTQIA, or new to the movement. This March is open to all genders, ages, and male allies. Learn more about #M4BM here:

    What to expect? Music, light food, dancing, sisterhood, and speeches to uplift the community!

    #blackgirlmagic #blackexcellence

    #M4BW guiding principles: “denounce the propagation of state-violence and the widespread incarceration of Black women and girls, rape and all sexualized violence, the murders and brutalization of transwomen, supporting immigrant women, and the disappearances of our girls from our streets, our schools and our homes.
    Silenced no more, the March for Black Women will demand a particular brand of racial justice: a racial justice requiring we reject age-old divide and conquer tactics and center Black transwomen in all Black community struggles, bar-none. We want a brand of racial justice deployed, centering the trauma and complexity of all Black women’s lived experiences of atrocity across generations.
    If you can’t march with us, then ride with us. If you can’t ride with us, then shout from your front yards, your kitchen tables and from your street corners. Shout from the pews of your churches and LGBTQ centers, from your HBCUs and healing circles, from the halls and stairwells of the public housing complex where they put you, and from your conference tables and boardrooms. Our differently-abled Black sisters, our grandmothers and great-grandmothers, we ask you to rise with us in your hearts and in your bones.
    Rise with us with all that is within you, in a March for Racial Justice that means justice for all genders.”

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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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