March for Our Lives Tucson

    March 24, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Jacome Plaza to UA Mall
    10 W Pennington St
    Tucson, AZ 85701

    “March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.

    It doesn’t have to be this way. Change is coming. And it starts now, inspired by and led by the kids who are our hope for the future. Their young voices will be heard.

    Stand with us on March 24. Refuse to allow one more needless death.


    Our plan is to meet at Jacome Plaza at 11am and march down 4th Avenue to the University of Arizona campus.

    If you have questions, you can email:
    Hannah DeSanto:
    Jessica Hopkins:
    Adelina Mason:

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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).


    1. Crowd reports of 5,000 marchers from Jacome Plaza to UA today. Was out of town till 1:45 p.m. and arrived at UA rally to hear 3 + speakers talk about fellow UA student Chrissy Duarte, killed in the Las Vegas shooting. One speaker said “how much blood, more lives” need to be affected. Another student said that “we live in fear , that “never again” should there be more shootings of students. Lots of young people on stage when a Tucson high school teacher from Florida spoke that we need to be “anti-school shootings, not anti-guns”. Chanting “No more silence, end gun violence” came LD 2 House Rep. Daniel Hernandez Jr. (survivor & hero of 1/8/11 Tucson mass shooting), along with his 2 sisters Alma & Consuelo and Roxanna Taylor-Green, mother of Christina (9) killed that day. Daniel said that these shootings are “not normal, not okay”, that it has been 7 long years since then, and that background checks are needed now. He mentioned that Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Reps. KirstenEngel and Pam Powers Hannley were present. I also ran into LD 9 House Candidate JP Martin thereafter, and survivor Pam Simon. Final speakers rallied with “enough is enough”, not to forget Parkland HS victims. Signs that caught my eye: “Protect children, not guns”, “Ban Assault Weapons Now”, “Your Gun should not have more rights than my child”. Text NRA to 50409 urged a speaker, and another high school student said that she “could die today at school”, grew up living with fear of shootings. Many of the speakers urged the voters over 18 to vote in the Nov. 2018 election for gun safety advocates, to “vote them out” meaning the politicians/ candidates who don’t support gun safety/control.


      “TUCSON, Ariz. – This Saturday, March 24th, participants of March For Our Lives can ride Sun Tran or the Sun Link streetcar to or from the event. The march is scheduled to begin at 11:00 am at Jacome Plaza in Downtown Tucson and will conclude at the University of Arizona Mall.

      Due to the march taking place on the streetcar alignment on 4th Ave. and University Blvd., Sun Link service will be suspended from Helen St. to 4th Ave. & 9th St. from 11:15 a.m. until the march participants are safely on the University of Arizona campus. During that time, Sun Link will only operate from the Mercado District to 4th Ave. & 9th St.

      Before the march, participants can park and ride Sun Link to Jacome Plaza. To get there, participants can board at any one of the 23 Sun Link streetcar stops along the route and exit at Congress St. & Stone Ave. or Congress St. & Church Ave.

      Several Sun Tran bus routes also serve the University of Arizona campus. Riders can take Routes 1, 3, 4, and 6 to reach the UA Mall.

      Passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and purchase a SunGO Ticket, load a pass or cash value to a new or existing SunGO card, or download a ticket to the GoTucson Transit mobile app before the event.

      SunGO Tickets can be purchased at any one of the Sun Link streetcar stops, at a transit center ticket vending machine, at any SunGO Sales Outlet, or on the GoTucson Transit app.

      The cost of a 1-Day SunGO Ticket to ride the streetcar is $4.50. If paying with cash value on a SunGO Card, the cost per ride is $1.75 on Sun Tran and Sun Link.

      Cash is not accepted once on the streetcar, so each passenger is required to have a SunGO product or pass on the GO Tucson Transit mobile app.

      Children five years of age and younger can ride Sun Link free with a paying passenger.

      There are various parking options available at 4th Avenue, Main Gate Square, and Downtown with easy access to Sun Link stops. The following University of Arizona garages are free on weekends, pending special event restrictions:
      Highland Avenue
      Main Gate
      Park Avenue
      Cherry Avenue
      South Stadium
      Tyndall Avenue
      Second Street, weekend rates apply
      If returning to the downtown area, participants can ride the Sun Link streetcar by boarding at stops on the University of Arizona campus.

      For trip planning assistance or additional information, call the Customer Service Center at (520) 792-9222 (for persons with hearing and speech impairments, call TDD: 520-628-1565).”

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      Amanda Valenzuela
      Marketing & Communications Specialist
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      3920 N. Sun Tran Blvd
      Tucson, AZ 85705

    3. We want to be at the rally Saturday but are unfamiliar with the area. If we park at the public library can we take the tram to close to the UA Mall? Thanks for your help. Susan

      • Yes, it is a 3 mile walk/march to UA, up on Stone Avenue, then to 4th Avenue, then I believe to University Blvd. You could park downtown (free on Saturdays on the street)or in the underground parking garage of the Main library (drive west on Alameda St. to the lower entrance on the north side of the library). You could march to UA, then catch Sun Link streetcar back to downtown. The nearest station of Sun Link is at Main Gate shopping center, just west of Park Avenue. Sun Tran buses also go from UA area to downtown, along E. 6th St. (#3 bus) or # 4 bus on Speedway, all heading west.

    4. Are “march for our lives” official t-shirts available for purchase now at a Tucson location? Or will they be available for purchase the day of the event on March 24? Please advise.
      Thank you.

    5. Is this different from the event in the ‘Public Gardens”? I have found two events by searching. I want to come from Ajo to participate.

      • Yes, there are 2 March for Our Lives events inTucson on March 24. The bigger one will be this one at Jacome Plaza downtown, marching to University of Arizona mall. The Pueblo Gardens one is more a neighborhood event. I have posted both, plus the big one at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix. Hope ou can attend and participate.

        Parking is free at the Main library downtown on Saturdays, as is street parking. Jacome Plaza is in front of the Joel D. Valdez main library, 101 N. Stone Ave.

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