UA Presents MLK Day Intro meeting


    MLK meeting

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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. 15 participants at this meeting tonight, facilitated by Candace Feldman about MLK Day in the past (in Tucson), envisioning MLK’s “beloved community” – what it would look like in Tucson, and how to participate in it. Break out groups said the community would be “neighborhly, engaging, multi-cultural, diverse, inclusive, with shared values, healthy ecosystem; one that would alleviate fears & anxiety, balance out power base; and be aware of differences, include youth volunteers, align leadership, with empathy & sensitivity. ” A wish list of possible speakers/programming for such a free community event possibly at UA Centennial Hall would be an interactive festival/pow wow that would be healing, address social issues, include local artists, and invite for example the Obama family, Jada Pinkett Smith, Oprah, Dick Gregory, Sinbad, Spike Lee, Viola Davis, etc. Candance will follow up by contacting the current MLK Planning Committee which has organized the past MLK Marches/rallies/festivals at Reid Park. She spoke of a “gift to the community” of Tucson.


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