Nuns on the Bus “Town Hall for Justice”


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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. Over 200 people at this town hall to hear from the Nuns on the Bus — who did a live person demo of the tax inequity between poor and rich in this country (stepping forward or stepping backward depending on what tax laws impacted them). Congresswoman Martha McSally voted for the 2017 “Tax Cuts & Jobs Act”
      tax bill being discussed tonight which helps corporations & the wealthy, which the CBO said would increase the deficit by $1.9 T in 10 years. In response Congress would want to cut SNAP, Infrastructure improvements, 70% of Child Nutrition, Medicare/Medicaid, Disaster Assistance (FEMA), Education, the ACA. Small groups were formed to discuss what impact this tax bill would have on you & your community and what can we do to take action? Comments were to create Youtube video of tonight’s presentation, to Vote! on November 6 by building trust, work w/ legislators, stop voter suppression, provide specifics to voters as to what they will lose.


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