Organizing for Power – Training to Enhance Community Organizing


    From flyer:

    “This event is truly in the spirit of “Grassroots Collaboration” and is intended to be a space for planning, sharing ideas, learning and collaborating on effective actions as we all move forward in this new era. While donations to cover materials are greatly appreciated, this event is free and open to everyone. Hosted by Tucson Water Protectors, however the information, discussions & ideas to be presented & discussed are meant to be applicable for activist groups involved in any range of issues and activism.”

    “Please join us for this community training to work together to plan how we will organize in Tucson. In these tumultuous times we will begin to take our power back when we refuse to go along, when we no longer cooperate with the injustice. This is a choice. When we see power as an exercise of choices, we begin to see that every day, every moment gives us an opportunity to exercise our power and that our choices become opportunities to either liberate or oppress.

    Strategic campaigns are an important part of building a movement. They focus our energy on the forces that need to be changed, and can often result in some victory (big or small) or mitigation of damage. These efforts require participation and creativity. As we build power through campaigns, we model what can happen when we work together inspiring others and igniting imaginations that feed more and more organizing.

    We invite individuals and coordinators of community groups in Tucson to participate in this event hosted and sponsored by the Chukson (Tucson) Water Protectros. There will be a potluck for lunch so please bring a dish to share and your own bowl and utencisl/cups and come even if you don’t prepare anything!

    Donations are gladly accepted and recommended $5-$20 and NOBODY will be turned away for lack of funds!”

    Please email with any questions
    Keep strong everyone! Let’s have each others’ backs!

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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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