PALF 5th Annual Community Partnership Awards Ceremony

    May 4, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    Randolph Golf Clubhouse
    600 S Alvernon Way
    Tucson, AZ 85711

    “This year, PALF recognizes Indivisible Southern Arizona; whose mission is to fuel a progressive grassroots network of local groups in CD 1, 2 and 3 by holding members of Congress accountable and to act as a check-balance; and Community Home Repair Project of Arizona (CHRPA), a nonprofit agency dedicated to assisting low income homeowners in Tucson and Pima County. The recipient of the PALF Solidarity Award is Liz Knepp, SMART Local 807. These groups and individuals have demonstrated great successes in exemplifying the mission of PALF and on behalf of the union members and their families in Pima County. We thank them for their support, time and service that they have given to our community. Also, this year PALF recognizes Esperanza Dance Project and will be donating a portion of the proceeds to this organization. Esperanza Dance Project, a nonprofit organization, believes in eradicating stigma, secrecy and shame associated with childhood sexual violence and deliver a message of hope, strength and empowerment to audiences through high school multimedia performance tours in Arizona. Thank you for supporting Arizona workers and our community.”

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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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