PDOSA Meeting


    Community Organizations Represented, Elected Officials, Party Officials, Candidates

    Opening Words:

    Educational Programming – 20 minutes each. This is an opportunity for us to educate members of our group about the different issues, grassroots organizations or ideas that relate to our club’s platform.

    Community Building:
    Microaggressions and Ways To Be A Better Ally, Gabriella Cazares-Kelly
    Progressive Values:
    The Case for Economic Progressivism, Alison Jones

    PDOSA Business:
    Approval of Minutes
    President, Gabriella Cazares-Kelly
    1st Vice President, Akanni Oyegbola
    2nd Vice President, Cesar Fieros
    Treasurer, Pat Kelly
    Secretary, Jennifer Contreras
    Executive Committee Chair, Phil Lopes
    Member at Large, Jenise Porter
    Member at Large, Alison Jones

    Updates from the Streets: 2 minutes each – Grassroots activism updates
    Calls to action/Updates/Plugs

    Progressive Candidates: 2 minutes each


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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 Tucsoncitizen.com 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, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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