People Like Us: Arizona Launch

    October 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Changing Hands Bookstore, Phoenix
    300 W Camelback Rd
    Phoenix, AZ 85013

    “The system is rigged: America’s government remains overwhelmingly white, male, and Christian. In People Like Us, Sayu Bhojwani shares the stories of diverse politicians who are challenging the status quo and blazing a path for others.

    Join Sayu and Arizona State Representatives Isela Blanc and Athena Salman, who will discuss the road towards a truly inclusive and multiracial democracy.

    About Sayu:
    SAYU BHOJWANI is the Founder and President of New American Leaders, which works across the country to build the power and potential of first- and second-generation Americans. She served as New York City’s first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs and is the founder of South Asian Youth Action, a community-based organization in Queens. Sayu earned a PhD in Politics and Education from Columbia University, where her research focused on immigrant political participation. Her TED talk focuses on the importance of immigrants to American democracy, and her work to build a more inclusive democracy has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and in The New York Times . Her book, People Like Us: Knocking at Democracy’s Door, will be published by The New Press in October 2018. An immigrant of Indian descent, she grew up in Belize and now lives in New York City with her husband and child.

    About New American Leaders:
    At New American Leaders, we believe our democracy is stronger when everyone participates. We work with the best and brightest from African, Arab, Asian Pacific Islander, Latino and Caribbean American communities to transform them into effective candidates and the inspiring leaders their communities need. From City Council to Congress, NAL is creating and working alongside the rising stars of American politics.”

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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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