AZ Healthy Families Prop. 206 speaker Tomas Robles at DGT


     Arizona Healthy Families discussion on Prop 206, the minimum wage increase, with Tomas Robles, Chair of the campaign.

    “Tomas Robles, former Executive Director for Living United For Change (LUCHA), will speak before the Democrats of Greater Tucson this Monday, Sept. 26, noon, at the Dragon’s View Restaurant at  400 N. Bonita Ave.
    A former Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, Mr Robles has worked for numerous non-profits and social activist organizations, while earning a BA in Transborder Studies from ASU in 2011.
    Following his Marine Corps service in 2008, Tomas has worked as  a Community Organizer and Deputy Field Director for Promise Arizona, Educational Coordinator for the Cesar Chavez Foundation, as a Fellow in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (AFL-CIO & Cong. Raul Grijalva’s office), Outreach Coordinator for the American Farm Workers, and currently serves as Deputy Campaign Manager for Arizonans for Fair Wages and Healthy Families.”
    Tomas Robles
    Tomas Robles

    “Arizonans for Fair Wages and Healthy Families is a coalition of working Arizonans, business leaders and community leaders dedicated to improving the living standards of all Arizonans. The coalition is working to gradually increase the minimum wage to $12 by 2020 and to ensure that everyone can earn paid time off to take care of themselves or a loved one when they get sick.”

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    There is a required nominal charge of $3.50 for a beverage at Dragon’s View.  An optional buffet lunch is available for just $10.00 that includes beverage and dessert.  Both prices include tax and tip. Credit and Debit Cards are accepted, but will incur a $2.00 processing fee that is added to the price of your meal.

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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. With all due respect:
      The minimum wage is exactly what it says, not a “living wage”, I have worked for minimum wage many times in my youth, and even while I was going to college, and expecting a baby, the problems with increasing the minimum wage are multiple and very opposite as to what you people want to create; “a healthy living environment for families”
      1.- Well throwing money at someone that has never learned to care for the first dollar is the opposite of helping them!
      I save for my first brand new t-bird car in the early seventies on minimum wage, and paid cash for it within a year and a half, while paying for my own room and board not living with parents. EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON MONEY MANAGEMENT, DON’T THROW MONEY AT THEM IT PERPETUATES AND INCREASES THE PROBLEM!
      2.- The higher the wage for minimum wage workers the higher inflation will go, It is an inflationary cause- period (meaning the worker will have more dollars but they become worth less- buying less for the same dollar), I have real life stories to tell you if you do not believe me. case in point; Where is the higher wage coming from? do you think McDonald’s, Walmart, etc. just go to the back of the store and print a little more money? Somebody has to pay!!! Oh guess what? it is the minimum wage worker that will pay, he has to pay more for the milk, the bread the eggs, the gas, the repairs on his car, and what do you know? the tax man takes a lot more off the paycheck, because taxes are based on percentage, the more you make the more the IRS takes, and the less EIC and other credits come back, do you want some more?
      Yes the minimum wage hoax is just that, “A HOAX”

      I could write you pages of the financial, cultural, poverty effects that are all backwards to what these nice people are trying to accomplish, but in the end it is an actual attack on the poor people, the only winner is the government, collecting more taxes.

      It is utter foolishness

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