Restore Your Vote Workshop with YWCA

    October 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    House of Neighborly Service
    243 W 33rd St
    Tucson, AZ 85713

    Hosted by YWCA Arizona – STAT-Stand Together Arizona Training & Advocacy and Restore Your Vote Arizona

    “Join the YWCA STAT and Restore Your Vote for a workshop on felony disenfranchisement and voting rights restoration in Arizona.

    During the midterm election season, everyone is talking about voting, and over 220,000 Arizonans have been excluded from the conversation because of past felony convictions.

    This is 4.25% of the entire state-wide voting-age population and 11.89% of the adult black male voting-age population. The Latinx community is also disproportionately impacted, making up nearly 28% of all disenfranchised persons in the state. The law is intentionally complex, preventing individuals from knowing how to restore their rights at the end of a sentence. Felony disenfranchisement is an issue of racial justice, keeping thousands of people of color from the polls in Arizona.

    In partnership with the YWCA, Restore Your Vote is working to restore the rights of individuals with past convictions, to raise awareness of the ability to restore voting rights, and to train leaders in rights restoration.

    Come to learn about the issue of felony disenfranchisement nation-wide, the process for rights restoration in Arizona, and how to work to restore voting rights in your 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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