Rev. John Fife on “Current Immigration Issues in the Southern Arizona Border Region” at DGT

    March 30, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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    Andrea Kennedy
    Rev. John Fife, Founder of the
    Sanctuary Movement: “Current Immigration Issues in the
    Southern Arizona Border Region.”


    Reverend Fife was a founder of a 500 church organization, the Sanctuary Movement, in the 1980’s, that assisted Central American refugees – he also co-founded the No More Deaths group, a coalition to prevent deaths along the southwestern border.

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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. Rev. Fife spoke today of “The New Jim Crow” book by Dr. Michele Alexander about how there is a new racial caste (of black/brown people) in America, due to the increased incarceration rates due to crack down on the war on drugs. He said there are now more African Americans in our prisons than were enslaved in 1850. Because there is no 2nd chance for convicted felons (many of whom are African Americans) this new caste system has been created in cities like Chicago, Detroit, Newark. He also mentioned the high # of illegal immigrant deportations (400,000/year quota under Obama Administration) and SB 1070, driving Mexicans out of Arizona. Finally he emphasized hope with the Black Lives Matter movement,to new creative ways to resist and to find alternatives to mass incarceration.


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