Social Justice Parenting

    January 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    Loft Cinema
    3233 E Speedway Blvd
    Tucson, AZ 85716
    “Ben’s Bells Project presents Kindness A to Z: an Arizona Speaker Series
    Social Justice Parenting: Teaching Kindness as Acts of Radical Change with Mako Fitts Ward Ben’s Bells 2017-2018 Speaker Series highlights influential Arizona speakers who are helping to build more connected communities through kindness. Featuring both local Tucson and statewide speakers, Kindness A to Z: an Arizona Speaker Series will be informative, entertaining, and motivational. Join us for these casual and engaging evenings that will invite lively discussions and significant insights into how we can create stronger communities when we practice intentional kindness together.In the daily grind of parenting, we often don’t think about the influence we have in shaping the minds and future contributions of our children as citizens of the world. From “conscious parenting” to everyday acts of kindness, we have the responsibility to give our children the skills to navigate our multicultural, intersectional communities in ways that promote acceptance over intolerance.As an educator and social justice advocate, Mako Fitts Ward will discuss her journey into motherhood and the challenges of applying ethics of justice, kindness, equality, and integrity into parenting, especially in these contentious political and cultural times. Through the development of what she calls the “Social Justice Parenting Toolkit,” Mako will energize our community around the power of parenting and how teaching kindness and awareness to our children are radical acts of social transformation.”

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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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