Southern Arizona Community Engagement meeting

    February 13, 2020 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    Martha Cooper Library
    1377 N. Catalina Ave. Tucson

    You’re invited to join us at the

    Southern AZ Community Engagement

    Meeting #4


    Thursday, February 13th,
    5:30 pm – 7:00 pm


    Martha Cooper Library
    1377 N Catalina Ave,
    Tucson, AZ 85712

    PLEASE RSVP by February 11th!

    Zoom meeting is available. RSVP by 2/12 to request access.


    We are furthering the conversation we started on November 18th

    Meetings will be held
    the 2nd Thursday of each month, 5:30 pm

    Our meetings are open to be lead by any S.A.C.E. member

    Notes from our previous meeting include:

    1. AZ Resist has a calendar that we can all use for our events.
      For event examples see below**
    2. Slack as a form of Communication
    3. Building our coalition across Pima County
    4. Idea for electoral training: Rock the Congress: Their mission is: to maximize collaboration among progressive groups to win elections.   We need to multiply the effectiveness of grassroots groups by fostering inter-organizational cooperation and expanding capabilities and capacity. We want to build and sustain the power base that will win back and safeguard our democracy.
    Previous article“And Then They Came for Us” free documentary about WWII Japanese American internment camps
    Next article“Shifting The Conversation on Climate Change” with Mrs. Green
    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. Focused discussion tonight with only 7 present, from The AZ Ground Game, AZ Youth Climate Strike, Sunrise Tucson and Indivisible Tucson — to discuss collaboration for voter registration efforts in 2020. Goal is to reach Dems and youth, educate voters about climate change and initiatives/referenda on the ballots. Focus is on LD 11 in Tucson as a possible swing district. Field Team 6 (national) group was mentioned, which sends in canvassers to states, some college campuses. Other groups doing same are Flip the Vote, and Swing Left. Coordinated Campaign by AZ Dem Party was mentioned as well, but only concentrates on chosen candidate (i.e. US Senate candidate Mark Kelly), and not local candidates or issues. Campaigns need to share walking maps and work together, but that doesn’t always happen, with limited volunteers/resources. What is the psychology of those who choose not to vote at all? Want us to think about gimmicks to get attention of elected politicians. PPE coming up March 17, with paid staff for Bernie, Bloomberg, Warren in Tucson. Next S.A.C.E. meeting on 2nd Thurs in March via Zoom online sign in, not a physical meeting.

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