Teach-In & March for Unity and Solidarity (the March has been cancelled)




    Update 1/19/17: due to forecast of rain, the March and concert has been cancelled.  Teach- in will continue under tents on the UA mall. See comments.

    “Teach-In 9:00 am – 5:00 pm on UA Campus with March from Old Main to El Presidio Park and concert to follow. Details below.

    Mission statement: On January 20, 2017, the United States will face a new presidential administration that threatens the rights and safety of many in our community and challenges the tenets of our democracy.

    While some of us believe it is important to respect the outcome of the election, we also believe it is vital to step up our civic engagement under these circumstances. This march is a public demonstration that the greater Tucson area is a community that is inclusive and respects the rights and dignity of all people regardless of faith, race, gender, ability, citizenship status, or sexual orientation. We want to demonstrate in a peaceful manner that we, as a community, collectively affirm the rights of those who are most vulnerable. We want to affirm in public our solidarity to protect the rights of US citizens who are Muslim, the rights of undocumented students who came to America as children and are currently enrolled at colleges and universities, the reproductive rights of all women protected by law, the rights of individuals in the LBGTQ community, and the rights of African Americans who are victims of police shootings to a fair trial. These rights are legal and we stand together to protect them.

    Teach-in on Civic Engagement and Non-Violent Protest
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm on the Mall at the University of Arizona campus

    Tentative schedule pending confirmation of sequence.

    Monica Casper and Roberto Rodriguez, masters of ceremonies.

    9:00 am Judith McDaniels, the importance of an informed citizenry and the public voices of activists
    10:00 am Eve Shapiro, youth involvement in organized politics
    11:00 am Jeannine Relly, fact-checking and journalism
    12:00 pm Maha Nasser, deconstructing myths about Islam
    1:00 pm Nina Rabin, immigrant rights and US law
    2:00 pm Enrico Trevisani, DACA issues & sanctuary status
    3:00 pm Tyina Steptoe, history of the KKK and white nationalism in USA
    4:00 pm Denis Provencher and Annette Joseph-Gabriel, hate speech, what it is, where it is happening and how to report it
    5:00 pm Phyllis Taoua & Suzi Dovi, how to organize non-violent protest

    Following the teach-in please join us for an Inauguration Day March for Unity and Solidarity starting at 5 pm at Old Main as we march together to El Presidio Park on Alameda Street with a concert in the park to follow.

    These events are open to the public and are wheelchair accessible. To request specific disability-related accommodation, please contact the event organizers.”

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    https://www.facebook.com/events/661242384082814/ (public)

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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 Tucsoncitizen.com 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, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Good venue for this teach in (under a tent) in front of UA Admin. Bldg. Over 100 students/staff/community members listening to various professors talk about the Trump Presidency, the events leading up to General Election, fake news, journalism fact checking, etc. Prof. Judith McDaniel said we are a “divided nation”, need an informed citizenry, lead the crowd in a pledge of citizenry at 9:45 a.m., prior to Pres. Trump being sworn in. Referral made to Callingbullshit.org website for fact checking news, “adequate B.S. detection”. Prof. Sofia Ramos said postiive change needed as negativity spreads instability. More today till 5 p.m. Check for changes in schedule on FB. Paolo Friere 6th & 7th graders present, and Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik on sidelines.

    2. March after this teach in has been cancelled per Monica Casper: “Greetings everyone, and thanks for your interest in our Inauguration Day event.
      Tomorrow’s weather forecast for Tucson is dismal: an 80% chance of rain inching up to 90% in the evening with high winds. It will also be chilly. Please know that WE ARE FORGING AHEAD WITH THE TEACH-IN, and we have ordered some tents to keep you as dry as possible. Bring umbrellas and dress warmly!
      However, given the evening weather, we are CANCELING THE MARCH scheduled to follow the Teach-In. And sadly, we are also canceling the concert at El Presidio Park. Our aim is to keep folks safe, and walking on dark, wet, windy streets is not an optimal way to do so.
      We invite you to join us for tomorrow’s Teach-In and then march on Saturday, in solidarity with the nearly 400 Women’s Marches taking place globally.
      For those of you willing and able to brave the elements tomorrow night, a small group of us will be walking from campus to 4th Avenue, where we will enjoy libations in solidarity. You are welcome to join us.”

    3. All current references to this event have been removed from the internet – Facebook page is gone. Is there a teach-in and march on January 20th in Tucson? I saw a detailed description earlier this week, now it is off the internet.


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