Tell John McCain: No Border Wall on O’odham Land

    March 23, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    U.S.Senator John McCain's office
    407 W Congress St
    Tucson, AZ 85701

    “Senator (John) McCain has not come out with a formal statement opposing or supporting Trump’s executive order to begin building a wall on the southern border, 75 miles of which would be on Tohono O’odham tribal land- a clear violation of the Nation’s tribal sovereignty. The wall would be devastating to animals, wildlife, and water that moves across the border, and would prevent O’odham from continuing religious and cultural practices in our traditional lands of what is now Mexico.

    Senator McCain represents the Tohono O’odham Nation and its tribal members in Congress and must listen to the voices and concerns of those who live and work on the Nation along the border. We stand AGAINST the border wall and increasing border militarization.

    We want a large crowd of O’odham, Natives, and anyone who opposes Trump’s proposed border wall to join us at McCain’s office to visually remind him that he represents us and he needs to listen to our concerns. During this time, all letters of opposition to the wall that have been collected over the past few weeks will be delivered, and a meeting with his staff will be requested.

    Wear your traditional outfits, bring your sawkud, visually represent your community or just show up!

    Logistics: We recommend parking across the street at:
    City/State Garage
    498 West Congress Street
    0-1 hours = Free
    1-2 hours = $2.00
    2-3 hours = $3.00

    Safety: Our protest will be lawful and peaceful. We will remain on public sidewalks and will not obstruct traffic. We will be alerting Tucson Police Department of our intent to peacefully protest.” Hosted by Indivisible Tohono.
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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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