The Historic Y Gathering of Friends


    “The Historic Y Gathering of Friends is a festive gathering featuring local food, beverage and music in appreciation to the tenants of The Historic Y and those doing exemplary work in the arts, education, human rights and social and environmental justice throughout Tucson.

    The Gathering of Friends continues the same spirit of the former Gathering of the Greens while encouraging greater participation by those who are making great contributions to our community and the world in the other important fields represented at The Historic Y.

    Attendees are asked to help us fight hunger in our community by bringing food items for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.”

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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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