The State of Black Civic Participation Report

    “The State of Black Arizona hosts its first State of Black Civic Participation report in partnership with the Flinn Foundation’s Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, Arizona African American Caucus, and YWCA Stand Together Arizona Training & Advocacy Center.The report will present nonpartisan data on voters and explore ways to engage more Arizonans. Our goal is to inform, strengthen and empower our community to make voting and civic participation a cultural responsibility and tradition. We now see a chance to raise awareness about civic participation, share information from many perspectives about opportunities for involvement, encourage potential leaders to be more active in their communities and at the state level.”
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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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