Truth & Reconciliation Talk Back


    “The STAT team is back from Montgomery, Alabama after attending Equal Justice Initiative’s Peace and Justice Summit, as well as the opening of the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Three of our team members attended the event, and are planning on hosting a truth and reconciliation “talk back” session at the YWCA (525 N Bonita Ave) on May 30th at 6pm.

    This trip was incredibly powerful and important to not only develop a deeper understanding of slavery and its evolution in this country, but to witness how important it is to have these larger conversations on how slavery still impacts each and every one of us today.

    As Michelle Alexander said, “we are birthing a new nation that has yet to be.” In order to create this new equitable nation, it’s critical that we recognize how privilege and oppression show up in our communities and in our own lives, and that we acknowledge the direct connection to racial terrorism and genocide that founded this country.”

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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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