Tucson & Beyond: The Fight for Fair Housing in the Southwest

    October 26, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Dunbar Cultural Center
    325 W 2nd St
    Tucson, AZ 85705

    “In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, Southwest Fair Housing Council and our community partners will be examining the impact of the Act on Arizona.

    8:00 – Registration and continental breakfast

    8:45 – Opening Remarks, welcome address, and a brief history of Dunbar school will be given by Jay Young and Debi Chess Mabie

    9:00 – Keynote address will be given by Dr. George Lipsitz, University of California, Santa Barbara

    9:30 – Panel 1: “They lived in the alleyways”: An exploration of the history of housing segregation in Tucson and the larger Southwest. Moderated by Dr. Tyina Steptoe, this panel will include

    Dr. Grace Peña Delgado

    Dr. Eric Meeks

    Lola Rainey

    Jaynie Adams

    11:00 – Panel 2: “There is much yet to do”: An examination of how city officials are combating housing inequalities. Moderated by Jay Young, panelists include

    Joshua Poe

    Maribel Alvarez

    Kimber Lanning

    Pima County Land Trust (Maggie Tellez)

    12:30 – Lunch

    1:30 – Panel 3: Los Guerreros: A conversation between community activists about how they dismantle the effects of housing segregation in their own communities. Moderated by Andrea Romero, community organizations include

    Nelda Ruiz, Tierra y Libertad Organization

    Alfonso Chavez, Flowers and Bullets

    Darren Chapman, The Tiger Mountain Foundation

    Brian Flagg, Casa Maria

    Josefina Cardenas, Favor Celestial Community Economic Development Initiative

    Questions? Contact jaynie@swfhc.com or rachel@swfhc.com for more information


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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).

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