Tucson January 8th Memorial Dedication & Bell Ringing


    Tucson’s January 8th Memorial Dedication and Bell Ringing

    160 W. Alameda Street – El Presidio Park

    Jan. 8th, 9:30AM

    The Tucson January 8 Memorial Foundation

    The sole mission of this 501(c)(3) organization is completing a permanent Memorial to the January 8, 2011 tragedy, an unforgettable day in the history of our community, our state, and our nation. The shooting that occurred at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ Congress on your Corner event in Tucson that wounded 13 and killed six individuals who were participating in a fundamental act of democracy. The community came together in the days that followed to provide comfort and support to one another.




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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).


    1. Update: “TRO String Quartet, Toru Tagawa, Laura Tagawa, Violins, Emily Chao, Viola and Rahsan Apay-Durdag will be performing from 9am -9:30am tomorrow morning. Before the Memorial Dedication ceremony.”

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