Tucson March Against White Supremacy & Racism


    “Join Tucsonans of every color and creed as we rally and march against racism and hate. We will meet at Hotel Congress at 4:30pm tomorrow, August 13th, then at 5:00 we will march to the Islamic Center of Tucson, the African American Student Affairs Center, and the Hillel Foundation to express our love and support for our wonderful, diverse community (route map is below). We will march back to Hotel Congress and meet by 6:00pm on the patio stage for a rally, and words of encouragement from non-elected community leaders.”


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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. Info from CD 2 Candidate Billy Kovacs, one of the organizers:

      Things to bring:
      Water, signs, candle, walking shoes, positive attitude, and passion for your community.
      Route Information:
      Tucson Police Department will be walking with us to ensure our safety as we march. They are members of our community so please treat them with respect and they will show you the same.
      Route Timeline:
      4:30pm Meet at Hotel Congress 311 E. Congress Street
      5:00pm Leave Hotel Congress and proceed North on 4th avenue
      (Please stay ON THE SIDEWALK! We are not blocking traffic)
      5:10pm Pass the Rainbow Sidewalk – 4th Avenue & 6th Street
      5:20pm Islamic Center of Tucson – 901 E. 1st Street
      5:25pm The Hillel Foundation – 1245 E 2nd St.
      5:30pm African American Student Affairs Center – 1322 E 1st St.
      5:40pm Walk back to Hotel Congress – 311 E Congress St.
      6:00pm – 7:00pm Community remarks & Moment of Silence on The Hotel Congress Patio
      7:00-8pm Get to know your community.”

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