Tucson Showing Up for Racial Justice Mass Meeting



    “We are heartbroken and enraged about the ongoing murders of people of color by the police. And we are deeply moved by the fierce leadership of the Movement for Black Lives, the bold direct actions happening across the country, and the white people that are waking up to the horrors of white supremacy, and ready to take action.

    We are inviting you to join us in movement now.

    What: Tucson Showing Up for Racial Justice mass meeting 
    When: Monday July 18th at 6pm
    Where: Southside Presbyterian Church, 317 w. 23rd St. 

    Throughout the country white people are waking up in this moment. There have been numerous of multi-racial direct actions at police stations and interstates around the country with white people putting their bodies on the line. There have been almost 100 new SURJ chapters popping up around the country. Denver SURJ organized a mass meeting where 500 people showed up within days notice. Join us to vision what our roles and work look like, and commit to taking broad and bold action in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives.

    The transformational change that the Movement for Black Lives and communities most impacted by a long history of police violence are calling for must be supported by a growing base of white people taking action to dismantle the violent and racist criminal justice system. This movement needs all of us.

    Access info: Main Space is wheelchair accessible via the west door.  There are several accessible bathrooms.  Childcare will be available.Please contact tucsonsolidaritygroup@gmail.com regarding other access needs. “
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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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