“Understanding settler colonialism & building Indigenous solidarity”

    April 9, 2016 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    Joel D. Valdez Main library
    101 N Stone Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85701


    Join Tucson SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) for our second Spring dialogue: Understanding settler colonialism and building Indigenous solidarity

    What: Tucson SURJ Teach-in: Understanding settler colonialism and building Indigenous solidarity
    When: Saturday April 9th from 2:30 pm to 5 pm
    Where: Joel D. Valdez Pima County Public Library 101 N. Stone Ave, downstairs conference room LL1

    “In this dialogue we will engage questions such as whose land are we on? Where do our resources come from? How does setter privilege interact with white privilege? How are Indigenous struggles distinct from other environmental, racial, and social justice movements? How do we build meaningful and accountable relationships with Indigenous communities who are defending their ancestral homelands, self-determination and life ways? What is our purpose and path in defending land and decolonization?”

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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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