Walls, Wildlife, Watersheds and Wisdom public forum

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    “FREE BI-NATIONAL PUBLIC FORUM:

    WALLS, WILDLIFE, WATERSHEDS, AND WISDOM

    MONDAY, OCTOBER 30TH
    YWCA 525 N. BONITA AVE.
    6:30 PM Refreshments on the Patio
    7:00-8:30 PM Forum

    Presenters include:

    Dinah Bear, Humane Borders

    Juan Carlos Bravo, Wildlands Network

    Dan Millis, Sierra Club

    Jan Schipper, Friends of the Sonoran Desert

    Mike Wilson, Tohono O’odham Nation

    Moderator: Diana Hadley, Northern Jaguar Project

    THE ISSUE OF THE BORDER WALL REQUIRES LOTS OF VERY LOUD SINGING BY THE CHOIR!
    PLEASE FORWARD THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WIDLELY.
    AMPLE INFORMATION ON HOW AND WHERE TO SING WILL BE PROVIDED AT THIS EVENT.”

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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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    1. Ambitious panel presentations, moderated by Diana Hadley at YWCA. Dan Millis spoke first about US/Mexico border wall – 654 miles of wall, 340 vehicle barriers which block wildlife, water. Trump Adm. proposing construction of more wall in TX and CA; also spoke of Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge in Tx, with 3 more miles of proposed wall.He encouraged activism via Sierra Club lobbying. Dinah (former D.C. atty). spoke of largest # in US history of laws waived by Sec. of Homeland Security, first began in San Diego w/ Friendship Park on the border, now with a double wall due to waiver passed after 9/11/01, plus efforts to expand more waivers, perhaps 100 to 300 miles inland from border. Jan (AZ Center for Nature Conservation) spoke of science of crossings, unknown impacts on species dispersal, habitat disruption, the connectivity between US & Mexico for animal migration/movement. Mike informed the audience that Border Patrol has primary law enforcement jurisdiction on T.O. reservation, with vehicle barriers along 75 miles. Trump Adm. wants “Super wall” now, with 9 crossings before 9/11/01 reduced to only one now, controlled by Border Patrol, with tribal members in Mexico refused entry for medical treatment in US. T.O. members fearful of Border Patrol, with their Nation’s government complicitity. He encouraged coalition building. Juan Carlos (via skype from Mexico) gave background of Sky Islands/Mexican Natural Protected Areas on both sides of the border for Pronghorn sheep, Jaguar, Black Bears & Mexican wolves, to be presented to U. S. Senators shortly by Miles Traphaven of same project (who also announced it in person). Finally Lauren Strohacker, artist showed video of her May 12, 2017 installation of large photo images of jaguar, fox, mt. lion on the border wall at Douglas/Agua Prieta. Video film called “Un-fragmented”. Did not stay for audience Q & A. Ruben Reyes from CD 3 Congressman Raul Grijalva’ office present tonight.

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