Ward 6 Forum on Inclusion & Equality

    October 20, 2014 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    Catalina High School
    3645 East Pima Street
    Tucson, AZ 85716
    Ward 6 Council office

    equalityforum“It’s Time to talk: Inclusion & Equality in Tucson – A night of sharing, listening and learning.  Could events like those in Ferguson, Missouri happen here in Tucson?”

    Leaders in government, business, education and community leaders will come together to discuss what can unite and strengthen Tucson in the face of potential divisions within our community.  Doors open at 6 p.m.  Moderator will be Tom Beal, columnist of the AZ Daily Star.


    Ward 6 Counciman Steve Kozachik (organizer of the event)

    Tucson/Southern AZ Black Chamber of Commerce President Clarence Boykins

    GLBT Chamber President Sheldon Fishman

    Hispanic Chamber President/CEO Lea Marquez Peterson

    Metro Chamber President/CEO Mike Varney (cancelled?)

    NAWBO Tucson President Reba Kahill

    TUSD Superintendent HT Sanchez

    PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert

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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: Metro Chamber Pres. Mike Varney and NAWBO Pres. Reba Kahill have cancelled their attendance to this forum, per Ward 6 office.


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