We Remember, Do You? Human Embrace Event

    January 8, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Hi Corbett Field
    3400 E Camino Campestre
    Tucson, AZ 85711


    We Remember, Do You?
    January 8, 2017

    Human Embrace Event
    Hi-Corbett Field
    Gates opens at 1 p.m.
    Program promptly starts at 2 p.m.

    Tucson’s Memorial is an embrace. The embrace symbol was designed to communicate togetherness, solidarity, and empathy.

    Show your support for our community and other communities who have gone through tragedy by joining us on the field to create a human EMBRACE symbol.


    Hosted by Tucson’s January 8th Memorial Foundation.


    In remembrance of the 6 who were killed and 13 wounded (including then CD 8 Congresswoman Gabby Giffords), at the Tucson mass shooting of Jan. 8, 2011.

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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. Over 1000 people ? showed up in white shirts/blouses to be part of this Embrace symbol. Speeches by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, survivors Ken Dorushka and former Congressman Ron Barber. Barber said that Tucson is defined by “love, compassion & community spirit”. Then Congresswoman Martha McSally spoke of her recent legislation to make this Jan. 8th Memorial a national memorial. Other survivors present today: Patricia Maisch, Mark Kimble, and Gabe Zimmerman’s Dad Ross. Politicians present: LD 9 Rep. Randy Friese (UMC doctor on that shooting day), LD 10 Rep. Todd Clodfelter, Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik, TUSD Bd. member Kristel Foster. Memorial bell was rung 19 times to remember all who were shot that day, with a moment of silence for the 6 deceased citizens. Then we all stood in the outline of the Embrace symbol for photos. Stay tuned for posters of this event.

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