We Stand Together Kick Off Event




    “Reports of harassment are on the rise everywhere – including Tucson. Come learn how to respond when you experience harassment yourself or see it happening to someone else. Get tips on how to respond to friends, family and coworkers when they say or do things that show prejudice. Help us launch a citywide campaign to make Tucson a safe place for everyone!

    Who should come? Private citizens, business owners, nonprofit and faith leaders, law enforcement officers and government officials – and everyone who wants to build alliances across
    impacted groups and their allies.

    This event is FREE. It will be practical and inspiring. YOU make the difference. Join us!

    We Stand Together is a campaign to speak up for our neighbors and stand up against bigotry and prejudice. Sponsored by Southern Arizona Hate Crimes Task Force, YWCA Southern Arizona and Jewish History Museum, Women’s Resource Center (UA), Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation.


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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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