We the People Summit

    June 24, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
    Phoenix Convention Center
    100 N 3rd Ave
    Phoenix, AZ 85003

    **Register now for the first We the People Summit! www.pafcoalition.org/wethepeople

    “We The People Summit is a series of three summits designed to bring together individuals, grassroots organizations, and established nonprofits to collaborate in support of positive change in Arizona.

    Over the last few months, we have seen a political awakening in the state of Arizona. Thousands have begun to get involved with our government in new and innovative ways. Each has a unique voice calling for an action, a change, or a priority that emphasizes improving lives and offering residents of Arizona better opportunities. The We the People Summit series will bring these individuals and groups together to begin a conscious collaboration for a better Arizona. We will focus on providing people with skills and knowledge on how to grow their movement, advocate to representatives, build an inclusive movement, and make your movement sustainable.

    We will have 36 classes and 300 organizations will be in attendance allowing for people to get connected and plugged in. A few of the sponsors include:

    Children’s Action Alliance
    Arizona List
    ​Arizona Democratic Party
    Stronger Together AZ
    New American Community, Inc.
    Arizonans for Gun Safety
    ​Fortitude Consulting
    Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation

    Classes will focus on teaching organizing, action, and knowledge and will include information about running for office, citizen lobbying, the citizen initiative process, etc.

    We the People Summit Workshops
    (Descriptions Coming Soon)
    Fundraising on a Dime
    How to Build a Rapid Response Team
    Building Local Issue Campaigns
    Neighborhood Organizing from Your Living Room
    Navigating Political Parties
    Building Crowdsourced Political Research Teams
    Running for Office. Should I and How To?
    Campaign Finance 101 for Candidates and Organizations
    Navigating the AZ Legislature’s Website and the Request to Speak System
    Citizen Lobbying 101 – How to Use the Legislative Process for Your Cause
    Using Social Media for Action
    Speed Dating: Getting to Know the Organizations and How to Get Involved
    Long-Term Organizing – Building a Sustainable your Organization
    Civil Dialogue 101: Starting Meaningful Conversations with the Other Side that Supports Positive Change
    Know your Unions and How to Work with Them
    Citizen Initiative Process
    Why Redistricting Matters
    Starting a New Activism Group? How to Make Your Organization Street Legal
    Double Workshop: How to be an Effective Ally and Partner with Under­-Represented Communities
    Nothing About Us Without Us: Engaging the Disability Community
    How to Engage Younger Generations
    Learning from history — Activists Who Have Come Before
    History of Movements: First Nations Struggle for Equality and How to Engage First Nations
    History of Movements: LGBTQ Before and After Marriage Equality
    History of Movements: African American Struggle, Then and Today
    History of Movements: Immigration, the Border, and Latino Rights Struggle
    History of Movements: Women’s Rights Before and After the 19th Amendment
    History of Movements – The Muslim American Struggle

    Thank you!”

    PLEASE NOTE: RSVP to the Facebook invite does NOT get you in the door – you must register prior to June 23, 2017
    at www.pafcoalition.org/wethepeople


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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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