What’s next: Resisting White Supremacy in a Trump World

    December 5, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Southside Presbyterian Church
    317 W 23rd St
    Tucson, AZ 85713


    “Join Tucson Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) for an open meeting Monday December 5th at 6 pm. We will be sharing ways to get involved and take action against white supremacy in a Trump presidency

    We know that the majority of white people voted for Trump, regardless of age, income or gender. Some were galvanized by his white supremacist, Islamophobic, and misogynist platform, and others were simply not deterred by it. This election is part of a larger dangerous takeover of the far right’s white supremacist agenda, one that will disproportionately impact people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people, Muslims, people with disabilities, poor people, and women. We know these are scary and dangerous times, and that as white people committed to ending white supremacy, we must up our dedication, capacity, and boldness dramatically.

    We must get ready to stand alongside and behind communities most impacted by a Trump presidency and the white supremacist violence it emboldens. When our undocumented, DACA-mented or Muslim friends and co-workers are under attack from registries or raids, we must be ready to put our bodies on the line in defense.

    And, we also must grow our ways of relating to and bringing in the white communities that didn’t vote, or that elected Trump. We commit to having new and difficult conversations with a widening circle of white folks in our lives and communities. We don’t have the blueprint, but we commit to taking risks, getting outside of our bubbles and comfort zones, and bringing new people in.
    We invite you to join us in these efforts, in ways that are bold and meaningful to you.”


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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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