What’s next: Resisting White Supremacy Post Inauguration

    January 25, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
    545 S 5th Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85701

    “Join Tucson Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) for an open meeting Wednesday January 25th at 6 pm.

    Following the inauguration of Trump this week, we will be sharing ways to get involved and take action against white supremacy in these scary times.

    We will continue conversations around divesting from police and becoming better bystanders, as well as building our plans to organize more of our communities to stand on the side or racial justice.

    We know that we must grow our capacity and skills to stand alongside and behind communities most impacted by a Trump presidency and the white supremacist violence it emboldens.
    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.

    Please bring your energy and ideas.

    Access info:

    There are accessible bathrooms at the church as well as ramps to access the sanctuary from the west side. Childcare will be provided upon request, so if you have other access needs or would like to bring your children, please contact us at: tucsonsolidaritygroup@gmail.com.”


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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. “We commit to having new and difficult conversations with a widening circle of white folks in our lives and communities.”

      I don’t think you can do it. Without the “White Devil” in your game plan, you will have difficulty focusing your rage, disgust and general hatred. And for their part, they won’t want to be constantly told that ALL problems in our society are caused by them; that being the source of everything that is bad, they will have to be humble, contrite, and – above all – accept a second class place in our culture. That will make those conversation really “difficult”.

    2. Today, the value of our stock market went over$24 trillion, up $2 trillion since Trump’s election and up $8.4 trillion since we began the transition from Obama to the next president.

      We had a $5 trillion deficit in all the state and local pension funds that back up our promises to teachers, firefighters and policemen. It will be interesting to get an update on the status of those funds.

      • Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan’s warning of “irrational exuberance” in a speech given at the American Enterprise Institute during the Dot-com bubble of the 1990s comes to mind. When the bubble pops, then what?

        • Greenspan gave that speech in 1996 when the Dow Jones was at 6,000. Right now, it is at 20,100. Tells you what he knew about our possibilities.

          And, you are right, it could be a bubble that is going to pop. The tax package could be watered down or defeated. Trump’s trade rhetoric could get out of control. Trump could be forced to get serious about stomping out immigration.

          If you have confidence that the market will crash don’t just talk about it, buy some puts, you will be a rich man.

          I wouldn’t advise it, I think the tax package is going to pass and that might be good for another 2 trillion on the stock market.

          • The dot com bubble burst in 2000, and the U.S. had a recession in 2001. Greenspan was correct. We then had the Bush Great Recession in 2008, the worst economic catastrophe since the Great Depression. When President Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 7,949.09. When Obama left office on January 20, 2017, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 19,732.40. Obama was damn good for the stock market and investors.

            • As the probability of Obama becoming president went from 15% (Iowa Political Markets) in October of 2007 to 100% in 2009, the stock market went down from $15.8 trillion to $9.3 trillion.

              Once the Republicans took control of Congress in Nov of 2012, the bleeding stopped. The stock market moved from $14.4 trillion to its current $24.1 trillion.

            • You should apply for a job in revisionist history. The Bush Great Recession began in 2007 and ended in June 2009. Republican obstruction of the stimulus package reduced its size and impact, but it nevertheless pulled the country out of recession and prevented the slide into a depression. For years Republicans complained about slow economic growth, due largely to their opposing everything Obama proposed (it was planned sabotage) — they even used this slow economic growth argument in the 2016 election to win. The stock market is not the economy, as any economist will tell you. So your singular focus on the stock market is just silly.

            • Mr. Huppenthal, the dedication to coming up with statistics to support your argument demonstrates an admirable tenacity to your ideological preferences, but the conclusion is tarnished beyond repair when we consider that during that time period, Lehman Bros. collapsed, ushering in the greatest financial catastrophe since at least the Savings & Loan crisis of the early 90’s, possibly as far back as the Great Depression.

              The majority of that decline cannot be reasonably attributed to Mr. Obama. Presidents just don’t have as much power over the economy as the public thinks they do.

    3. Inspiring meeting of mostly young white people (100?) learning about SURJ, whose values are inclusion, taking risks, tapping into mutual interests, collective action & accountability, enough resources for all. They are trying to “create a multi-racial movement in white communities for social justice”. Started off the meeting asking audience what they were afraid of, then asking if they knew someone in various categories (i.e. targeted by police, immigration problems, etc.) Lots of people shared what other groups are doing in town, & SURJ recognizes that bold coalitions need to be formed. Break out into 3 groups: house parties re: racial justice, divesting from police, parenting group on what to teach youngsters. I joined the first group where 3 people shared about house parties & a wedding they had, to reach out to people to be more caring, sharing with less privileged, having challenging conversations. Wrap up talk was about what did they hear tonight that excited them, how to channel resources, develop leadership, listen to People of Color, and resist when needed. BLM event coming up Feb. 26, 4 to 7 p.m. at La Cocina. Question asked at end: What are you committed to? TUSD Board member Kristel Foster attended tonight.

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