Women’s March on Washington D.C. – Tucson March



    “This event is open to all in Tucson who “stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.” (quote from the National Women’s March on Washington).

    For those of us who support this and want to join together in Tucson, please come! We will work through the details on logistics in the coming weeks.”

    For those of us who support this and want to join together in Tucson, please come!

    We will march to the Joel D. Valdez library plaza and join up with the Tucson Solidarity Rally.



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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. wow, Tucson march was estimated at 10,000 people from
      Armory Park to Jacome Plaza (at Joel D. Valdez main library). My husband and I watched for over an hour on Stone Ave/Pennington as the marchers arrived, chanting “This is what Democracy looks like”, “Si Se Puede”, etc. Lots of creative signs and enthusiasm. Waffles the clown was there, shouting that it was time for America to wake up. The crowd stayed at the plaza for the Tucson Solidarity Rally. Only able to hear Ward 1 Councilmember Regina Romero speak, but we saw Congressman Raul Grijalva and D 5 Supervisor Richard Elias march by.

    2. Update info: “Please read this update – and see you next Saturday!
      Women’s March Tucson / Tucson Solidarity Rally
      January 21st
      Where: Armory Park, 221 S 6th Ave AND Joel D. Valdez Library plaza 101 N. Stone Ave. If you cannot attend the whole time, or cannot march, please know you are welcome to join in whatever you choose.
      When: 10:00AM program officially begins at Armory Park. Enjoy music by DeGrazia guitar band while the crowd gathers.
      Registration? None – just show up.
      Rules? Purses and backpacks are fine. Signs on posts are OK too – the City of Tucson just asks that you not stick them in the ground, possibly damaging irrigation systems. Dogs that can handle crowds are fine.
      What if there is bad weather? Bring umbrellas, raincoats, boots…we will march rain or shine. Be prepared, wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
      Safety: This is a peaceful event. Please see the peacekeeping guidelines document.
      Theme of the event: This is a peaceful gathering of our community to show in our numbers that we are FOR preserving our rights, and for protecting those whose rights are threatened. This is not an anti-Trump event.
      Parking: We are developing maps for downtown parking garages and Sun Link streetcar and will publish those soon. Metered parking is free on weekends.
      Shirts: The sale of shirts ended on January 12, and all who ordered them will be able to pick them up at Armory Park at a table near the information table. We regret that additional shirts will not be for sale, and recommend those interested visit http://merch.womensmarch.com/ to order Women’s March on Washington apparel.
      Note: At both locations (Armory Park and library plaza) an accessible area will be available near the stage, accessible porta-potties will be on site and ASL interpreters will interpret the program. Those needing to be close to the ASL interpreters should come to the accessible area.
      Shortly after 10:00AM, we will begin with a song by Crystal Stark, followed by speakers including Isabel Garcia (Coalición de Derechos Humanos), Victoria Steele (Tucson chapter of NOW), Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Melissa Garcia (Planned Parenthood) and Kirsten Engel (Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives).
      Around 11:15 – 11:30, the march will begin. Route will be announced shortly. Streets of the march route will be closed to traffic, and the march will pause occasionally to allow Sun Link to run. Along the march route we will have Veterans for Peace and the Peacekeeping Committee, event volunteers and the Tucson Police Department to ensure a safe and peaceful march.
      We will arrive at the library plaza starting around 11:30 – 11:45 until however long it takes for everyone to get there.
      At the library, we will welcome everyone and begin with a song by Katina Murphy and followed by more great speakers, including Lynn Hourani (Islamic Center of Tucson), Richard Elias (Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 5), Bryan Davis (Jewish History Museum and Southern Arizona Hate Crimes Task Force), Congressman Raúl Grijalva, and Regina Romero (Ward 1 Councilor).
      Towards the end of the program, we encourage everyone to connect with organizations that will have tables at the library plaza.
      Please keep checking arizonawomensmarch.com/tucson for further details as well – we will be posting maps and things there in the coming days.
      Please contact us at wmwtucson@gmail.com or solidarity2017tucson@gmail.com with questions.
      Follow us on twitter @womensmarchtucs
      We look forward to seeing you Saturday!”

    3. I want to join in the March in Tucson and have a voice . Traveling to D.C is not possible for me. Put me on your email list please. I am not on Facebook.

      • Nancy, you have to subscribe to our Blog for Arizona listserve, on the right of our front page. I will try to update the Calendar event listing before Jan. 21st. You are right, many people won’t be able to drive/fly to our Nation’s Capital — too far on the East Coast.

    4. I would like to join in with the organizing and volunteering to make this event happend. Would really like you t0o tell me how I can do this. Thank you for your response.

      • Just updated this event. Meet at 10 a.m. at Armory Park, in downtown Tucson, on 6th Avenue, south of Broadway Blvd.

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