Women’s March to the Polls: Phoenix

    January 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Arizona State Capitol
    1700 W Washington St
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
     JAN 21 (change of date from Jan. 20)

    Women’s March to the Polls

     Hosted by Eva Burch and Murphy Bannerman
    “The Women who brought you The Women’s March on Washington: Phoenix are coming back together to organize a reunion march in 2018. This year has been a whirlwind of highs and lows. The Women’s March on Washington was the largest single-day protest in written history, and our city of Phoenix drew a crowd of 20,000 women and allies, and helped to set the stage for an impassioned resistance to an administration with an agenda that does not reflect the values of the American people. Since this time, women across America have shared their stories and stood up against their abusers with the rise of the #MeToo movement. Women of color in Alabama were able to secure the senate seat for Doug Jones in the special election that shook a historically red state to its core and showed what can be accomplished when a community works together to bring forward the vote that can change a nation. In that same spirit, we are proud to host a march and rally to call for action and bring the progressive voice and vote to Arizona. We marched to resist, and now we march to rise. We seek to bring voter registration to the communities most affected by the oppressive policies of the Trump administration. We seek to give a platform to the progressive women who seek office in our communities, and to encourage women, and especially women of color, to seek office and roles of leadership in Arizona. 2018 is our time to rise up, to register new voters with the ambition of those whose futures depend on it, knowing that these are truly the stakes we face. Join us in the fight to bring the progressive voice and VOTE to Arizona.”
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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. Today starting at 10 a.m. at AZ State Capitol in Phoenix. There was some confusion with most other Women’s Marches held yesterday, and none in Tucson. This event was originally scheduled for Sat. Jan. 20, then changed to Sun. Jan. 21. Many from Tucson are driving up today for this march. I hear both Dem Gubernatorial candidates LD 9 State Senator Steve Farley and ASU Prof. David Garcia will attend.

    2. For Tucsonans disappointed with no Tucson March today (15,000 attended last year on Jan. 21, 2017), and since the Green Valley, Casa Grande and Sedona marches were held today — plan on driving to Phoenix tomorrow for this large march at the AZ Capitol. Car pool if you can, to save gas $.

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