Four years Beyond January 8, 2011



Schedule of all Beyond Tucson events:

BEYOND is an annual community-wide event that occurs on a Saturday in early January of every year to commemorate the anniversary of January 8.

The event is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our community and encourages Arizonans to come together, get outside and be physically active.

Carolyn’s Note: recently visited the stone monument in front of that Safeway store (SE Corner of Ina/Oracle) and remembered the fallen 6 who died on that sidewalk on January 8, 2011. May we move beyond that Tucson tragedy, and “commemorate, celebrate, commit” together.

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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 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, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. And listen to the Bill Buckmaster radio show today, KVOI 1030 AM on the dial, at high noon to hear from Michelle Crow, executive director of Beyond Tucson, and Ross Zimmerman, father of deceased Congressional aide Gabe Zimmerman (who died in that shooting on 1/8/11). Or listen later online at

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