Homeless Youth project documentary on March 2


Posted by Carolyn Classen

Press release:

The Homeless Youth Project is a project of Pan Left Productions in partnership with The Carlos G. Figueroa Foundation. We have created a documentary to inform the people of Tucson Arizona of the realities of what homeless youth have to deal with in order to survive on the streets. This documentary and it’s screening will hopefully encourage them to get our youths off the streets into housing with services.
Homeless Youth Project Documentary Screening will be held in the Armory Park Ballroom, 220 S 5th Avenue from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The Itinerary for the event will be:

Welcome, Karin Uhlich (Ward 3 Councilmember)
Host Brian Flagg
Doug Davis & Indic Soul
Screening: Homeless Youth Project
Diana V Figueroa, CO-Founder The Carlos G Figueroa Foundation
Ron Austin, Co-Founder The Carlos G Figueroa Foundation
Wellness Clinic, Healer Heal Thy Self
Mtro Anselmo Rascon Photographic Exhibition: The Forgotten Ones
Background Music, Larry Loud (Piano)
Preview Clip Shelter: Homeless Voices in Tucson Documentary, Tina
Huerta, Producer, Editor


Pan Left Productions is a membership-driven collective of progressive artists and activists who believe in the positive use of media for social and environmental justice and social change. http://www.panleft.net/about/


The Carlos G Figueroa Foundation is a group of volunteer videographers, photographers and other like minded individuals that are advocates for the homeless and those in poverty in Tucson, Az. http://thecarlosgfigueroafoundation.com/


Ron Austin, chakazuluu@gmail.com

Carolyn’s note: Homeless youth was one of the topics brought up at the recent Homeless panel discussion at the Joel E. Valdez Main Library on February 15. Read my report on that meeting here.

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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. Over 70 people at Armory Park this morning to view the premier screening of this film produced/directed by Ron Austin of Primavera. Ward 3 Councilmember Karin Uhlich welcomed everyone, saying we need “to listen to the poor, homeless” and “do a better job”. Doug Davis of Indic Soul sang “Another Day of Living”, followed by the film screening interviewing numerous Tucson homeless youth (male/female) about how they became homeless, how they get necessities, how they are treated by the police and public, their hopes for the future. Diana Figueroa spoke of her homeless father Carlos who was assaulted/killed on March 4, 2003, and Tina Huerta showed an uncut trailer of her film interviewing people about homelessness and some of the myths surrounding this issue. Brian Flagg of Casa Maria Kitchen served as M/C and inspired the audience to work harder to assist the poor and homeless in Tucson.

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