International Women’s Day Celebration on March 20



“Join us for our 3rd Annual International Women’s Day Celebration! Together we will celebrate the achievements, resilience, and potential of women. Our 2016 theme is ‘Empowered Voices’

This FREE festive event will include Danza Azteca, music, poetry, children’s activities, local artisan sales as well as fun workshops & community demonstrations.

Everyone welcome – all genders, all ages, all communities together as we celebrate women.

For further information please contact: Maritza Broce (520) 245.7867/”

Hope to see you there!

Carolyn’s Note: I’ve been to this event in the past and it’s very festive, in celebration of girls and women. Plus I heard this year they are honoring some of us women working in alternative media areas (like me). Join the fun on March 20, at 102 E. 31st Street (just east of 6th Avenue) at Fortin de las Flores in South Tucson. The official International Women’s Day was on March 8 but it’s never too late to celebrate the work of dedicated mujeres/women in Tucson.

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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. “Empowered Voices” indeed was the theme for this year’s celebration at Fortin de Las Flores. 5 other women (besides me) received awards (beautiful handmade dolls): Anna Keene, community activist; Amanda Shauger (whom I know, Community Engagement director at KXCI); Alejandra Pablo, another community activist; Matice Moore, Prog. Director of the African Am. Student Affairs at the UA; and Raquel Cristina Mogollon Totton, artist/songwriter/organizer for Global Justice Center and Rising Tide Tucson. Opening prayers & dances by Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc, booths selling jewelry and artwork, along with Planned Parenthood, Emerge!, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo for TUSD School Bd. Thanks to all who attended this year. Feeling proud to be included with these strong mujeres, who are all helping our community.

  2. Have fun!

    And before some idiot starts whining about it, yes, there is an International Men’s Day, it’s 11/19.

    Why we need one I do not know, but there it is.

    • Thanks Tom, didn’t know of the International Men’s Day celebration. Will check it out in November.

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