Paint Pima Purple on Oct. 17

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As part of the Paint Pima Purple campaign, Pima County employees, friends and residents are encouraged on Friday, Oct. 17 to wear purple clothing,  and to help Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse to “Stuff the Bus” with donations to help victims of domestic abuse.

From PaintPimaPurple.org and Emerge! Center against Domestic Abuse:

Domestic abuse does not discriminate. It affects families of every background, people of every sexual orientation and gender identity, and people from every socio-economic class. It is widely considered one of the most under-reported crimes in the United States.

If someone told you they were being abused, would you know what to do? Hearing about someone’s abusive situation is scary, especially if they are looking to you for help and you have no idea what to do. Knowing how to respond can help you save a life.

Call the experts: Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse’s 24-hour hotline is available to people in abusive situations and for those who want to learn how to help a friend or loved one. Local: 520-795-4266 Toll-free: 888-428-0101. If you are in a dangerous or life-threatening situation, always call 911.

As the former Interim Director (and Commissioner) of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission as well as a former practicing attorney for an Americorps D.V. Victims project, I well know the seriousness of domestic abuse — especially when it turns lethal for the spouse/partner and/or children.  Dress in purple on Oct. 17 to raise awareness about domestic abuse. And stand in solidarity with D.V. victims.

Also take a long look at the “Take a Walk in My Shoes” children’s art exhibit by Emerge! in the lobby of the Pima County Administration building, 130 W. Congress St.  Children in domestic violence situations were asked to paint and decorate a shoe and express their feelings about their lives.  The candid writings and art expressions are very moving and heartbreaking.  Exhibit continues through October 31, 2014.

Emnerge! children's shoe exhibit, photo courtesy of Mark B. Evans, Pima County Communications
Emerge! children’s shoe exhibit, photo courtesy of Pima County 
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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).

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  1. Lots of shades of purple downtown today at corner of Stone Ave. x Pennington Street (including a purple wig). I wore 2 shades of lavender & purple to stand in solidarity for DV Awareness Month. You can still wear purple for the rest of today.

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