Take survey for YWCA’s Operation Haboob


“Make your voice heard, and join the conversation!

Join us for our  Community Huddle where we aim to:
• Rebuild community
• Revive democracy
• Co-create a new future to make Arizona a place where everyone can thrive

We believe that we have an opportunity to make real and meaningful change in this state. But we can’t do it without you.”

The YWCA of Southern Arizona’s STAT (Stand Together Arizona Training & Advocacy) team has held Operation Haboob community huddles in Nogales, Tucson, Bisbee  — to get people energized and rebuilding community, revising Democracy. It is a non-partisan movement. They hope to take this movement to the rest of central and northern Arizona.  Upcoming schedule:

Nov 17: Prescott
Nov 18: Flagstaff and Showlow
Nov 19: Globe
Dec 2: Yuma
Dec 3: Phoenix and Casa Grande
Dec 15: Surprise
Dec 16: Kingman
Dec 17: Lake Havasu

If you haven’t joined in yet, or taken the survey, please do so at:


More on Operation Haboob:


“There are three key areas of Operation Haboob:
• Operation Haboob is intersectional. The issues that we all care about are related. Let’s start working together to develop and drive a unified agenda for Arizona.
• Operation Haboob is about movement building. This is a long-term project to put power back in the hands of people — and we’ve launched the Stand Together Arizona Training & Advocacy Center (STAT) to give this project a backbone and the support it needs to succeed — but it is not about starting a new organization. It is about all of our organizations and groups working together.
• Operation Haboob is non-partisan. This effort is “political.” We want to put leaders and laws in place that will make Arizona a place where everyone can thrive. But we are not supporting a particular Party. We want all of our leaders to be accountable to the people.”


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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).