WILPF demonstration in Tucson re: nonviolent toys


On Sunday, December 21, 2014 the Tucson chapter of the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) held a demonstration against violent toys and games at the Walmart at 7150 E. Speedway (SE corner of Kolb Rd.)

More info on the Women’s International League for  Peace and Freedom: http://www.tucsonwilpf.org/.  Santa below is aka activist Stuart Thomas.

Santa (Stuart Thomas) at Walmart in Tucson


WILPF envisions a transformed world at peace, where there is racial, social, and economic justice for all people everywhere – a world in which:

• The needs of all people are met in a fair and equitable manner,

• All people equally participate in making the decisions that affect them,

• The interconnected web of life is acknowledged and celebrated in diverse ways and communities, and

• Human societies are designed and organized for sustainable existence.

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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. Well, Steve. It seems as if you have given up on the world.

    If we only look behind us, we see wars that is true but as Anthony Robbins once wrote: The past does not have to equal the future.

    We need peacemakers in the world – lots of them to work for and teach peace.

    Why don’t you consider becoming one of them, along with us, to help us build a better world.

    • Thank you for a very nice and polite blog!

      I have not given up on the world…quite the contrary, I am very optimistic about the world. I think it is foolish to try and change the basic “hard wiring” of males in a misguided attempt to make males something they are not. Our feminized society today often tries to do just that. It starts with toys and little boys and works it’s way upward throughout a man’s entire life. Every facet of a man’s life is scrutinized and judged lacking through the feminist prism. It has reached the point of sillyness wherein a man sitting on a bus or subway who spread his legs a little, taking more than his fair share of the seat, is an assault on women. That is not a joke. I think the term they use is “manspreading”.

      Anyway, I don’t see world wide peace occurring because Human Beings really don’t want it. Each human being wants his fair share which is rarely fair. And no human being wants to give up what they have to “even the playing field”. Peace is a wonderful concept but it barely passes one or two brushes with human beings.

      • Well, Steve, I credit you for your deep thinking. But if you do not have the hope for peace and therefore have given up the will to work for it, I am sorry for you and it is the world’s loss.

        if we are to have peace, we need teachers of peace and workers for peace, not people who justify and accept the status quo.

        Again as Anthony Robbins wrote: The past does not have to equal the future.

        • This is not a matter of deep thinking, but it is a matter of a lot of thought, observation and experience. I spent the better part of my life as a soldier and I was blessed in that I was able to travel a lot as an individual or as part of small teams. I learned several different languages and lived in other cultures, most notably the middle east and northern Africa. Human Beings are mostly good but there is a point beyond which they are not so good. I am speaking in generalities here. There ARE some Human Beings I have met that are truly good people, but when faced with the not so good people, their chances to prevail are slim. Peace creates a vaccuum into which badness will inevitably creep. I genuinely – and I mean genuinely – wish it weren’t so. But the only peace we will enjoy today is peace through strength. And even that is failing us a bit in the modern world of terrorism.

          You sound like a good man. Please don’t change. We NEED people like you in the world.

        • Well I am 73 years of age and I played with cap guns as a young boy But I am a man now we adults need to take charge of what we can for peace as best we can.

          In a World History class I took years ago, by the end of the course I reviewed in my mind what I had learned. In addition to learning about Kings and Queens, Prime Ministers, Presidents, etc. I thought about that we also learned about war after war after war, after war, after war, etc.

          About that tine, I learned about a book by Wendell Willkie who wrote a book entitled “One World”. Although I hadn’t read the book, I understood
          that he had traveled around the world and realized that we all share a planet together. I thought: WHAT A CONCEPT!

          Also I remember singing in church a hymn written by Martin Luther which started: One world built on a firm foundation, built on a firm foundation of peace.

          Well usually sane people would like peace and it is not the average citizen who decides for a country to go to war. It is the politicians. who generally don’t fight the wars they decide to make.

          It seems that with all of the great universities we have in this world and all of the bright people we have in this world, it would be terrific if we could find solutions other than war to solve our international problems.

          Anyway you have probably heard the definition of insanity: doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result.

          What would you suggest to improve our chances of creating a better and more peaceful world?

          • I have no suggestions. I think of Ghandi, in my mind one of the most successful proponents of peace in the modern era, and I think that he was successful primarily because he faced an adversary (the British) who had a concience. Had he faced Nazi Germany or Stalinist Soviets or Maoist Communists, he would have been a blip in history and gained nothing for his efforts.

            I do wish you the best in your efforts.

  2. Lot’s of luck selling the concept of non-violent toys to little boys. My sister never allowed any violent toys to be purchased for her son and what did he do? He always found a way turn his toys into guns to shoot or trucks to crash. I remember she even bought him a male doll and it wasn’t 15 minutes later that he was rubbing it on ground and making truck noises with it. My sons were the same way. In fact, I don’t know of a little boy that wasn’t. In spite of 30+ years of feminizing them, aggression is hard wired in the male half of the species. Growing up is a process whereby we learn to control and channel that aggression into productive ends. The WILPF has noble goals, but they are “pie in the sky” wishes that will never never occur as long as there are human beings. We are just too diverse.

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