NIOT Princeton

Next Continuing Conversation Monday, 11/5/18

As many of you know, NOT IN OUR TOWN PRINCETON is a multi-racial, multi-faith group of individuals who stand together for racial justice and inclusive communities. Our focus is to promote the equitable treatment of all, and to uncover and confront white supremacy — a system which manipulates and pits all races and ethnicities against each other.

Our goal is to identify and expose the political, economic, and cultural systems which have enabled white supremacy to flourish, and to create new structures and policies which will ensure equity and inclusion for all. In our commitment to uncovering the blight of white supremacy on our humanity, we take responsibility to address it and eliminate it in all its forms through intentional action, starting with ourselves and our communities.

Below is a list of our remaining programs for the 2018 calendar year; we hope to see you there!

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning in September, our conversations will start and end a half-hour earlier, e.g. beginning at 7:00 pm and ending at 8:30pm.

Tuesday, September 4: “Racial Battle Fatigue: In This Time of Turmoil.” Presenter: Dr. Don Trahan

Monday, October 1: “Urban Traumatic Stress Disorder.” Presenter Dr. Dale Caldwell

Monday, November 5:”Black Citizenship.” Presenter Jordan Wouk

Monday, December 3 “Reconnecting Clergy to Civil Rights.” Presenter Rev. Dr. Frederick Charles Boyer

We welcome anyone who is committed to working towards building genuinely inclusive communities and working for racial justice… please join us, and bring a friend!


The legacy of white men

Princeton University sophomore, Siyang Liu, urges changes in representation in campus buildings in her October 18 opinion piece in the Princetonian.  “Our student body is far more diverse today than it has ever been before, and building names should reflect that. This is our campus — all of ours.” To read the complete essay, click here.

Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony Honoring James Collins Johnson, October 22, 2018

On Monday, October 22, 2018, 3:30-4:30 p.m., in East Pyne Hall on the Princeton University campus, lecturer in Dance Dyane Harvey-Salaam and students in her course “The American Dance Experience and Africanist Dance Practices” welcome Chief Ayanda Clarke for a collective Ancestral Remembrance Ceremony honoring James Collins Johnson and the naming of the easternmost East Pyne Archway for him. Mr. Johnson, whose story was unearthed and shared through the Princeton & Slavery Project, was a fugitive from Maryland who worked on campus for more than 60 years, first as a janitor and then for many years as a vendor of fruits, candies and other snacks that he sold from a wheelbarrow. When he died in 1902, alumni and students purchased a headstone for him in Princeton cemetery, and inscribed an epitaph that described him as “the students friend.” Last April the University Trustees accepted a recommendation to name the archway for Johnson. The ceremony to be led by Chief Ayanda (a highly respected Babalawo who was initiated to Ifa in Yorubaland, Nigeria), will include a traditional sacred ritual that will uplift the space, honor Mr. Johnson’s unique life and sacrifices, and pay homage to the spirit of the ancestors through African dance, music, and prayers.

Presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance in collaboration with the Campus Iconography Committee and the Princeton & Slavery Project.

Free & open to the public

Annual Poverty Summit: Dismantling Structural Racism, October 26, 2018


Video of School Board Candidate Forum

We are pleased to provide those friends who were unable to attend the NIOT Princeton-sponsored community forum on our School Board candidates with an opportunity to view the evening in its entirety. To open an annotated version of the video in a separate tab, please click here.


“Circles” – Documentary on Restorative Justice, October 19, 2018

circles_poster_10.19.18 On Friday, October 19 at 4:30 pm at Maeder Hall, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, 86 Olden Street on the Princeton University campus, there will be a screening of “Circles.”

4:30-6:00 pm: Screening of “Circles”

6:00-6:45 pm: Q&A with Director, Cassidy Friedman, and Restorative Justice discussion led by Eric Butler and Tre Thomas

6:45-7:15 pm: Refreshments & Conversation

Film Synopsis: Eric Butler, a Hurricane Katrina survivor and pioneer of the Restorative Justice movement, relocates and finds work at an Oakland, California, high school enforcing his no-nonsense approach to counseling vulnerable Black and Latino teenagers. Shot over two years, the film follows Butler’s impassioned efforts to nurture troubled youth and keep them in school, fighting racial discrimination by replacing snap suspensions and expulsions with gritty, intimate and honest mentoring.

But when his own teenage son Tre is arrested and beaten in jail, he begins to question his methods and ability—not just as a teacher, but also as a father. With incredible access, Circles is an inspirational portrait of a father desperate to provide his son with the leadership and compassion he never received from his own.

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with the Director Cassidy Friedman, and a conversation on the Restorative Justice movement led by Eric Butler and Tre Thomas

To read more about “Circles” and watch the trailer, visit:

Questions? Email Jill Stockwell:


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