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Engaging with the 4th of July

Friends, this piece describes some alternative ways to celebrate the Fourth of July that include less blind nationalism and more uplifting communities that American institutions have so long worked against:

See also educator Valeria Brown’s thread of suggested resources – including Rev. Dr. William Barber, Fannie Lou Hamer, Frederick Douglass, Khzir Khan, and Ta Nehisi Coates – on Twitter:

If you introduce some of these strategies and resources to a majority-white barbecue near you in connection with July 4th, please come back to our Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege at 6pm (special time!) on Monday, August 6th at the Princeton Public Library; we’d love to hear your stories!



Next Continuing Conversation on 8/6/18

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!

Monday, August 6: FILM “Quest” is a story of a North Philadelphia family and a community of hip-hop artists, illuminating race and class in America and giving a testament to love, healing and hope.

(This program will be preceded by a social hour with refreshments at 6 pm)

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning in September, our conversations will start and end a half-hour earlier, e.g. beginning at 6:30pm and ending at 8:00pm.

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: “Looking Back at the New Abolitionism.”  Presenter Noel Ignatiev

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!

Equity Audit Report for the Princeton Public Schools

princeton_logo At the Tuesday, July 17, 2018 Princeton Board of Education meeting, educational consultant Marceline DuBose discussed the findings and recommendations from the equity audit that was conducted since December 2017.  The audit consisted of reviews of policies, analysis of available data, surveys and focus groups of more than 2800 PPS community members, nearly 50% of all households, all high school students, and a majority of PPS faculty and staff.  Major findings: racially-predictable disparities in achievement data, a perception of disparities in discipline and academic expectations, a difference between various identities’ sense of welcoming and belonging, challenges in addressing incidents of oppression and bias, and a strong sense of academic pressure and competition.

In his introduction to the report, Superintendent Steve Cochrane states, “We are working with Princeton’s Civil Rights Commission to form a “Study Circle” of community leaders, educators, and students who will meet multiple times this summer and fall to review the equity report in depth and begin developing meaningful action steps for us to implement” and address the challenges DuBose identified: 1) Community and Relationship Building, 2) Build Internal Educational Equity Leadership Capacity, 3) Culturally Responsive Teaching and Educational Equity Professional Development, and 4) Recruiting and Retaining a more Diverse Staff.

To hear the presentation click here.  To read the full Equity Audit Report, click here.

Follow-up to Armed Officers in West Windsor-Plainsboro School District Proposal

main_logoActivists are continuing work to oppose the policy to have armed officers in the West Windsor –Plainsboro schools. (See blog post Proposal to Introduce Armed Retired Police Officers (Class III Officers) Show your support by coming to the West Windsor Council meeting where the vote on the proposal will take place on Monday July 30 at 7pm at the Municipal Building, 271 Clarksville Road.

Critical to the decision is the deep concern for the children and the fourfold disparity in disciplinary enforcement toward underrepresented minority students within the WW-P district. On the Department of Education civil rights data page, scroll to the section on disciplinary statistics for WW-P to find the race/ethnicity of students receiving In-School Suspensions, Out-of-School Suspensions, or Expulsions compared to overall enrollment. Click here.

Stogie Kenyatta’s “The World is My Home, The Life Paul Robeson” Comes to Princeton for Fundraiser, July 31, 2018

gcqf65sHmclPuGTAzj9UxkmWm-_9Feor7DqigAuXJloBGXIAMt3miuXD-27zN7GKAcu1SCRhqaM7jEo0DNIwVZzFWSBOQuJ-TgmxRN2gGZYspyTLC-UOqLkKhUCZL2EKCV7fG0R3d2opE1sGnqReTvMUNbJ8dJEPNi_GoRMz7e5Zn_RxzYF9WJMiXYAt the Well Conferences, Inc. presents Stogie Kenyatta’s One Man Show…The World is My Home, A Tribute to Paul Robeson. This scholarship fundraiser benefits From the Fire: Leadership Academy for Young Men. Don’t miss this special one-night only performance in Princeton, NJ, the birthplace of Paul Robeson on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542.

The World is My Home is the number one one-man Broadway-style solo show on the U. S and Caribbean college circuit and in theater festivals and US Embassies.  The performance uses theater as a vehicle for social change.  This show about the triumph and tragedy of this mistreated American genius not only promotes diversity, brotherhood, tolerance, and education; but challenges us to examine the notion that “If we accept the Fatherhood of God; then we must accept the Brotherhood of Man.”
Powerful and poignant, entertaining and educational, heartfelt and humorous, the show celebrates our common humanity, as Robeson fights globally for social justice

Tickets are $30. Purchase online at or Eventbrite. Powerful and poignant, heartfelt and humorous, the show celebrates our common humanity.

Proceeds from The World is My Home will benefit the inaugural From the Fire: Leadership Academy for Young Men; a two-week boarding program on the campus of Princeton University that is tailored to students of color who are currently in the tenth or eleventh grades of high school.

For more information, call 646-592-1488. or visit

Trauma Victims Trained as Healers

“The Tuskegee of the North”

Anne Levin recounts the history of The Bordentown School–Manual Training and Industrial School for Colored Youth, which was set on 400 acre and which combined a high level academic program with learning a trade.  In an interview, John Medley, a graduate and unofficial school historian, noted that even with the best training graduates had difficulty finding jobs.  “But the determination and inspiration we got from the teachers enabled us to continue,” Medley said.  Sources of information about the school include  “A Place out of Time,” a 2010 documentary by Dave Davidson, Reclaiming African American Students: Legacies, Lessons, and Prescriptions; The Bordentown School Model written by the founder’s granddaughter, Mildred Rice Jordan, published in 2017, and a 2018 film made by students from Cherry Hill High School East, called “Compromised by Conflict: The Bordentown School and the Struggle for Black Education.”  To read the entire Levin article, click here.

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