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Next Continuing Conversation TUESDAY 9/4/18

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 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!


The Literary Canon Is Mostly White. Here’s an Alternative Latin American Reading List

Alejandra Oliva suggest nine books reflecting Latinx culture that can be read addition to some of the canonical texts of white/Western literature.  Click here to see the titles.

Even Famous And Successful Black Women Can Encounter Serious Pregnancy Complications

NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, president and dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine, about the fact that black mothers have a higher mortality rate than white mothers and the effect of racism.  To hear the interview, click here.

Karen Gaffney, “Dismantling the Racism Machine,” August 13, 2018

There is a new Not in Our Town organization in Montgomery.  They are hosting the program described below.

Please join us on Monday, August 13 at 7:30-9 pm at the Blawenburg Reformed Church, 424 Route 518, Blawenburg for our next community conversation.  Feel free to bring snacks to share.

We are very lucky to have Professor Karen Gaffney who will be leading a workshop based on her book Dismantling the Racism Machine

WORKSHOP DETAILS: What are some of the key myths that people are taught that perpetuate systemic racism? In this interactive workshop, Dr. Karen Gaffney will help to bridge the gap between what scholars who study race take for granted and what the public understands.  For example, this workshop will debunk the false but popular ideology that race is biological by looking at the invention and social construction of race, including whiteness, starting in colonial America.  This workshop is based on Karen’s new book Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and a Toolbox, an accessible introduction to race and racism with tools for action.  Participants will have time to discuss and apply these myths to their daily lives at work, at home, or in the community.

SPEAKER BIO: Karen Gaffney, PhD is an English Professor at Raritan Valley Community College.  Her recent book… explains the systemic nature of racism and its invention as a divide and conquer strategy.  Karen is also a local activist with the Hunterdon County Anti-Racism Coalition and the Central Jersey Community Coalition, and she manages a blog with resources, Divided No Longer (available at”
On her blog, don’t miss her resources page, as well as a link to a recent radio interview with her and Robin DiAngelo:
Equal Time for Freethought 2018 shows : Equal Time for Freethought : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

Inaugural Jim Floyd Memorial Lecture, August 11, 2018

The Joint Effort Safe Streets program presents the inaugural Jim Floyd Memorial Lecture on Saturday, August 11 at 10 am at the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, 112 Witherspoon Street.  Chet W. Sisk will be speaking on Afrofuturism.


Mississippi Living Legacy Pilgrimage, October 28-31, 2018

Four-day pilgrimage to key Civil Rights Movement sites in Mississippi.  Trip will include, among other stops, the site where three Civil Rights workers disappeared, Medgar Evers home, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the Mississippi Delta where Fannie Lou Hamer lived and died, and the story of Emmett Till was killed. Learn more and register by clicking here.

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