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, July 2: “Nationalism vs. Patriotism.” Presenters Caroline Clarke, Roberto Schiraldi and Joyce Trotman-Jordan
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)
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!
Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune reporter, compares white attitudes toward current protests against injustices–Black Lives Matter, kneeling during the National Anthem, etc.–to poll responses by whites during civil rights actions in the 1960s. “Every time unrest erupts in black communities in response to some perceived injustice, finger-wagging whites wonder why blacks can’t express their dissent in an orderly, law-abiding way. But every time African-Americans protest peacefully, the same whites object to the message, the tactics, the purpose or the slogans.” Click here to read the complete essay.
Join the New Jersey Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival in DC on June 23 for the Rally to Fight Poverty Not the Poor!
Sign up here to let us know you are joining our NJ delegation at the Rally and tell us if you are interested in taking a bus from centrally located New Brunswick, NJ. The cost is estimated at $40-$50 per person-we are working on seat sponsorships to waive fees so all who wish to can take a bus to the rally.
Bus departure time is 6:00am and return time 8:00pm.
**We will confirm the bus if enough of us want to travel this way to the Rally.
In the face of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation, war economy/militarism, and distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism— We must engage in mass nonviolent moral direct action. We must have mass voter registration and mobilization. And we must engage in mass power building in poor and low wealth communities declaring We Won’t Be Silent Anymore!!!!!
On Saturday, June 23 we will be heading to the US Capital from New Jersey for a mass call to action rally in Washington, D.C. The rally will begin at 10am.
On Monday, June 11 at 2 pm there will be a rally at the State House, theme: Everybody’s Got the Right to Live: Education, Living Wage Jobs, Income and Housing.
Thursday, June 14, 6 to 8 pm, Hinds Plaza, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton NJ
Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler professor of African American studies at Emory University, gives numerous examples of black voter suppression in the 21st century. Click here to read the complete essay.