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Princeton Community Event: Humanizing Our Responses to the Recent National Tragedies

Mayor of Princeton Liz Lempert, Police Chief Nicholas Sutter, Rabbi Adam Feldman of the Jewish Center, and Rev. Matthew Ristuccia of Stone Hill Church invite the entire community to join them in an important event in response to the recent police shootings of African-American men and the sniper attacks on police in Dallas.

On Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 7:00pm, in the John Witherspoon Middle School auditorium, 217 Walnut Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540, members of the Princeton community will be gathering together to process our reactions to the deep fissures exposed by these national tragedies. The bulk of the evening will be devoted to hearing from a representative of the African-American community as well as a representative of the law enforcement community, giving them the opportunity to share their personal perspectives. In listening to these stories, we as a community will be challenged to examine our own narratives, and to put a human face on the statistics and headlines that have confronted us in recent weeks. Such a challenge is a vital first step in building bridges and taking positive steps toward real reconciliation and growth in our community and our nation.

Join us for this evening of grieving together as we acknowledge the pain and fear engendered by these events, and as we strive for hope and forward movement as a community.

The Racist History of Portland, the Whitest City in America

Learning the history of the places where we live often illuminates the persistence of racism there, as in this article about Portland, OR by Alana Semuels in The Atlantic.

 

Princeton Community Night Out 2016

National Night Out 2016: Everything You Need to Know About Princeton's Celebration

The Princeton Police Department, PBA Local #130 and the Princeton Recreation Department will host the town’s annual National Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Community Park Pool, 380 Witherspoon Street. Not in Our Town will be represented; stop by our table to say hello and hear about our upcoming plans.

The event is open to all Princeton residents, and attendees may use the pool facilities free of charge during the event.

National Night Out is an initiative in which people in towns across the country gather at their homes, on their streets, and at their local community centers in recognition of their support of the community.It helps strengthen the partnership between the community and police.

Free hot dogs and cold bottled water will be provided by McCaffrey’s Supermarkets. Souvenir giveaways and ice cream will be provided while supplies last.

Members of the Princeton Police Department, Princeton Fire Department and Princeton First Aid Squad will display various emergency tools and equipment.

Lecture: Material Matters in African Art, Thursday, July 21, 2016, 5:30 pm.

Christa Clarke, a specialist in historical and contemporary African art from the Newark Museum, will offer a history of Western responses to the surfaces of African sculpture and will explore the symbolic, ritual, and aesthetic meanings of materials for works on view in the special exhibition Surfaces Seen and Unseen: African Art at Princeton in McCormick 101.  The exhibition itself will be on display through Sunday, October 9, 2016.

A reception at the Princeton University Art Museum will follow.

Why I’m A Racist

Describing the understanding he has gained over the past couple of years, Jeff Cook explains that he calls himself a racist because “I am uncomfortable with, ignorant of and distant from racial inequalities that exist in my country.”

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