Building Community: Continuing Conversations and Safe Streets

US Black Women and Disposability

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Please join us on Monday August 7th at 6pm (non-standard time!) for our annual “Summer Social” at the Princeton Public Library. We’ll have light refreshments and an opportunity for informal conversation, followed by our Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege session at 7pm in the library’s Community Room.

Our topic for this month will be US Black Women and Disposability.

Though violence against women is widespread and feminists across many locations agree about its destructive effect on women, many of its forms are still rendered invisible by individuals and the state.  This is remarkably the case with femicides against women of color, specifically Black women whose deaths go unnoticed. In her doctoral work and in conjunction with exploring case histories of femicide, local scholar Tangere Hoagland will draw on the disappearances of Black women as well as police violence against Black women. These cases illuminate how the state renders women of color disposable and shows the State’s complicity in violence against Black women. Please join us on Monday August 7th at 6pm (non-standard time!) for our annual “Summer Social” with light refreshments and informal conversation at the Princeton Public Library, followed by our Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege session at 7pm in the library’s Community Room.

Joint Effort Witherspoon-Jackson Safe Streets Summer Program

At the other end of the safety spectrum is the upcoming Joint Effort Witherspoon-Jackson Safe Streets Summer Program, which will run from August 4th – August 13th and include a multiplicity of events designed to support and build on our collective sense of safety through community. These events include – but are not limited to! – several meet and greet opportunities, a community yard sale, a book signing, a concert, a basketball tournament, a time capsule burial, an opportunity to recognize our elders, and a discussion of what the Princeton of the future will look like.

Please take a moment to check out and bookmark the amazing schedule of Joint Effort Witherspoon-Jackson Safe Streets activities: http://bit.ly/2017SafeStreets (A special “shout out” to John Bailey for his leadership and tireless organizational efforts.)

We welcome and encourage you all to take advantage of these opportunities to learn and to celebrate our community. Anyone who is committed to working for progress when it comes to racial justice is welcome to join us… and bring a friend!

Yours in the struggle,
Princeton Not In Our Town

PS: We remain grateful for the continuing partnership of the excellent Princeton Public Library.

PPS: Wow, good for you for reading the whole thing! We’ll also have a presence at Tuesday evening’s (8/1) Community Night Out at Community Park Pool; come say “hi!”

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