Not In Our Town Princeton

Witherspoon Jackson Neighborhood Association meeting, CORRECTION January 19, 2019


Image of John Street from Walkable Princeton

The Witherspoon Jackson Neighborhood Association, is meeting on Saturday, January 19, 2019 @ 9:30 AM, at the FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 30 Green St, Princeton, NJ 08542

Our focus this month will be on preserving the history, character, beauty, and viability of the Witherspoon Jackson Neighborhood

  •  Witherspoon Jackson Development Corporation (WJDC)

Presentation by Yina Moore and Dosier Hammond providing an overview of the organization, and how it can assist homeowners in the WJ neighborhood

  •  Princeton Board of Education

An intimate discussion on the PPS/BOE Referendum with Beth Behrend (newly elected BOE President) and Greg Stankiewicz

  •  Updates
    •  Witherspoon Jackson Historical and Cultural Society (WJHCS)–Shirley Satterfield
    •  Habitat For Humanity–Lex Kochmann

It is critical that we have maximum attendance/participation at the Witherspoon Jackson Neighborhood Association (WJNA) meeting this Saturday (FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH @ 9:30 am), because we will have an important presentation by the Witherspoon Jackson Development Corporation (WJDC), a non-profit local community-based organization whose mission statement AND goal in part, is to provide financial assistance to help long-standing generational homeowners and “OTHERS” from the WJ neighborhood continue to live in Princeton despite sharp increases in property values/taxes and general affordability.

The WJDC has received approximately $1,000,000.00 (One Million Dollars) in funding that has been allocated through a legal court settlement with Princeton University TO BE USED ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY FOR LOW INCOME HOME OWNERS WHO RESIDE IN Princeton’s 20th Historic District, the WJ NEIGHBORHOOD.

These dollars are earmarked to help residents experiencing difficulties with property taxes, tax liens, and major repairs involving safety/security.  Funding can also assist with security deposits or help with rents.

Because of the reluctance of some individuals or families to come forward when faced with life’s many difficult challenges we are making a serious effort to get this important notice out to everyone that may benefit.  Please send personal notes/invites to family and friends.

“Our strength is our DIVERSITY”


My Student Asked Me If I Was Racist So I Told the Truth and Said Yes

Teacher Zachary Wright explains his answer to his student.  A lesson for everyone.  Read his article by clicking here.

Waking up to Whiteness, February 9, 2019

49829615_10156082278668697_7213045592472158208_n Psychologist, Dr. Nathalie Edmond is presenting a 3-hour workshop from 1 to 4 pm on Saturday, Feb 9th, Lambertville, NJ.  It is based on the work of Ruth King who is a queer woman of color exploring the use of meditation to heal racism. The cost for the workshop is $30.00.

Our culture is designed so that whiteness is the norm and privileged. Many are not socialized to have conversations about race or even have diverse social networks. Racism and ideas related to white supremacy are viewed as extreme individual acts rather than institutionalized and embedded in all elements of society and part of our conditioning.

This workshop will take a mindfulness perspective and explore concepts such as racism, white privilege, white supremacy and how white people can start to explore their racial identity and become accomplices/allies in working towards social justice

Hosted by Julia Ruocco. Please email if you plan to attend and specific address info will be given at that time.


White supremacists float plans to hold Princeton rally on Jan. 12th

Not In Our Town Princeton has not organized a counter protest but supports peaceful demonstrations that emphasize respect, equity, inclusion and love for everyone in our community, near and far.

The expectation is that a small number of white supremacists will be present, although a permit was not obtained. Counter protesters will likely outnumber them.

In preparation, streets and parking decks surrounding and adjacent to Palmer Square will be closed and parking will be scarce. Safety measures will be in place.

Saturday may be a new experience for many of us. In truth, justice, and love, let’s learn from it and think and act responsibly.

In solidarity,


Princess G. Hoagland
Chair, Not In Our Town Princeton



Click here to read the Princeton Public Library’s announcement.

Please also know that the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice will be open from 11:30-2:30 (on Wiggins, off N. Tulane) as a safe space & respite from any & all goings-on in town.

These Heroes Are Saving Black Feminist Classics by Putting Them on Wheels

Alexis Pauline Gumbs, a queer, black feminist author, Julia Roxanne Wallace, and Courtney Reid-Eaton responded to the unavailability of black feminist texts in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina by creating a bookmobile by transforming an Airstream trailer into what Gumbs called “a tiny, black feminist nerd utopia.”  Eric Ginsberg describes this and other projects to make important, overlooked literature more readily available.  Click here to read the article.

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