Not In Our Town Princeton

Transforming Criminal Justice in Our Lifetime: Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow 10 Years Later, September 24, 2020, 7 – 9 pm via ZOOM

Events, September 14 – 30, 2020

Check back during the month.  New events and information will be added as they are announced.

September 12 – 20 Princeton Welcoming Week

1.      Recipe sharing – sharing recipes you might make to welcome someone into their home or neighborhood. We invite you to share your own recipe, or make one of the recipes submitted for a neighbor!

2.       Reflecting on community – 2020 has been a year of great changes in the way we do many things. One thing remains clear; connecting with others, and finding ways to build community, even if socially distanced are still critical. We invite you to reflect, at this moment, about the way you are connecting with others.

September 14 DEADLINE for submission–Art Against Racism: Memorial.Monument.Movement

Submissions will be part of an interactive exhibition on the Art Against Racism website, going live on October 3, 2020 at 5 pm EST.  For more information, click here.

September 16, 23 and 30 7:00 to 8:45 pm Mindful of race: becoming an anti-racist webinar series 2.0

Trainings with Dr. Nathalie Edmond, ​based on Ruth King’s book Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out. Cost is based on what you can pay: $100 (scholarship), $150 (pay self) or $200 (help pay for others).  Click here for more information and to register.

September 16 8:00 pm Critical Reflections about Equity in Education with Dr. John B. King and Dr. Janice K. Jackson

First in Facing History Now: Conversations on Equity and Justice series. Click here to register.

September 17 12:30 pm Project HOME Town Hall: Combatting Housing Discrimination

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, Rachel Wainer Apter, Director, New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, Janel Winter, Director, Division of Housing & Community Resources, NJ Department of Community Affairs, James C. Williams IV., Director of Racial Justice Policy, Fair Share Housing Center, Michael McNeil, Executive Director, STEPS & NJ NAACP Housing Executive Committee Chairperson. Click here to register.

September 19 10:00 to 11:30 am “African Immigrants in the City of Brotherly Love,” a webinar co-sponsored by Coalition for Peace Action Pennsylvania Chapter and the UN Association of Greater Philadelphia.  How do we support new African immigrants, in the challenges they face in the United States and our communities?  Advance registration required, click here. The event is limited to 100 people. 

September 21 7:00 pm True Justice Screening & Discussion

Facebook Live Screening & Discussion Led by Dr. Walter D. Greason, Monmouth University. This free program is sponsored by Chhange, Brookdale Community College’s History Department, the New Jersey Social Justice Remembrance Coalition, and the NAACP of Greater Red Bank.

Register for the discussion by clicking here. Click here to watch the documentary.

September 22 7:00 pm In Conversation with local author-illustrators Barbara DiLorenzo & Rashad Malik Davis

This curated series of discussions designed to celebrate and connect those who make art and those who love art.  Hosted by Timothy M. Andrews.  Click here to register.

September 23 1:00 pm Architecture and Experience: Designing a New Art Museum for Princeton with Architect Sir David Adjaye and Museum Director James Steward

Join Museum Director James Steward and Sir David Adjaye for an illustrated talk affording the first glimpses of the facility due to open in late 2024.  Free registration for the Architecture and Experience lecture via Zoom here.  (When prompted, click to sign in as “attendee”)

September 23 7:00 pm Understanding Princeton’s African-American History: An Exploration Through Places

Witherspoon-Jackson resident and Not in Our Town board member, Shirley Satterfield, will showcase the 29 plaques, illustrating the rich history of African-American establishments in Princeton, that have been installed and will soon be installed as the Heritage Tour in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood, Princeton’s 20th historic district. Click here to register via Crowdcast .

September 24 7:00 – 9:00 pm Transforming Criminal Justice in Our Lifetime: Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow 10 YEARS LATER

Keynote speaker Dr. Ruha Benjamin.  Panelists: Rev. Benjamin Boyer, Salvation and Social Justice, Udi Ofer, ACLU Deputy National Political Director, and Brooke Lewis, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. Sign up for your free ticket here.

September 25 7:00 pm Bucks County Book Festival Keynote Speaker Ibram X. Kendi

For additional information and registration, click here.

September 26 3:00 – 4:30 pm Shaping Peace Together: Identifying Stereotyping and Microaggressions in our Daily Lives

Presented by La Convivencia’s Youth Council.  Click here to register.

September 30 10:00 – 11:30 am COVID-19, Youth of Color, and Suicide Risk Indicators

Guest speaker: Kimme Carlos, founder of Urban Mental Health Alliance. Click here to register

September 30 7:00 pm Understanding the History of Racism in Princeton: An Exploration Through Archives

Historical Society of Princeton staff and members of the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society explore ten historic documents from Princeton that touch on histories of slavery, discrimination, school and housing segregation, and resistance, revealing the origins of the ongoing struggle for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Click here to register.


Oct. 1 7:00 pm Building & Sustaining Racially-Progressive Schools

Not in Our Town Princeton organized panel discussion, inspired by the New York Times podcast series “Nice White Parents,” with education leaders and Princeton Public Schools administrators, teachers, parents, students and alumni.  TO REGISTER, PLEASE EMAIL INFO@NIOTPRINCETON.ORG

Oct 1, 8, and 15 7:00 – 9:00 pm What White People Can Do About Racism, Fundamentals Part 1 To learn more and to register, click here. Cost: $95. Center for the Study of White American Culture, Inc, (908) 245-4972,,

Oct 4, Oct 18, Nov 1 and Nov 15 4 pm – 6:30 pm Roots Deeper Than Whiteness: building emotional strength & political clarity for collective liberation.

Online Course with White Awake. Facilitators: Eleanor Hancock and David Dean. Sliding scale $80 – $240 fee for course. No one turned away for lack of funds. Click here to register.

Oct 6 1:00 pm Racial Equity and Housing Justice during and after COVID-19

Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks at this National Low Income Housing Coalition program. Register for this live-stream event at: Submit questions through the registration page or via social media using #RacialEquityandCOVID.

October 7 7:00 pm Understanding the History of Racism in Princeton: An Exploration Through Archives

Repeat of September 30 Historical Society of Princeton and  the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society event. Click here to register.

Oct 13, 7:00 pm A Dialogue with Taylor “Todd” Marrow III

Professor Marrow will discuss his new edition of  America Awakened: The anti-lynching campaign of Ida B. Wells-Barnett and his life growing up in Princeton.  Required donation of $20.00 to the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society will fund the installation of historical plaques in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood..  To register, go to

Sharing Our Stories: Dr. Avery Ince

Many attendees from September 8th’s Continuing Conversation asked for the link to Dr. Avery Ince’s video. Click here to view.

Read, Watch, Listen, Learn about Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism, August 12 – September 12, 2020

Coded Language Is Part of Our Racist Education System (Teen Vogue)

“Coded language, as defined by the National Education Association (NEA), is language that ‘substitut[es] terms describing racial identity with seemingly race-neutral terms that disguise explicit and/or implicit racial animus.’” Examples shared include college ready, achievement gap, at-risk youth, and grit, words that underpin the systemic racism faced by marginalized students without naming the systems of oppression and influence how teachers view their students.

A History of Anti-Black Racism in Medicine Syllabus

Medical and Scientific Theories of Racial Difference” and “Medicine, Public Health and Racial Uplift.”

America’s Retirement Race Gap, and Ideas for Closing It (New York Times)

Racism in the labor market is reflected in disparities in Social Security.  Solutions include increasing full benefit received at age 62 to 85%, establish a more effective basic minimum benefit, reducing benefit formula from highest 35 years of earnings to 30 or 25 years, caregiver credit, and a government-funded trust account established at birth, otherwise known as “baby bonds.”

Black Lives Next Door (New York Times)

Richard Rothstein, whose book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America provided incontrovertible documentary evidence of government responsibility for segregation across the country that separates races, calls for local activists mount local civil rights movements that “insist that [the mortgage companies and banks that denied mortagages to African-American home buyers] make substantial contributions to a fund that subsidizes African-Americans to purchase Hillsdale homes that would have been affordable when these institutions excluded Black home buyers but no longer are.”

Some Afro-Latinos say ‘Latinos for Black Lives Matter’ makes no sense (Washington Post)

Black Latinx find that their ethnic identity erases their racial identity, even though About 1 in 4 U.S. Latinos identify as Afro-Latino, according to a 2014 Pew Research Center survey.  Rachel Hatzipanagos explores the complexities at the intersection of the two identities.

It Is Possible to Reform the Police. (New York Times)

Sociologist Neil Gross recommends three changes to reform police practices and reduce racial disparity in vehicle stops: 1) ban pretextual stops, 2) require written consent for searches, and 3) generate monthly statistics on the race of drivers stopped by each officer.

Faces of Power: 80% Are White, Even as U.S. Becomes More Diverse. (New York Times)

A review by The New York Times of more than 900 officials and executives in prominent positions [in businesses, military, government, higher education, Hollywood, and sports] found that about 20 percent identify as Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, multiracial or otherwise a person of color. About 40 percent of Americans identify with one of those groups.”

The Fire This Time – Prophetic Assembly on Policing, September 10, 2020

“The Fire This Time” pays homage to our ancestor James Baldwin’s book The Fire Next Time.

The Fire This Time is a call to our community. We can’t continue being dehumanized at the hands of police time and time again. This is why we’re gathering a Prophetic Assembly on Policing tomorrow, Thursday, September 10 at 4:00 PM.

Our hope is that community leaders, those with lived experiences of unjust policing, faith leaders, advocates, social service workers, and all accomplices for justice can engage in a series of coalition building to drive systemic change here in NJ.


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