Not In Our Town Princeton

Continuing Conversation on Race and White Privilege, May 6, 2019

Dobson On Monday, May 6th at 7pm in the Princeton Public Library’s Community Room, we will have an opportunity to hear an update on the fight against racially discriminatory housing practices from Rev. Eric Dobson. Rev. Dobson is outreach coordinator for the Fair Share Housing Center, which aims to end discriminatory or exclusionary housing patterns which have deprived the poor, particularly those presently living in inner cities, of the opportunity to reside in an environment which offers safe, decent, and sanitary housing near employment and educational opportunities.

Join us to discuss a topic so vital to our community.

Chasing a Dream: Benefit Gala, May 4, 2019

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Saturday, May 4, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Carl A. Fields Center, 58 Prospect Avenue, Multipurpose Room

Princeton Dream Team is hosting the Chasing a Dream: Benefit Gala on Saturday, May 4th to bring together Trenton high school students, Princeton students, and local community members in an evening of celebration. This event will also provide an opportunity to honor all of the seniors in our Futuro Tutoring Program. We have been working with this cohort of students for two years; these are students who have been working hard to overcome many obstacles and pursue a higher level of education. Between SAT tutoring sessions and college application guidance, we have seen these students grow and this gala is an opportunity to celebrate their efforts and encourage them as they go on to pursue their college degree. We will be welcoming Professor Ruha Benjamin as our keynote speaker, who will be speaking on higher education access.

Throughout the night, we will also be fundraising for this year’s Chasing-A-Dream Scholarship, a scholarship that is given every two years to two high-achieving students who are a part of our Futuro Tutoring Program and are ineligible for financial aid or loans due to their immigration status.

We invite you to join us in solidarity and support for our students on this special night.

A special thank you to our sponsors: the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Princeton Latinos y Amigos, and the Program in Latin American Studies. This event would not have been possible without their support and generosity.

To register for free ticket, click here.

Not in Our Town Princeton’s Board Members Presenting at the YWCA Stand Against Racism

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On Thursday, April 25, at the YWCA Princeton’s 2019 Stand Against Racism, NIOT Princeton board members, Caroline Clarke and Joanne Parker, presented.  “Black girls experience age compression starting at age 5. A study by Georgetown Center on Poverty explained that Black girls’ experiences are seen as more adult-like than their white peers. This leads to the misconception that they need less nurturing, that they know more about sex, and are more independent than their white peers. And these disparities increase over time and peak when girls are between 10 and 14. Age compression has devastating consequences for Black girls. It subjects them to harsher treatment, it denies them the opportunity to make mistakes and come back from it, and Black girls are blamed when they are “hard,” not unlike other girls. But because she’s perceived as “older” she’s also held to be more responsible for her wrongful acts. And what perhaps is most harmful, It causes her to internalize these misconceptions and this leads her to believe that something is wrong with her rather than the historical and sociologically oppressive conditions under which she is forced to function.” – Caroline Clarke and Joanne Parker at Thought-Provoking Talks.

Continuing Conversations on May 6: Affordable Housing

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Rev. Eric Dobson will speak about affordable housing at Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege, sponsored by Not in Our Town Princeton at the Princeton Public Library on Monday, May 6 at 7 p.m.  NIOTPrinceton  welcomes anyone who is committed to working to dismantle racism and build an inclusive community to attend,

Rev. Dobson is outreach coordinator for the Fair Share Housing Center, which aims to end discriminatory or exclusionary housing patterns which have deprived the poor, particularly those presently living in inner cities, of the opportunity to reside in an environment which offers safe, decent, and sanitary housing near employment and educational opportunities

His presentation will begin with the history of housing segregation in America, detailing how governmental policies intentionally created housing segregation in America/NJ. “I will also give some background on the Mount Laurel doctrine such as past, present and future opportunities moving forward (current number of settlements highlighting towns in Mercer County),” says Rev. Dobson. “In addition, we will take a look at the current state of housing, economics and race relations in America.

A graduate of Temple University, Rev. Dobson is an ordained minister, a community organizer, outreach specialist and social entrepreneur. He co-founded.Open Communities LLC, a racial integration consultant firm that works to resolve conflicts of race, ethnicity and socio- economics. He founded a non-profit focused on youth development and education, Planting Seeds of Hope.

NIOTPrinceton is a multi-racial, multi-faith group of individuals who stand together for racial justice and inclusive communities. Continuing Conversations are held on the first Monday of every month, at 7 p.m. at the Princeton Public Library‘s Community Room (just inside the front doors of the library, near the café). Please come a little early if you’ve never attended before.

T. Thomas Fortune and Bordentown’s “Tuskegee of the North,” May 5, 2019

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