Not In Our Town Princeton

Correcting the Corrections System: Ed Martone

A just society isn’t one that merely isolates and punishes its offenders, according to Ed Martone of the New Jersey Association on Correction. “The challenge is how best to achieve social justice,” says Martone. He speaks on “Healing Crime Victims, Restoring Communities, Repairing Offenders” at Princeton United Methodist Church located at Nassau and Vandeventer, on Sunday, December 9, at 8 a.m.
Martone will refer to Michele Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow, which is the focus for various congregations in Princeton, including the Contemporary Issues class at PUMC. He will present criminal justice policy reforms pending in the New Jersey Legislature and discuss how to realize their implementation. “A caring community (and one that intends to preserve itself) strives to fix what is broken — in this case, the victim, the offender, and the general public itself,” says Martone.
Martone is NJAC’s director of public education and policy and director of the New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. A graduate of FairleighDickinson University, he is the former executive director of the NJ American Civil Liberties Unionand was the former Mayor of North Arlington, N.J. (Bergen County). Martone served on the Corrections Transition Teams for both Governors Corzine and McGreevey. He is presently the prisoner/community representative on the Princeton University Institutional Review Board.
Though the breakfast is sponsored by the United Methodist Men, everyone is welcome; a $5 donation is suggested. Reservations are requested before Friday, December 7; call 609-924-2613 or email     

Says Martone: “A caring community (and one that intends to preserve itself) strives to fix what is broken — in this case, the victim, the offender, and the general public itself.” 

Continuing Conversation: How Race, Class, and Privilege Shape the Election

Not in Our Town
Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege
Monday, November 5, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Princeton Public Library, 2nd floor.

Continuing in the area of the conversation begun on October 1, the topic will be

Race, class and privilege are intertwined, but each has its own attributes; the weight
of each in the mix changes over time. These parts and their mixture set important
parameters of political discourse and hence of political maneuvering and strategy.

Since the Depression, how have they evolved into their present mix?

How do we see them manifested for this 2012 election?

All questions and observations around this general topic will be welcome. The conversation will be facilitated by Don Stryker and Ann Yasuhara.

Books on Bullying for Kids

In the Sunday, October 14 NY Times book review is a list of books on bullying for children. 


By Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrated by E. B. Lewis
32 pp. Nancy Paulsen Books. $16.99. (Picture book; ages 5 to 9)


Written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein
40 pp. Candlewick Press. $16.99. (Picture book; ages 3 to 6)


By Lauren Thompson
Illustrated by Christy Hale
32 pp. Feiwel & Friends. $16.99. (Picture book; ages 5 to 9)
The reviewer, Emily Bazelon pronounces Each Kindnesspretty tough-minded for a children’s story….Still, precisely because the book is unflinching, I can imagine it doing good in the hands of a wise parent or teacher. “

Of Because Amelia Smiled, she says,  “There’s nothing the least bit objectionable, but there’s also little that’s memorable.”
Bazelon likes The Forgiveness Garden best. I can see “The Forgiveness Garden” resonating especially with children in war-torn or conflict-ridden communities. It opens a door to peacemaking and invites children to imagine for themselves what’s on the other side. And isn’t that often the first step toward kindness?”

Draft of Mission Statement

Not in Our Town is an interracial, interfaith social action group united to advance the cause of racial justice in Princeton.

We are committed to speaking truth about everyday racism and other forms of prejudice and discrimination. Our activities and programs foster social justice economic justice, and educational equity for all. Where there is conflict we promote reconciliation, with open, honest engagement and mutual respect.

The New Jim Crow

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