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Mercer County Creating Collage With Residents’ Pictures

The county is looking for images that illustrate area heritage, economic vibrancy and cultural diversity from the community.

By Anthony Bellano,

Mercer County residents are invited to submit their digital images to help the county create a collection of recent photographs that illustrate living, working and playing within its 12 municipalities.

The county is looking for images that illustrate area heritage, economic vibrancy and cultural diversity. This includes pictures of public buildings, historic sites, parks and events with or without people using those places.

“This is a way for talented amateur photographers to help us spotlight the many great things that Mercer County and its vibrant communities have to offer,” Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes said. “If you enjoy taking photos, we invite you to show us Mercer County through your lens.”

This is not a contest. The county calls it an opportunity for amateur photographers who seek a broader audience for their work. The images could be used in editorial and commercial digital and print media promoting the county. The photographer’s credit line would appear in the media in which they appear, whenever possible. The county would have exclusive rights of the images and will not sell them.

Participants must complete an agreement before submitting images. Instructions and requirements can be found online at



Unlocking the Potential of Parents to Fight for Racial Equity in Schools, May 29, 2018

A conversation with leaders of the organization Kindred about their work mobilizing parents

REGISTER TO JOIN this free, hour-long, online conversation happening this coming Tuesday, May 29th, at 8:30 pm ET

For better or worse, relationships among parents are an invisible force in all schools, yet we rarely direct time and attention to helping them form and meaningfully contribute to beneficial educational and social outcomes for children. In our diverse elementary schools, parent-parent relationships are particularly important because they influence the flow of resources to children in the form of teacher and principal time and parent organization monies. Join us to hear how one organization, Washington DC’s Kindred, works to mobilize hundreds of parents to engage each together across lines of race and class in the fight for equity in their schools. As always, there’ll be plenty of time for you to ask your questions and offer your insights!


8:30 to 8:35 pm ET: Andrew and Melissa of EmbraceRace introduce our guests and frame the conversation.
8:35 to 9:00 pm ET: Laura Wilson Phelan and Sangeeta Prasad of Kindred share what they’ve learned in their work mobilizing hundreds of parents across lines of race and class to fight for racial equity in schools.
9:00 to 9:25 pm ET: Q & A with the EmbraceRace community.
9:25 to 9:30 pm ET: Closing thoughts.

Presentation at PHS on Restorative Justice

Many schools across the nation are experiencing persistently high rates of suspension and expulsion for students of color and students with special needs. At the same time, schools are actively seeking ways to transform how they elicit student cooperation, manage conflict, and ensure a high-quality education for diverse students. Renowned national expert Dr. Anne Gregory offered a synthesis of the latest knowledge about reform efforts in school discipline and highlight programming to prevent conflict and intervene constructively once conflict has occurred. Specifically, described the basic tenets of restorative justice initiatives in schools and the practices of community-building circles and restorative conferences.

If you weren’t able to attend this presentation in person (or even if you were there!), please consider viewing this video of the recent presentation by Dr. Anne Gregory.

How teachers can support students during Ramadan

Rusul Alrubail gives a brief explanation of Ramadan observances and notes that space, understanding and empathy are what Muslim students want from their schools and teachers.  To read the complete essay, click here.  Ramadan mubarak.

Linking Systemic Racism and Poverty, May 21, 2018

New Jersey Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival was launched on Monday, May 14.  The theme for the second week May 20-26) is Linking Systemic Racism and Poverty: Voting Rights, Immigration, Xenophobia, Islamophobia, and the Mistreatment of Indigenous Communities. RSVP here.

This is an important issue for anyone who cares that almost half—23 states—have adopted some form of voter suppression law since 2010; that deportations have increased tenfold between 1976 and 2015; or that Native Americans and Alaska Natives have the highest poverty rate of any racial group.

If you RSVP to Week Two’s rally, you will be sent a reminder email ahead of time and give you instructions on when and where to show up.

View and share the Facebook event here.

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