NIOT Princeton

Walks and Talks for Racial Justice

The Princeton community will host a parade and rally on Saturday, August 23, 2 to 4 p.m.  RSVP to if you expect to attend the rally.

To follow up on the parade and rally, Not in Our Town (NIOT) Princeton, in partnership with the Princeton Public Library, will host a special session of Continuing Conversations on Race on Thursday, August 28, 7 to 9 p.m.

All are invited to participate in a safe, unjudgmental, confidential discussion.


Just in Time conference

RESPONDING TO THE TURMOIL IN FERGUSON, the United Methodist Church’s Greater New Jersey Conference will hold a “Just in Time” conversation about race on Saturday, August 30, 9 to 3:30 p.m. at Turning Point United Methodist Church, 15 South Broad Street, Trenton. Free but registration required, call Dr. Vanessa Wilson, 609-388-8852

Parade and Rally: Justice for Mike Brown

The Princeton community will host a parade and rally to insist on Justice for Mike Brown and to share our common grief, dismay, anger, and our commitment to future change. All are invited in solidarity and determination to fight for “equality and justice for all”—the words we say when we recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
DATE: Saturday, August 23
TIME: 2-4 p.m.
PLACE: Gather at 2 PM at Tiger Park (with the bronze tiger!), Nassau Street, just up from Palmer Square, Princeton—from where we will march peaceably along Nassau Street and Witherspoon Street to Hinds Plaza next to the Princeton Public Library
HINDS PLAZA: speeches, demonstrations of solidarity, cries for justice, songs and poems as you wish; each individual should probably keep remarks to 3 minutes
1) preferably cardboard or comparable, NOT on poles or sticks (though these are acceptable to Princeton police IF the signs do not block visibility—“There are no restrictions on poles and signs, providing that you do not block motorists vision or block private or public access”).
2) using language FOR justice, healing, and (radical) reform, and NOT “against the police” (we have an outstanding police department in Princeton which has worked long and hard the last couple of years to build much better relationships through their community/walk/bike the streets methods, not just sitting in patrol cars.)
3) should be VISIBLE for passers-by and cars on Nassau and Witherspoon
MARSHALS: We will need some people to volunteer as marshals to help us keep the walk in line; please let us know if you wouldf like to volunteer for this job.
Never again (we have said so many times) and now we must say it again, mean it, and live the words.
Please forward this post to your friends and colleagues, and ask them to forward this message also.

Rise of the Warrior Cop

Nancy Strong calls attention to an interview on Democracy Now

I hope all of us in NIOT can find a way to hear the interview of Radley Balko on August 15 on Democracy Now! Balko said that police who change into military uniforms become soldiers facing an enemy rather than policemen sworn to protect the civilian residents they serve. He speaks clearly, impartially, and from experience, as the author of “Rise of the Warrior Cop.”

You can listen to the program on radio WBAI (99.5 FM) or on your computer by googling Democracy Now (Livestream. Mon-Fri). Members of our Princeton Council and the police themselves need to be encouraged to stand up to federal military-style training sessions and the supplying of military equipment to police forces by both the Pentagon and private manufacturers. For far too long black communities around the country have been the target of this militarization, as is now so obvious to us all.

This can be stopped! Witness the overnight change in Ferguson MO when the police were ordered to remove their riot gear. The mood of the town apparently went from a fear-filled war scene to a relaxed scene of community outreach and good will!

NIOT at Night Out

llarry wilma fern

Not in Our Town and other community organizations joined forces for a gigantic pool party tonight. Pool admission was free, there was a rock climbing wall, a dunk the cop, and free hot dogs.

Here — Larry Spruill, Wilma Solomon and Fern Spruill help kids spin the wheel. Wherever the wheel stopped, the child answered the question and earned a bracelet. To “What can we do to make Princeton a friendlier town?” an 8 year old said, “Communicate.”  A five year old, confronted with the question, “How could you make a friend feel better” had a one-word answer, “Hug.”

The wisdom of childhood…


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