Not In Our Town Princeton

Criminal Justice Politics: December 8 and 11

Former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey will speak at a panel on The Role of Civil Society in Creating a More Effective Criminal Justice System on Monday, December 8, 4:30 p.m., Princeton University’s McCosh Hall. A documentary on McGreevey’s prison counseling program went to the Sundance Festival last year.
Marie Gottschalk, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and  author of “Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics,” speaks at the Princeton Public Library on December 11 on “The Politics of Mass Incarceration.”

Just in Time: Church Responds to Ferguson.

The United Methodist Church will hold a “Just in Time” meeting, prayer and reflection for justice and peace, on Sunday, December 7, at 5 p.m. in Ewing. It is sponsored by the Greater New Jersey Conference’s Commission on Religion and Race. All welcome.

Teaching White Privilege: Pebbles in the Water


pebbles in water

Here is a list of white privilege stories.

One member of NIOT Princeton suggests that each of us should focus on one white person — someone influential in one of our communities — and begin teaching them about white privilege. Until attitudes change, nothing will change.

Perhaps we can use these stories like pebbles thrown in the water; letting the circles spread . . .


December 8: Malik Rahim talk “In Search of Common Ground: Fighting for Community & Justice in New Orleans.”

Join Center for African American Studies Monday, December 8th at 4:30pm in McCormick 101 for a discussion by Malik Rahim, a former Black Panther, and a long-time housing and prison activist in the U.S. State of Louisiana. He is the co-founder of Common Ground Relief, one of the largest post-Katrina volunteer organizations in New Orleans. Rahim’s talk is called, “In Search of Common Ground: Fighting for Community & Justice in New Orleans.”

The event is free and open to the public.

TEDx talk: stop the violence against young black men

Verma Myers offers counsel in a TedX talk: You Can Help Stop the Violence Against Young Black Men. As below, quoted from the Youtube site.

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The Department of Justice reports that African Americans are twice as likely as whites to be arrested during a traffic stop, and almost four times as likely to experience the use of force during encounters with the police. And according to the FBI, young black men are 21 times as likely as their white peers to be killed by police. In this talk, cultural innovator Vernā Myers shares some hard truths about racial injustices, (including the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO), and offers us three ways we can uncover our biases, overcome our discomfort and make a difference in the lives of black men and our society as a whole.

For two decades, Vernā and her team of consultants have helped eradicate barriers of race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation at elite international law firms, Wall Street powerhouses, and the 10,000 member Fire Department of New York, with the aim of establishing a new, more productive and just status quo.

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