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Shots Fired

This Radio Lab podcast examined police shootings.  Featured are Tampa Bay Times reporter Ben Montgomery, who collected six years of records of Florida police shootings which are available in an online database Why Cops Shoot, Mothers of the Movement, women whose children and other family members were shot by the police, and Mike Chitwood, Jr., Sheriff of Volusia County, FL., former Daytona Beach police chief, who enacted principles developed by Washington, D.C.,-based Police Executive Research Forum, which is tackling racially biased policing among other issues.

Ole Miss Edges Out of Its Confederate Shadow, Gingerly

The University of Mississippi is changing its Confederate and other racially offensive symbols more slowly than other colleges and universities.  “The moves put the University of Mississippi, as the college is formally known, near the forefront of a movement called contextualization. ‘Our whole framework is predicated on the principle that it’s better to educate and contextualize rather than remove or move or erase,’ said the school’s chancellor, Dr. Jeffrey Vitter.”  Read the entire article by clicking here.

“Let’s Counter Islamophobia through Stories”

REGISTER HERE to join this FREE, online, community conversation on TUESDAY, August 22nd at 5:30 pm PT/ 8:30 pm ET.

Why We Gather. Given the current deeply divisive political environment in the US and the threats many racial and ethnic minority communities face, it is important to educate children early about cultural and religious diversity and break down entrenched stereotypes. Join this EmbraceRace community conversation with Gauri and Sadaf from KitaabWorld. They’ll share their “Counter Islamophobia Through Stories” campaign, a campaign that provides a framework and booklists to facilitate a positive representation of Muslims for all children.

We invite anyone raising, mentoring, teaching, advising kids to join us for this conversation. Registering also ensures that you will receive the after-event recording and resources whether you attend live or not.


8:30 to 8:35 pm ET: EmbraceRace co-founders, Andrew Grant-Thomas and Melissa Giraud, introduce Gauri and Sadaf of Kitaabworld.
8:35 to 9 pm ET: Gauri and Sadaf share their perspective
9 to 9:30 pm ET: Community Q & A

Gauri Manglik practiced law in both India and the United States for more than a decade, advising on corporate and commercial law. In 2015, she chose to follow her passion and left her legal career to start Kitaabworld. She is passionate about making South Asian culture fun and accessible for children, as well as sharing her love for diverse children’s books.

Sadaf Siddique has worked on documentaries and online media projects in India and the United States — with a focus on innovative ideas for social change. Sadaf’s prior experience includes developing content around social impact investing at Omidyar Network and leading editorial strategy and project management at Link TV’s Dear American Voter project.

EmbraceRace is a multiracial community of people supporting each other to help nurture kids who are thoughtful, informed, and brave about race. Join us! Like us on Facebook and sign up for our bimonthly newsletter.

Events this week in Princeton and West Windsor

Two important appearances this week–Kitsi Watterson discussing her book I Hear My People Singing and Dr. Nathalie Edmond speaking about Black Lives Matter and allyship.  Details below:

On Wednesday, August 9, the Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542, will host a community event in conjunction with The Joint Effort Safe Streets Program. Join us for a reception, book signing and discussion with Kitsi Watterson, author of I Hear My People Singing: Voices of African American Princeton, and presentation of future black leaders of tomorrow, 6:15 – 8 pm.

This event immediately follows the Opening Reception of artwork by Aaron Fisher and Romus Broadway, beginning at 5pm.

The Safe Streets Program is held in partnership with the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society, many Princeton businesses, community leaders, community organizations and citizens. This Princeton community celebration of the Witherspoon-Jackson Community will share stories of community, faith, hope and history.

On Thursday August 10, Dr. Nathalie Edmond will be speaking at the West Windsor Library at 333 N Post Rd, West Windsor, NJ 08550  at 4:30-5:30pm on the Black Lives Matter Movement and how to be an ally.
You can register online here:

Dr. Nathalie Edmond was the director of Princeton House’s women’s trauma hospital/intensive outpatient program for several years. She now has a private practice and also works at the Princeton University Counseling and Psychological Services. She facilitates mindfulness and meditation workshops in the community, on college campuses and for businesses.

Closing New Jersey’s Youth Prisons

Several Not In Our Town board members attended the June 28th rally in support of the transformation of New Jersey’s youth incarceration system into a community-based system of care by closing Hayes and Jamesburg-the state’s girls’ youth prison and the largest youth prison for boys, respectively.

That was just the first step on our journey to reimagining youth justice in New Jersey.

Please consider joining Ryan P. Haywood of the NJ Institute for Social Justice at the #150yearsisenough campaign meeting on Monday, August 14 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Virtual Healthcare Campus, located at 1000 Atlantic Avenue in Camden, as we discuss the next steps for the campaign.

Please RSVP to Juvenile Justice Campaign Manager Retha Onitiri at

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