NIOT Princeton

Unity Awards on May 6

PRINCETON, NJ: Not In Our Town (NIOT), an interracial, interfaith social action group, presented Unity Awards on May 6 to two eighth graders at John Witherspoon Middle School (Isaiah Sigler and Sumaiyya Stephens) and four seniors at Princeton High School — Halima-Rakiya Gikandi, Jemima Nelson, Handy Pierre, and Milosh Popovic.

The Unity Awards, presented at a reception at Princeton University’s Carl A. Fields Center, honor students who are role models in their efforts to promote respect for diversity and to advance the cause of race relations. Each student received a certificate; they will also receive a gift at honors assemblies in their schools, scheduled for June 5 at Princeton High Schooland June 11 at John Witherspoon Middle School.   

Not in Our Town aims to speak truth about ‘everyday racism’ and other forms of prejudice and discrimination, says Wilma Solomon, NIOT president. In cooperation with the Princeton Public Library, NIOT presents a monthly discussion series, “Continuing Conversations on Race.” The organization, which consists of representatives from a dozen faith communities, also sponsors book readings, workshops, film series, panels, and anti-racism demonstrations.
“Our hope is that Princetonwill continue to grow as a town in which the ideals of friendship, community and pride in diversity prevail,” says Solomon.   

In these photos, Carole Krauthamer presents a certificate to each student.

Roland Glover photographed the students with their families, here and below. For more photos, click here 


Warm Hearts on May 6

These photos were taken by Roland Glover on Sunday, May 6, when Not in Our Town presented the 2012 Unity Awards to students from John Witherspoon School and Princeton High School. What warmth was in the room! For photos of the awardees, click here


Tech Can be Racist

Princeton often aims to be like Silicon Valley, but perhaps there is one aspect of Silicon Valley
our area should not emulate. According to this graphic contributed by Jen Rhee, Silicon Valley
has some racist tendencies.

Whether these statistics are accurate or not, we cannot confirm, but they are worthy of discussion.

Tech is Racist
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Continuing Conversation June 4

What specific issues of concern related to race need to be addressed in your community?

On Monday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m., on the second floor of the Princeton Public Library (ask at the desk for the room number)  Not in Our Town will sponsor the last in this season’s series of “Continuing Conversations on Race.” This session is a follow-on from May’s discussion, “What was your earliest encounter with a race issue?” 

Newcomers are most welcome. These sessions are a safe, secure place to discuss difficult issues. 

Letter to the Editor: Town Topics

“Not In Our Town” Should Take a Stand Against Other Forms of Discrimination

In response to an article about Stand Against Racism Day, a Town Topics reader penned this reply:
To the Editor:
I heartily applaud “Not in Our Town” for their stand against racial discrimination (Town Topics May 2, 2012). In the future the group may wish to take a stand against other forms of discrimination prevalent in Princeton. Individuals who are fiscally prudent, pro-Israel, evangelical Christians, or Republicans routinely suffer from overt harassment and discrimination.
Beverly T. Elston
Quarry Street
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