NIOT Princeton

Stand Against Racism: Join Us on Friday

Gather at Palmer Square on Friday, April 27, at 8:15 a.m. and then
 walk together to the Princeton YWCA for a showing of an important film, “The Princeton Plan: 50 Years Later” featuring guest speakers Shirley Satterfield and Henry Pannell.

This Palmer Square “Stand” is sponsored by the Princeton Human Services Commission and Cranbury Station Galleries

The YWCA Princeton hosts the film screening and discussion from 9 to 10 a.m. at Bramwell House, 59 Paul Robeson Place, Princeton. Light refreshments will be served.

Last year Not in Our Town encouraged merchants to post signs in the windows to support this movement, and many are still on display. For more information on the Stand Against Racism movement — which began here in Princeton, see the Stand Against Racism website


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Stand Against Racism: April 27 in Princeton

Letter to the Editor: Stand Against Racism

Letter to the editor, as published in the Times of Trenton and other newspapers

Not in Our Town (NIOT) would like to thank the Princeton Public Library, Rep. Rush Holt (D-Hopewell), Corner House’s GAIA Project, HiTOPS and Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum for their support of the second in a series on “Bullying — Changing the Culture” April 10. More than 150 people came to see and respond to “The Bystanders Dilemma,” which included skits prepared by NIOT (directed by Todd Reichart) and GAIA (directed by Mary Saudergas).
Founded in Princeton 12 years ago, NIOT is an interracial, interfaith social action group committed to speak truth about “everyday racism” and other forms of prejudice and discrimination.
Our hope is that Princeton will become a town in which the ideals of friendship, community and pride in diversity will prevail.
We support the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism Day on April 27. We recommend that individuals and groups observe the occasion by watching the following relevant and thought-provoking films, available at the Princeton Public Library and other libraries: “Race: The Power of an Illusion” (three parts), “Mirrors of Privilege,” “Traces of the Trade,” “Light in the Darkness,” “Prince Among Slaves” and “The Princeton Plan: 50 Years Later” (video cassette only).
On April 27, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., the Princeton YWCA will show the film “The Princeton Plan: 50 Years Later,” about the integration of the Princeton schools.
Please join us in standing against racism today and every day.
— Barbara Fox, Wilma Solomon, Fern and Larry Spruill, Marietta Taylor, Joyce Turner and Ann Yasuhara,
Princeton

The writers are members of Not In Our Town.

Film and Discussion: Troubling Issues

Many young people have been casualties in the ongoing debate about homosexuality, says Rev. Don Brash, resident theologian of Princeton United Methodist Church (PUMC). As part of PUMC’s Troubling Issues series, he will screen a 45-minute film, “Through My Eyes,” on Sunday, May 6, at 4 p.m. In this film more than two dozen young people, who are gay, share their experiences, thoughts and feelings. They are not actors; all have a personal stake in the debate and hope that that their stories will make a difference in what is one of the most controversial and important social topics of our time.
“This film puts real people – with real faces and real stories – into the discussion otherwise often held only in the abstract,” says Brash. The screening will be followed by an open and frank discussion. PUMC is on the corner of Nassauand Vandeventer; the Park Placelot is free on Sundays. The church is ADAaccessible. For information call 609-924-2613, email troublingissues@gmail.com or go to www.princetonumc.org).

A Whole Lot of Clueless Adults

The feeling of aloneness is one of the most painful consequences of bullying, writes  A.O. Scott  in the New York Times, regarding “Bully,” the Lee Hirsch documentary movie. Scott blames adults for failing to protect children from bullying. In a review entitled “Behind Every Harassed Child? A Whole Lot of Clueless Adults” Scott says that the feeling of aloneness is also, in some ways, a cause of bullying. He writes: 

It is almost always socially isolated children (the new kid, the fat kid, the gay kid, the strange kid) who are singled out for mistreatment. For some reason — for any number of reasons that hover unspoken around the edges of Mr. Hirsch’s inquiry — adults often fail to protect their vulnerable charges.


Comments on the documentary website reveal bullying takes place in the workplace as well as in the schools. For instance: 

I am a college professor. I have been the victim of workplace bullying for 8+. Police were called about the harassment three times; I have suffered two nervous breakdowns, and I’m currently on medical leave. My career and my health have been destroyed. My administration has acknowledged the harassment; but they have done nothing to effectively address the situation; because….


and


I have experienced bullying for the first time in my life. I have been detained for two hours at a time over weekends, during which my boss stares at me and repeats the same rhetorical questions over and over again, sighing and shaking her head in despair when I can no longer think of a suitable answer to the same question. This questioning is so that she can “understand” the problem (which has been resolved long ago) and take “remedial” action. She never gets violent or raises her voice, although she has impugned my integrity. She uses words from her pedagogy manuals to “correct” me; she demanded my computer password so that she can read my emails. For the first time in my life I dread going to work….

Some resources: 


The April 10 program at Princeton Public Library, sponsored by Not in Our Town Princeton and other organizations, aims to offer ways for both adults and students to solve “The Bystanders Dilemma,” how to react when bullying occurs. 



The national organization of Not in Our Town is contributing to the discussion by sponsoring teaching guides to the movie through a related organization, Not in Our School. 


For help on workplace bullying, go to New York Healthy Workplace Advocates.

For ways to help students resist bullying, visit the Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum in Ewing, New Jersey.


The trailer for the documentary shows the bullies persecuting the child — and then shows the principal telling the mother “I’ve BEEN on that bus — they are as good as gold!” 







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