Walks and Talks on Race re Mike Brown

The Princeton community will host a parade and rally on Saturday, August 23, 2 to 4 p.m. “to insist on Justice for Mike Brown and to share our common grief, dismay, anger, and our commitment to future change.”

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. PUMC belongs to NIOT.

Also responding to the events in Ferguson, the UMC’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

Re Saturday’s rally: All are invited to join 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
SIGNAGE/PLACARDS: If you bring a sign to the parade and rally, it should use 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.) Signs should not be on poles and should be lettered so as to be visible from the street.
Say the organizers: Never again (we have said so many times) and now we must say it again, mean it, and live the words.