Hey SPEARfam!

What a week! We are so grateful to the incredible organizers who made so many incredible events happen this past week - from a moving panel of voting rights activists to a call to action to free the political prisoners still held captive in this country today to building community on campus and beyond, SPEAR members truly made an impact on the campus and state conversation this week.

As always, SPEAR will have its weekly working full group meeting this Monday, March 4th at 8 p.m. in Campus Club. Before breaking out in our projects to continue building our campaigns, we will take a little time to acknowledge the need for self care by writing encouraging mid-terms notes to our friends.

Our D.O.V.E.S. team, which hosts social and educational events for young women from a local alternative incarceration facility (and is looking for new members!) will meet at 7:30 p.m. in campus club, and our conference team meets at 11:30 on Sundays (reach out to Kiki for more details).

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  1. Please come out the Monday after Spring Break, 3/25, at 4:20 pm in Betts Auditorium (in the architecture building) for the penultimate CPUC meeting of the semester! We need your support to continue pressuring the administration and show them that we have not forgotten about their hostile responses to the Ban the Box campaign. This meeting, engaged faculty will also be asking questions to demonstrate that the campaign is building momentum and has wide support across campus.  Previous demonstrations have garnered the attention of national media and provoked discussions among high level administrators, so your presence matters! Contact Michaela (msdaniel@princeton.edu) and Gina (gmfeliz@princeton.edu) with any questions.

  2. Black Feminisms across the Americas: A Tribute to Political Activist Marielle Franco will take place on March 14, 2019 (1:45-4:30 pm), at the 399 Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building. The symposium is being organized by the Brazil LAB, and will bring together Brazilian and U.S. critical thinkers and activists, culminating with a keynote address by Angela Davis at McCosh 10 (5:00-7:00 pm), and a follow-up discussion with students and faculty on March 15 (10:00am-2:00pm).

  1. Registration is now open for our annual SPEAR Conference!!!! Hosted on April 12-13, this year’s conference will assess the mainstream criminal justice reform movement’s tendency to focus only on non-violent and drug offenses, often excluding those convicted of violent and sexual offenses from the movement. Princeton students should register for the conference here.


Formerly incarcerated speakers advocate for the voting rights of the incarcerated in a SPEAR organized panel Marie-Rose Sheinerman, The Daily Princetonian.

“I have experienced the extremes of what it means to be a citizen,” he said. “As a combat veteran, I was highly esteemed by society, and then as an incarcerated person, I essentially had my humanity stripped [from] me.”

Reckoning With Violence Michelle Alexander, The New York Times.

“We must face violent crime honestly and courageously if we are ever to end mass incarceration and provide survivors what they truly want and need to heal…. imprisonment isn’t just an inadequate tool; it’s often enormously counterproductive — leaving survivors and their communities worse off.”

‘What Would I Have Done if I Would Have Killed Her That Night?’ Ten months in a class for men who hit women. Lauren Justice, The New York Times.

“What would happen if men were encouraged to challenge their belief systems about women and relationships, power and control before they were forced to by a 911 call?”

The Opioid Crisis Isn’t White Abdullah Shihipar, The New York Times.

“Labeling the opioid crisis as “white” risks overlooking the very real damage experienced by black, Latino and Native American communities….This crisis is a reminder that anyone can become addicted to drugs. Our empathy should not be conditional.

Would Expanded Criminal Background Checks Hurt Federal Job Applicants? Justin George, The Marshall Project.

“The Trump administration wants applicants for federal jobs and contractor positions to divulge whether they have gone through diversion programs such as drug courts that are meant to help people avoid prison. But critics say the move undermines the whole idea of sentencing alternatives that are designed to keep permanent blemishes off participants’ records, avoiding negative background checks that can limit jobs, housing and education.”

‘You Have to Pay With Your Body’: The Hidden Nightmare of Sexual Violence on the Border Manny Fernandez, The New York Times.

“On America’s southern border, migrant women and girls are the victims of sexual assaults that most often go unreported, uninvestigated and unprosecuted. Even as women around the world are speaking out against sexual misconduct, migrant women on the border live in the shadows of the #MeToo movement.”

Lynch Mobs Killed Latinos Across the West. Descendants Want It Known. Simon Romero, The New York Times.

“Descendants of lynching victims are now casting attention on one of the grimmest campaigns of racist terror in the American West: the lynching of thousands of men, women and children of Mexican descent from the mid-19th century until well into the 20th century.”

White Women Were Avid Slaveowners, a New Book Shows Parul Sehgal, The New York Times.

White slave-owning women were ubiquitous. Not only did they profit from, and passionately defend, slavery, but the institution “was their freedom.”

KiKi’s review: “Speaks on recognizing the power dynamics between groups that are both disempowered in their own ways, which I think is an important nuance!”

In Defense of Harvey Weinstein’s Harvard Lawyer Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic.
“These students might not realize it, but they are creating a disincentive for ambitious young legal academics to undertake the defense of any potentially controversial client, including indigent men who stand accused of rape or sexual assault. That raises the odds of wrongful convictions, especially among the poor.”

A Harvard Law School Professor Defends His Decision to Represent Harvey Weinstein  Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker.

A Q&A with the Harvard Law professor on Harvey Weinstein’s defense team.


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