Hi SPEARfam!!

Get ready for our busiest week yet this semester! SPEAR is sponsoring two amazing panels of activists this week, speaking about the disenfranchisement of incarcerated people on Tuesday and modern political prisoners on Saturday.

We would really appreciate your support at these events -- our organizing teams have worked so hard to make these events a reality and bring these pressing issues to the campus conversation. Each of these events include a link to a facebook event: please make sure to RSVP going and invite your friends! All of these events are also conveniently on our SPEAR calendar.

As always, SPEAR will have its weekly working full group meeting this Monday, March 4th at 8 p.m. in Campus Club. This week will feature a presentation (linked here) in collaboration with YDS members about who profits off of incarceration.

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).

New to SPEAR? Fill out this onboarding guide to get fully plugged in to all things SPEAR and to schedule coffee with one of our presidents to talk about how you can get more involved!


  1. Join SPEAR’s Voting Rights Campaign for Reclaim the Vote: A Discussion with Formerly Incarcerated People on Voting Rights and the Criminal Justice System, on March 5, from 6pm to 7:30 pm in McCormick 101. Nine formerly incarcerated impacted individuals will be holding a panel conversation on voting rights. 48 states in this country have collectively and historically denied the right to vote for over six million Americans who are incarcerated, on probation, or on parole. Join this panel in a discussion on felon disenfranchisement, voting as a right and responsibility, and tangible steps of change that you can take in fighting for democracy.

  2. Join SPEAR for a Conversation with the  Northeast Political Prisoner Coalition on Saturday afternoon, March 9th from 4 to 6pm about the history of oppression, incarceration, and the criminalization of black political expression. Learn from organizers with the Black Panthers and the Black Liberation Army about the political prisoners still held in the U.S. today and how you can support the campaign for their freedom today.

  1. Join PSRJ and SPEAR on Wednesday, March 6th for the amazing opportunity to hear Professor Leigh Anne Francis of TCNJ. She will speak about her important work with reproductive justice among low income Black women in the prison system from 5-6:30 p.m. in 219 Aaron Burr Hall, and the talk will include delicious juice and dessert from Nassau’s own Arlee’s Raw Blends.

  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.


  1. On March 4th (this coming Monday), the Religious Life Council invites you to join us from 5:30 to 7:15 pm in the Murray Dodge lobby for a dinner on religious issues and experiences in prisons and detention centers. We have invited Reverend Maria Lopez, who will be giving a brief talk before we break into groups for dinner.

  2. The Wilson School and the ACLU of New Jersey are hosting We the People: A Conversation with the ACLU's executive director, Anthony Romero '87 on Monday, March 4th from 4:30 to 6 pm in Friend 101.

  3. 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).


I'm in Prison—And on HBO Theothus Carter, The Marshall Project.

Theothus Carter reflects on starring in the film “O.G.”, alongside Jeffrey Wright, while serving time in prison.

The Jail Health-Care Crisis Steve Coll, the New Yorker.

The opioid epidemic and other public-health emergencies are being aggravated by failings in the criminal-justice system.


Kiki, Amanda, and Masha


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