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SPEAR Projects


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SPEAR Projects


“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”
— Angela Davis

SPEAR members educate, advocate, and agitate against our carceral system through legislative campaigns, campus activism, direct service, and community education. Our projects address many of the consequences of the carceral state, including the disenfranchisement of formerly incarcerated people, juvenile justice, prison conditions and oversight, pervasive post-incarceration barriers to re-entry, solitary confinement, and more. SPEAR meets every Monday from 8 to 9 p.m. in Campus Club, where you can start working on any of these projects!

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Ban the Box


Ban the Box


The Ban the box team advocates for the removal of the box from Princeton’s application that asks about conviction history.

Learn more about our ban the box campaign here.
Those interested in joining the Ban the Box team should contact Michaela Daniel (msdaniel@princeton.edu) or Gina Feliz (gmfeliz@princeton.edu).

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Re-Entry Working Group


Re-Entry Working Group


The re-entry working group is partnering with formerly incarcerated activists and local organizations to better understand the persistent challenges of re-entry post-incarceration and create sustainable resources grounded in the needs articulated by the community.

Contact: Nathan Poland (npoland@princeton.edu), Naomi Shifrin (nshifrin@princeton.edu) and Conor Wilson (conorw@princeton.edu)

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Voting Rights


Voting Rights


Our voting rights COMMITTEE is currently advocating in new jersey for the passage of bills A3456 and S2100, which would re-enfranchise all currently and formerly incarcerated individuals in new jersey.

Those interested in joining the Voting Rights project should contact Leila Ullmann (ullmann@princeton.edu) for more information.

 

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Formerly Incarcerated Student Access Program (FISAP)


Formerly Incarcerated Student Access Program (FISAP)


FISAP works with the University administration and the Prison Teaching Initiative to produce a college application workshop series within New Jersey Department of Corrections facilities to guide incarcerated students through the process of applying to New Jersey colleges and universities.

Contact: Nathan Poland (npoland@princeton.edu)  

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Education


Education


The education committee organizes events that educate Princeton students and beyond about the criminal (in)justice system through speakers, written pieces, and collaboration with established community organizers. In 2019, the education team focus on the continued incarceration of political prisoners in New Jersey and continuing our work against solitary confinement.

Contact: Noam Miller (noamm@princeton.edu) and Angelika Morris (anmorris@princeton.edu)

D.O.V.E.S.


D.O.V.E.S.


D.O.V.E.S. is a direct outreach program that hosts enrichment activities on campus with young women from the D.O.V.E.S. community-based alternative incarceration facility.

Contact: Beatrice Ferguson (bmf3@princeton.edu) and Emma Harlan  (eharlan@princeton.edu)

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Project Solidarity


Project Solidarity


P.S. is an ongoing correspondence program with people that have been incarcerated in solitary. P.S. hopes to produce a zine in Spring 2019 featuring original artwork and writing from incarcerated participants.

Contact: Katharine Matthias (kfm2@princeton.edu) and Shaffin Siddiqui (shaffins@princeton.edu)

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Formerly Incarcerated Narratives Project


Formerly Incarcerated Narratives Project


The Formerly Incarcerated Narratives Project is an oral history-style project to document the stories and testimonies of those directly impacted by the criminal (in)justice system and the continued stigma and exclusion associated with a conviction history.

Contact: Hannah Wang (hw9@princeton.edu)

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Prison Oversight


Prison Oversight


 

the prison oversight team is currently researching and drafting legislation in conjunction with local activists and movement lawyers to establish robust, community-based oversight of new Jersey prisons.

Those interested in joining the Prison Conditions Committee should contact Naomi Shifrin (nshifrin@princeton.edu) for more information on committee meeting times.

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Annual Conference


Annual Conference


SPEAR hosts an annual conference on campus for anti-carceral academics, organizers and students. The 2019 conference will take place April 12th-13th and center around the theme of "Tracing the Violence," which addresses how those convicted of “violent” offenses are excluded from the justice movement.

2019 conference co-chairs: Kiki Gilbert (kiarag@princeton.edu), Micah Herskind (micahh@princeton.edu), Jackson Vail (jvail@princeton.edu), and Frelicia Tucker (ftucker@princeton.edu)