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SPEAR Projects


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SPEAR Projects


SPEAR’s work is largely based in New Jersey, and combines on-campus educational efforts through events and our annual conference with ongoing organizing projects. Currently, SPEAR is working on a Ban the Box campaign at Princeton, for the passage of voting rights legislation in New Jersey, on researching and drafting prison oversight legislation, and against solitary confinement.

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Events


Events


in addition to our annual conference, spear frequently hosts events on various aspects of the carceral state. it is spear’s top priority to invite and center the voices of those who are or have been incarcerated.

Those interested in joining the Events team should contact Addie (mlgilson@princeton.edu) for more information.

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Ban the Box anD fisap


Ban the Box anD fisap


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

the fisap is also working with the Prison Teaching Initiative to create the Formerly Incarcerated Students access Program (FISAP). Originally a single workshop for currently incarcerated students, fisap will be a series of workshops helping currently and formerly incarcerated students to apply for college. 


Those interested in joining the Ban the Box team should contact Michaela Daniel (msdaniel@princeton.edu) or Gina Feliz (gmfeliz@princeton.edu). Those interested in FISAP should contact Nathan Poland (npoland@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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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 Masha Miura (mmiura@princeton.edu) and Leila Ullmann (ullmann@princeton.edu) for more information on committee meeting times.

 

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Project solidarity


Project solidarity


PROJECT SOLIDARITY IS A CORRESPONDENCE PROGRAM BETWEEN INDIVIDUALS HELD IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT AND STUDENTS AT PRINCETON. EACH YEAR, SPEAR HOLDS 7x9, A PERFORMANCE ART PROTEST AGAINST SOLITARY CONFINEMENT. CURRENTLY, THE PS TEAM IS COLLECTING SUBMISSIONS FOR the PS journal TO HIGHLIGHT THE VOICES AND STORIES OF THOSE HELD IN SOLITARY.

Those interested in joining the PS Team or participating in Project Solidarity should contact Katharine Matthias (kfm2@princeton.edu) and Shaffin Siddique (shaffins@princeton.edu).