This promises to be a busy Spring season. See a number of new opportunities for activism, listed slightly lower down on the right side of this page.
Candidates for Public Office
Our candidates page, listing candidates in the 2018 elections who share our progressive values, is now available here. If you are aware of other Princetonians who meet these criteria and are now listed here, please let us know via the contact link here.
Working People's Day of Action
Members of PPro will be participating in the Working People's Day of Action march in Foley Square at 11am on Saturday 24 February. Look for Chris Brandt '65 who will be carrying a PPro sign. More information is here.
PPro's 2018 Annual Meeting
PPro held its highly successful 2018 annual meeting on Wednesday, 21 February 2018. The discussion focused on the key issue of increasing our focus on effecting progressive changes, both on and off campus. Intertwined here are, of course, increasing our membership, and improving our fund-raising ability. We will be making decisions in the future about expanding our current Princeton-centric focus, with the idea that doing so might help with the issues just mentioned. We've created a document outlining some of these possibilities, available for download here.
Our 2017 Head in the Sand award was given to Andrew Napolitano '72. Read more about this award here.
Attendees (in approximate L-R order): Michael Southwell '60, Jason Gold '81, Sandy Harrison '74, Bernard Grossman '76, Alisa Matlovsky '76, Monica Dweck '76, Paul Hechinger '83, Richard Lipkin '83, Jordan Becker '82, Ruth Singleton '82, Noemi de la Puente *86, Chris Brandt '65, Jean Taylor *73, Stephen Teich '62, Marcus Tye '90, Wendell Lancaster & Pat Irvin '76, John Oakes '83
Signer fundraiser a great success!
On Tuesday, 5 December 2017, PPro hosted a fundraiser with Michael Signer '95, who is the mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, and a Virginia Democratic Party activist who worked on Barack Obama's State Department Transition Team. He is the author of the recent Becoming Madison. He spoke on "The Case for (Cautious) Optimism from Virginia." A report with pictures is here.
Tigers Support DACA
Campaigning in Virginia
Five students belonging to Princeton College Democrats campaigned for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam in northern Virginia from October 29-31 (including travel time from and back to Princeton) with financial support from PPro. Those students were: Amanda Eisenhour '21, Shafaq Khan '21, Sebastian Quiroz '20, Sullivan Hughes '21, and Jeremy Nelson '20 (left to right in first picture below, with Mac Odell '62).
Jeremy Nelson '20 describes the trip as follows:
I wanted to fill you in on how our trip turned out over the last few days. We had a great time knocking doors, speaking to voters, and recruiting GOTV volunteers in Sterling, Virginia, and Arlington, Virginia. We braved the remnants of the nor'easter on Sunday to win Democratic votes! We knocked hundreds of doors and finished each night by making phone calls.
Sentenced to Prison: One Man's Story and the Uncovered History of Prison Experimentation
For many years during the 20th century, individuals at prisons and asylums were exploited by medical researchers. In an enlightening talk, Allen Hornblum, a criminal justice expert and author of Acres of Skin, and Yusef Anthony, a formerly incarcerated man who was repeatedly subjected to medical experimentation, presented this sordid history and took questions on this once widespread and disturbing American practice. The event was held on Tuesday, October 17 at 4:30 p.m. in Betts Auditorium 101 (Architecture Building), and was sponsored by Princeton Progressives as well as Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR). The entire presentation is available on Youtube here
PAW covers PPro
The 12 July 2017 Reunions issue of PAW contains, beginning on page 32, a story about the presence of political issues during the event, with some attention given to PPro’s fostering the wearing of pussyhats during the reunion, including a large picture of a PPro Board member wearing one.
The brief text says the following:
Some alums marched in the P-rade wearing the pink "pussy hats" popularized during women's marches protesting the agenda of President Trump. Princeton Progressives, a group of alumni that supports progressive student activity, brought the pink hats for alumni to wear.
Also mentioned were the black-and-orange hats of The TiGrrrHat Project (discussed further in the Class Notes for 1982), proceeds from which were donated to student groups.
The entire article can be read here.
PPro ran what we believe to be a highly successful series of events at Reunions 2017.
Our panel discussion on the topic “Tigers’ Response to the Trump Agenda”, on Friday afternoon at Terrace Club, featured Dale Ho ’99 (director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project), Nicholas Wu ’18 (Princeton Advocates for Justice), Micah Herskind ’19 (SPEAR), Soraya Morales Nuñez ’18 (DREAM Team), and Mike Hepler GS (Princeton Citizen Scientists), and was moderated by Miranda Rehaut ’16. A good crowd heard and participated in an insightful and interesting discussion.
The panel discussion was followed by a social mixer in the Library at Terrace Club. The room was jammed, and participants not only enjoyed drinks and snacks and conversation, but also had the opportunity both to purchase PPro’s pussyhats and to join PPro.
Finally, the P-rade was enlivened by marchers wearing our pussyhats.
Become a member
Please consider becoming a member of PPro. Membership fees and donations are our only sources for funds to support the many requests that student groups make of us. It's easy to do, and we think very reasonable; simply click here. Thanks in advance!
Listed here are opportunities for Princetonians of a progressive persuasion to participate in important public activities. These are not PPro events.
Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR), in collaboration with Princeton's Office of Religious Life (ORL), will be holding its 5th annual conference, Shadows of the Prison, on 13-14 April. Every year, the conference brings together over 200 participants from various universities and advocacy groups for a weekend of lectures, panels, and activist workshops. Registration is free, and available here.
On the same weekend, 13-14 April, there will be a series of events on campus commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1978 anti-apartheid sit-in at Nassau Hall. Watch for further information as it becomes available.
We originally were selling these to be worn in the 2017 Reunions P-rade, which was successful and caused a big and favorable commotion among the spectators when those wearing the hats passed by. But you can still order one for ongoing use, here. Then PLEASE notify us by email by clicking here that you have done so, and your hat will be sent out immediately.
Publications by Princetonians
Our ongoing feature, Publications by Princetonians, features published documents by Princetonians who share our progressive values. Find it here.
PPro is happy to support the efforts of the ReachOut Mentorship Program to identify mentors for current Princeton students who are social entrepreneurs. ROMP is a program of four month (renewable) mentorships, where alumni guide groups of students who are starting socially relevant enterprises. Mentors commit to at least one hour per month of mentoring, by phone, video, or in person. Students welcome and benefit from this guidance, and can make more progress with this help.
PPro is happy to publicize the Class of 1978 Foundation's support of current undergraduate or graduate students' community service projects. More information, along with a link to the application form, is here.