Immigration Day of Action - February 17th, 2017
President Trump's executive actions were unlawful, immoral, and unacceptable. In response, PAJ held an “Immigration Day of Action,” an event for students to voice concerns about President Trump’s executive orders and other national political actions regarding immigration. Students came together to write over 550 letters and postcards, and called their Members of Congress and Senators. At least 35 other schools are involved in coordinated Days of Action.
We can't let this stand. #NoBanNoWall
Check out our Facebook event here.
Take a look at our guide to university organizing here!
Here's the full list of schools participating in the Immigration Day of Action:
- University of Michigan
- University of Chicago
- Washington University in St. Louis
- University of Georgia
- Iowa State University
- University of Tennessee
- Mount Holyoke
Check out 1080politics' video of the Immigration Day of Action below:
Arts Without Borders Benefit Concert - February 25th, 2017
In order to support LALDEF, the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, PAJ sponsored an Arts Without Borders Benefit Concert, raising funds to support immigrant rights in the Princeton community. The concert featured various student groups, including BodyHype Dance Company, Quipfire! Improv Comedy, the Princeton Footnotes, Naacho: South Asian Dance Company, the Princeton Tigertones, Muslim Monologues, Songline Slam Poetry, Old NasSoul and Umqombothi. Princeton Advocates for Justice ultimately raised $1300 for the cause, and 192 people attended the concert.
(Information/photos from PAJ on Facebook, as well as https://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S48/77/05S78/index.xml?section=announcements)
Check out 1080politics' video of the Arts Without Borders concert below:
Campus Wide Day of Action- March 6th, 2017
On March 6th, PAJ partnered with the Princeton Citizen Scientists to organize a campus-wide day of conversation and action at Princeton. We held a day of town-hall sessions and focused teach-ins at Frist Campus Center, with the morning dedicated to an investigation of the problems, and the afternoon to their solutions. We had 64 teach-ins facilitated by professors, students, and alumni, as well as 13 University and local organizations tabling. Almost all the teach-ins reached full capacity!
Protest with the Princeton Private Prison Divest Coalition - March 27th, 2017
On March 27th, PAJ united with the Princeton Private Prison Divest Coalition to protest the recent rejection of private prison divestment by Princeton University. Campaigns for prison divestment are centered around the numerous problematic aspects of our current justice and punishment systems, especially as they relate to people of color and the role of economy in the United States' mass incarceration system. More information on PPPD's mission can be found here: https://www.princetondivest.com/our-proposal. Following Princeton's rejection of the's proposal, both PPPD and PAJ protested in the lobby of Friend Center, before leading a walk-out and a tech-in at Friend.
More information: http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2017/04/lack-of-current-investments-is-not-enough
(Information taken from the above links, as well as http://www.universitypressclub.com/archive/2017/03/liveblog-cpuc-meeting-princeton-announces-will-not-divest-private-prisons-pppd-stages-protest-response/)
Petition Against Trump's Executive Orders on Immigration - March 27, 2017
In response to President Trump's executive actions, Princeton Advocates for Justice also rallied over 32 student groups and 600 signatures for a petition to the President of the University, Christopher Eisgruber '83, encouraging him to speak out against President Trump's orders, specifically those limiting Middle Eastern entrance into the country. According to the Daily Princetonian, "400 undergraduates, 92 graduate students, 51 faculty members, 7 post-docs, and 17 staff members signed the online petition." PAJ also advocated for "Every Campus a Refugee", a network that helps link refugees to welcoming families in Princeton.
The voices of the petition where heard when on March 31st, Princeton joined 30 other universities to file a "friend-of-the-court" brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals to protest President Trump's executive actions. (Additionally, earlier on Feb 2, President Eisgruber had sent a letter in tandem with other college presidents, asking for President Trump to make changes to the executive order that had recently been issued.)
(Information from Catherine Benedict: http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2017/03/paj-delivers-petition-against-executive-order, and http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S49/09/76K41/index.xml?section=topstories)
Project Welcome: Say Welcome To Refugees with the Princeton Clay Project - April 2nd, 2017
After President Trump's recent executive orders restricting the flow of refugees and visas into the United States of America, Princeton Advocates for Justice teamed up with the Princeton Clay Project to show that refugees are welcome in our country and should not be feared. In collaboration with the Clay Project's larger Project Welcome, PAJ helped run a table at Frist Campus Center, where passing students could sign a white cloth and write welcoming messages to refugees. This cloth will eventually be featured as part of a larger quilt to be displayed in airports, as a display of welcome for all. It is estimated that at least 40 people signed the quilt.
(Information/photo from Alexander Stangl: http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2017/04/paj-refugee-event)
Advocacy Trip to Washington, D.C. - April 21st, 2017
From PAJ Facebook: On April 21, 13 members of Princeton Advocates for Justice traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with Congressional staff about issues important to students. In the end, they met with 13 different Congressional offices and had productive conversations on education, climate change, immigration, and reproductive rights. The trip was sponsored in part by Princeton's Whig-Cliosophic Society.
Rally for a Hate-Free Princeton - April 26th, 2017
On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, various members of Princeton Advocates for Justice held the "Rally for a Hate-Free Princeton" outside of Firestone Library, responding to racist and anti-Semitic posters that had been spread around Princeton's campus the week beforehand. Members of PAJ stood in silent protest for 10 minutes, followed by what the Daily Princetonian describes as "testimonies and teach-ins by student leaders, [as] well as a 10-minute teach-in by professor of psychology Elizabeth Levy Paluck." The rally garnered approximately 80 participants.
(Information from: http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2017/04/rally-for-hate-free-princeton)
PAJ Wins the Santos-Dumont Prize 2017! - May 30th, 2017
On May 30th, Princeton's Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies announced that Princeton Advocates for Justice won the Alberto Santos-Dumont Prize for Innovation. The Santos-Dumont Prize strives to highlight an initiative or group from the prior academic year that has had "wide-reaching impact and visibility" on the community. PAJ won this award along with a small number of other campus groups, including The Princeton Clay Project, The Princeton University Latinx Perspectives Organization (PULPO), Woke Wednesdays, and leaders and creators of PolitEcho, the Trenton Youth Orchestra, and the Hidden Figures project. CONGRATULATIONS!
More information on the Santos-Dumont Prize can be found here: https://www.princeton.edu/odus/activities/initiatives/santos-dumont-prize/
Petition For University President Eisengruber to Support Agreement on Climate Change - June 8th, 2017
From PAJ Facebook: In response to President Trump's recent decision to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Accords, many colleges and universities around the nation joined the "We Are Still In" climate coalition to protest the President's actions. Princeton University, however, was not one of them, and the only member of the Ivy-Plus group to not sign a collective statement regarding climate change and the Paris Accords agreement. Various students from Yale, Harvard, and other groups are now encouraging the Ivy-Plus schools to join "We Are Still In," in addition to signing the Ivy-Plus statement. Princeton Advocates for Justice created a petition urging Princeton University President Eisgruber to both join "We Are Still In" and sign the Ivy-Plus group's statement.