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Immigration Day of Action

Princeton students participate in Immigration Day of Action, Newsworks

Day of Action coalition produces 550 postcards against Trump immigration policies, The Daily Princetonian

 

Arts Without Borders Benefit Concert

"Arts Without Borders" Event to Feature Student Performers, News at Princeton

Designing Social Action: Arts Without Borders, The Daily Princetonian

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Campus Wide Day of Action

Day of Action garners unprecedented success, The Daily Princetonian

Hundreds attend ‘Day of Action’ activities to discuss political, academic issues, centraljersey.com

Princeton Students and Faculty Members Participate in Day of Action, Inside Higher Ed

Day of Action footage, The Daily Princetonian

Hundreds Attend University Day of Action, Responding to Recent Trump Initiatives, towntopics.com

Day of Action sparks discussion about science’s role in society, The Daily Princetonian

Alarmed by Trump’s agenda, students hold teach-ins on Princeton’s campus, WHYY/Newsworks

 

Protest with Princeton Private Prison Divest Coalition

PPPD protests Princeton's Rejection of its Proposal to Divest from Private Prisons, University Press Club 

Urgent Action Today: Supporting Private Prison Divestment, The Daily Princetonian

New Measures for Private Prison Divestment Push, The Princeton Progressive

 

Petition Against Trump’s Executive Orders

Princeton Advocates for Justice Deliver Petition Opposing Trump's New Executive Order, The Daily Princetonian

Princeton and Other Universities Support Challenge to Second Executive Order Travel Ban, News at Princeton

 

Project Welcome: Say Welcome to Refugees

PAJ Hosts Event to Raise Awareness, Welcome Refugees, The Daily Princetonian

 

Rally for Hate-Free Princeton

Rally for Hate-Free Princeton Held to Combat Hate Speech, The Daily Princetonian

Newsworks: Princeton students participate in Immigration Day of Action

By Iris Samuels

February 19, 2017

Around 300 students at Princeton University gathered on Friday to contact their representatives, speaking up against President Donald Trump's efforts to enact a targeted travel ban for immigrants from seven countries. 

The event, called an Immigration Day of Action, was organized by a coalition of more than 25 student groups, who collectively call themselves Princeton Advocates for Justice.

Diego Negron-Reichard, a junior from San Juan, Peurto Rico, is one of the organizers. He spent the day moving from table to table in the Frist Student Center, making sure that students knew the mailing addresses of their members of Congress and Senators. Students had the option of filling out postcards, writing letters or placing phone calls, using prepared scripts.

"I was in Montreal competing with the Model U.N. team when the executive order came out," Negron Reichard said. "I had the unfortunate experience of seeing a girl from another school break down because she couldn't go back to the U.S."

The initial executive order would have banned nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days. 

However, the ban was put on hold by a federal court and President Trump is expected to issue a revised executive order on immigration next week.

Back on campus, Negron Reichard joined the efforts of other students, including Nicholas Wu, a junior from Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan.

"Given all the recent policies and actions that have been detrimental to basic human rights, we needed to act," Wu said. He wanted to accomplish something tangible, "rather than putting out some sort of pithy post on Facebook."

"We want to show people that although you may just be one person, your voice actually makes a huge difference," Wu added.

Princeton students reached out to students at other universities and encouraged them to host similar events on their campuses simultaneously. Around ten other universities held Days of Action, including the University of Chicago, University of Michigan and Vanderbilt.

The Princeton Advocates for Justice received funding from the university administration to host the event, and numerous staff and faculty members were in attendance. "I think they were very happy to see students doing something," Wu said.

Earlier in the week, Princeton University joined a court challenge to the immigration executive order. Together with 16 other universities, the University filed a brief in a civil action case against the executive order pursued by the attorney general of New York.

The brief stated that Princeton University "derives immeasurable benefit from the contributions of diverse students, faculty, and scholars from around the world." It goes on to say that the executive order poses "substantial impediments" to the University's ability to fulfill its educational mission.

Additionally, Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber has taken the time to meet with students who come from one of the seven predominantly Muslim countries affected by the immigration ban, according to Yousef Elzalabany, a freshman from Allentown, Pennsylvania, whose family is originally from Egypt.

Elzalabany is the co-president of MASJID, which stands for Muslim Advocates for Social Justice and Dignity, one of the sponsoring organizations of Friday's event.

"There are actually quite a few students [at Princeton] from countries on the list," he said. The University has not released any information regarding students who may be affected by the ban.

Elzalabany added that Eisgruber also met with the Muslim community at large in early January, prior to the inauguration. Eisgruber "signaled his commitment to protecting the community as well as his appreciation for the vibrancy that the Muslim community has brought to campus," according to Elzabany.

In addition to the Day of Action, MASJID sponsored a student rally on Thursday together with the Princeton DREAM Team, an immigrants' rights organization. Students chanted, "Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here" and "No human being is illegal."

"It's more important now than ever that we come together across faiths and backgrounds," Elzalabany said to a crowd of thirty students who attended the rally outside the Frist Student Center.

Students came to Friday's event for different reasons. For Zach Flamholz, a junior from Englewood, New Jersey, immigration is a personal matter. When the executive order came out, he thought about his Jewish ancestors, who came to America before the Second World War. "I have family members who were in Europe at the time, looking to get out," he said.

"It's easy to be angry and not do anything concrete," said Jillian Silbert, a junior from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who came to write letters to her representatives. "This is something to do."

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/new-jersey/101542-princeton-students-participate-in-immigration-day-of-action

Daily Princetonian: Day of Action coalition produces 550 postcards against Trump immigration policies

By Allie Spensley and Audrey Spensley 

February 19, 2017

On Friday, Feb. 17, Princeton Advocates for Justice (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. The event was open to students, faculty, and community members.

PAJ, a new student organization, formed in response to measures and executive actions taken by the new Trump administration. Their mission is to help promote a culture of activism and political engagement that is directed toward encouraging inclusivity toward immigrants and other marginalized groups. The Day of Action, which PAJ has been advertising in Frist Campus Center, was their first event.

Tables set up in the B level of Frist were stocked with templates and advice for calling or writing letters and postcards to U.S. congressmen and senators, as well as state legislators and other representatives of students’ home districts. The event offered letter paper, postcards, and stamps for all who attended.

Organizers also provided event attendees with help registering to vote in New Jersey. One table, sponsored by the Princeton Clay Project and Princeton Students for Gender Equality, had a button-making station with slogans such as “You Are Loved” and “I Support Refugees.” Princeton Citizen Scientists, a similar coalition initiated by graduate students, headed a table at the front of the room.

“The point of the activity was to show people that they can do something and get engaged, whether it be calling or writing or making postcards,” Diego Negron-Reichard ’18, a member of Princeton Advocates for Justice and one of the event’s organizers, said. “We made 550 postcards and had around 200 people coming in and out. We had faculty participate more, as well as people from the Princeton community at large. It was very successful and very encouraging.”

The planning process for the event started at the end of January, directly after President Trump issued executive orders on immigration.

“It began with a lot of different student groups coming together and forming a coalition,” Ramzie Fathy ’20, another organizer, said. “We met a few times to plan out the process and how we wanted to approach this. We decided on phone backing and postcard writing as the best way to reach the most representatives.”

“It was an organic, natural process,” Negron-Reichard added. “[Trump] had just issued executive orders on immigration, so campus leaders from different groups just started talking.”

These conversations eventually turned into an official meeting in which the group decided on the name of the organization and conceptualized the Day of Action.

“We were brainstorming ways to release anger and frustration,” Soraya Morales Nunez ’18, another organizer, said. “There are more than 25 student groups on the board.”

This frustration was a common sentiment expressed by many of the event’s attendees.

“I think that the attitudes and views toward immigrants are very skewed and misinformed. The world would be a better place if there wasn’t such a xenophobic fever going on in the United States,” Dan Sturm ’19 said. “This was an issue before Trump was president, but now it’s becoming much more of an issue and it doesn’t look like progress is going to made soon unless there’s some kind of resistance.”

According to Fathy, Princeton Advocates for Justice reached out to 41 other universities, and ten hosted similar Days of Action.

“We let them know, ‘here’s what we’re doing and here’s how,’ so it’s unified,” he said.

“When we realized how much attention the event was getting, with over a thousand kids signing onto the Facebook event, we were sure other schools would be interested,” Negron-Reichard added. “We reached out to other schools, really through personal connections, and people we knew were campus leaders.”

“Groups of students came together to make a difference and stand up for basic human rights,” Nicholas Wu ’18 said. “It’s really heartening to see how many people came through. A lot of people felt hopeless or helpless in response to the election. We want to show them they can make their voices heard through civic advocacy.”

Wu is an Associate Opinion Editor for the ‘Prince.’

According to Wu, Princeton Advocates for Justice’s next event will be a benefit concert held Feb. 24 in Richardson Auditorium. The concert will feature performances by various student groups.

http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2017/02/day-of-action-a-success

Daily Princetonian: U. Students create response organization against Trump immigration orders

By Allie Spensley

University students are organizing a response to executive orders on immigration signed by President Donald Trump on Wednesday. Trump moved to begin building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico and to crack down on U.S. cities that protect undocumented immigrants — so-called "sanctuary cities."

A student-led response to these policy changes is being established by Nicholas Wu ’18, Diego Negron-Reichard ’18, Christin Park ’18, and other student leaders from minority groups on campus. Their goal is to form an intersectional organization called Princeton Advocates for Justice to serve as a platform for students who want to discuss, advocate, and plan for the protection of human rights.

Wu is an Associate Opinion Editor for the Daily Princetonian.

“We really formed after the executive orders, that's really what pushed us over the line to get formed as a group,” Negron-Reichard said. “Our mission statement is largely just reacting to these crises as they go. What we hope to be for campus is a coalition where different groups from whichever aisle of the political spectrum can come together to have a discussion, and have an agenda or plan going forward.”

The response to specific executive orders that Negron-Reichard and Wu began planning on Wednesday night quickly developed into a plan to form a more permanent student group.

“It did come up as an organic reaction to current topics, but we plan to be, in the long-term, a coalition of students that anyone can join and to have that space for advocacy and activism on campus, which is something we see that's lacking currently,” Negron-Reichard said.

Park stated that the group was formed as an immediate response to recent Trump policy decisions.

“I felt pretty discouraged by the [Trump's recent] election and the news about his executive orders. I used to be part of Amnesty International back in high school, and one of the things we would do is write letters to authorities just to express our views,” Park said. “Last night, I was speaking to Nicholas Wu and I was saying that maybe it would be good to create a larger-scale version of this, because I know many students are feeling discouraged and they don't really have an outlet.”

“After we had the idea, we started contacting the heads of minority groups on campus and had a meeting today,” she added.

“The meeting itself was a way for us to feel out where we were, what we want to accomplish in the near future and in the long term, and what were our organizing principles and mission statement,” vice president of the Latino Graduate Student Association Brandon Hunter GS said.

"It was really encouraging and a really refreshing sight to see so many people from different organizations come and join together to try and make a difference,” added Princeton Latinos and Amigos media co-chair Sarah Prieto '19.

The group’s current goals are to be officially recognized as a campus organization bythe Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students and to hold a day of action in February.

According to Negron-Reichard, the day of action is “a day where we can do phone banking or write to Congressmen to voice our concerns and try to use our power as constituents to move public policy.”

“We want to put some kind of Day of Action together to raise awareness, to get Princeton students who might feel like they want to do something but are really unsure what they can do or how they can do it,” Hunter said. He added that the group would like to hold a day of action earlier rather than later, in order to harness momentum generated by the most recent executive orders regarding sanctuary cities and the border wall.

"This event will be used to have one campus-wide phone bank where students can call Congressmen and representatives from New Jersey and their respective hometowns,” Prieto said. “So we'll have different phone stations, along with a list of major cities and their Congressmen's phone numbers and contact information. We'll give them a chance to either call or write a personal, handwritten letter to send to their Congressmen. Currently, the major issues are [the] Dakota Pipeline, the wall, and Syrian immigration, but probably more policies will come up in the next few weeks.”

Looking forward, the founding members of the organization hope to spread their ideas and establish communication with other universities.

“We definitely expect more groups like this to pop up throughout the United States. We're keeping a close eye on other groups that might emerge and start having conversations on what we might do on a national scale,” Negron-Reichard said.

“I think a long-term goal just for the year is to transform the anger that we have, that right now is pretty much limited to Facebook posts and arguments on those threads, into actual action, rather than just sitting at home being angry,” Prieto added.

Park said that the idea to form a justice advocacy group has already attracted interest from the student body: a sign-up list of students looking to get involved has garnered close to 100 names and numbers since its creation Tuesday night.

“I think that once the group is more well organized and more well established, and once the Day of Action event kicks off, there definitely will be interest in students having their voices heard,” Park said. “That's what we're going for — having students come together and take action.”

http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2017/01/u-students-organize-response-to-trump-immigration-orders