PPro’s Newsletter for May 2015, containing information about our activities over both Spring 2015 and the upcoming Summer and Fall, is now available here.
May 15, 2015
Dear Princeton Progressive,
Princeton Progressives (PPro) has had a busy and productive spring, with more projects in the works. We thought you might want to know what your involvement means to the Princeton community and to the world outside the orange and black bubble.
– PPro provided crucial financial support for The Princeton Progressive, Princeton University’s only leftleaning student political publication. They have published four issues this year, with a ‘Best Of’ edition coming out in time for Reunions.
– PPro worked with WWS to co-sponsor Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof’s appearance on campus on March 2.
– PPro sponsored a day-long series of on-campus events featuring Anthony Romero ’87, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union.
– PPro worked with WWS and the ACLU to ensure that Edward Snowden’s recent live-feed appearance on campus would be available to the entire University community.
– PPro worked with students to schedule a screening of Citizenfour, the Oscar-winning documentary about Edward Snowden’s revelation of secret NSA practices, on campus two days prior to Mr. Snowden’s live-feed appearance.
– PPro will be co-sponsoring a student-alumni panel discussion at Reunions this spring on Effective Campus Activism.
– PPro will be co-sponsoring a Progressive Mixer at Terrace Club during Reunions this spring.
– PPro will be hosting a Progressive Arts Event in NYC this summer featuring Noemi de la Puenta *86’s award winning musical drama “Manuel & the Statue of Liberty.”
– PPro will be hosting a third annual “Beyond Wall Street” career panel on campus this September.
– PPro is working on a series of speaking, social, and arts events for Fall ’15.
– PPro is gearing up for events connected to the Presidential primaries and general election in 2016.
All of these great initiatives require person-power and money. We are looking for new members of PPro and to bring back PPro-gressives whose memberships have lapsed. You can start or renew your membership here. If you would like to become involved in PPro and have suggestions for events or initiatives to support, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are already a member, please renew as soon as you receive your e-mail reminder. You can stay in touch with us through our website, or at the above e-mail address. You can post on our Facebook and LinkedIn, groups, or reach out to one of the members of our Executive Committee.
Here’s a bit more detail about what we’ve been up to and what we have coming up:
The Princeton Progressive
PPro has funded four print issues of The Princeton Progressive and a fifth “Best Of” issue for Reunions. This impressive publication is fully student published and is dedicated to promoting the full range of leftof-center political dialogue on campus. It strives to provide progressive students with a dedicated platform to share their views and voices. Over 70 students have signed up to work on the publication. We are hoping to be able to help these dedicated students find equally dedicated alumni who can ensure that as long as there’s a Princeton, there’ll be a Princeton Progressive.
Sheryl WuDunn *88 & Nicholas Kristof
PPro worked with the WWS to arrange and promote WuDunn and Kristof’s speaking engagement on campus on March 2. About 300 students, faculty, and towns folk heard them speak on their new book A Way Forward, about the ways in which individuals and small groups can have a big impact in addressing major world problems.
Anthony Romero ‘ 87
PPro brought the ACLU Executive Director to campus on April 8 for an intimate discussion with students, a dinner with Progressive student leaders, and a public talk at the Friend Center about challenges and successes in the maintenance and extension of American civil liberties.
PPro worked with student groups to bring Edward Snowden to campus via live-feed only to discover that WWS was working on the same project. WWS made the final arrangements for the May 2 event, with PPro working to ensure that access to the event was as broad as possible. PPro also worked with students to arrange an on-campus screening of Citizenfour, the Oscar-winning documentary about Snowden, two days before Snowden was interviewed via satellite by Barton Gellman ’82.
PPro and Princeton College Democrats will be presenting a panel discussion on Effective Campus Activism featuring both current and past campus activists. This event will be held on the Friday of Reunions (29 May) in WWS/Robertson Hall, Bowl 2 at 3:00pm. Immediately following, at 4:30 – 6 pm, Terrace Club will host a Progressive Mixer.
Manuel & the Statue of Liberty – Late July in NYC. Details to follow.
Beyond Wall Street III: Other Careers for Princetonians
PPro will assemble a panel of alumni who have pursued careers outside of those most supported by Career Services. This will be held on campus in September, 2015, allowing students who are considering such career paths an opportunity to meet and learn from alumni who’ve already been there and done that
Please help us to continue and expand our exciting initiatives, empowering Progressive activism, education, discussion, and community among Princeton students, alumni, faculty, and staff across the progressive spectrum.
Join PPro and get involved today!!!
Princeton Progressives Executive Committee:
Jason Gold ’81
Sandy Harrison ’74
Tom Hughes ’82
Will Mantell ’14
John Oakes ’83
Ruth Singleton ’82
Michael Southwell ’60
Jimmy Tarlau ’70
Susan Zilber ’76