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The members of Racial Justice Rising are ordinary people who are troubled by the persistent racism that plagues this country. Believing that the damage caused by racism must be repaired before our society can be whole, we work for just and respectful treatment for all.
While much of our work is focused in our local area, we reach out to and are connected with the broader movements in our region and the nation.
The members of Racial Justice Rising believe that:
Our mission is twofold: to help build the movement for racial justice by contributing to a deeper understanding of systemic racism and racial justice, and to engage in restorative activities that help to heal the racial divide and bring justice for people targeted by racism.
Our local activities include free monthly programs and a weekly vigil for racial justice.
Mass Slavery Apology, the group’s original name, is still the name of the project that started our work — our statement of apology for slavery and commitments to restorative action.
Organized by the Reverends William Barber and Liz Theoharis, The Poor People’s Campaign follows in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign 50 years ago, challenging the evils of poverty, racism, the war economy, ecological devastation, and our nation’s distorted morality.
Read their fundamental principles here.
40 Days of Action, a major campaign which will include civil disobedience in the tradition of Dr. King, is scheduled to begin on Mother’s Day.
Cancellations due to weather will be announced on WHAI, 98.3 FM and http://whai.com/closings/http://whai.com/.
Racial Justice – Climate Justice
With Tem Blessed and Russ Vernon-Jones
Racism and climate change are connected. Deepening our awareness of the connections will help us be more effective in eliminating both. People of color and indigenous people are already disproportionately bearing the harmful effects of climate change.
In poetry and prose Tem and Russ will challenge us to take these issues on together and offer signs of hope for the inclusive, just world we are building together.
Join us at our Vigil For Racial Justice, co-sponsored by the Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition — every Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Greenfield Town Common, whatever the weather.
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