Resources for Racial Justice 8/3/15

 

Welcome new readers!

We are always glad to connect with others who share our commitment to racial justice.

We send out this digest of news & info once or twice each month. Let us know if you have any comments or contributions ~ 

You can learn more about Mass Slavery Apology at the bottom of this page.

 

 

We had a beautiful day on Saturday at the Pocumtuck Homelands Festival, organized by our friends at The Nolumbeka Project.


Mass Slavery Apology’s activities:

  • The Undoing Our Own Racism monthly discussion series is not meeting in June, July, or August. 

Join us at our free monthly programs in Greenfield

All programs are at the First Congregational Church of Greenfield, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield MA 01301. (A big thank you to the First Congregational Church of Greenfield for your support!) They are almost always on the first Saturday morning of the month. Free snacks and childcare.For more info: email@massslaveryapology.org or www.massslaveryapology.org

Check out Mass Slavery Apology’s new YouTube channel

We will be posting videos of our programs, and more. Currently available:

– One People, One Earth! with Brother NorthStar

– Black Lives/Black History with Gloria De,Layne Matlock and Adam Matlock
– Video of the April 14 Black Lives Matter action in Springfield MA.

Many thanks to George Aguiar!

Articles, websites, and other resources

Arab Lives

Are Arabs White? by Khaled Beydoun at Al-Jazeera

Black Lives

Movement for Black Lives, follow-up with love

Demand Justice for Sandra Bland, a petition from Color of Change

Black Women Matter, a video from For Harriet

Jesse Williams Breaks Down Sandra Bland & Racist Hypocrisy in 24 tweets by Sameer Rao at Colorlines

Why Is America Outraged for Cecil the Lion and Not for Sandra Bland? by M. David at Countercurrent News

…and a powerful poem, Black Privilege by Crystal Valentine

Criminal Justice & Injustice

– – Black Lives Matter Organizers Labeled as “Threat Actors”, by Brandon Ellington Patterson at Mother Jones

Indigenous Lives

– Petition from Credo Action: Don’t Mine Sacred Native American Land in Arizona

The Apache Stronghold Comes to Washington DC, by Stephen Boyd at Popular Resistance

Native Activist Found Dead In Police Custody, by Sameer Rao at Colorlines

Racism

Ta-Nehisi Coates on discussing racism directly, honestly, a video from PBS Newshour’s Brief But Spectacular

Prejudice, Racism, Privilege in the U.S. by Kevin Zeese & Margaret Flowers at Popular Resistance

Next time someone says “all lives matter,” show them these 5 paragraphs, by Kevin Roose at Fusion.net

White Privilege/White Antiracism

No Time for White Guilt: Why I’m Skeptical of White Allies, by Jaimee A. Swift on For Harriet

American Racism in the “White Frame” with Joe Feagin, an interview by George Yancy from the New York Times

How To Be An Interrupter by Aaryn Belfer at San Diego City Beat

 

Other groups’ events:

Our Vision & Mission

Mass Slavery Apology is a small racial justice group based in Franklin County, MA.

The members of Mass Slavery Apology 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. We share a vision of a multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-lingual, and multi-faith community.

Our mission is to work for racial justice and system change by:

  • Bringing more people into the antiracism movement by reaching out, especially to white people, with resources that encourage a deeper understanding of systemic racism and racial justice.
  • Using Mass Slavery Apology, our statement of apology for slavery, to build public acknowledgement of the legacy of slavery and public support for reparations.
  • Addressing conditions of injustice in our own communities.

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.

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Have you read our apology for slavery? Facing Our Unhealed Past starts with a look at how the slavery in our country’s history led to the racial injustice that still devastates our communities today, and concludes with six commitments for restorative action.

If our words resonate with you, we invite people of European descent to join us by adding your signatures to the almost 400 we have received to date.

We are hoping to use this powerful statement to build a state-by-state trend to make meaningful apologies for the slavery at their roots – starting here in Massachusetts.

You don’t have to be from MA to sign – we have signatures from all over the country – and beyond.

To add your signature, reply to this email with your name, city, state, and your country if you are outside the U.S.

 Thank you, readers who send us information for these newsletters!

We welcome links to articles, videos, event listings, and other resources.

Because almost half of our 500+ readers are from other regions than our own, we’d love to list more events in other locales.

Shen

Mass Slavery Apology

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