Mass Slavery Apology has changed its name to Racial Justice Rising. We think the new name is a better reflection of our goals and mission. The name Mass Slavery Apology will still be used for the project that got us started: our statement of apology for slavery.
Welcome new readers
The members of Racial Justice Rising, a racial justice group based in Franklin County, MA, 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:
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.
|Thank you to the speakers and everyone who attended our September 12th program, Youth Speak Out.
We appreciated the experiences and wisdom shared by students, educators, parents, and concerned members of our community.
More photos on our Facebook page.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.massslaveryapology.org
Saturday, October 3: Mass Incarceration and Imagining Alternatives. Presenter Mel Motel will lead a conversation about mass incarceration and the connections between today’s prison system and U.S. slavery, racism, and labor exploitation. Together we will consider ideas for positive change.
Check out our 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!
Black Lives Matter
– Justice for Sandra Bland, from Colorlines
– Hell You Talmbout, with Janelle Monae
– Voices From the Movement from Black Lives Syllabus
– Race & Recovery 10 Years After Katrina, an infographic by Miriam Zoila Perez at Colorlines
Criminal Justice & Injustice
– New from Ta-Nehisi Coates at the Atlantic: The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration
– Fashion Show About Police Brutality, by Rikki Byrd at Mic.com
– Tribe Wants To Kick Rich People Out Of The Hamptons, by Justin Doolittle at Vice.Com
– Eight Protesters Arrested on Mauna Kea, by Greg Kakesako in the Honolulu Star Advisor
– The Best and Worst Thing About Being a Student of Color, by Sonali Kohli in the Los Angeles Times
– Study Finds White Kids Are Way More Negative About Racial Interactions Than Black Kids – a 10 minute video
– Why They Don’t Teach Black History in School, a video with Dr. Joy Degruy
– In Amherst MA, Coming Together is forming a new task force on racism and climate change. The group will develop a message for the community and develop events and materials to communicate that message. Please e-mail CTamherst@gmail.com if you are interested in possibly being a part of this new action group, which will coordinate its work with local climate change and racial justice groups.
– Protesters at Fiesta Expose Santa Fe’s Uneasy History by Daniel Chacon at the Santa Fe New Mexican.
– 19 Reasons Latin Americans Come to the U.S. That Have Nothing To Do With The American Dream, by Roque Planas in Huffington Post.
– Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahisi Coates, a letter to his 15-year old son. BEAUTIFULLY written, but don’t stop reading when you think you have his point-of-view, because as he continues, he brings more and more “takes” on his experience and that of his son. New York Times #1 best-seller. (thanks, Pam)
White Privilege/White Antiracism
– 11 Common Ways White Folks Avoid Taking Responsibility for Racism, another great article by Robin DiAngelo, at Everyday Feminism
– The Silent “Also” in Black Lives Matter, by David Harris-Gershon in Tikkun Daily
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