Resources for Racial Justice – May 22, 2018

Our occasional e-newsletter, usually published once or twice a month, with links to events, articles, videos, websites, & more relating to racism & racial justice.



Free monthly programs

One Saturday morning most months at the First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield MA 01301. Free childcare, light snacks, everyone welcome.

Saturday, June 2

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.


Saturday, July 7
The Road Home: A Spiritual Pilgrimage to the South, with Kate Stevens

Join us in conversation about a history that is both devastating and inspiring. 
More info coming soon.

No program in August.

Info and photos from recent RJR programs 

May 5, 2018 – 50 People 40 Questions

April 7, 2018 – Youth Speak Out

Info and photos from other past RJR programs here

Videos of our programs and more on Racial Justice Rising’s YouTube channel   

Vigil for Racial Justice

Do Black Lives Matter To You?
Join us!
Saturdays 9-10 a.m.
on the Greenfield Common

Sponsored by Racial Justice Rising
and the 
Visioning Bear Circle Intertribal Coalition




Racial Justice Rising Supports The Poor People’s Campaign

Click here to learn more about the campaign, including local western MA area organizing.

The Blood Is At The Doorstep

RJR is co-sponsoring a showing of this important film.
Thursday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. in Springfield
Also May 23 in Framingham.


May 14 – June 22, U.S:  Poor People’s Campaign’s 40 Days of Action
   Monday, May 28, U.S.:  Focusing on war economy and veterans
   Monday, June 4, U.S.:   Focusing on ecological devastation, health of the planet, right to health care
   Monday, June 11, U.S.: Focusing on wages, housing, and services – everyone has a right to live!
   Monday, June 23, Washington DC:  National/international demonstration

June 8-10, Northampton MA: Undoing Racism Workshop with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, organized by UROC of Western MA. For more info: or 413-222-8793 , or click here to register 

Sunday, June 10, Amherst MA: Race Amity Day Celebration

June 11-17: #Say Her Name Week Of Action To End Violence Against Black Women and Girls

June 11-17, Harrisburg VA:  2018 Coming To The Table National Gathering And Training Workshop

Thursday, June 14, Amherst MA:  The Canary Effect: “Kill The Indian, Save the Man”

June 22-24, Baltimore: 2018 annual meeting of N’COBRA, the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America

Saturday, August 4, Turners Falls MA: Pocumtuck Homelands Festival organized by the Nolumbeka Project

November 8-10, Detroit MI: Facing Race, A National Conference, from ColorLines

Email us your announcements of racial justice-related events and we will include in our listings if possible


Poor People’s Campaign
Poor People’s Campaign Begins With Protests and Arrests, by Ed Kilgore at the Daily Intelligencer
Find PPC events in your area
Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign Facebook page

Black History
The Black Africans Who Ruled Europe From 711-1789, from The Real African 
Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston, review and excerpt from Vulture

Black Lives Matter
A Tale of Two Cities: Making Black Lives Matter in the Liberal Bubble, by Matt McGorry at Medium
#SayHerName, A Week Of Action To End All Violence Against Black Women And Girls

Criminal Justice and Injustice
Should I Call The Cops? by Rinku Sen at The Maven
Why Reentry Is Hard For Formerly Incarcerated Black And Latinx People, by Catherine Lizette Gonzalez at Colorlines

More Education Less Policing -new Greenfield MA group 
America Is Plagued By Chronic Misunderstanding of Slavery and White Supremacy, by Sam Fulwood at Think Progress

Why Race Matters When We Talk About The Environment, an interview with Dr. Robert Bullard, from Greenpeace
What Ecologists Are Learning From Native People, by Jim Robbins at yale environment 360

Food Justice
Food Apartheid: The Root Of The Problem With America’s Groceries, by Anna Brones at The Guardian

The Color Of Law: How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein at EPI
How Race Settled the Suburbs, from Adam Ruins Everything

Native American Photographers Unite To Challenge Inaccurate Narratives, by James Estrin at the New York Times
Search for Native Children Who Died In PA, by Charles Fox at

Discussing Reparations With Professor William Darity, from the Next System Project
A new project from Western Massachusetts SURJ, interview with Monte Belmonte at WRSI
Ethiopia Demands Britain Return Artifacts From Victoria and Albert Museum, by Tom Embury-Dennis at Independent

White Supremacy/White Antiracism
What It Takes To Be Racially Literate, a TED talk with Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo
“Whiteness” Was Created To Keep Black People From Voting, by Katherine Gerbner at the Washington Post
10 Things Allies Do That Are Actually Counterproductive, by Cody Charles at Medium
Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo

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. We share a vision of a multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-lingual, and multi-faith community.

 Our mission is to:

  • Help build the movement for racial justice by contributing to a deeper understanding of systemic racism and racial justice.
  • Engage in restorative activities that help to heal the racial divide and bring justice for people targeted by racism.

While much of our work is focused in our local area, Franklin County, MA, we reach out to and are connected with the broader movements in our region and the nation.

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