Racial Justice Rising is a small, all-volunteer racial justice organization based in Franklin County, Massachusetts.

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:

  1. White people created racism to rationalize and justify the results of colonization: genocide, enslavement of free peoples, destruction of Indigenous societies around the world, and other inhuman behavior.
  2. White supremacy is the cornerstone of racism.
  3. Racism is one of the primary tools of social control in the U.S. and world-wide, embedded in economic, housing, education, judicial, healthcare, and other systems, and in civic and interpersonal relations.
  4. Racism, which can manifest as internalized racial superiority in perpetrators or internalized racial inferiority in those targeted, causes immeasurable harm to both.

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 an ongoing series of free educational programs.

Mass Slavery Apologythe 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.

RJR supports Greenfield Racial Justice!

Consider joining our new reparations group!

RJR supports the Movement For Black Lives!
Read about their actions for reparations.


See our Events page for more information.


Our programs are supported in part by grants from Amherst, Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont-Hawley, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Heath, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Warwick, Wendell, and Whately Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Saturday, February 5, 1 p.m. EST online

Join us via Zoom – please register in advance for this meeting by clicking the link below: 
You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Program is free – Donations are welcome!

Anti-Asian sentiment and hate crimes against Asians in the U.S. have been increasing since the beginning of the pandemic. This violence is directly linked with the U.S’s current  engagement in multi-domain “hybrid warfare” with China. The only way to stop violence against Asians domestically is to stop the U.S’s aggression and hybrid war on China.  China is not our enemy!

Allison Lau  is the China Is Not Our Enemy  campaign coordinator at CODEPINK. She is also the Director of Operations at Queer Toronto  Literary Magazine. Allison earned a Bachelors degree from McGill University, and a Masters in International Development from the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester.

Click here for a printable flyer for this program.


Every Saturday from 10-11 a.m. on the Greenfield Common