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July #2

Mass Slavery Apology’s activities:

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

Saturday, August 1, Turners Falls:  Pocumtuck Homelands Festival. We’ll have a table with information & conversation at this beautiful event organized by our friends at the Nolumbeka Project. Come say hi! 

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: or

Saturday, August 8


WHAT REPARATIONS FORCES US TO DO:   Racial Justice & Un-Remembering Atrocity in U.S. History

with Chris Tinson of Hampshire College and the TRGGR Media Collective

  • Saturday, September 12:  Youth Speak Out about their experiences in area schools, facilitated by Gloria Matlock.
  • Saturday, October 3: A Program on Today’s Prison System & connections with U.S. slavery, racism, & labor exploitation, with Mel Motel. 

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


Black Lives

Help local (western MA) Black Lives Matter organizers get to national gathering ~

More questions Than Answers In Sandra Bland Case, from Melissa Harris-Perry at MSNBC

Demand Justice for Sandra Bland, from Color of Change

– Here’s a review of Between the World & Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today.” by Michiko Kakutani in the New York Times

Black History

– African American Family Records From Era of Slavery To be Available for Free Online by Joanna Walters at the Guardian

Slavery To Mass Incarceration by the Equal Justice Initiative. A 6 minute video with nice graphics.

Criminal Justice & Injustice

– A friend recommends Just Mercy, A Story of Justice & Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, the story of an activist lawyer’s work for justice.

Latino Lives

I’m Latino, But I’m Not… from Buzzfeed

Muslim Lives

Muslim Groups Raise $30,000+ to Help Rebuild Black Churches, by Huishong Wu at Mashable

White Privilege/White Antiracism

Why White People Deny Their Privilege, by Julie Zeilinger at

You Don’t Have To Hate Anybody To Be A Bigot from the Daily Sift

White People Face Their Whiteness (Warning: lots of white people crying) by Kristen Yoonsoo Kim at Complex

How To Overcome The Murderous Fear of White People by Zaron Burnett III at Human Parts

8 Facts About Race That Every White Person Needs To Know To Fight Racism by Darnell Moore at Everyday Feminism

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.


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.


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