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October #2


New name!

We are now Racial Justice Rising – a name that we think better reflects of our goals and mission. Mass Slavery Apology continues as the name our statement of apology for slavery – the project that got us started. (We hope you will read it and, if so moved, add your signature and share it with others.)

Welcome new readers

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 work for racial justice and system change by:

  • Bringing more people into the anti-racism 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, Franklin County, MA, we reach out to and are connected with the broader movements in our region and the nation.

Racial Justice Rising’s activities:

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, almost always on the first Saturday morning of the month. (A big thank you to the First Congregational Church of Greenfield for your support!) Free snacks and childcare. For more info: or

Saturday, November 7: 1676 & Beyond: Tribes, Race, & Untold History with David Tall Pine White of the Nipmuc tribe & David Brule of the Nolumbeka Project

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.

Articles, websites, and other resources

Let’s start with some poetry…

Navajo poet Rowie Shebala with Love You Some Indians, from Indian Country Today

Poetry by Hiwot Adilow: “I’m tired of people asking me to spell my name out for them. They want me to smooth it out…” From Brave New Voices 2012.

Black History

Ellen Craft, The Slave Who Posed As A Master and Made Herself Free, by Angela Serratore at Jezebel

Early African American Schools Refuted White Supremacist View, by Stephannie Stokes at WABE

The American Slave Coast, A History of the Slave Breeding Industry by Ned & Constance Sublette, from Chicago Review Press

Criminal Justice & Injustice

Police Killings of Blacks: What The Data Say, by Sendhil Mullainathan at the New York Times. An economics perspective.


Cultural Etiquette, A Guide for the Well Intentioned, a book by Amoja Three Rivers

On Indigenous People’s Day, from Awakening The Horse

Why We Should Abolish Columbus Day and another

You Can’t Have Your Decolonized Cake & Eat From Colonialism Too, from Ancestral Pride, shared by Unsettling America


“Homeland Is Racist:” Artists Sneak Graffiti Onto TV Show, by Claire Phipps at The Guardian

Food Justice

–  Why Food Belongs In Our Discussions of Race, by Kristin Wartman at Civil Eats


– How our government created structural racism:  A Brief History of White Privilege, Racism, and Oppression in America, a 5 minute film excerpt from Legalize Democracy. This is an excellent overview!

Indigenous/Native/First Peoples

“Redskin” Team Name & Mascot Officially Banned in California, from Diversity Inc.

Latino Lives

Taínos: The First Resistance, from Latino Rebels

Recommended Reading

A Bibliography For the Revolution, from BlackLivesMatter# Nashville

Reading While White: Allies for Racial Diversity & Inclusion In Books For Children & Teens


Ta-Nehisi Coates Makes The Case For Reparations, audio recording of his talk on WNPR last June

Slavery reparations dominate David Cameron’s Jamaica visit, a very short video from A&J films


When I See Them, I See Us – Lauryn Hill, Danny Glover, DAM, Omar Barghouti, Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Yousef Erekat, Annemarke Jacir, Boots Riley, Dr. Cornell West, more. From Black-Palestinian  Solidarity

White Privilege/White Antiracism

33 Questions White People Have For Other White People, from Buzzfeed


Other groups’ events:

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