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November #1


Many thanks to our generous donors and to the Peace Development Fund, our fiscal sponsor

You can now donate to Racial Justice Rising online – just click the Donate button in the upper right of this page. All donations are tax-deductible.

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 for your support!) Free snacks and childcare. For more info: or

Couldn’t make it to our November program, 1676 & Beyond? Watch it now on Youtube! and here’s an article that was in the Greenfield Recorder.

Upcoming programs:

Saturday, December 5: To be announced. (The program originally scheduled for this date will be rescheduled.)

Saturday, January 9: Our Stories of White Privilege, Then & Now – 10 a.m. to noon

Saturday, February 6: A program on Decolonization with Strong Oak

Saturday, March 5: A program on disparities in health care with Steve Martin

Check out Mass Slavery Apology’s YouTube channel

Videos of our programs, and more. Currently available:

– 1676 & Beyond: Tribes, Race, & Untold Histories, with David Tall Pine White & David Brule

– 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

Black Lives

Black Kids Will Save America, by Ijeoma Oluo at The Establishment

I don’t trust white people, even the liberals, & science backs me up. Makini King talks about aversive racism at Those People

“Circle Unbroken,” Documentary About Gullah History & Culture, from Shadow & Act

Students Share What It’s Like To Be Black At Mizzou, by Taryn Finley & Mariah Stuart at Huffington Post


Do Black Children’s Lives Matter if Nobody Writes About Them? by Daniel Jose Older at the Guardian

The Real Battle on Racism on College Campuses by Brian Cheung at Huffington Post

Criminal Justice & Injustice

Kentucky Judge Dismisses All-White Jury, Citing Unfair Trial, by Joshua Brown at Photography Is Not A Crime


Healing From Whiteness: An Exploration Into the Indigenous European Soul, by Tad Hargrave at Healing From Whiteness 

Hawaii One Step Closer To Declaring Sovereignty, from Countercurrent News


Racist Slurs Are Woven Deep Into the American Landscape, by Jennings Brown & Tal Resnick  at Vocativ

Indigenous/Native/First Peoples

Adidas Offers To Help High Schools Phase Out Native American Mascots, by Laura Wagner at NPR

Illegal Immigration? Ask Native Americans About That, from AJ+ Films

Latino Lives

No Mas Bebes, a documentary about Latinas who were sterilized without knowing it, by Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez at wearemitu

Racism & Antiracism

Healing Racism Institute of the Pioneer Valley, (western MA) antiracism training and more

A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates and Bryan Stevenson, an hour on race and society on Charlie Rose


Some true history about Thanksgiving, from Indigenous America Unite

National Day of Mourning with the United American Indians of New England

Teaching Thanksgiving In A Socially Responsible Way, from Dr. Amanda Morris at Teaching Tolerance

White Privilege/White Antiracism

How to tell the difference between solidarity and “ally theater,” by Mia McKenzie at BGD

White People Whitesplan Whitesplaining, a video by Francesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey

Are All  Jews White? The Woody Allen Story by Diane Tobin at Huffington Post


Other groups’ events:

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.

Thank you, readers who send us information for these newsletters!  We welcome links to articles, videos, event listings, and other resources.


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