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December #2


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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









Our next program:

Saturday, January 9th

Our Stories of White Privilege, Then & Now

10 a.m. to noon

The program will be followed

by a lunch of

home-cooked New Orleans-style food

suggested donation $5-$25


 February 6: A program on decolonization with Strong Oak

 March 5: A program on health care disparities with Steven Martin

Check out our YouTube channel, with videos of our programs and more.

 Currently available:

– Education or Miseducation, with Dr. Mulazimuddin Rasool

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

– What Reparations Forces Us To Do, with Chris Tinson

– 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

Asian Lives

When My Japanese-American Family Was Treated As Less Than Human, by Mike Honda at Reuters

Yellowface & Racism Against Asians Is As Important As Other Prejudices, by Carmen Fishwick at The Guardian

Black History & Culture

Smithsonian Museum of African-American History & Culture To Open Its Doors, from Code Black Report

Found Voices, recordings of slave narratives, from ABC News 1999

With Powerful Murals, Hale Woodruff Paved the Way for African American Artists, by C.J. Janovy at NPR

New  Orleans To Take Down Confederate Monuments, from Al Jazeera America

20 Places For Black People To Travel, from Buzzfeed


Enough of Aid, Let’s Talk Reparations, by Jason Hickel at The Guardian

These Excuses for Gentrification Excuse Colonization, Too, by Michael MJ Jones  at Everyday Feminism

– Articles and links from


–  America’s Decades-Old History of Environmental Racism, by Heather Shayne Blakeslee at Grid

Indigenous Lives

10 Year Old Wukchumni Boy’s Refusal To Sing Song Leads to Its Removal From School, by Levi Rickert at Native News Online

Canada Acknowledges Abuse of First Nations, a video from AJ+

Hundreds Gather in Mankato at Site of Mass Hanging, from Red Power Media

Indigenous Rights Victories You Didn’t Hear About in 2015 by John Ahni Schertow at Intercontinental Cry

Latino Lives

White Latino Racism on the Rise: On Euro Diasporic Whiteness, by William Garcia at Latino Rebels

Muslim Lives

Racial Coding & Assumptions of Collective Guilt in San Bernadino, by Deepa Iyer at Colorlines

Stand Up Against Anti-Arab Racism and Islamophobia, from Coming Together

Anti-Muslim is Anti-American, from VS Goliath

Recommended Reading

30 Articles by POC Everyone Should Read, from the Huffington Post

White Privilege/White Antiracism

Dear White America by George Yancy at the New York Times

Other groups’ events:


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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