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May #1


Our occasional e-newsletter, usually published once or twice a month, with links to events, articles, videos, websites, & more relating to racism & racial justice.

Racial Justice Rising’s activities:

Please consider coming to our Community Conversation on June 4th in Greenfield

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (doors open at 10)

First Congregational Church 43 Silver Street Greenfield MA 01301

Please join us for a conversation about:

-What happened before, during and after our Jan. 9th program, White Privilege Then and Now

– Our revised mission statement and new accountability policy and Facebook policy

– Capacity building: why we need YOU if we are going to return to monthly programming, robust web and social media presence, grant writing and reporting and more.

To reserve free childcare, please email by May 30th

We will listen to concerns, share our thinking up to this point, and discuss how to move forward. We know we have made mistakes and that some are angry, hurt, or feel marginalized by us. We assume all will come in good faith as we will.

We also know many people welcome the potential return of monthly programs and other ways RJR can be of use in the community. We will need your support to increase the capacity of this tiny, all volunteer organization in order to do that.

We look forward to seeing you again!


Join us on Saturday mornings!

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Articles, websites, and other resources

Black History

–  The Logbooks: Connecticut’s Slave Ships and Human Memory, by Anne Farrow

Ashes to Ashes is a new Springfield, MA based organization commemorating the victims of lynching.


Argentina replaces Columbus statue with Indigenous heroine, from TELEsur.


How American oligarchs created the concept of race to divide and conquer the poor, by Courtland Milloy at the Washington Post


–  Five Things To Know About Communities of Color and Environmental Justice, by Jasmine Bell at American Progress

Health Care

Medical schools don’t do enough to fight racism, by Jennifer Adaeze Anyaegbunam at Stat News


272 Slaves were sold to save Georgetown University. Now What does it owe their descendants? by Rachel Swarns at the New York Times

UN Committee Urges U.S. Government To Pay Reparations For Slavery from

White Privilege/White Antiracism

Eurocentric Bipolar Disorder, from Awakening the Horse

Organizing White People by Ella Mahoney, at Skin Deep: Race & Culture

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