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:
See videos of our programs and more on Racial Justice Rising’s YouTube channel.
Every Saturday morning 9-10 a.m.
Greenfield Town Common
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Co-sponsored by Racial Justice Rising and the Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition
Articles, websites, and other resources
African Americans, Black History, Slavery
– U.S. Owes Black People Reparations for History of Racial Terrorism, Says U.N., by Ishaan Tharoor at the Washington Post
– Speakers Call For Federal Reparations, by Janelle Odionou at the Cornell Daily Sun
– Black Explorers We Should Celebrate Instead of Columbus, by Rhonda Racha Penrice at The Grio
– Quest To Find Slave Ships That Sank In Atlantic, from the Washington Post
– 23 Ways To Get Killed If You Are Black In America, a video with Alicia Keyes, Beyonce, Talib Kweli, Janelle Monae, and more
Criminal Justice & Injustice
– Free online tool for police to determine if they are enacting bias in traffic stops, from RTI International
– Police Originated From Slave Catching Patrols, from CounterCurrent.
– As of 9/20/16, Police Have Shot and Killed At Least 2195 People Since Ferguson, by German Lopez and Soo Oh at Vox
– Pass the Preventing Tragedies Between Police and Communities Act, a petition from Credo Action
– Racial Profiling Starts in Preschool, by Kali Holloway at Alternet
– 10 Books About Residential Schools To Read With Your Kids, by Chantelle Belrichard at CBC News
– How Microaggressions Are Like Mosquito Bites, a short video from Fusion Comedy
Health, Health Disparities
– The Invisible Man, an infographic from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Indigenous, First Peoples, Native Americans
– Official Support for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Against DAPL
– Ranchers Tote Guns As Tribes Dig In for Long Pipeline Fight, by Jack Healy at the New York Times
– Indigenous People & Water Protectors Arrested, a short video from Red Warrior Camp at Dakota Access Pipeline
– All The Real Indians Died Off and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans, a new book by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker, from Beacon Press
– More Cities Ditch Columbus Day for Indigenous People’s Day, from Telesur 10/9/16
– U.S. Government to pay $492 million to 17 American Indian Tribes, by Rebecca Hersher at NPR
– Why do 40 Masssachusetts high schools still have Native American Mascots? by Alison Pohle at Mass.com (This was written a year and a half ago, wonder what the number is now.)
– Hijabi World, voices of young Muslim women in a short film by Julie Winokur
Whiteness, White Privilege, White Antiracism
– Whites Who Are Scared They Will Be Called Racist, a video with Kathy Obear from Philippe After Hours
– For White People Who Believe Black Lives Matter, by Rebecca Griffen at Huffington Post
Other groups’ events:
- Thursdays, October 13 & 20 and November 10, Westerly RI: Race, The Power of An Illusion, film and discussion
- Thursday, October 13, Amherst MA: U.S. Neoslavery, A History of the Prison Industrial Present. Free, with Dennis Childs
- October 14-16, Boston MA: Momentum Training by Ayni. “We give progressive organizers the tools and frameworks to build massive, decentralized social movements.”
- Friday, October 14, Northampton MA: Black Lives Matter, A Dialogue On the Movement, with Janaya Khan and Opal Tometi
- Saturday, October 15, Amherst MA: Dialog Among Resistance Movements with Mandy Carter. Free, registration required.
- Saturday, October 15, Holyoke MA: Transforming Education for Social Justice organized by the Collaborative for Educational Services
- Monday, October 17, Amherst MA: Chained In Silence, A History of Black Women and Convict Labor, with Talitha LaFlouria
- Tuesday, October 18, Boston MA: Surveillance and its role in racial health disparities, a brown bag lunch at Community Change, Inc.
- Thursday, October 20, Amherst MA: Race Talk & The Conspiracy of Silence, a 20 minute video followed by discussion, part of Coming Together’s new series of Video and Action meetings
- Sunday, October 23, Cambridge MA: Black & White Women: Reconciling Our Past, Redefining Our Future with A. Faith English
- Wednesday, October 26, Amherst MA: Resisting Police Violence in Springfield and Beyond: Mothers, Scholars, and Queer People of Color Speak Out
- Thursday, October 27, Amherst MA: A Conversation with Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams, author of “Concrete Demands: The Search for Black Power in the 20th Century” and “The Politics of Public Housing: Black Women’s Struggles against Urban Inequality”
- Tuesday, November 1, Amherst MA: Concentration Camps American Style: Japanese Americans and WWII, with Dr. Franklin Odo
- Friday, November 4, Cambridge MA: The Color of Culture: Reshaping Ourselves and Our Communities for Racial Equity with Tiffany Taylor Smith
- Monday, November 7, Amherst MA: Know Your Rights, a workshop with Atty. Luke Ryan on handling encounters with law enforcement. 6:30pm, Campus Center 904, UMass Amherst
- Thursday, November 10, Amherst MA: “Alien” Incarcerations, Migrants In Detention
- November 10-12, Atlanta GA: Facing Race, A National Conversation: Our Stories, Our Solutions, organized by Race Forward
- November 14-18, Litchfield CT: Beyond Diversity 101, Dispelling the Myths of Black Inferiority and White Superiority
- Tuesday, November 15, Amherst MA: Historicizing the Incarcereal State, Race Sex and Power in Early America, with Jen Manion
- Tuesday, November 29, Amherst MA: Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Record
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:
- Help build the movement for racial justice by contributing to a deeper understanding of systemic racism and racial justice.
- Engage in restorative activities that help to heal the racial divide and bring justice for people targeted by racism.
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.
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