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October #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 JOIN US for a free program:

Racial Disparities in U.S. Healthcare

Saturday, November 5, 2016

10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (doors open at 9:45)

First Congregational Church of Greenfield

43 Silver Street, Greenfield MA 01301

Dr. Stephen A. Martin will talk about racial healthcare inequities, likely causes, and potential solutions.

Free snacks and childcare

To reserve childcare or for more info: or

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Save the date for these upcoming programs!

December 3, 2016: A program on the Brazilian martial arts and dance form Capoeira with Tuzinho of Capoeira Hartford

January 7, 2017: A program on the Underground Railroad in Greenfield MA, with Momodou Sarr and Joan Featherman

Our programs are on Saturday mornings, usually first Saturday of the month, at First Congregational Church. Always free!

More about our October 1 community forum,

Building Relationships with the Community and the Police

with Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh

facilitated by Keyedrya Jacobs and Robert Tobin

Article in Greenfield Recorder

Video on Channel 22 News


See videos of our programs and more on Racial Justice Rising’s YouTube channel.



Every Saturday morning 9-10 a.m.

Greenfield Town Common

~ Please join us ~

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 (This was written a year and a half ago, wonder what the number is now.)

Muslims, Islamophobia

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:

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.


~Interested  in becoming more involved in RJR’s work? Email us for more info.

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