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November #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.

Special Post-election Section

Racial Justice Rising’s activities:

Saturday, December 3

Taste of Brazil, The Story of Capoeira Dance


10:15 TO 12:15, doors open at 9:45


 Capoeira, a product of the slave trade between Brazil and Africa, has been described as a martial art, a dance, an art form, and a form of self-defense.

Tuzinho Demelo began studying Capoeira as a child in Brazil and has taught it for many years. In this program, he will share the real meaning behind the Dance and demonstrate its complex techniques.

First Congregational Church of Greenfield, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield MA 01301

Free childcare. Please RSVP with number and ages of children

For more info:

Printable flyer


What is the World We Wish to Build: Solidarity in a time of Supremacy

Sat. December 10 & Sun. December 18, 2016

10 am to 5 pm  

Greenfield MA (location to be announced)

With Mikaela Simms and Janaki Natarajan

We are confronted with racism: What is it? What are our learned answers? Is it a social construction or biology? What does it look like in the world today… in the U.S….in our everyday lives? What do we want? How do we build it?

We will explore these issues, determined to find courses of action.  We will all commit to a place of openness, fearlessness and community when we delve into these issues.

FREE!  $10 registration fee can be waived or reduced if the cost would prevent you from attending.     

For more info and to register

Save the dates!

Free monthly programs in Greenfield

Saturday morning, January 7

Learn about the Underground Railroad in Greenfield MA

with Momodou Sarr & and Joan Featherman


Saturday morning, February 4

History of Housing Discrimination

with Elizabeth Bridgewater

At our November 5, program, Racial Disparities in U.S. Health Care, Dr. Steve Martin shared statistics, info, and resources about institutional racism in our health care systems. Learn more


Every Saturday morning 9-10 a.m.

…whatever the weather…

Greenfield Town Common

~ Please join us ~

Co-sponsored by Racial Justice Rising and the Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition

Volunteer with Racial Justice Rising!

We are a tiny all-volunteer group, and our active community of volunteers makes our work possible.


It takes a village…

Knia, a high school junior who plans to go to medical school, is part of our village. 

Her GoFundMe site, Knia’s Dream To Be A Doctor, will tell you about her dreams and achievements, and how you can help.

More a
rticles, websites, and other resources

Criminal Justice & Injustice

–   New Massachusetts Hotline To Report Civil Rights Complaints

–  Report Hate At School – report incidents to the Southern Poverty Law Center


–  Since When Did Police Officers Replace the Principal’s Office? by Victor Leung at ACLU

Environment & Racism

The People of Eight Mile, AL Deserve Justice, a petition from Color of Change

Indigenous, First Peoples, Native Americans

–   Interactive time-lapse map shows how the U.S. took more than 1.5 billion acres from Native Americans, by Rebecca Onion and Claudio Saunt at

–  How To Talk About #NoDAPL: A Native Perspective, by Kelly Hayes at Transformative Spaces

 10 Ways You Can Help The Standing Rock Sioux Fight The Dakota Access Pipeline, by Jay Syrmopoulos at Free Thought Project

–  Standing Rock Syllabus, from NYC Stands With Standing Rock

Whiteness, White Privilege, White Antiracism

–  White Friends, We Need To Get Real... (post from Twitter)


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.

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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