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December #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:

Saturday, January 7

10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St, Greenfield


The Road To Freedom,

Anti-Slavery Activity in Greenfield

with Momodou Sarr & Joan Featherman

Did you know that in the 1800s, Greenfield was home to an active regional abolition group?

We will learn about the Franklin County Anti-Slavery Society, local Underground Railroad sites, and area abolitionists, and we will draw parallels between the multi-faceted strategies used in the 1800s to defeat slavery and strategies we can use now to defeat the renewal of racism and other injustices.

For more info


Save the dates!

Racial Justice Risings free monthly programs in Greenfield

Saturday morning, February 4

History of Housing Discrimination

with Elizabeth Bridgewater

Saturday morning, March 4

Spoken word and more – voices from our community




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.

More articles, websites, and other resources

Black Lives Matter, Black Organizing

Exclusive Black Lives Matter Statement on Trump’s Election from

An Interview With the Founders of Black Lives Matter, from TEDWomen2016

Six Black Feminist Concepts You Need To Know, by Melissa Brown at Resist

5 Things To Do In the Wake of Trump’s Victory, by Opal Tometi

Criminal Justice & Injustice

Great Falls Books Through Bars is a local (western MA) group sending books to people who are incarcerated

The Police State Policing Police, How’s That Working For You? by Kai Huschke at Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund


A List of African-American Owned Grocery Stores and Farmers Markets, from Black

26 Latino-owned Businesses To Shop From This Season, from Remezcla


–  Immigrant and Refugee Children, a Guide for Educators and School Support Staff. Tools and resources to help protect and prepare youth and families in case of an immigration and customs enforcement (ice) raid, by United We Dream’s Dream Educational Empowerment Program, the National Immigration Law Center, First Focus and the AFT


Fidel Castro and the Cuban Role In Defeating Apartheid, by Matt Peppe at Mintpress News

Indigenous, First Peoples, Native Americans

Global #NoDAPL Month of Action, a video from Sacred Stone Camp

– Veterans’ apology at Standing Rock, video from Our Revolution and article from Daily Kos

What Native Americans Couldn’t Do Until … from OMG Facts


The Injustice Boycott, organized by Shaun King to demand an end to police brutality and racial injustice, is in its first phase.

The Art of the Protest, Here’s how protesting has succeeded, by Tina Rosenberg in the New York Times

How To Keep Fighting, Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garcia on what fuels her fight, a video from Fusion

Ten Ways To Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide, from Southern Poverty Law Center


Feel Like You’re At Risk? A list of your rights and where to get help – for Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ, disabled people, protesters, sexual assault survivors, and more, from the ACLU

– Quotes to make the world a better place, a 1-minute video from BrightVibes

Strict Voter ID Laws Are The New Jim Crow, video & article by Kenrya Rankin at Colorlines

Race & Class

A short video on Race & Class by Chescaleigh Ramsey at Decoded

Read any good books lately?

An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

–  10 Books By Indigenous Authors You Should Read, by Emily Temple at Literary Hub

African American Women Writers, by Jone Johnson Lewis at About Education

Whiteness, White Privilege, White Antiracism

–  Syllabus for White People to Educate Themselves, from POC Online Classroom

–  Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex, An Indigenous Perspective and Provocation, from Indigenous Action Media

Whiteness, An Explainer, with Anna M. Sterling at Fusion

The Identity Politics of Whiteness by Laila Lalami in the New York Times Magazine

White People: Your Comfort Makes You Bad Allies, by Donyea Coles at Resist Media


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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