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July #2

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, August 6th, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.


The Nolumbeka Project’s 3rd annual

Pocumtuck Homelands Festival

featuring Native American artists, musicians, vendors, and educators

We’ll have a table at this wonderful community event – come say hi!



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

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter’s 10-Point Manifesto, from

We Must End State Violence Against Black Bodies: Mychal Denzel Smith and Marc Lamont Hill on Democracy Now

A Conversation With My Black Son, a video by Geeta Gandhbir and Blair Foster at the NY Times

Woman in Viral Arrest Video Speaks Out, from Errol Barnett at CBS

What I Learned About Police Brutality Videos From Studying Images of Lynchings, by Koritha Mitchell at

Black History

Timeline from PBS – this image says it all

Criminal Justice & Injustice

–  The Second Amendment’s Second-Class Citizens, by David A. Graham at The Atlantic

–  The Counted: People Killed By Police In U.S., an interactive database from The Guardian

Modern Day Patty Rollers, by Linda Burnham at Counterpunch


Teaching About Race, Racism, and Police Violence: A Resource for Parents and Educators, from the Washington Post


–  How Environmental Violence Connects with Police Violence, by Brentin Mock at City Lab

Food Justice

Black Farmers to Buy From Instead of Whole Foods, by Victoria Massey at Blavity

Indigenous Lives

Brethren By Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of New England Slavery, a new book by Margaret Ellen Newell

Canada Adopts U.N. Declaration of Indigenous Rights, from CBS news

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, by Thomas King

Latino Lives

The Fatal Police Shootings You Aren’t Hearing About, by Roque Planas at Huffington Post


Citizen, An America Lyric, by Claudia Rankine

The Link Between Racism and PTSD by Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D., at Psychology Today

White Privilege/White Antiracism

A Letter From A White South African to White America, by Bronwyn Lea at Huffington Post

White Nonsense Roundup, new on Facebook

A Flowchart For People Who Get Defensive About Racism, by Mira Jacob at Buzzfeed

A History of White Delusion by Nicholas Kristof at the New York Times

What I Said When My White Friend Asked for My Black Opinion on White Privilege, by Lori Lakin Hutcherson at Good Black News


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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