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August #2

~ please Join us as we resume our monthly program series ~

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

Local Speak-Out:

How are you feeling about the escalating violence against Black, Brown, and immigrant people?

Facilitated by Gloria Matlock and Keyedrya Jacobs

The facilitators will create a safe space for all participants to share their experiences, an opportunity for those targeted by racism to share what they need from potential white allies, and an opportunity to talk about the impact on you, personally, of these disturbing and unacceptable racist incidents.


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

Free childcare. Please RSVP with number of ages of children

For more info: or

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

Racial Justice Rising & Not In Our Town (NIOT) will be walking in  The Franklin County Fair Parade

Thursday afternoon, September 8th

to share the message: NO PLACE FOR HATE

(NIOT is a new group committed to preventing and addressing hate crimes in Greenfield.)

We need to know how many will be walking. If you want to join us, email

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

Articles, websites, and other resources

Activists Wanted:  Aidan Beatty of Grassroots Campaigns in Amherst MA contacted us with this request: 

“I am reaching out to you as a fellow activist organization in Western MA. We are currently recruiting leadership for our national campaigns on topics such as voting rights, LGBT rights, and free speech/right to protest. I wonder if you would promote our organization to any of your members who may be looking for a job and want to pursue their activism as a career. We are prioritizing applicants who come from a background in local activism. 413-345-2642 or

African Americans, Black Lives Matter

A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom, and Justice from the Movement for Black Lives

A True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black (1996), a YouTube video

The Legacy of Lynching, On Death Row, by Jeffrey Toobin in the New Yorker. “In Alabama, Bryan Stevenson is saving inmates from execution and memorializing the darkest episodes of America’s past.”

 Story of Venture Smith, an African prince turned slave turned writer

Federal Judge Says Black Lives Matter, by Mark Joseph Stern at the Slatest

It Would Take 228 Years For Black Families To Amass The Wealth of White Families, by Kate Davidson at the Wall Street Journal

Criminal Justice and Injustice

Mothers Against Police Brutality

Education, Children

Picture Books That Teach Kids to Combat Racism, from What We Do All Day

An End to the Privatization of Education and Real Community Control by Parents, Students and Community Members of Schools Including Democratic School Boards and Community Control of Curriculum, Hiring, Firing, and Discipline Policies, from A Vision for Black Lives

Health Disparities

Finding Good Pain Treatment is Hard, by Abby Goodnough at the New York Times

Latino Lives

The 5th Graders Who Put Mexican Repatriation Back in the History Books, by Lana Cupchoy at Yes! Magazine


Why “People of Color” May Not Be the Best Choice of Words, by Cameron G. at Everyday Feminism

White Privilege/White Antiracism

White Supremacy, Overt and Covert, a graphic shared on Facebook

10 Ways White Supremacy Wounds White People, A Tale of Mutuality by Greg Elliott at the American Friends Service Committee

Is Santa white? Tim Wise responds to Fox News

How To Support Black Lives Matter without Making It About You, by Collier Myerson on Fusion


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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