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September #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 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:

Poster design by Nur Tiven

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 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 ~

Cosponsored 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

African Americans, Black Lives Matter

Georgetown University to offer slave descendents preferential admission status, by Kathryn Vasel at CNN

“I have a black son in Baltimore“, by Rachel Swarns at the New York Times

What the world needs to know about Black Lives Matter, a video from HuffPost Black Voices

How fugitive slaves kept their freedom deep in the swamps, by Richard Grant at the Smithsonian

Is the national anthem racist? a video from AJ+

Criminal Justice and Injustice

Court costs entrap nonwhite, poor juvenile offenders, by Erik Eckholm at the New York Times

Indigenous Lives/Environmental Racism

Historic resistance to Dakota pipeline, from White Wolf Pack

Life in the Native American oil protest camps, from BBC News

Latino Lives

Blackness and racial identity in Peru, a video from The United States of Africa

Muslim Lives

What to do when you see Islamophobia, by a graphic narrative by Maeril at Buzzfeed

A guide for white people on the “burkini” ban, from Feministing

White Privilege/White Antiracism

Deconstructing White Privilege, a video with Dr. Robin Di Angelo

White woman sues over sperm from black donor, by Kaylen Tanner at Rare


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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