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March 30, 2017

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:

Our free monthly programs are held at the First Congregational Church of Greenfield, 43 Silver Street, almost always on the first Saturday morning of the month.

Free childcare by reservation.

For more info: or

Racial Justice In The Courts: Does It Exist?

Saturday, April 1, 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


Join Racial Justice Rising and Attorney Buz Eisenberg for a presentation on the racial inequities of our criminal justice system. Attorney Eisenberg is well known for his work with prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and his courses on law and government at GCC, as well as his local law practice.

Click here to learn more

Have You Seen My Childhood? 

Understanding Grief in Adopted Children, with a focus on transracial adoptions

With Karmen R. Smith, CRC, RMHCI, RMFTI


Saturday, May 6, 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Click here to learn more

Learn about some of our past programs here

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

New: video of our March program, Spoken Word: An Art With A History

Vigil for Racial Justice, 12/2016


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

Apologies for Slavery

Denmark Moravians Apologize For Slavery of Virgin Islands, from the Virgin Islands Consortium (editorial comment: Do they even mention reparations? what do you think?)

Biracial/Mixed Race

What Biracial People Know, by Moises Velasquez-Manoff in the New York Times


Hawaiians Fight for Sovereignity, a video from AJ+


–  Sikh-American civil rights advocate Valarie Kaur’s plea to her country in the times of Donald J. Trump, a powerful video

My Undocumented Friend, by Terry J. Allen in The Guardian

Nine New England Communities Labeled Uncooperative by ICE, by Isaiah Thompson at WGBH

Federal Judge Releases Two Vermont Activists, Third Remains Detained, by Kathleen Masterson and Rebecca Sananes at VPR

No Excuses Not To Talk About Immigration, a short video and history of U.S. immigration policy from The Skimm


50+ Activist Organizations Unite as ‘The Majority’ to Advocate for Collective Justice, by Kenrya Rankin at Colorlines

Despair is not a Strategy – 15 Principles of Hope by Abby Brockman at Medium

Standing Rock

Talking Standing Rock, from Fusion


If you are white, read this: Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon To White America by Michael Eric Dyson

How To Reinforce White Supremacy By Focusing On Diversity and Inclusion, by Kyra at Model View Culture

Stop Being An Ally, #AccomplicesNotAllies, a video from This Matters

Welcome To The Antiracism Movement. Here’s What You’ve Missed, by Ijeoma Olua at The Establishment

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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