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April 21, 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.

We are excited to share this video about RJR with you!

It’s part of our Valley Gives fundraising campaign – you’ll hear more from us about this soon.

 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

Have You Seen My Childhood?

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

With Carmen R. Smith, CRC, RMHCI, RMFTI

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

Click here to learn more


Racial Justice In The Courts: Does It Exist?

Saturday, April 27, 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

Save the date:

The Real Story of American History, My Story Not His Story

Saturday, June 3, 2017

with Naimah Muhammad and Kathleen Anderson

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

Greenfield vigil, April 2017

Every Saturday, 9-10 on the Greenfield Common

Please join us!

Sponsored by Racial Justice Rising and the Visioning Bear Circle Intertribal Council

Articles, websites, and other resources

Black/African American

Take The Pledge, Protect Black Girls, a petition at

George Washington’s Biracial Family, by Danny Lewis at the Smithsonian

Black Lives of UU Urges Adoption Of 8th Principle by Black Lives UU at

An Entire Black Community Was Destroyed To Build Central Park, by Healther Gilligan at Timeline


How To Think Differently About Diversity in Nonprofit Leadership: Get Comfortable with Discomfort, by Sean Thomas-Brighfield at NonProfit Quarterly

– A resource list from Coming To the Table – books, films, etc.


Racism Is A Scourge On the Public’s Health, by Ellen Isaacs at MultiRacial Unity


–  Migrant Justice/Justicia Migrante

–  A historical perspective: Brave Hearts, When Lowell Was A Sanctuary City for Fugitive Slaves, by Robert Forrant at WBUR

First Protected DREAMer Deported Under Trump, from USA Today

Immigrant Rights Action Ends in Three Arrests, from Colorlines


New Totem Pole Memorializes Boarding School Victims and Survivors, from CBC News


Texas Voter ID Law Intentionally Discriminates, by Manny Fernandez at the New York Times

If you’re Black/Why cops shoot, from the Tampa Herald


Whites Only: SURJ And The Caucasian Invasion Of Racial Justice Spaces by Didi Delgado at The Establishment

What The Woman Who Invented the Term “White Fragility” Thinks About Trump, by Alissa Greenberg at The Stranger

When Life Hacking Is Really White Privilege, by Jen Dziura at Medium

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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