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December #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:

Upcoming programs  – Save the dates!

Saturday, January 7, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St, Greenfield


The Road To Freedom, Anti-Slavery Activity in Greenfield

with Momodou Sarr & Joan Featherman

Did you know that in the 1800s, Greenfield was home to an active regional abolition group?

We will learn about the Franklin County Anti-Slavery Society, local Underground Railroad sites, and area abolitionists, and we will draw parallels between the multi-faceted strategies used in the 1800s to defeat slavery and strategies we can use now to defeat the renewal of racism and other injustices.

 For more information

Saturday morning, February 4: History of Housing Discrimination with Elizabeth Bridgewater

Past program updates

A video of our October community forum, Building Relationships with the Community and the Police, is now online.

More resources from our November program, Racial Disparities in U.S. Healthcare, are now available, including Dr. Steve Martin’s slideshow. Click here & see Links at bottom of page. 







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

2016 in Review

10 Times Black Women Kicked White Supremacy’s Ass in 2016, from Afropunk

The Kids Who Rocked The Racial Justice Movement in 2016, by Kenrya Rankin at Colorlines

30 0f the Most Important Articles by People of Color in 2016, by Zeba Blay at Huffington Post


The Injustice Boycott, relentless, principled, organized long-term resistance, with Shaun King

SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Is Hiring To Support Rural Organizing

In New York, Activists Prepare Bystanders to Take Action Against Harassment, by Hansi Lo Wang at NPR

African Americans, Black History, Slavery

My President Was Black, by Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic

America’s Original Sin: Slavery Never Ended, It Evolved, with Jim Wallis at NewsOne

What The Lynching Memorial Will Force Us All To Face, by Jonathan Capehart at the Washington Post

Black People’s Burden of Forgiveness, a video from the Atlantic Black Star

Black Lives Matter

5 Milestone Accomplishments This Year By Black Lives Matter, by Collier Meyerson at Fusion

Black Lives Matter Launches Website Supporting Black Businesses, by Jordie Davies at BlackYouthProject


An Open Letter to White People on Becoming Indigenous, by Adebayo Akomolafe at Unsettling America: Decolonization in Theory and Practice

A Gentle Reminder That Jesus Was A Brown Middle Eastern Refugee Who Would Not Have Voted for Trump, by Sara Benincasa at, and 

Jesus Was Not a White Conservative, Jesus Was A Palestinian Dissident, by Ben Norton


Colleges Respond To Racist Incidents As If Their Chief Worry Is Bad PR, by Peter Schmidt at the Chronicle of Higher Education


Insurance Policies on Slaves: NY Life’s Complicated Past, by Rachel L. Swarns at the New York Times


Confronting Racial Bias At Work, from Race Forward


Was America Ever Great? a funny, truth-telling video from Charity Croff


Unequal: How People of Color Were Kept From Owning A Home, a video from The Root


“Justice Fund” to Cover Legal Costs for Immigrants Facing Deportation, by Kaitlyn D’Onofrio at Diversity, Inc.

Indigenous, First Peoples, Native Americans

December 29, 1890: Anniversary of Wounded Knee Massacre, from the Zinn Education Project

Standing Rock, Live Updates

20 Photos, My 7 Months At Standing Rock, by Desiree Kane at Yes! Magazine


Germany Was Responsible For The Genocide of Thousands of Namibians. Now It’s Finally Ready To Talk Reparations, by Tanasia Kenney at Atlanta Black Star

Whiteness, White Privilege, White Antiracism

Bill Ayers On Being a White Ally and the Future of Progressives, by Lorraine Forte at Truthout

Maybe We Do Need A White History Month… by Michelle Smith at The Bluest Eye

Using Racism To Divide and Conquer! Tim Wise on video

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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