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September 14, 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.



Free monthly programs

Saturday, October 7, 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking The Domination Code

A film by Dakota filmmaker Sheldon Wolfchild, followed by a discussion facilitated by Strong Oak. 
Weaving together oral and written history and traditional Dakota beliefs, this film explains the history of US Supreme Court decisions which created legal dominion over non-Christian people and are the basis of our federal Indian laws and policies to this day.  
Film screening will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Strong Oak.  for more info

October 9, 19, and 28: RJR Reading Circles: The Harvest, Brown vs. Board, North and South

Three reading circles in October, facilitated by Mel Ptacek, PhD.  Join us for one, two, or all three.

Monday, October 9, 2017, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 2-3:30 p.m.

110 N. Hillside Rd, South Deerfield (in the Deerfield Business Center building) – parking available

Sponsored by Racial Justice Rising & Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Council

We will examine the history and continuing effects of our nation’s failed efforts to achieve racially integrated public schools. Discussions will focus on the aftereffects of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case, in which the US Supreme Court struck down the “separate but equal” standard in education and other areas of American life. 

Each circle will discuss different short readings as we explore the complex and shifting legacy of this difficult and sometimes violent attempt to achieve racial integration across the United States.

This project is a collaboration with MassHumanities’ statewide initiative, The Harvest: Brown v Board, North & South.

See our event page for more information.

To learn more, please contact RJR at or Mel (the circle facilitator) at

Saturday, November 4, 2017: Indigenous Grandmothers

More info to come

Saturday, December 2, 2017: Racism and Religion

More info to come

Photos, video, and links from recent RJR programs
Organizing for Education Justice, August 26 with Marianna Islam
Voices of Dissent, Music of Activism, September 2 with Gloria Matlock, Adam Matlock, Licia Sky, Arjuna Greist, and Marcia Gomes

Info and photos from other past RJR programs here

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

Vigil for Racial Justice

“Do Black Lives Matter To You?”
Please join us.
Every Saturday, 9-10
on the Greenfield Common

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



Friday, September 15, Boston MA: Book talk with David Billings, organized by the Haymarket People’s Fund

Saturday, September 16, Springfield MA: Native American Intertribal Flag Raising

Saturday, September 16, Boston MA: Resist Deportations! Defend DACA!

Sunday, September 17, Keene NH: Shadows Fall North, a documentary film, with discussion facilitated by JerriAnne Boggis

Sunday, September 17, Florence MA: Resistance: Fugitive Slave Act 1850-Immigrant Detention 2017

Thursday, September 21,  Chicago: Building Racial Equity Training with Race Forward

September 22-24, Amherst MA: Undoing Racism Workshop with the People’s Institute For Training and Beyond. For more info or for more info      Registration form

Saturday, September 23, Brattleboro VT:  The Root Social Justice Center’s 4th Birthday Party

Sunday, September 24, Amherst MAAn Evening With Ron Chisom of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, organized by UROC

Tuesday, September 26, Amherst MA:  Video with discussion: Interview with the founders of Black Lives Matter

Saturday, September 30, Washington DCMarch for Racial Justice

Sunday, October 1, Holyoke MA: March for Racial Justice, in solidarity with Washington march, organized by MERJ  

Wednesday, October 18, Northampton MAConversation with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

 Thursday, October 19, Washington DC: Building Racial Equity Training with Race Forward

Wednesday, October 25, Springfield MA: The Half Life Of Freedom: Race and Justice in America with Jelani Cobb

Saturday, November 4, Washington DC:  White People Marching for Black Lives

Email us your announcements of racial justice-related events and we will include in our listings if possible

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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