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October 22, 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, November 4, 2017: Grandmother Teachings
FREE! 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield MA
with Grandmother Jeorgina Laroque
Sagaligesw (Plant Woman)
A Mi’kmaq Grandmother from New Brunswick

Saturday, December 2, 2017: Racism and Religion
FREE! 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield MA
With Tim Bullock, Abrah Dresdale, Asima Silva, Ted Todd.  Discussions may feature faiths and spiritualities including Islam, the Black church, Buddhism, Judaism, Anthroposophy, earth-based spirituality, and the Episcopal church, as well as thoughts about the intersection of oppressions, solidarity, interfaith collaborations, & more.


Reading Circles

October 9, 19, and 28: 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.

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. 

For more information

Photos, video, and links from recent RJR programs

The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking The Domination Code, October 7, film with conversation facilitated by Strong Oak
–  Voices of Dissent, Music of Activism, September 2 with Gloria Matlock, Adam Matlock, Licia Sky, Arjuna Greist, and Marcia Gomes
 Organizing for Education Justice, August 26 with Marianna Islam

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


On Black Lives Matter, from The Conversation
Black Lives Matter is a Revolutionary Peace Movement 
We Just Black Matter:  Australia’s Indifference to Aboriginal Lives and Land
I’m About To Be the Father To A Black Boy and I’m Scared, by Stephen A. Crockett, Jr., at the Root

Colonization (Puerto Rico)
The Cruelest Storm: A Statement For Puerto Rico, from Latino Rebels 
The Jones Act Explained, by Matthew Yglesias at Vox
Irma and Maria: Shedding Light on Puerto Rico’s Colonial Reality, by Ana Portnoy at  Counterpunch
Puerto Rico’s Complicated History with the United States, by Becky Little at

Criminal Justice
Ida B Wells offered solution to police violence  by Keisha N. Blain at the  Washington Post 
American Police Killings Have Been Drastically Underestimated, by Charlie May at Salon

How the U.S. Government Locked Black Americans Out of Obtaining the American Dream,  by Emma Roller at Splinter News
Adam Ruins Everything – The Disturbing History of the Suburbs, from TruTV
Dove Deeply Regrets Racist Advert, by Lucy Pasha-Robinson at The Independent

Education, youth
The Warrior Method: A Parent’s Guide To Rearing Healthy Black Boys, a new book by Ray Winbush 
How The School To Prison Pipeline Works and Why Black Girls Are Particularly At Risk  by Mariame Kaba at Teen Vogue
How To Talk To Kids About Racism: An Age by Age Guide, by Alex Mlynek at Today’s Parent

Help wanted
at Color of Change

Mashpee Wampanoag School Looks to Revive Teachings of Native Language  from WBUR

Systemic Racism
The FBI’s New U.S. Terrorist Threat: “Black Identity Extremists”   by Jana Winter and Sharon Weinberger at Foreign Policy

Dismantling White Supremacy on the Front Lines and Loving Ourselves in the Trenches, by Threads of Solidarity, WOC Against Racism, on Huffington Post
#NotRacists Be Like: Top Ten Phrases Used By People Who Claim They Are Not Racist, by Michael Harriott at The Root  
5 Ways White People Can Fight White Supremacy, by Michael Harriott at The Root


Friday, October 20, Springfield MA:  Perspectives on Racial Justice in the Era of #BlackLivesMatter, a symposium

Friday, October 20, Holyoke MA:  Quiero Volver: A Xicanx Ritual Opera

Saturday, October 21, Northampton MA:  Anti-Racist Parenting: Dialog and Embrace Race Video

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

Thursday, October 26, Greenfield MA:Standing Rock Is Everywhere with the Nolumbeka Project

Sunday, October 29, Boston MA:  Boston Takes A Knee For Justice

Sunday, October 29, Turners Falls MA:  Benefit Concert: Protecting Indigenous Sacred Sites

Thursday, November 2, Springfield MA: Racial Equity Community Organizers’ Meeting  with special guest Marjorie Freeman, a core trainer and organizer with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond

Friday, November 3, Syracuse NY: DiDi Delgado in Syracuse

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

November 4-5, Washington DC:  8th Annual Black is Back Rally, March, and Conference

Thursday, November 9, Northampton MA: Harvest of Empire. a film that explores the history of social conditions and U.S. government actions that led to the migration of millions of Latinx people.

November 10-12, Cambridge MA: Black Health Matters Conference

Saturday, November 18, Boston MA: Fight Supremacy!

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.

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