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November 8, 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, 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.  Speakers may share thoughts about the intersection of oppressions, solidarity, interfaith collaborations, & more; as well as their experiences in traditions including the Black church, Buddhism, Judaism, Anthroposophy, earth-based spirituality, and the Episcopal church.

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

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


Western MA News: ICE raids this week
Federal Workers Apprehend Immigration Farmworkers, from the Hampshire Gazette
Update from Pioneer Valley Workers Center

Harmonia Rosales’ Art Shows The Beauty of Black Women, by Jorge Rodriguez-Jiminez at Fierce Mitu

Black/African American
Century-Old African American Enclave Is Threatened, by Antonio Olivo at the Washington Post, via Kolumnmagazine

Colonization and Decolonization: A Manual for Indigenous Liberation by ZigZag

Criminal Justice and Injustice
In Life and Death, White Privilege Protected Texas Shooter, by Shaun King at The Intercept
America’s Secret Slave System, by Michael Harriott at The Root
Michelle Alexander on the War On Drugs by Kirsten West Savali at The Root
When Race Tips Scales in Plea Bargaining, by Jean Rolnik Borchetta and Alice Fontier at Slate
Is The FBI Setting the Stage For Increased Surveillance of Black Activists? by Thaddeus Talbot, Hugh Handeyside, and Malkia Cyril, at ACLU

2017 Race For Results: Building A Path To Opportunity For All Children, download from the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Educator Grants from Teaching Tolerance
#IndigenousReads by Indigenous Writers: Children’s Reading List, from Medium

Environmental Racism
Smells Like Environmental Racism, by Valerie Vande Panne at In These Times

Filipino-American History Month, from AJ+

How The Government Deliberately Segregated Americans By Race, by Erik Moshe at Newsweek

Yes, America, People of Color Are Still Sitting Together In The Cafeteria, an interview with Beverly Tatum by Darcel Rockett at the Chicago Tribune

Saving Salish, by Treva Lind at Spokesman
First Indigenous Map of Its Kind, from Native American Pride
Elders’ Dos and Don’ts Checklist About Native American Issues and Stereotypes, from White Wolf Pack

Dear White People/Queridos Gringos: You Want Our Culture But You Don’t Want Us. Stop Colonizing the Day of the Dead, by Aya De Leon, from Aya’s blog 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Study About Racism: The Media Focused On The Part About White People, by Sam Fulwood III at Think Progress

Puerto Rico
Groups you can help post-Maria by Maria Reinat Pumarejo

How Can I Offer Reparations In Direct Proportion To My White Privilege? by Chris Moore-Backman at Yes!

No Thanks: How Thanksgiving Narratives Erase Genocide of Native Peoples by Joanne Barker at Truthout
National Day of Mourning with the United American Indians of New England

Leading Scholar Of Racism Says Education and Love Are Not The Answer, by Lonnae O’Neal at The Undefeated

White Supremacy
You Showed Up For Sexism. Now Show Up For Racism by Jackie Summers at ScaryMommy


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

Thursday, November 9, Manchester NH: New Hampshire Says No To White Supremacists

Thursday, November 9, Providence RI: Dr. Beverly Tatum on Why Conversations About Race Matter

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

Tuesday, November 14, Northampton MA: The River Cried “Mni W’coni!”

Wednesday, November 15, Hartford CT: Firsting and Lasting: Writing Native Americans Out Of Existence In New  England

Thursday November 16, Turners Falls MA: The Land Speaks: New Perspectives On The Falls Fight

Saturday, November 18, Boston MA: Fight Supremacy!

Thursday, November 23, Plymouth MA: National Day of Mourning with the United American Indians of New England

Thursday, November 30, Holyoke MA: James Baldwin on Film, on the Page, and In The Classroom, part 2

December 8-10, Rowe MA: Where Does It Hurt? Overcoming the Pain of White Supremacy, with Ruby Sales

Wednesday, December 6, Amherst MA:  Shaun King Speaking At Amherst College

Saturday, December 9, S. Deerfield MA: Basketmaking With Jennifer Lee, sponsored by Visioning BEAR Circle

May 9-12, Ryerson, ON, CAWhite Privilege Conference – Global

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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