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December 10, 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, January 6, 2018:  A screening of 13TH

FREE! 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield MA

This extraordinary documentary offers an in-depth look at the U.S. prison system and a history of our country’s history of racial inequality.


Photos, video, and links from recent RJR programs 

December 2, 2017 – Race and Religion, with Tim Bullock, Abrah Dresdale, Gloria Matlock, Asima Silva, and Ted Todd

November 4, 2017 – Grandmother Teachings with Grandmother Jeorgina LaRocque

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




Please join us.
Every Saturday, 9-10
on the Greenfield Common
whatever the weather

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


Monday, December 11, Brattleboro VT: Racial Justice Organizing Meeting 

Thursday, December 21, Springfield MA:  National Homeless Persons Memorial


January 19-21, Springfield MA: Undoing Racism Training with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond

April 19-21, Springfield MA: Undoing Racism Workshop for Youth and  Adults Working with Youth

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 Rev. William Barber is Bringing MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign Back To Life, by Dani McClain at The Nation
Join The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival
Anti-Racism Organizing Has Staled, by Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty at Eclectablog

African American/Black
I Was Invited To Give A TED Talk, and Then Asked To Cut Black Lives Matter From It, by Mwende Katwewa at Medium
U.S. Monitoring Black Lives Matter, by Sweta Vohra at Al Jazeera
Stolen Bodies, Stolen Land: Contemplating Blackness and Indigeneity, by Brianna Arena-Ravelo at Black Youth Project
#MeToo Hijacked Black Women’s Work On Race and Gender Equality, by Corinne Purtill at Quartz

Understanding Colonialism, by Devyn Springer at Wear Your Voice
Next Time Someone Says “But African’s Sold Themselves Into Slavery,” Send Them This Article, from The Real African
Ancestral Lands Returned To Rapa Nui People After 129 Years Of Chilean Control, by Marcus Edensky at Easter Island Travel
The French Colonial Tax In Africa, by Dr. Y at African Heritage
Theology Professor Claims White Christians Are Responsible For Racism and Discrimination in America, from International News Trends

Criminal Justice and Injustice
Former Cop Sentenced to 20 Years for Shooting Death of Walter Scott, by Anne Branigin at The Root

From Preschool To Prison: The Criminalization of Black Girls, by Mackenzie Chakara at Center for American Progress

Justice Department Announced Millions of Dollars For Police Who Report Undocumented Immigrants, by Dominic Holden at Buzzfeed

Indigenous (including some Thanksgiving leftovers)
Thanksgiving Tribe Reclaims Language Lost to Colonization, by Philip Marcelo at AP News
Thanksgiving Narratives Erase Genocide of Native Peoples, by Joanne Barker at Truthout
No Thanks To Thanksgiving; Let’s Atone For For The Genocide, by Robert Jensen at Alternet
Manhattan Millionaire to Give $4m House To Native American Tribe, from White Wolf Pack
Stolen Bodies, Stolen Land: Contemplating Blackness and Indigeneity, by Brianna Arena-Ravelo at Black Youth Project
These Facts On Native Americans Are Still Unreported In The U.S., from Brut
Navajo Nation Asks White House for Apology and To Keep Word to Code Talkers, by Antonia Gonzalez at National Native News

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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