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January 12, 2018

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, February 3, 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Immigration and Trump: Franklin County’s Response

More info soon!

Photos, video, and links from recent RJR programs 

13TH, film and discussion, January 2018
 Race and Religion, December 2017
Grandmother Teachings with Grandmother Jeorgina LaRocque, November 2017

Info and photos from other past RJR programs here

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

MLK Day ’18

RJR will have an info & conversation table at the Resistance Center’s  34th Annual MLK Day Celebration in Northampton MA on January 15th. Come say hi if you are in the area!

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, January 15, Northampton MA:  33rd Annual MLK Day Celebration with the Resistance Center for Peace and Justice (formerly AFSC)

Monday, January 15, Amherst MA: Martin Luther King Jr. Kids Celebration and  Martin Luther King Community Breakfast

Monday, January 15, Greenfield MA: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at Greenfield Community College

Thursday, January 18, Storrs CT:  Anita Hill speaking at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation 

January 18-19, Philadelphia: Reparations Now Symposium

January 19-20, Worcester MA:   Radical Dreaming, King, and Intersectional Activism

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

Thursday, January 25, Montpelier VT: Systemic Racism Awareness Day at the Statehouse

Sundays, February 4-March 4, western MA:  SURJ Dialogue Circles: Beyond Policing

Saturday, March 10, Easthampton MA:  Transforming Education for Social Justice Conference

April 4-7, 2018, Grand Rapids MI:  WPC 19, the 2018 annual White Privilege Conference

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

Saturday May 6, Greenfield MA:  All Souls Unitarian Church’s annual Antiracism Film Festival

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

November 8-10, Detroit MI: Facing Race, A National Conference, from ColorLines

Email us your announcements of racial justice-related events and we will include in our listings if possible. Events from across the country and beyond are welcome!


In the headlines: 
What President Trump’s Comments Say About His Views On Race, an NPR interview with Dr. Jason Johnson of The Root and Morgan State University
No One Is Coming To Save Us From Trump’s Racism, by Roxanne Gay at the NY Times
The Counter To Trump’s Xenophobic Racism Is Not Exceptionalist Immigrant Narratives, by Shamira Ibrahim at The Root

 We All Have The Duty To Confront The Full Reach of U.S. Empire, by Opal Tometi and Naomi Klein at The Intercept  
Online Author Talks for Organizers
Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral

African American/Black
Before The Bus Strike, Rosa Parks Was a Sexual Assault Investigator, by Ryan Mattimore at

Criminal Justice and Injustice

Are White Supremacists Infiltrating Law Enforcement? by Angela Helm at The Root
It’s Time To Overhaul America’s Broken Probation and Parole Systems, by Topeka K. Sam at Open Society Foundations

Blacks and Latinos Will Be Broke In A Few Decades, by Josh Hoxie at Fortune

Electoral Politics
Inspiring Black Politicians To Watch, by Orit Mohamed at Blavity
A List of 100+ Black Women Running For Office, from Awesomely Luvvie
Political Power of Black Women Signals Need for ‘Whole Person Politics‘ by Tracy Sturdivant at Essence

Food Justice
– Black Farmers Are Sowing Seeds of Health and Empowerment, by Alan Yu at NPR

Color Line Persists, In Sickness As In Health from a week-long series in the Boston Globe
How Hospitals Are Failing Black Mothers, by Annie Waldman at ProPublica

Trump Decries Immigrants From ‘Shithole Countries,‘ by Eli Watkins and Abby Phillip at CNN
Trump Administration Rules that Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans Must Leave Country, by Miriam Jordan at the New York Times
The Invisible Wall: How Trump Is slowing Immigration Without Laying A Single Brick, by Amanda Holpuch at the Guardian
ICE Kept 92 Somali Immigrants Shackled On a Plan for 2 Days, by Carlos Ballesteros at Newsweek

10 Photos: I Saw What Resilience Looks Like, by Mary Annette Pember at Yes! magazine
Decolonizing Christmas, by Brandi Morin at CBC News
Hugo Blanco: The Future Is Indigenous, by Ted Hamilton at Guernica

A Dangerous Distortion: Representations of Families, By Race, In News and Opinion Media, a study by Dr. Travis L. Dixon at Color of Change

Read A Good Book Lately?
46 Books By Women of Color To Read In 2018, by R.O. Kwon at Electric Lit

An Invitation for White Reparations by Andrea Ayvazian, at the Daily Hampshire Gazette
Will the Carribbean Go The Full Distance For Reparations?  by Earl Bousquet at Portside
Facebook group where non-Black people can pay reparations to Black people

Systemic Racism
– Boston Globe Shines Light On Systemic Anti-Black Racism In Boston, by Sameer Rao at Colorlines
Boston Globe Race Series Shocks White Readers, by Kevin C. Peterson at Huffington Post

White Supremacy/White Antiracism
The Sugarcoated Language of White Supremacy, by Anna Kegler at Huffington Post
Diversity Isn’t The Goal, We Must Do Better, by Black Girl In Maine
What White Women Need To Do To Prevent More Black Women From Dying, by Tamela J. Gordon at Medium
White Women, Make 2018 The Year We Finally Unlearn Our Racism, by Karen Fleshman at Huffington Post

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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