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February #1

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, March 3

Bypass your fear and be an engaged bystander in your community! 
with Strong Oak

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m, doors open at 9:15
First Congregational Church of Greenfield
43 Silver Street, Greenfield MA 01301


Saturday, April 7

Area youth speak out – more info soon!


Photos, video, and links from recent RJR programs 

Info and photos from other past RJR programs here

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


Black History Month
Meet Robert Smalls, from Imgur
Kids talk Black history, a short video from  Global Citizen
Black picture books that aren’t about boycotts, buses, or basketball, from Scott Woods Makes Lists
Films and resources to celebrate Black History Month, from Point of View

Federal judge rules that a key tool in immigration crackdown is illegal, by Joel Rubin in the LA Times
Activist Ravi Ragbir granted temporary stay of deportation, by Victoria Bekiempis and Nancy Dillonat the Daily News
ICE unbound, by Jamelle Bouie at Slate

and here in western MA:
Click and scroll down for a great list of local resources and suggestions from panelists and others at RJR’s February 3rd program, Immigration & Trump: Franklin County’s Response
Undocumented Hampshire College student to walk 250 miles for immigrant rights, from the Valley Advocate


Saturday, February 17, S. Hadley MA:  Vigil for Racial Justice

Saturday, February 17, western MA, location tba: Open House for UNtraining White Liberal Racism 

Saturday, February 24, NYC:  Addressing Disparities in Discipline for Black Children

Thursday, March 8, Amherst MA: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism, videos with Ian Hanley Lopez, with discussion

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

Wednesday, March 28, Bronx NY: Audre Lorde/Women’s History Month

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

Thursday, April 19, North Adams MA:  True Conviction, film and discussion.  More about the film

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

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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