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March 9, 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, April 7, 2018: Youth Speak Out
FREE! 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield MA
Area teens will talk about their hopes and concerns, in their lives, their schools, and our communities. 

Photos, video, and links from recent RJR programs  

March 3, 2018 – Step Up! Bystander Training

February 3, 2018 – Immigration and  Trump: Franklin County’s Response

January 6, 2018 – 13TH, film and discussion

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.
Saturdays 9-10 a.m.
on the Greenfield Common

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


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

Saturday, March 24, Northampton MA: Pioneer Valley March For Our Lives

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

April 4 – May 21, various MA locations: The Importance and Meaning of the Indigenous Ceremonial Store Landscape

Saturday, April 7, Quincy MA: Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign first mass meeting

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

Sunday April 22, Boston MA: Walk Against Genocide

Saturday May 6, Greenfield MA:  All Souls Unitarian Church’s annual Antiracism Film Festival – save the date!

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

May 13 – June 22, U.S:  Poor People’s Campaign’s 40 Days of Action 

June 8-10, Northampton MA: Undoing Racism Workshop with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, organized by UROC of Western MA. For more info: or 413-222-8793 , or click here to register 

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!


Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival 
– Poor People’s Campaign: 40 Days Of Action to fight poverty, by Eleanor J. Bader at AlterNet
Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrice Khan-Cullors on Race and Gun Violence, a video from Huffington Post
Group Releases Tools To Help Organizers Respond To Racial Crises, by Kenrya Rankin at Colorlines
Dear White Teen Gun Control Activists: Could You Ask For A Few Things For Black America? by Michael Harriot at The Root
Drastically Changing How We Fight For Justice, by Shaun King at Medium

Criminal Justice and Injustice
The Second Amendment Was Ratified to Preserve Slavery, by Thom Hartmann at Raw Story

Current Events
Half Century of Civil Rights Gains Stalled Or Reversed, by David Smith at the Guardian

When Trivia Isn’t Trivial, by Katherine Watkins at Teaching Tolerance
A Conversation With Native Americans On Race, a video by Michele Stephenson and Brian Young at the New York Times

Know Your Rights 
– What Arab Americans Should Know If The FBI Comes Calling, by Michael Springmann at Arab Americanno

Puerto Rican Artists Are Healing The Spirits That Hurricane Maria Broke, by Samuel Granados and Kevin Shaul at the Washington Post

South Africa Votes To Confiscate White-Owned Land, by Frank Chung at
Descendants of Slaves Celebrate Brazilian Land Rights Victory, by Dom Philips at The Guadian, Brazil

White Supremacy/White Antiracism
Required Reading For White America, from the Boston Globe
What Well-Meaning White People Need To Know About Race, an interview with Bryan Stevenson from Pacific Standard

Youth, Education
The Reality Of Raising A Kid Of A Different Race, by Karen Valby at Time
Anti-Blackness In Preschool Classrooms, from the Black Youth Project

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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