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August 14, 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.



10 a.m. – noon, First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield MA

Join us as the candidates for the First Franklin District seat, currently held by Steve Kulik, answer questions about their views on racism and racial justice.

We have prepared questions and there will also be time for questions from the audience.

Towns in First Franklin District: 
Ashfield, Buckland, Chester, Chesterfield, Conway, Cummington, Deerfield, Goshen, Huntington, Leverett, Middlefield, Montague, Plainfield, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Whately, Williamsburg, Worthington

Co-sponsored by Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition and Not in Our Town—Greenfield

For more information 

Saturday, September 1 – Voices of Dissent: Music of Activism  

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield MA. Doors open at 9:45.
Childcare available – RSVP to

In celebration of activism, five gifted performers share brilliant songs of truth and power!

Gloria Matlock and Michael Nix
Gloria is a lifelong performer, an educator, and an active member of Racial Justice Rising.  Michael is a contemporary classical composer, and educator. Together, they have been exploring the traditions of African American music.
Link to Gloria and Michael peforming at People’s Music Network  (Starts at about 2:25)

Adam Matlock
Adam is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who performs with a number of different projects, in New Haven, New York and beyond.  
Link to Adam’s Youtube channel

Licia Sky 
 Licia is a songwriter, performer, and workshop and retreat leader.

Learn more about her and her work on her website.

Link to Licia performing on The Song

Irene I-SHEA Shaikl

I-SHEA is a conga artist, an eclectic performance and teaching artist, and an advocate for social systemic change.

Link to her band Rebirth’s Facebook page



Like parades? Enjoy a nice walk? The Franklin County Fair Parade is on Thursday, September 6, and Racial Justice Rising, along with Not In Our Town Greenfield, will be marching with our signs and banners.  Let us know if you’d like to walk with us!   




Vigil For Racial Justice

Every Saturday
Whatever the weather
9 to 10 a.m.
Greenfield Town Common

Co-sponsored by the Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition

Do you have video experience? RJR is looking for someone – or more than one person so they can rotate the position – to videotape our monthly Saturday programs and post to our Youtube.

Contact us  to find out more…

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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