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September 13, 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.


with Strong Oak

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield MA
Doors open at 9:45
Free childcare – RSVP to
More info soon!


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


Youth Forum on Race and Racism – Saturday, Oct. 20, Manchester NH

Pa’alante: Building A Youthl-Led Social Justice Program From The Ground Up – Saturday, Feb. 2, Holyoke MA 

Books for kids
Picture Books That Teach Kids to Combat Racism, from What We Do All Day

Let’s Talk About Reparations: What Does The Publishing Industry Owe Our Kids? from Embrace Race

Addressing Racial Justice With Young Children, a conversation with Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazard, authors of Something Happened In Our Town, from Embrace Race

Sotomayor Releases Two New Books For Young Readers, by Avery Anapol at The Hill

10 Year Old Writes Book About Standing Rock, by Rhiannon Johnson at CBC

Raising our children
How To Talk To Kids About Racism, An Age-By-Age Guide, by Alexander Mlynek at Today’s Parent

White Kids: Growing Up With Privilege In A Racially Divided America, by Margaret Hagerman

How To Raise Tolerant, Inclusive Kids, by Michele Borba at U.S. News and World Report

About education
 From A Vision For Black Lives:  An End to the Privatization of Education and Real Community Control by Parents, Students and Community Members of Schools Including Democratic School Boards and Community Control of Curriculum, Hiring, Firing, and Discipline Policies

Teaching for Change: Building Social Justice Starting in the Classroom 

Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide For Educators and School Support Staff, from American Federation of Teachers 

Why The Black Kids Still Sit Together, a short video with Beverly Tatum, by Felice Leon at The Root

My Challenge To White Parents This School Year by Kearie Daniel at Today’s Parent

White Teachers Need To See Color. Here’s Why, by Joy Mohammed at We Are Teachers

Ten Things Every White Teacher Should Know When Talking About Race, by Angela Watson at Cornerstone For Teachers
When Black Hair Violates The Dress Code, by Kayla Lattimore at NPR

Furor After Black 6-Year-Old With Dreadlocks Enrolls At Florida School, by Avi Selk at the Washington Post

Court Rules Alabama Town’s School Segregation Too Racist, by Michael Harriot at The Root


Tuesdays Sept. 11- Oct. 2, Northampton MA: Dialogue Circles: Reparations

Thursday, Sept. 13, Amherst MA: Feinberg Series – State Violence and Revolution: Lessons From El Salvador

Thursday, Sept. 13, Holyoke MA: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome film and dialogue

Sept. 15-Oct. 15, Holyoke MA:  Greater Holyoke Latinx Heritage Month

Thursday, Sept. 20, Amherst MA: Feinberg Series – Keynote Address/Inaugural James Baldwin Lecture with Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

Saturday, Sept. 22, Brattleboro VT:  Racial Justice Parade and Potluck 

Sept. 28-30, Rowe MA:  Ruby Sales: Healing the Hurt of White Supremacy

Monday, Oct. 1, Amherst MA: Feinberg Series – Imagining Community, Living In Community

Saturday, Oct. 6, Hardwick MA: Confronting Systemic Racism: Listening to Voices For Racial Justice

Monday Oct. 8, Holyoke MA: Taino Remembrance Day

Saturday, Oct. 13, Florence MA: African American History Walking Tour

Wednesday, Oct. 17, Amherst MA: Feinberg Series – 21st Century Socialism: Venezuela’s Communes in Historical Perspective

Saturday, Oct. 20, Manchester NH:  Youth Forum on Race and Racism 

Saturday, Oct. 27, Great Barrington MA: Toward a New Reconstruction: Land, Racism, and Economic Emancipation with Leah Penniman and Ed Whitfield

Thursday, Nov. 1, Amherst MA:  Feinberg Series – Domestic Workers Building Dignity and Power, Past and Present

Monday, Nov. 5, Amherst MA:  Feinberg Series – Dreams and Nightmares: The Promises and Perils of Revolutionary Visions

Thursday and Friday, Nov. 8-9, Amherst MA: Undoing Racism Workshop with the People’s Institute For Survival And Beyond

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

Tuesday, Nov. 13, Amherst MA: Feinberg Series – People’s Encyclopedia and Zine Making Workshop

Tuesday, Nov. 13, Amherst MA: Feinberg Series – All Organizing Is Science Fiction

Tuesday, Nov. 27, Northampton MA: Feinberg Series – Escaping Slavery, Envisioning Freedom

Saturday, Feb. 2, Holyoke MA: 
Feinberg Series – Pa’alante: Building A Youth-Led Social Justice Program From The Ground Up

Saturday, Mar. 2, Northampton MA: Feinberg Series – Beehive Design Collective: Mesoamérica Resiste For Educators

Thursday, Mar. 28, Amherst MA: Feinberg Series Capstone Event – PlugIn: Building Other Worlds Where We Are

Mar. 20-23, Cedar Rapids IA:  White Privilege Conference

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!

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.

Thank you, readers who send us information for these newsletters!  We welcome links to articles, videos, event listings, and other resources.
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