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October 21, 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.


…Event listings follow this section…

Some reparations groups 
National Coalition Of Blacks for Reparations in American (N’COBRA)

National African American Reparations Commission

Restitution Study Group

Uhuru Solidarity Movement: White Reparations to African People

H.R.40, Commission To Study and Develop Reparation Proposals For African-Americans Act, full text

HR40 Primer from N’COBRA

Historical timeline of reparations payments made by U.S. government, state, cities, religions, and educational institutions, 1866-2018, by Dr. Allen J. Davis, Ed.D.

Thoughts about reparations 
Randall Robinson

40 Acres and a Mule Would Be At Least $6.4 Trillion Today: What America Really Owes Black America, an infographic by Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn & Jeff Neumann at Yes! Magazine

The Case For Reparations, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, at the Atlantic

Ta-Nehisi Coates Makes The Case For Reparations, audio recording of a June 2015 talk on WNPR

The Debate Over Reparations For Slavery In The U.S., by Nadra Kareem Nittle at ThoughtCo.

Millenials May Shift Public Opinion on Slavery Reparations, by Jesse J. Collins at N’COBRA

Action and calls for action
U.S. Owes Black People Reparations for History of Racial Terrorism, Says U.N., by Ishaan Tharoor  at the Washington Post

University of Glasgow to Make Amends Over Slavery Profits of Past, by Martin Belam at The Guardian

Black Farmers To Receive Payouts From Federal Lawsuit, by Carolyn Brown at Black Enterprise

Georgetown University to offer slave descendents preferential admission status, by Kathryn Vasel at CNN

Jamaica is Calling on Britain To Pay Millions in Reparations by Rowena Mason at Business Insider

Reparations: The Time Is Now, a guide from Coming To The Table

Speakers Call For Federal Reparations, by Janelle Odionou at the Cornell Daily Sun

This Could Be Reparations’ Best Chance Since 1865, by Salim Muwakkil at In These Times

Days of Reparation to African People: International Speaking Tour with the Uhuru Solidarity Movement: White Reparations to African People

Ideas for  individuals (with an understanding that this does not replace action by the government, but is a patch until that happens)
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon To White America, by Michael Eric Dyson, introduces the idea of “Individual Reparation Accounts”

Western MA SURJ’s Reparations Campaign



with Grandmother Nancy Ardry and Lessert Moore

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
Click on flyer for full screen view



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

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Sunday, Oct. 21, Turners Falls MA: Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad (A Little Bit of  So Much Truth). A film about Oaxaca, with special guest speakers.

Tues. Oct. 23, online: Coffee Woke Them Up: A Conversation With the Starbucks Upstanders

Weds. Oct. 24, St. Petersburg FL: A Day of Reparations to African People

Thursday, Oct. 25, Cambridge MA: White Fragility with Robin Di Angelo and Jack Hill

Saturday, Oct. 27, Charlemont MA: Race: Facing the Truth, Owning Our Past

Saturday, Oct. 27, Amherst MA:  Know Your Rights  with the Amherst NAACP

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

Saturdays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, online: What White People Can Do About Racism

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

Monday Nov. 5, Philadelphia: A Day of Reparations to African People

Monday Nov. 5, Ashville NC: A Day of Reparations to African People

Tuesday Nov. 6, NYC:  A Day of Reparations to African People

Wednesday, Nov. 7, Amherst MA: How To Be An Antiracist, with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Thursday, Nov. 8, North Adams MA: 2018 Public Policy Lecture: Ta Nehisi Coates

Thursday Nov. 8, Boston:  A Day of Reparations to African People

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

Tues, Nov. 13, Portland OR: A Day of Reparations to African People

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

Wednesday, Nov. 14, Washington DC: Mashpee Wampanoag Land Solidarity Walk and Rally

Weds, Nov. 14, Seattle WA: A Day of Reparations to African People

Saturday, Nov. 17, Greenfield MA:  May We Live In Interesting Times: Building Just Communities In A Time of Chaos, Greening Greenfield’s annual forum

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

Saturday, Feb. 2, Holyoke MA: 
Feinberg Series – Pa’alante: Building A Youthl-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.

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