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December 23, 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.



Join us for a feast including authentic Mexican and Egyptian specialties and an opportunity to share a story related to race or culture.

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., doors open at 9:45
First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield MA

Free childcare – RSVP to
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SATURDAY, January 5: Food Justice, HipHop and Race 

A conversation with Gardening the Community Co-Director Ibrahim Ali
More info coming 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

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…other groups’ events after this section…


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, from A Vision for Black Lives

A Letter To White Women Teachers: an urgent plea for change, by Laura Baker   (select Full Text PDF)

 Having more Black teachers is one of the best levers for Black student achievement, by Corey Scholes at Philadelphia 7th Ward

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

As D.C. grows more diverse, public schools remain racially segregated, by Jenny Abamu at WAMU

Racist history of higher education, a video from Racist History

Creating a diverse classroom library, by Meredith Kimi Lewis at Edutopia

Teachers must not only be non-racist, but anti-racist, by Franchesca Warren at The Educator’s Room

EmbraceRace: Online community about caring for and raising kids in the context of race

The Gates Scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority high school seniors

Facing History and Ourselves  “We help students learn about hatred and bigotry so they can stop them from happening in the future.”

Racial Profiling Starts in Preschool, by Kali Holloway at

Report Hate At School – report incidents to the Southern Poverty Law Center

Responding To Hate And Bias At School, a downloadable guide from Teaching Tolerance

Teach Us All by Sonia Lowman is a documentary film + social movement,  just released on Netflix

Teaching for Change: Building Social Justice Starting in the Classroom  

Teaching Tolerance 

Teaching While White by Molly Tansy at Teaching Tolerance

Ten Things Every White Teacher Should Know When Talking About Race, by Angela Watson at Cornerstone For Teachers

Two Schools In Mississippi and a Lesson on Race & Inequality in America, by Jamiles Lartey at The Guardian  

Where Are the Teachers Of Color? by Motoko Rich in the New York Times



Thursday, Jan. 15, Amherst MA: Whose Streets? film and discussion with Coming Together

Saturdays January 19 – February 2, online: Why Color Matters, a workshop with the Center for the Study of White American Culture

January 19 – June 15, Springfield MA:  And Still We Rise: Leadership Forum for Women of Color Leaders

Sunday, January 27, Deerfield MA: Native Voices, Recovering American Histories Lecture Series:  The Indian World of George Washington

January 27 – March 30, Brattleboro VT: Rural Racial Justice Organizing Study group

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

Sunday, February 24, Deerfield MA: Native Voices, Recovering American Histories Lecture Series:  Fictive Kin: Frank Speck, Gladys Tantaquidgeon and Other Native Informants

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

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

March 24, Deerfield MA: Native Voices, Recovering American Histories Lecture Series:  Through An Indian’s Looking Glass, William Apess, Pequot

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

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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