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January 21, 2019

Our occasional e-newsletter, usually published once or twice a month, with links to events, articles, videos, websites, & more relating to racism & racial justice.

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday

Here are a couple of articles…

11 Forgotten Martin Luther King Quotes That Show He Was A Revolutionary, by Jenee Desmond-Harris at Vox

Martin Luther King Was More Radical Than We Remember. Let’s Do His Memory Justice, by Jenn M. Jackson at Teen Vogue

MLK Warned Us About The Well-Intentioned Liberal, by Rev. Dr. William Barber and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, at The Nation

18 Picture Books That Help Keep Dr. Martin Luther King’s Jr’s Dream Alive, by Charnaie Garden at  ReadBrightly



A Conversation With Gardening The Community Co-Executive Director Ibrahim Ali

Ibrahim will speak about his understanding of food justice, the
important link between HipHop and food, and how race and
racism play out in his role at Gardening The Community.

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
Click on flyer for full screen view 


Greenfield Community College is hosting a showing on February 4th.   

In this documentary, Gloria Matlock interviews elders in two historically Black neighborhoods in a small Ohio city, offering a lens on race in America.  Learn more


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

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

Click on flyer for full screen view



A Reparations Map For Farmers Of Color May Help Right Historical Wrongs, by Andrea King Collier at Civil Eats

Returning Stolen Land To Native Tribes, One Lot At A Time, by Emily Wilson at Civil Eats

Why Are There So Few Black-Owned Grocery Stores? by Tom Perkins at Civil Eats

Dara Cooper Is Reclaiming Black Foodways, from Civil Eats

See more at Our Best Food Justice Stories of 2018, from Civil Eats


RJR’s January program featured information and resources about the movement for reparations for slavery. Click here to learn more.

And a few other recent items…

Rallies Call For Release Of Detained Civil Rights Activist, by the Associated Press, from the New York Times

Why “I’m Not Racist” Is Only Half The Story, a video by Robin Di Angelo

Members of the Forbes 400 Hold More Wealth Than All U.S. Black Families Combined, by Noah Kirsch at Forbes

More Native Leaders Will Decide On New State Flag For Massachusetts, by

Racism After the First Black President, by James Thindwa at In These Times


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

Thursday, January 24, online: Free webinar: How White Allies Can Talk to Other White People About Racism, Without Them Flipping Out

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

January 27 – March 30, Brattleboro VTRural Racial Justice Organizing Study group

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

Sunday, Feb. 3, Brattleboro VT: How Are Racial Justice and Climate Justice Connected? a workshop with The Root Social Justice Center

Monday, Feb. 4, Greenfield MA: Just Another Mile

February 8-10, Springfield MA:  Undoing Racism Workshop

Wednesday, Feb 13, Amherst MA: How to Apologize For Slavery, with Critical Connections

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

March 7 – April 4, Greenfield MA:  Responsible Whiteness, a three-part workshop

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

April 6-7, Northampton MA: Showing Up Whole in Racial Justice Work – free!

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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