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February 18, 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.


Saturday, March 2 

Lois Ahrens from the Real Cost of Prisons Project will speak about racism in Massachusetts’ criminal legal system, and two formerly incarcerated people will talk about their experiences within that system.

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 printable, full screen view 

Saturday morning, April 6 – LIES WE TELL OUR CHILDREN

More info coming soon …

View the video of our 10th Anniversary Celebration in January!


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



Criminal Justice/Injustice

The Real Cost of Prisons Project

Meet the former federal prosecutor who wants to abolish prisons by Ephrat Livni at Quartz

Incarceration vs. education: America spends more on its prison system than it does on public schools, by Valerie Bauman at the Daily Mail

National Bail-Out, #EndMoneyBail, #FreeBlackMamas

Equal Justice Initiative 

Great Falls Books Through Bars

ACLU campaign for Smart Justice

Black History Month

Five Truths About Black History, by Jeffrey Robinson at the ACLU

If You Knew What The N-Word Meant to Our Ancestors, You’d Never Use it, by Brando Simeo Starkey at The Undefeated

Stuff You Missed in History Class – Black History

A Black History Month Reading List, from Overdrive

Reading Black History Month, from Grove Atlantic

Black-Owned Business Directory, from Official Black Wall Street

Buy Black All Month Long, by Sasha Williams at We Buy Black

And more

Reparations: The Time Is Now, from Coming to the Table

Me & White Supremacy – The Workbook, by Layla F. Saad

University of Virgin Islands first 4-year HBCU to offer free tuition, by Milan Harris at Blavity

How Colonization of the Americas Killed 90% of Their Original People – and Changed the Climate, by Mark Trahant at Yes!

Decolonize Your Classroom, from Liberated Genius

Dear White People, Stop Making Racism All About You, by Shannon Barber at Yes!

Speak Up – Opening A Dialogue With Youth About Racism, from Rossier On Line 


Wednesday, Feb 13 – 27, Holyoke MAEnduring Racism Speaker Series

Sunday, Feb 24, Amherst MA: Black History Month Celebration with Citizens for Race Amity Now

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

Feb 24-March 24, online: Roots Deeper Than Whiteness, a 3-session online course

Monday Feb 25, Boston and other cities: Press conference and legislative demand delivery

Tuesday, Feb 26, online: Webinar: Understanding antisemitism and its intersections with white supremacy and white nationalism

Weds, Feb 27, Amherst MA: Dorceta Taylor: Diversity In Environmental Organizations

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

Thursday, Mar 7, Westfield MARace, Equality, and the Modern Age of Segregation, with Nikole Hannah-Jones

Thursday, Mar 7, Amherst MA:  Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? 

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

Weds, March 13, online: Webinar: Understanding and Organizing to End Racial Capitalism with Robin DG Kelley

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

Saturday, March 23, Durham SC: Let’s Talk Racism Conference

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

March 25-26, Providence RI: Interpreting Slavery and Freedom in New England

Tuesday Mar 26, Westfield MA: We Gon’ Be Alright: Race and Resegregation in Today’s America, with Jeff Chang

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

Thursday, March 28, Amherst MA: America in Transition: Documentaries About Trans People of Color

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

April 8-10, Oakland CA: Othering and Belonging 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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