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Mid-April 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.


Saturday, May 4: A program on Elders Experiencing Racism in Marginalized Communities 

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 to come

Here’s the video of our March program, Racism in the Prison Experience



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





White Women Make Work/Life Balance Possible By Relying On Women of Color, by Kimberly Seals Allers at Slate

Why Healing From Internalized Whiteness Is A Missing Link In White People’s Anti Racism Work, replay of a free webinar by Sandra Kim at Everyday Feminism

White People Are Still Raised to be Racially Illiterate, by Robin DiAngelo, from Think at NBC News

Privileged, by Kyle Korver at the Player’s Tribune


From Culturally Reactive to Culturally Pro-Active Schools – A Case Study from Everyday Democracy

Dear White Teachers: You Can’t Love Your Black Students If You Don’t Know Them, by Bettina L. Love at Education Week

Three Things Schools Should Teach About  America’s History of White Supremacy, by Noelle Hurd at Yes! Magazine

White Parents Are Enabling The Return Of School Segregation, by Noah Berlatsky at NBC News

Avoiding Racial Equity Detours, by Paul Gorski

Honor Their Names, by Linda Christenson at Rethinking Schools

A little positive news…
New Utah Law To Protect NonCitizens From Automatic Deportation, by Jason Stevenson and Marina Lowe at ACLU

Colorado Lawmakers Pass Immigrant Drivers License Bill, from CBS

And more

Do you live in Massachusetts? It’s time to change our state flag and seal!
(West County area:  learn more Thursday evening 4/18) (Greenfield voters: attend City Council meeting Weds. 4/17, 7 p.m. at John Zon Center, Pleasant Street)

Your Next Beach Vacation Should be At A Black-Owned Bed & Breakfast, by Tanisha Blakely at BlackFaves

Other Groups’ Events

Saturdays, March 30, April 13, April 27, online: What White People Can Do About Racism

April 3-May 23, Providence RI: Enslaved Humans: The Engine of the Atlantic World, an exhibition organized by the Center for Reconciliation

Sunday, April 14, Greenfield MA:  Harvest of Empire (film) 

Sunday, April 14, Cummington MA: Indigenous Voices in the Berkshires with Marge Bruchac, Abenaki

Wednesday, April 17, Greenfield MA: City Council vote on resolution to change state flag and seal, Jon Zon Community Center, 7  p.m.

Thursday, April 18, Shelburne Falls MA: Is it Time To Change the Massachusetts State Flag & Seal?

Thursday, April 18, Amherst  MA:  Afro-Futurism and Black Speculative Arts Expo and Symposium

Tuesday, April 23, online: Talking Race and Kids Open Forum – This Week In Race and Raising Kids, with Embrace Race

April 28 & 29, Easthampton MA: Parenting 4 Racial Justice

Mondays, April 29-June 3, Westerly RISlavery, Emancipation, and Race in New England

Wednesdays, May 1-June 5, Providence RISlavery, Emancipation, and Race in New England

Thursday, May 2, Holyoke MA: Sigue Pa’lante with Holyoke High School Pa’lante Restorative Justice Program

May 16-18, NYC: Healing from Internalized Whiteness

Saturday, May 18, Roxbury MA: 32nd Annual Malcolm X Memorial

June 11-14, North Adams MA: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference

August 3-4, Turners Falls MA: Pocumtuck Homelands Festival

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 your feedback, as well as links to event listings, articles, videos, and other resources.
Please share with others who might be interested.

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