Events

RJR’s FREE ON-LINE PROGRAMS

Our program series is supported in part by grants from Amherst, Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont-Hawley, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Heath, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Pelham, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Warwick, Wendell, and Whately Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

UPCOMING EVENTS

We eagerly invite you to these three facilitated online training sessions sponsored by the Greenfield, MA Mayor’s office.

• Monday, November 28 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

• Monday, December 5 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

• Monday, December 19 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The City has engaged the services of two experienced facilitators to host a series of community conversations on race, gender, class, equity and other important topics. “Dialogues Across Differences: A Community Conversation” will be hosted by Tanisha Arena, executive director of Arise for Social Justice in Springfield, and JAC Patrissi, an internationally known trauma clinician and author.

Members of the community who wish to take part in the dialogue can access all three conversations online at bit.ly/GfieldDialogues. There will be opportunities to discuss current issues re: racism in Greenfield, but that is not sole focus. There is no charge to attend these sessions.

RECENT EVENTS

Where Is The Kindness? Homelessness, Migration, and Immigration
Saturday, October 15 at 2 p.m.

First United Methodist Church,
25 Church Street, Greenfield MA

Free, IN PERSON PROGRAM
Donations are welcome! ~ Masks optional

Join students and staff of Twice As Smart as they explore immigration, migration, and homelessness — topics filled with adversity for many — using the powerful mode of song.

This will be an interactive program, so please bring your family’s migration and/or immigration stories and experiences to share.

With students Bella, Jay, Jemenae, Johan, Jose, and Leilani, and instructors Gloria Matlock, Becca Eowind, and Michael Nix.

Twice as Smart is a Greenfield, MA program that assists children with their educational endeavors. Director Gloria Matlock and her team teach communication and homework skills, financial literacy, and other topics.

19th Annual Anti-Racism Film Festival,
Sunday, October 23, 2022

Announcing an event by one of our local collaborator’s for racial justice, All Souls Unitarian Univeralist Church of Greenfield.
399 Main Street, Greenfield MA
(corner of Hope & Main)

Free Admission

At a time when conflict over race, religion, immigration, and personal privacy threaten to divide us, this Festival is offered in the hopes of creating greater tolerance and collaboration as we build a community that is strong, healthy, and respectful of differences. Facilitated discussions to follow films. In concern for Covid in our community, masks are recommended. Donations appreciated.

Of note: The 6pm film “Descendant” is co-produced by Essie Chambers, a graduate of Greenfield High.


PAST EVENTS


ONGOING EVENTS

WEEKLY VIGIL

Every Saturday from 11 a.m. – noon on the Greenfield Common

According to a member of RJR’s coordinating committee, “Back in the last week of May 2020 when George Floyd was killed, Racial Justice Rising vigiled 5 times.  It was clear that this was not going to be pushed under the rug and that the movement we’ve all been longing for was finally happening. RJR sent out the message that we were going to be out there every Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon on the Greenfield Common to keep the presence alive.”

REPARATIONS WORKING GROUP

New Members Welcome!

Meets twice a month for 1½ hours, via Zoom. The meetings are from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. EST on the first and third Wednesday each month. See Reparations Committee for more information.