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Updates, May 2016

Racial Justice Rising/Mass Slavery Apology has been on hiatus for the past few months to reflect and reorganize.

Click here to read a public statement describing the reasons for our hiatus, what we have been doing during this time, and what we have learned.

Click here to read our revised mission statement.

Click here for our new accountability policy (coming soon).

Click here for our Facebook policy.




is a small racial justice group based in Franklin County, Massachusetts.


We used to be known as Mass Slavery Apology, and that is still the name of the project that started our work, our statement of apology for slavery and commitment to restorative action.  

We strive to bring everyone into the antiracism movement by sharing information about racism and white privilege, developing relationships and building collaborations with other racial justice groups and antiracist individuals locally, regionally and nationally.


Weekly Vigil for Racial Justice

Every Saturday, 9-10 a.m., at the Greenfield Common

Please join us!

  • We hope to resume our monthly educational events soon! Free and open to the public.

  • Subscribe to our monthly email newsletter with links to antiracism events and articles 

  • Like us on Facebook

Community meeting

Saturday, June 4, 10:30 a.m.-12:30

First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield MA 01301

Please join us in conversation

We will listen to concerns, share our thinking up to this point, and discuss how to move forward. We know we have made mistakes and that some are angry, hurt, or feel marginalized by us. We assume all will come in good faith as we will.

We also know many people welcome the potential return of monthly programs and other ways RJR can be of use in the community. We will need your support to increase the capacity of this tiny, all volunteer organization in order to do that.

The conversation may include:

-What happened before, during and after our Jan. 9th program, White Privilege Then and Now

- Our revised mission statement and new accountability policy and Facebook policy

- How we will move forward

- Comments & questions

Everyone's input is welcome.

Facilitators: Carol Stewart and Keely Malone

As always, free childcare.

To reserve, please email email@racialjusticerising.org by May 30th


Click here for a printable flyer.


Become an active member of RJR!

We have heard from many people who are looking forward to Racial Justice Rising resuming our monthly programs and initiating other activities in our community.

We are a tiny all-volunteer group and we will need more active participation in our work in order to resume our programs or initiate other activities. Would YOU like to join us in this exciting work?

We are planning a meeting on Wednesday evening, June 8th to talk about ways community members can contribute. Please email us to learn more.


We now have a YouTube page!

Check it out! Videos of some of our programs, and more...




Peace Development Fund

First Congregational Church of Greenfield

New England Peace Pagoda

CopyCat Print Shop

Traprock Center for Peace & Justice

The Massachusetts Cultural Council and the following Local Cultural Councils:

Amherst, Bernardston, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Leverett, Montague, Northfield, Orange, Shelburne, & Warwick MA