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Free monthly programs at the First Congregational Church of Greenfield, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield MA 01301. Please join us!


Saturday, April 1, 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield

Racial Justice In the Courts: Does It Exist? with Attorney Buzz Eisenberg


Racial Justice Rising invites you to join Ashfield Attorney Buzz Eisenberg for a presentation on the racial inequities of our criminal legal system.

Attorney Eisenberg has practiced law in the region for over 3 decades and has handled a variety of criminal, civil and civil rights cases. He has taught courses in Law and Government at GCC for 16 years and is well known for his work getting eight Guantanamo prisoners, many of whom who were being held without charges, released.

Light refreshments

Childcare is available RSVP with number & ages of children: email@racialjusticerising.org

Donations most welcome

These programs are supported in part by grants from the following Local Cultural Councils:

Amherst, Ashfield, Charlemont-Hawley, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hadley, Leverett, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Pelham, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Wendell

Saturday, May 6, 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

First Congregational Church, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield

Have You Seen My Childhood? Understanding Grief in Adopted Children

A workshop with Karmen R. Smith, CMC, RMHCI, RMFTI


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Adoptees and foster children struggle with grief and loss throughout their lives .  In this workshop, family , friends, and helping professionals  will increase their understanding of the intersectionality of adoption, human development, and grief; identify ways to reduce the suffering of children in this population; and explore ways to honor ethnic identities while fostering resiliency and recovery in the family.

Karmen R. Smith, CRC, is a Ph.D. student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Antioch University New England; a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (RMFTI) in Florida; and is currently engaged in supervision mentorship to become an AAMFT Approved Supervisor.  Her specialized training areas include adoption and foster care, vocational assessments, and rehabilitation counseling.

As a researcher, she is interested in studies that promote awareness of the intersectionality of mental illness, substance abuse, and social injustice and in research that explores how the lack of permanency, continued displacements, and loss of cultural identity relate to the mental health of minorities. Karmen intends to use her experience and advanced education to effect change in laws and policies that appear unsupportive of the family system and other under-represented populations.


Weekly Vigil for Racial Justice


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

Please join us!

Co-sponsored by Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition

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Become an active member of RJR!

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?

Please email us to learn more.


 New: video of our March program, Spoken Word: An Art With a History

 New: video of our February program, The Evolving Face of Housing Discrimination with Elizabeth Bridgewater

New: video of our December program, Taste of Brazil, The Story of Capoeira Dance, with Tuzinho from Capoeira Brazil Hartford


  • Throughout the year, various locations: Interactive Racial Justice Trainings  with Race Forward. Skills and strategies to address structural racism and advance racial equity, with emphasis on how to challenge and change institutional racial inequities.

  • March 17-18, Palm Beach FL:  Black Women Rise Conference, a 2-day multigenerational, multiracial gathering with keynote speaker Dr. Angela Davis

  • Saturday, March 25, Greenfield MA:  Welcome The Neighbors Candlelight Vigil, 7-8 p.m., Greenfield Common. "In the spirit of standing for humane values, we celebrate our power to care. What Do You Care About? What Do You Hold Dear?  We will come together at the Vigil in welcome and song, with Kindred Spirit. Children are welcome.  Come Warm The Night With Heart and Light."

  • Saturday, March 25, Stamford  CT: What White People Can Do About Racism, Fundamentals Part 2. Separate link for registration.

  • Tuesday, April 4, Great Barrington MA:  Patrice O'Neill, founder of Not in our Town, 7 PM at the Mahaiwe Theatre. The organizer, Multicultural BRIDGE, also has classes, action groups and more throughout the month in Berkshire County MA.

  • Friday, April 14, Cambridge MA: The Color of Culture with Tiffany Taylor Smith and Debbie Irving, register by April 3.

  • April 19-21, Springfield MA: Undoing Racism for Youth & Adults Working With Youth. For more info.

  • April 28-30, Kansas City MO:  White Privilege Conference

  • Thursday, May 11, Livingston NJ: The Color of Culture with Tiffany Taylor Smith and Debbie Irving

  • Saturday, May 13, Greenfield MA: All Souls UU Church's annual Antiracism Film Festival - save the date!

  • Through September 2017, North Adams MA:  Mass MOCA Exhibit Wants You To Do More Than Just Talk About Race and Violence