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RACIAL JUSTICE IN THE COURTS will be on Saturday, 5/27/17


Racial Justice Rising's Events


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


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.

Light refreshments

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

Donations most welcome


RESCHEDULED: Saturday, May 27, 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

All other information is unchanged

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, local agencies which are supported by the Mass. Cultural Council, a state agency:

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


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