Mass Slavery Apology
Resources for Racial Justice
August 3, 2015
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You can learn more about Mass Slavery Apology at the
bottom of this page.
We had a beautiful day on Saturday at the Pocumtuck Homelands
Festival, organized by our friends at
The Nolumbeka Project.
Slavery Apology’s activities:
us at our free monthly programs in Greenfield
All programs are
at the First Congregational Church of Greenfield, 43 Silver Street,
Greenfield MA 01301. (A big thank you to the First Congregational Church
of Greenfield for your support!) They are almost always on the first
Saturday morning of the month. Free snacks and
childcare.For more info:
Check out Mass
Slavery Apology’s new
We will be
posting videos of our programs, and more. Currently available:
- One People, One Earth! with Brother
Lives/Black History with Gloria De,Layne Matlock and Adam Matlock
- Video of the April 14 Black Lives Matter action in Springfield MA.
Many thanks to
Articles, websites, and other resources
Are Arabs White? by Khaled Beydoun at Al-Jazeera
Movement for Black
Lives, follow-up with love
Demand Justice for Sandra Bland, a petition from Color of Change
Black Women Matter, a video from For Harriet
Jesse Williams Breaks Down Sandra Bland & Racist Hypocrisy in 24 tweets
by Sameer Rao at Colorlines
Why Is America Outraged for Cecil the Lion and Not for Sandra Bland?
by M. David at Countercurrent News
...and a powerful poem,
Black Privilege by Crystal Valentine
Black Lives Matter Organizers Labeled as "Threat Actors", by Brandon
Ellington Patterson at Mother Jones
- Petition from
Don't Mine Sacred Native American Land in Arizona
The Apache Stronghold Comes to Washington DC, by Stephen Boyd at
Native Activist Found Dead In Police Custody, by Sameer Rao at
Ta-Nehisi Coates on discussing racism directly, honestly, a video
from PBS Newshour's Brief But Spectacular
Prejudice, Racism, Privilege in the U.S. by Kevin Zeese & Margaret
Flowers at Popular Resistance
Next time someone says "all lives matter," show them these 5 paragraphs,
by Kevin Roose at Fusion.net
No Time for White Guilt: Why I'm Skeptical of White Allies, by
Jaimee A. Swift on For Harriet
American Racism in the "White Frame" with Joe Feagin, an interview
by George Yancy from the New York Times
How To Be An Interrupter by Aaryn Belfer at San Diego City Beat
Other groups’ events:
Now through Sept 16, Alabama to Washington DC:
America's Journey for Justice, organized by the NAACP
August 4 & 18, September 1 -webinar:
The Impact of Racism on the Health & Well-Being of the Nation,
from the American Public Health Association
August 8, Easthampton MA:
Awakening Our Hearts: Exploring Authentic Relationships Across
Difference at the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley
Saturday August 8, Montague MA:
2 films: Kahsatsenhsera: Indigenous Resistence to Tar Sands
Pipelines" and "Resist: The Unist'ot'en's Call to the Land." Benefit
for the Unist'ot'en Action Camp
Against Pipelines. 7-8:30 p.m. at Montague Common Hall, 34 Main
St, Montague Center. Suggested
Sunday, August 9, western MA area:
August: the Stolen Future of Mike Brown, organized by BLM413 and
Sunday, August 9, Turners
Organized Territory film & discussion, organized by CoRaJus
Thursday August 13, Cummington MA:
Unpacking Racism for White People with Lee Lewis
Saturday August 15, Manchester NH:
We Are One Festival,
organized by the Ujima Collective & Latinos Unidos New Hampshire
Sunday, August 16, Turners Falls MA:
Red Cry film
& discussion, organized by CoRaJus
August 20-22, Hampton VA:
Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project
Sunday, August 23, Turners
Brown Rebellion film and discussion, organized by CoRaJus
Sunday, August 23, Boston MA:
The Boston Middle
Passage Ceremonies & Port Markers Project will
hold a ceremony
acknowledging the city as a port receiving enslaved people who
survived the international slave trade, as well as the vital role
that Africans and their descendants played in the development of
both the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the United States.
August 23, Key West FL:
Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project
Saturday, August 29,
La Paz, El Salvador, Central America:
2nd Annual Day of African Descendants of El Salvador
Saturday, August 29, New Smyrna Beach, FL:
Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project
September 19, New England:
The New England branches of the NAACP
will organize 3 mile walks in their own communities to in solidarity
America's Journey for Justice.
September 25, Washington DC:
21st Century School Integration, the 2015 National Conference on
School Diversity from the National Coalition on School Diversity
Our Vision & Mission
is a small
justice group based in Franklin County, MA.
The members of Mass
Slavery Apology 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 work
for racial justice and system change by:
Bringing more people
into the antiracism movement by reaching out, especially
to white people, with resources that encourage a deeper
understanding of systemic racism and racial justice.
Using Mass Slavery
Apology, our statement of apology for slavery, to
build public acknowledgement of the legacy of slavery
and public support for reparations.
of injustice in our own communities.
While much of our work is focused in
our local area, we reach out to and are connected with the
broader movements in our region and the nation.
Have you read
our apology for slavery?
Facing Our Unhealed Past starts with a look at how the slavery in our
country’s history led to the racial injustice that still devastates our
communities today, and concludes with six commitments for restorative
If our words
resonate with you, we invite people of European descent to join us by
adding your signatures to the almost 400 we have received to date.
We are hoping to
use this powerful statement to build a state-by-state trend to make
meaningful apologies for the slavery at their roots – starting here in
You don’t have to
be from MA to sign – we have signatures from all over the country – and
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