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Celebrating Black Life History Culture

"Black history is made every day, and we all should remember that year-round." - NAACP

Here are some articles to learn more:

New York Times: Do We Ask Too Much of Black Heroes? and These Images Tell the Stories of American Blackness

PBS: 13 Children's Books with Strong Black Characters and Teaching Your Child About Black History

Huffpost: PROTECT BLACK WOMEN ISN'T just a SLOGAN. It requires real work. and Emmett Till's Chicago House Gets Landmark Status

Check out the full list put out by the Department of Health here. Second section has many Black History Month articles.

We have not been waiting for change--we have been working for it.


Upcoming Rallies and Events

Know Your Rights: Demonstrations and Protests  Know Your Rights: Demonstrations and Protests




Take Action! It's time, this is our moment!

  • Write to your U.S. legislators in support of three juvenile justice bills aimed at keeping youth out of the system! No time to write a letter? USE OURS! Just add your name and legislator to the template here (find your legislators here). Don't forget to sign the change.org petition on your way out.
  • Take just 1 minute to send a pre-written letter to legislators in your area urging them to support fair pay legislation. Human service providers are underpaid and undervalued, ask your legislator to support two bills that will begin to change that!
  • Urgent! The FY22 budgets have been released with budget cuts to HIV/AIDS/Hepatitis C treatments. Ask your senator to support restoring these items in the final budget with only 1 minute of your time!
  • Please ask your legislator to support the $20 million in funding Gov. Baker has designated for approved special education schools!
  • The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security is looking for YOUR input on School Resource Officers. Please take a moment to complete the survey and help them understand the negative impact that SROs have on the communities they serve.


JRI and William James College

JRI and William James College have partnered to expand and develop the ‘pipeline’ of candidates that reflect the diversity and lived experience of the communities we serve. With William James, and with other colleges and universities, we have found partners that share our social justice mission, our commitment to racial equity, and our dedication to culturally competent services. A very important part of this effort is to substantially reduce the cost of education. By helping student/employees to avoid crippling college debt, many of these new partnerships alongside JRI are making careers in nonprofit work more attractive to a broader and more diverse base of individuals.” - Andy Pond, CEO of JRI

Learn more about our partnership with William James College.

Photos from Protests and Events

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JRI/COVID-19 Navigator

Do you have a question about how JRI services, related to COVID-19 or otherwise?

Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.