What We’re About
Lost River Racial Justice is dedicated to small town and rural multiracial organizing to dismantle white-supremacy and transfer power and resources to people of color communities. We are based in Brattleboro, VT and work in Windham County, VT; Franklin County, MA; and Cheshire County, NH. We draw our name from the Abenaki name for these lands where we live and work.
We are currently a majority-white organizing group and an affiliate of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). We welcome all people to join our work, and we strive to maintain strong accountable relationships with people of color-led organizations.
We recognize the important role white folks have in educating our/themselves and taking action to end racism and work towards liberation for all people. Living in predominantly white communities and predominantly white states, it is imperative for us to build relationships within white communities that use our collective power and privilege to support and uplift people of color organizing and people of color communities, voices, and experiences.
How We’re Organized and Organizing
Lost River Racial Justice is comprised of:
- The nucleus, a core organizing group that holds the logistical and political unity of the organization. Currently, the nucleus is an all-white group, but we have an active goal of becoming a multi-racial nucleus. The nucleus meets monthly and each nucleus member is committed to being involved in at least one working group.
- Working groups carry out the day-to-day organizing and are open to all community members. Each working group has at least one nucleus member to ensure logistical and political unity across our work. Each working group is organized according to their own focus and needs. Currently, our working groups are: Fundraising, Ready Response Team, Political Education, SURJ Liaisons, and Media/Communications. Please get in touch if you are excited to create a working group that does not already exist!