The Nucleus

What is the Nucleus?

The nucleus is a core organizing group of 6-9 people who coordinate the work of Lost River Racial Justice.

Nucleus members help to uphold Lost River’s Shared Values and accountability structure, as well as coordinating communication and resources within and among the working groups.

The nucleus meets monthly and meetings last two to three hours. Nucleus members are expected to attend at least 75% of meetings, to attend at least one coalitional meeting per year, and to be a point person for one or two Working Groups. The current LRRJ Working Groups are: Ready Response Team, Political Education, SURJ Liaisons, Study Groups, and Media/Communications; the Working Group structure may evolve over time in response to large group planning meetings. Nucleus members serve for 1-3 years, and may take a 3-month sabbatical from nucleus responsibilities as often as once a year.

New white folks joining the nucleus are asked to engage with rural racial justice organizing curriculum within the first year either through a study group or independently with support of a buddy.

The nucleus is open to folks of all ages and strives to be accessible to all people. We plan nucleus meeting times and locations in consultation with interested members to make sure everyone’s needs are met. The nucleus will actively provide skill-building support for members.

Nucleus Members

As of Spring 2017 the members of the Nucleus are:

  • Anne Louise Wagner (Brattleboro)
  • Camille Robertson (Brattleboro)
  • Claire Halverson (Dummerston)
  • Ethan Hazzard-Watkins (Brattleboro)
  • HB Lozito (Brattleboro)
  • Ingrid Burrows (Halifax)
  • Lisa Newell (Brattleboro)

Joining Process

There are opportunities to join the nucleus twice a year, in the fall and the spring. The joining process is as follows:

  1. Participate in a LRRJ study group and/or participate in a working group for at least 3 months.
  2. Attend two open nucleus meetings (Oct/Nov or Apr/May).
  3. The existing nucleus will invite new members after these meetings, who begin in December/April.
  4. New nucleus members will be paired with a buddy who is an existing nucleus member for their first year.