Are you are interested in learning about racial justice organizing in small towns and rural areas?
Do you have a foundational understanding of the systemic nature of racism and white supremacy?
Are you are interested in moving towards collective action for racial justice?
If so, please join the Lost River Racial Justice Study Group, in collaboration with Green Mountain Crossroads!
Over the course of ten weeks of study, we will
- Learn about racial justice organizing in small towns and rural areas in North America by looking at current & historical case studies of organizations with multiracial, POC, white, and queer leadership.
- Build shared analysis for working towards collective action for racial justice and discuss the dynamics of white supremacy in our local communities of Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
- Participate in local racial justice organizing and learn about longer term ways to stay actively involved.
- Create lasting relationships for a strong multi-racial movement.
This is the third iteration of this study group that we have organized. Learning materials will consist of approximately 20 pages of “required” reading per session (sessions are 2 weeks apart) as well as many optional pieces. Homework will vary in terms of articles, videos, and personal reflection. We’re also asking each participant to attend at least one 1-3 hour racial justice meeting or event at some point during the ten-week session.
The study group is open to people across race and ethnic identities who are interested in learning and discussing strategies for rural racial justice organizing. Participants must already have a basic understanding of structural racism (a short video explanation of that term). The study group will be led by a multi-racial and cross-class facilitation team. Some of the material focuses on majority white communities specifically.
WHEN: The first and last session will be four hours to create a cohesive group dynamic and provide closure and next steps. Attending these two sessions is required to participate in the study group. The other four sessions will be 2.5-hours on Tuesday nights. We ask that participants miss no more than two of these sessions.
Session #1: Sunday, January 28, 1:00-5:00pm
Session #2: Tuesday, February 6, 6:00-8:30pm
Session #3: Tuesday, February 20, 6:00-8:30pm
Session #4: Tuesday, March 6, 6:00-8:30pm
Session #5: Tuesday, March 20, 6:00-8:30pm
Session #6: Saturday, March 31, 1:00-5:00pm
WHERE: All sessions will take place at The Root Social Justice Center, in Brattleboro, VT. The Root is a wheelchair accessible, fragrance-free, nut-free space just outside downtown Brattleboro.
ACCESSIBILITY: Childcare, large-print and/or printed materials, and other learning or accessibility aids can be provided as needed (please request them on the application form as applicable). The study group is fragrance-free: group members’ participation in each session is contingent on their showing up without fragrance on their body, hair, or clothes. Please check out The Root’s guidelines and additional resources on why and how to be fragrance-free.
COST: The study group is offered for free. Donations will be requested for use of The Root, photocopies/materials that might be needed, childcare costs and to support local racial justice organizing led by communities of color.
HOW TO JOIN: Click here to apply for the the study group. Last day to register is Monday, January 8th. We will be in touch with all applicants by Sunday, January 14th, two weeks before the start date on January 28th.
Please email us at with any questions!
Yours in solidarity,
Opeyemi Parham, Camille Robertson, and Sonia Silbert for Lost River Racial Justice
HB Lozito for Green Mountain Crossroads & LRRJ,
Who We Are:
Lost River Racial Justice is a grassroots racial justice organization working in Windham County, VT; Franklin County, MA; and Cheshire County, NH that came together in the winter of 2015 and an affiliate of the national organization Showing Up For Racial Justice. We do community organizing using a racial justice lens that is accountable to People of Color-led organizations.
Lost River is an English translation of Wantastiquet, the Abenaki name given to the place where the West River flows into the Connecticut River. The Abenaki band Sokoki’s lived in Wantastigok (the place of Wantastiquet) during their annual traverse from their northern summer hunting grounds to their more southern winter settlement, and this land is the location of the current-day town of Brattleboro. We choose this name to honor the indigenous communities in whose land we of settler ancestry are visitors, and to reflect our commitment to organizing regionally without division by artificial colonial state borders. More details here.
Green Mountain Crossroads (GMC) connects rural LGBTQ people to build community, visibility, knowledge, and power. We are based in Brattleboro, VT. We envision a resilient community of communities that works toward the transformation of our economic, social, and political relationships. We believe that collective liberation for all people is possible and that rural LGBTQ people have a critical role to play in that struggle. More about GMC at greenmountaincrossroads.org.