Study Group 2019

Are you are interested in . . .

  • Learning about racial justice organizing in small towns and rural areas?
  • Connecting with others are also invested in this work?
  • Taking collective action for racial justice?

 

If so, please consider joining Lost River Racial Justice and Green Mountain Crossroads for the 4th annual Rural Racial Justice Study Group in 2019!

[Application will be published on Dec. 7th, 2018. Please check back here for the link!]

More Information:

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 fourth 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 facilitation team.  Some of the material focuses on majority white communities specifically.

 

WHEN: This is a six-session commitment spanning across nine weeksstarting in late January. The first and last session will be four hours to create a cohesive group dynamic and provide closure and next steps.  The other four sessions will be 2.5-hours on Tuesday nights will focus on specific themes and a majority of the time will be broken out into smaller groups. Availability to attend the sessions does play a role in participant eligibility.

  • Session #1: Sunday, January 27, 1:00-5:00pm
  • Session #2: Tuesday, February 5, 6:00-8:30pm
  • Session #3: Tuesday, February 19, 6:00-8:30pm
  • Session #4: Tuesday, March 5, 6:00-8:30pm
  • Session #5: Tuesday, March 19, 6:00-8:30pm
  • Session #6: Saturday, March 30, 1:00-5:00pm

 

WHERE: All sessions will take place at Hilltop Montessori Schoolin Brattleboro,VT. The space is wheelchair accessible. We will maintain the space as fragrance-free and nut-free space. Transportation support is available as needed.

 

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 these 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: Registration info coming soon!

 

Please email us at  with any questions!

Yours in solidarity,

Tara O’Brien, Anne Louise Wagner, Emma McCumber & Camille Robertson

 

Who We Are:

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. We draw our name from the Abenaki name for these lands where we live and work.

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 www.greenmountaincrossroads.org.