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 hours. Nucleus members are expected to attend most meetings, and to be a point person for a project or Working Group. Nucleus members serve for 1-3 years minimum, and may take a 3-month sabbatical from nucleus responsibilities as often as once a year.

New 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 accessibility needs are met. The nucleus will actively provide skill-building support for members.

Nucleus Members

As of July 2021 the current members of the Nucleus are:

  • Anne Louise Wagner (Brattleboro)
  • Brittany Dunn (Brattleboro)
  • Claire Halverson (Dummerston)
  • Branch Gold (Brattleboro)
  • Gail Haines (Putney)
  • Lis/a Newell (Brattleboro)
The Lost River Nucleus from our January, 2020 Retreat.
The Lost River Nucleus from our January, 2020 Retreat.

Joining Process

The joining process is as follows:

  1. Current Nucleus members identify and invite potential new members who have participated in a LRRJ study group and/or a working group for at least 3 months.
  2. Potential new members demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of our guiding principles.
  3. Potential new members attend a nucleus meeting as an observer.
  4. The existing nucleus will confirm the invitation to new members after this meeting.
  5. New nucleus members will be paired with a buddy who is an existing nucleus member for their first year.