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SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 3/8/19

Local

Improve Your City in Five Simple Steps

Thursday, March 14th and 21st, 6-8:30pm, Christ Church United, 1 Bartlett Street, Lowell

The Incorruptibles’ mission is to fill all levels of government with unwavering politicians who fight for economic, racial, social, and environmental justice. Using a model that can be adapted to thousands of cities across America, we’ll show you how to elect multiple great candidates every election, filling local, then state, then national government. Organized in coordination with Solidarity Lowell, Progressive Democrats of Lowell, and Progressive Billerica, this program is free and open to the (progressive) public!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/561192427694687/

 

 

LunaFest Lowell 2019, Benefiting Budget Buddies

Friday, March 8, 6:30–9:30 p.m., UTEC, 35 Warren St., Lowell

Join us for the 3rd Annual LunaFest Film Night supporting Budget Buddies. Eight compelling short films by, for, and about women! Appetizers, a cash bar, women’s history trivia, a balloon pop, a silent auction, and more! All proceeds support Budget Buddies in its mission to empower low-income women through financial literacy. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., films start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now! For more information, and to reserve your tickets, visit: http://charityauction.bid/budgetbuddies

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/205745920315141/

 

 

Ghana Independence Day and Flag Raising

Saturday, March 9, 11:00 a.m., Lowell City Hall, 375 Merrimack St., Lowell

Members of the Ghanaian community of Greater Lowell will celebrate their 62nd independence day with music, dance, food, and discussion. The Ghanaian flag will be raised outside City Hall, and the rest of the festivities will be indoors.

For more information, contact the African Community Center of Lowell at (978) 453-9128

 

 

Lowell Education Justice Alliance Legislative Forum

Monday, March 11th, 6-8pm, Lowell Senior Center, 276 Broadway St, Lowell

Please join with the Lowell Education Justice Alliance for a legislative forum on education funding. Featured guests include State Senator Edward Kennedy and State Representative Rady Mom. Tell your story on why we need full funding in Lowell and greater Lowell schools. It’s time to hold our elected officials accountable for fixing the crisis created by chronic education underfunding. Co-sponsored by: LEJA, AFTMA, MTA, MEJA, UMass Lowell Labor Education Program, PHENOM, and SEIU 888.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2334180360153158/

 

 

Greater Lowell PRIDE 2019 Planning Meeting

Monday, March 11, 5:00 p.m., Onyx Room at Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue, B Mill Box 122, Lowell

Please join Greater Lowell Health Alliance and History UnErased in planning for the 2019 4th Annual Greater Lowell PRIDE.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Bring your ideas, and suggestions, get involved, and help make this a spectacular PRIDE.

More information: (978) 654-6011

 

 

Focus Groups for Superintendent Search

Tuesday, March 12, 9:00-10:00 a.m., Robinson School Library, 110 June St, Lowell
Tuesday, March 12, 7:30 p.m., Stoklosa School Library, 560 Broadway St., Lowell
Wednesday, March 13, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Butler Middle School Auditorium, 1140 Gorham St., Lowell
Thursday, March 14, 4:30 p.m., Sullivan School Library, 150 Draper St., Lowell

Give your feedback about what is needed in the new Lowell Public Schools Superintendent.

For more information, email MPALAZZO@Lowell.K12.ma.us

 

Campaign Training with Mass Alliance

Saturday, March 16, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Lowell (location given upon RSVP)

Thinking of running for local office or helping on a campaign?  This training introduces progressive candidates and campaign workers (paid or volunteer) to the theory and practice behind successful grassroots campaigning. Attendees will learn from some of the best progressive campaign operatives in Massachusetts. The curriculum is a condensed version of a longer, two-day training offered by Mass Alliance and will focus on the basics you will need for a Spring 2019 municipal campaign. Apply today! https://goo.gl/forms/E5alphlqGpT8Wb5E3 Cost: $35. Please let us know in the application if this is preventative and we will work with you to make the training accessible.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/301045723916628/

Chelms-FED Up Postcarding

Every Tuesday, 9:30-11:30am, The Java Room, 14 Littleton Rd, Chelmsford

Fed up in Chelmsford? Come join us to write postcards to voters and to our elected officials! Information, addresses, and supplies provided, but feel free to bring your own supplies and info as well. See you there!

For more information, contact Hope at hope@solidaritylowell.com

Thursday Postcarding

Every Thursday, 9-11am, Panera Bread, 2 Cornerstone Square, Westford

Celebrate the election wins and shake off the losses with your postcarding friends from Solidarity Lowell and Indivisible Westford Progressive Massachusetts!

For more information, contact Hope at hope@solidaritylowell.com

 

Help with Sanctuary

Assisting our immigrant community is one of the most important things you can possibly do. If you are interested in helping out with local sanctuary efforts, either with accompaniment, food, laundry, or otherwise, please email marissa@solidaritylowell.com. Training is provided. You can also donate to the cause here: http://www.merrimackvalleyproject.org/donate-1/ (please write “sanctuary” in the “special notes” part of the donation form).

More information and to sign up for training: marissa@solidaritylowell.com

Save the Date: Solidarity Lowell March Meeting

Sunday, March 24th, 5:30-7pm, Christ Church United (UCC), 1 Bartlett Street, Lowell

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2258236224390787/

State

Final Push! No MBTA Fare Hikes!

Monday, March 11th, noon-1pm, State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston

The MBTA’s governing board will vote on the proposed fare hikes this Monday, at their meeting, but not before hearing public testimony from anyone who signs up. Join us there to speak up in this final push and keep up pressure on transit equity and sustainable funding, NOT regressive fare hikes!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/312760129436192/

Call in Support of the We The People Amendment

Representative Lori Trahan: 978-459-0101

Sample Script: “Hello, I’m [Name] from [ZIP] and Solidarity Lowell. Please co-sponsor the We the People Amendment, H.J. Res 48. This is the only effective amendment proposal filed for overturning Supreme Court decisions that have undermined our democracy. We cannot make progress on all the issues I care about until we fix our democracy, so H.J. Res 48 is a top priority for me. Thank you!”

More information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZKGB05pUQUW4I1rvnONGqDMElwdg7d1O/view

 

 

 

 

Posted by Greg in Rapid Response Team

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Got Questions on the Lowell Voter Lawsuit?

You may have heard something about the lawsuit being filed against the City of Lowell’s all at-large local voting system for City Council and School Committee. You might be wondering, why a lawsuit? And how is an all citywide at-large local government discriminatory? You can download this PDF, which answers a lot of these questions.Continue reading →

Posted by Lynne in Local Justice, Things of Note, Voting