RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR NOV 30, 2021

The RRT (Rapid Response Team) Action List compiles action items from the week and upcoming events into one place. If you would like to add anything to the weekly update, please send it to Dee Halzack at dee@solidaritylowell.com.

Solidarity Lowell Events and Actions

Urgent Support Needed for Asylum-Seeker Marius

Marius has a job. Our network has committed to financially supporting him with $500/month through January. Solidarity Lowell is specifically committed to his support for the month of January. Please chip in towards the $500 we need to meet our commitment to him. Any amount will be gratefully accepted.

If you are able to contribute, please send donations to Marissa Dupont.

Donations via:
CashApp – $gollygee17
Venmo – @owlnerd
Please put “Marius” in the notes.

Solidarity Lowell Election Committee

Would you like to help compile our Scorecard on the City Councilors who are candidates for Mayor in the next session? If you are interested in helping to go through minutes and recordings of past City Council meetings and record councilor’s stances on issues important to progressives, including diversity/inclusion/equity, affordable housing, environment, and more, please contact lisa@solidaritylowell.com.

Hold Space for the Solidarity Lowell Holiday Party

Saturday January 1, 4pm – 7pm
In person event – 52 Lawrence Drive, Lowell

Solidarity Lowell is planning our annual Holiday Party to be held January 1. Watch for more details.

Next Solidarity Lowell General Meeting

We will not have a general meeting in December. Instead we’re having an in-person holiday party.
Our regular general meetings will resume, via Zoom, on Sunday January 23 at 5:30pm.

Other Events

Coming Together: Building Progressive Political Power

Saturday 12/4 9am – 5pm
Sunday 12/5 10am – 12pm

Registration: Pay what you can afford, $0 to $100 – unlimited, sliding scale. Average to cover our costs: $20. Read the sliding scale guidance page.
Register to attend.  https://secure.everyaction.com/fpOavcbB0UOgJDvhsuW6wQ2

Join Rep. Ayanna Pressley and members of Progressive Mass, Mass Alliance, and other Progressive organizations to examine how we can strengthen Progressive influence in our national, state, and local governments by focusing on human rights, dismantling white supremacy, and forming coalitions that include the frequently under-represented BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities. For more info, see https://masspeaceaction.org/event/coming-togetherbuilding-progressive-political-power/

h/t Susan Labandibar – News-MAGIC   (edited)

Boston Area Sustainability Group (Virtual) Talk: Environmental Subsidies: Helpful, Harmful or Hopeful?

Tuesday, December 7, 6pm – 7:30pm
More info and registration here: https://tinyurl.com/fk5r72t2

Join speakers and subsidy experts Doug Koplow of Earthtrack, and Greg Leroy of Good Jobs First to gain a better understanding of different types of subsidies and how they shape environmental and non environmental behaviors for better or worse. No math or technical skills needed!

h/t Amy Perlmutter- environmental consultant via News-MAGIC

Vigil for Racial Justice

Sunday, December 12, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
In person, Littleton Commons
Group: Greater Littleton Interfaith Council

State-level Actions

Support Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence!

Immigrants in Massachusetts who suffer intimate partner violence are twice as likely to be killed by their abusers as are the native born. The Massachusetts Safe Communities Act would end voluntary police and court involvement in deportations, so that all victims feel safe reporting abuse and getting help and protection. Urge your state legislator to support the Safe Communities Act today!

Please let your state rep and senator know you support the Safe Communities Act.   https://actionnetwork.org/letters/support-immigrant-survivors-of-domestic-violence/

h/t Jeannine Wood, via News-MAGIC

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Our State Legislators’ Info

Contact your state representative and state senator
(Find yours here: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator)

House Speaker Ronald Mariano: Ronald.Mariano@mahouse.gov 617-722-2500
Senate President: Karen E. Spilka: Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov 617-722-1500
Rep. Thomas Golden Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov  617-722-2263
Rep. Vanna Howard Vanna.Howard@mahouse.gov  617-722-2800 x7302 / Google Voice: 978-272-9078
Rep. Rady Mom Rady.Mom@mahouse.gov 617-722-2460
Rep. Colleen Garry Colleen.Garry@mahouse.gov 617-722-2380
Rep. Tram Nguyen tram.nguyen@mahouse.gov 617-722-2425
Sen. Edward Kennedy edward.kennedy@masenate.gov 617-722-1630
Sen. Michael Barrett Mike.Barrett@masenate.gov 617-722-1572
Sen. Jamie Eldridge James.Eldridge@masenate.gov 617-722-1120
Sen. Barry Finegold Barry.Finegold@masenate.gov 617-722-1612

Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133

Solidarity Lowell is a volunteer group of community members of Greater Lowell working toward social justice by defending the human rights, dignity, and equality of all persons against all forms of hate and discrimination.
 

Visit the Solidarity Lowell website: http://solidaritylowell.com

For more events not listed here, visit the full Events calendar: http://solidaritylowell.com/events/

To join our postcarding efforts to write to legislators on issues of interest , please fill out the following form: https://forms.gle/h2V7gJ1e2WbY9dKU9

For volunteer opportunities, visit our Volunteer page: http://solidaritylowell.com/volunteer-opportunities/

For positive news visit Solidarity Lowell Upbeat on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/326202548419687

October meeting (Endorsed Candidates Showcase) recording: https://youtu.be/5cGYD0TykS4
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Posted by Caroline Snow