Caroline Snow

RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR JAN 26, 2022

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

Save the Date: Solidarity Lowell February General Meeting

Sunday February 27 at 5:30pm, on Zoom
Topic: TBD

Merrimack Valley Interfaith Sanctuary Network (MVISN)

Asylum-Seeker Marius now has employment, but is having issues with his employer. MVISN may need to extend assistance through Feb or March. Any amount will be gratefully accepted.

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

For more information, email marissa@solidaritylowell.com

Other Events

Vigils For Racial Justice

February 27, 2022
March 27, 2022
April 24, 2022

2 to 3 PM
Littleton Common & First Baptist Church
Sponsored by The Greater Littleton Interfaith Council

If wind chill factor is below 32 degrees, this event will be canceled.

Common Start Roundtable Discussion

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 06:30-8:00 PM
https://bit.ly/commonstartroundtable

At this event, you will hear from educators and providers in the field, parents, and experts about the current state of the field of early education and child care and efforts to make affordable, accessible, high-quality education and care a reality for all Massachusetts families through passage of the Common Start bill.

The Gig is Up Film Discussion 

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 05:30 PM
To register: http://www.bit.ly/gigisupjan 

Want to learn how to stand against the gig job ballot question? Join us for a panel discussion with the Director of the documentary “The Gig is Up,” Shannon Walsh.

“The Gig is Up” uncovers the real costs of the platform economy through the lives of people working for companies around the world, including Uber, Amazon, and InstaCart. Last year in California, Big Tech spent $220 million on a ballot campaign, known as Proposition 22, which codified their exploitative and racially discriminatory practices into law. This fight has now come to Massachusetts and we must unite in order to prevent further erosion of workers rights.

After you register, you will be sent a link to view the film for free 48 hours prior to the discussion.

Climate Change Café

Wednesday, January 26, 7:00pm
To register: https://350mass.betterfutureproject.org/upcoming_events

Worried about the pace of climate change? Worried about COP26, the Thwaites Glacier, or lack of federal action? Come to the Climate Café. It’s a supportive gathering where no one has to put on a positive face, but can share openly with people who are experiencing similar emotions. Currently they are held virtually and led by two experienced activists from the Greater Lowell chapter of 350Massachusetts.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Virtual Book Drive

Donate a book or two before January 31

Two options for donating books:

Donations end January 31, 2022. Books will go to Lowell community organizations, institutions and families.

Hosted by Lowell’s Black Coalition https://blacklowellcoalition.com

State-Level Actions

Unless an extension is issued, Joint Committees have until February 2nd to report out favorably the bills before it. Bills not reported out or extended will be dead for this legislative session. Following are a few we have a chance of seeing passed that need your support.

Next action in support of Safe Communities Act

The next step in the process of passing the act is coming up quickly. On February 2nd, each committee must decide the fate of the hundreds of bills before it – whether to continue consideration with a favorable report or end the process for this session.

Folks are being asked to email the Public Safety Committee now to make sure the Safe Communities Act receives a favorable report.

As the decision deadline approaches, we expect our opponents to ramp up their efforts to sway the Committee, as they did before the December hearing. We need to make sure our support drowns them out! Will you take a minute to email the committee right now using our easy tool, even if you contacted them in December? This will send a strong message of support.

If you’re able to, please try to personalize the template email we’ve provided with one or two reasons why you support the Safe Communities Act. This will ensure that your email stands out in the committee members’ email inboxes. Once you’ve sent your messages, make sure to share the email tool with your networks in order to amplify your support!

Email the Public Safety Committee members right now.
https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-the-public-safety-committee-report-the-safe-communities-act-out-favorably/

Support the Indigenous Legislative Agenda

The 2021-2022 Indigenous Legislative Agenda includes 5 priorities: Remove Racist Mascots, Honor Indigenous People’s Day, Celebrate and Teach Native American Culture & History, Protect Native American Heritage, and Support the Education and Futures of Native Youth. Join in calling for each of these bills to move out of committee!

Go to https://bit.ly/SupportIndigenousBills to Support Indigenous-Centered Bills in MA

PLEASE WATCH THIS POWERFUL ONE-HOUR VIDEO OF THE JANUARY 11 INDIGENOUS PANEL SPEAKING ABOUT THE NEED TO SUPPORT INDIGENOUS-CENTERED BILLS IN MASSACHUSETTS!
And if you don’t have the time to be further re-educated and inspired…
THEN JUST TAKE THIS ACTION STEP:
-Go to https://bit.ly/SupportIndigenousBills and send an automated letter to the members of the legislative committees where the bills are currently sitting, asking that the bills be reported out of committee favorably. You can customize the letter if you want. Please share and get your friends and organizations to write, too!

-Learn more about the bills and get updates via http://maindigenousagenda.org/

Via News-MAGIC

Email your state rep today in support of the VOTES Act!

The VOTES act was passed favorably out of committee and will be brought to a vote this Thursday.
The House allowed the expiration of temporary reforms that made it safer to vote in the pandemic. Those reforms would also have ended disenfranchisement of people who find voting in person or on election day difficult or impossible. To restore those reforms, the House needs to pass the VOTES act, which the Senate passed last summer.
https://actionnetwork.org/letters/we-need-to-strengthen-democracy-here-in-ma

Support the Work and Family Mobility Act by attending Law Enforcement Leaders for Drivers Licenses Virtual Briefing

Tuesday, January 25, 10:00am
http://www.facebook.com/DrivingFamiliesForward

Universal childcare can advance with the Common Start Initiative

Common Start Roundtable
Tuesday, January 25, 6:30-8:00pm

Register at: http://bit.ly/CommonStartRoundtable

With Special guest Congresswoman Katherine Clark

Massachusetts Power Forward Day of Action

Climate Justice can’t wait! Massachusetts needs decision-makers to act fast and move more climate justice policy now!

Join the Massachusetts Power Forward coalition this Thursday for a day of action.

9AM – 10AM : Action Hour, call your legislators
https://fb.me/e/1i7OF5oNc

12pm – 1pm: Action hour, take a selfie photo petition and post on twitter to push our legislators
https://fb.me/e/3lr4Lo33T

Our State Legislators’ Info

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
(… or find yours here: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator)

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

National Actions

Our Federal Legislators’ Info

Senator Elizabeth Warren: 617-565-3170
309 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
https://www.warren.senate.gov/contact/shareyouropinion

Senator Edward Markey: 617-565-8519
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
https://www.markey.senate.gov/contact/share-your-opinion

Representative Lori Trahan: 978-459-0101 / 202-225-3411
https://trahan.house.gov/contact/write-your-rep.htm

Representative Seth Moulton: 978-531-1669 / 202-225-8020
https://moulton.house.gov/contact

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/

January meeting notes:
https://tinyurl.com/39mkh38f

January meeting recording:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXXvIypE9Zc

See recordings of past Solidarity Lowell meetings on our YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCohwMIkVdabQdDHsVTLIGsQ

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

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Solidarity Lowell is a chapter of Progressive Massachusetts. Click here to join: https://www.progressivemass.com/contribute

Posted by Caroline Snow in Rapid Response Team

Solidarity Lowell and Progressive Massachusetts Meetings THIS WEEKEND

Saturday

Progressive Mass 2022 Annual Member Meeting

Saturday, January 22, 1-4pm on Zoom

2022 is going to be an eventful year. Progressive Mass is kicking it off with their annual member meeting on Saturday, January 22. They will update us on their work from the past year as well as what’s in store for 2022. There will also be interviews with 2022 Gubernatorial and Lt. Gubernatorial candidates.

Gubernatorial candidates confirmed so far: Harvard professor Danielle Allen, State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz

LG candidates confirmed so far: Businessman Bret Bero, State Rep Dr. Tami Gouveia, State Sen. Adam Hinds

These interviews are going to be key because members will be voting on an endorsement shortly thereafter.

RSVP today! Zoom info upon RSVP.
https://tinyurl.com/mtb2jfdh

 

Sunday

Solidarity Lowell January General Meeting

Sunday January 23 at 5:30pm on Zoom

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83956839024?pwd=T1hYaHZYRlU4eXZWM1VnQWI3TkdDZz09
Meeting ID: 839 5683 9024
Passcode: 906589
Dial in: 301 715 8592 or 646 558 8656

This month we will hear from several local candidates running for State Rep in this year’s election. We will also have a chance to ask them questions.

Posted by Caroline Snow in Rapid Response Team

RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR JAN 15, 2022

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

Save the Date: Solidarity Lowell January General Meeting

Sunday January 23 at 5:30pm, on Zoom
Topic: TBD

Other Events

MoveOn: The Plan to Protect Democracy

Tue 1/11 8pmET/5pmPT
RSVP: http://mvn.to/2xy/5u0idq

Join livestream w/ Elizabeth Warren & MoveOn ED Rahna Epting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.
In 2022, we must prioritize:

  • Ending the filibuster
  • Protecting voting rights
  • Expanding the Supreme Court

We need your help to press our elected officials to support these steps to secure our democracy against Republicans’ attempts to entrench minority rule.

Via News-MAGIC

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Virtual Book Drive

Donate a book or two before January 31

Two options for donating books:

  • Visit the Amazon registry and search for “Lowell 2022 MLK Book Drive”
  • Drop off a gently used book at the “Little Free Library” on Bourne Street in Lowell’s Sacred Heart neighborhood

Donations end January 31, 2022. Books will go to Lowell community organizations, institutions and families.

Hosted by Lowell’s Black Coalition https://blacklowellcoalition.com

“Racial Justice and Communal Safety: Cultivating MLK’s Legacy” with distinguished guest speaker U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins

Monday, January 17, 2022, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
via Zoom
Register for link: https://tinyurl.com/zser6zeb

20th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute,  hosted by Na’aseh the social justice group of Congregation Beth Elohim, Acton

The Black Alliance for Peace: Human Rights from an Anti-war and Anti-imperialist Perspective

Tuesday, January 18, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwscOCprzkvH9TBdgotV92ZdCAbdmrSMH3B

A webinar discussion with Ajamu Baraka, the National Organizer for the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP). BAP was founded on April 4, 2017, 50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr’s historic Riverside Church anti-war speech. Baraka stated then that BAP’s purpose is ” to recapture and redevelop the historic anti-war, anti-imperialist, and pro-peace positions of the radical black movement.”

h/t Susan Labandibar – News-MAGIC team

Learn more about S.2030/H.1905, An Act Establishing A [5-year] Jail and Prison Construction Moratorium

Thursday, January 20, 7pm
To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlc-yppjgiHNf-SZUkZazf3GQUvgnA0L4Z

Speakers will discuss what this bill does and doesn’t do, how it would be implemented, and what it would mean for Massachusetts to invest $50 million into communities, instead of incarceration.

Via News-MAGIC

Progressive Mass 2022 Annual Member Meeting

Saturday, January 22, 1-4pm

2022 is going to be an eventful year. Progressive Mass is kicking it off with their annual member meeting on Saturday, January 22. They will update us on their work from the past year as well as what’s in store for 2022. There will also be interviews with 2022 Gubernatorial and Lt. Gubernatorial candidates.

Gubernatorial candidates confirmed so far: Harvard professor Danielle Allen, State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz

LG candidates confirmed so far: Businessman Bret Bero, State Rep Dr. Tami Gouveia, State Sen. Adam Hinds

These interviews are going to be key because members will be voting on an endorsement shortly thereafter.

RSVP today! Zoom info upon RSVP. https://tinyurl.com/mtb2jfdh

Climate Change and Nuclear War: What We Can Do About the Twin Existential Threats

Saturday, January 22, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST
Group: Mass Peace Action
Registration link:  https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpfuqgqz8jE92b1mFuTg8r4Lg3dFyop00T

The webinar will focus on how climate change increases the danger of nuclear war and how a nuclear war would cause further catastrophic climate disruption. This case study of South Asia will show the way the twin existential threats of climate and nuclear risks interact in a way that threatens us all. Solutions such as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and the Green New Deal that enable us to confront the threats will also be addressed.

 

State-Level Actions

MA Needs Bold, Equity-Centered Action on COVID

With the onset of a new COVID-19 variant, we are seeing a frightening rise in Covid-19 cases, including growing hospitalizations and deaths. We need decisive action and communication at the State level to prevent much more avoidable illness and death. Thankfully, we have a range of public health tools, including vaccines, that can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and enable us to have a safer New Year. Stopping the spread of COVID is essential to the safe and consistent functioning of our schools and businesses.

Please use your voice to support a comprehensive public health approach — along the lines of the Massachusetts Covid19 Action Plan delivered Last month, Senator Becca Rausch (D-Needham) and a dozen state legislative colleagues delivered to Governor Baker in a letter urging the adoption of a slate of data-driven public health policies set forth in a Massachusetts COVID-19 Action Plan, crafted and endorsed by a coalition of over 100 public health and medical professionals and 36 community organizations.

We need quick action from the Governor and the Legislature. This includes: Funding and staffing daily mobile vaccination clinics in frontline communities and school-based vaccine clinics Making testing widely available and distributing free rapid tests Implementing a county-based mask mandate according to CDC recommendations Providing free high-quality masks, like KF94, KN95, and N95, to frontline communities Applying safety standards in the workplace that mitigate aerosol transmission through ventilation and/or air filtration, appropriate distancing, and masking Applying and enforcing federal and state occupational safety standards and guidelines. Protecting against foreclosures, evictions, and rent increases to decrease home crowding using the measures in H.1434 and S.89 Adhering to CDC guidance for universal masking in schools regardless of vaccination status Making remote learning options available so infected or ill children do not get left behind.

Use this form to write:
https://actionnetwork.org/letters/ma-needs-bold-equity-centered-action-on-covid

Sign a Letter of Support for the Indigenous Legislative Agenda

The 2021-2022 Indigenous Legislative Agenda includes 5 priorities: Remove Racist Mascots, Honor Indigenous People’s Day, Celebrate and Teach Native American Culture & History, Protect Native American Heritage, and Support the Education and Futures of Native Youth. Join us in calling for each of these bills to move out of committee!

Sign here: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/move-our-bills-out-of-committee-before-the-deadline

Email your state rep today in support of the VOTES Act! 

The House allowed the expiration of temporary reforms that made it safer to vote in the pandemic. Those reforms would also have ended disenfranchisement of people who find voting in person or on election day difficult or impossible. To restore those forms, the House needs to pass the VOTES act, which the Senate passed last summer.
https://actionnetwork.org/letters/we-need-to-strengthen-democracy-here-in-ma

Our State Legislators’ Info

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
(… or find yours here: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator)

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

National Actions

Our Federal Legislators’ Info

Senator Elizabeth Warren: 617-565-3170
309 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
https://www.warren.senate.gov/contact/shareyouropinion

Senator Edward Markey: 617-565-8519
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
https://www.markey.senate.gov/contact/share-your-opinion

Representative Lori Trahan: 978-459-0101 / 202-225-3411
https://trahan.house.gov/contact/write-your-rep.htm

Representative Seth Moulton: 978-531-1669 / 202-225-8020
https://moulton.house.gov/contact

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/

November meeting notes: https://tinyurl.com/fxzzbnzw

November meeting recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQYfI7C4vdA

See recordings of past Solidarity Lowell meetings on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCohwMIkVdabQdDHsVTLIGsQ

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

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Solidarity Lowell is a chapter of Progressive Massachusetts. Click here to join: https://www.progressivemass.com/contribute

Posted by Caroline Snow in Rapid Response Team

RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR DEC 15, 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, which starts January 1? 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.

Solidarity Lowell Holiday Party

Saturday January 1, 4pm – 7pm
In person event – 52 Lawrence Drive, Lowell
Plans are under way now. Watch for more details.

Calling All White People Diversity Workshop

4 sessions beginning Friday, January 21, 6:30pm 

Sounds weird doesn’t it? Doesn’t it seem really impolite to point out race – at least among us White people?

But it’s something we know affects every aspect of our lives, so Solidarity Lowell is giving the Unpacking Whiteness Workshop again starting Friday evening January 21st.

This is not your mother’s diversity workshop.

I – Win Flint – have facilitated this several times with national audiences. The participants are typically progressive and well educated – like you. And so many walk away saying “I had no idea” or “Why was I not taught this in college?”

This will be a place to reflect on our whiteness and to gain some knowledge. The format will be “deep listening” so everyone has time to speak without interruption. It will be 4 sessions starting on Jan 21 at 6:30pm. It won’t be more than 2 hours. If we have a smaller group it will likely only be 1 and half hours.

If you’re interested – send an email to Win Flint (winifred.flint@gmail.com) for more details.

Local Events

Lowell Litter Krewe Cleanups

Avenue C Sweep
Saturday, December 18, 9am-12pm
Meet at Avenue C

Other Events

Important Call to Action: Community Response to Homelessness

Friday December 17th, at 3pm
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/98380735494?pwd=YktNSDhXUVE1MTdRRWREcWRQYVBZUT09
Meeting ID: 983 8073 5494
Passcode: 054892

Winter is upon us and with that comes a crisis – finding shelter for our homeless neighbors  We currently have a winter protocol in place in Lowell for homeless individuals. However, due to a lack of space and beds, more than 50 individuals are on wait lists and unable to receive shelter on the coldest of nights!

The need is URGENT.

Community Teamwork is reaching out to ask for your help in providing space, and possibly volunteers.

Please join The City of Lowell, Community Teamwork, Lowell Transitional Living Center and Life Connections in one of the virtual information sessions to learn and discuss ways you may be able to help. Together we can ensure that there is a bed available this winter for everyone who needs one!

If you are unable to attend either session and wish to discuss further, please contact Barbara Warren, Division Director of Housing and Homeless Services, Community Teamwork, 978-654-5803, bwarren@commteam.org.

Collaborative Governance – How We Build Power Together

Wednesday, December 15, 12pm
Click here to register https://tinyurl.com/2p89e5a7

Collaborative governance, or co-governance, refers to a broad range of practices that elected officials, community leaders, bureaucrats, and organizers are adopting as they figure out how to govern together. Going beyond demands, co-governance represents a willing shift of power and trust among two typically adversarial parties. Instead of representatives and those represented on either side of a line, both see themselves as partners working together to build the world we want to live in.  For an article on co-governance, see https://tinyurl.com/yckpy7jr

Hear from folks in Pennsylvania, Florida, Wisconsin and Texas. They’ll be discussing best practices, identifying promising strategies, and highlighting lessons from their on-the-ground experiences with co-governance in the U.S. The conversation will attempt to move beyond the dichotomy of “inside” and “outside” power to how those in government can share decision-making with movement partners.

h/t Susan Labandibar – News-MAGIC team

Saving Democracy Through Local Journalism 

Wednesday, December 15, 8pm
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqcu2grDktGtxtSNqpaYnZyKmKnVX8Pgyp

Presented by Secure Elections Network and The Media and Democracy Project, Peter Shaplen, a nationally renowned, award-winning journalist and successful business executive will discuss with us the importance of supporting local journalism as individuals and as a society.

Vigil for Racial Justice

Sunday, December 19, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
In person, Littleton Commons
Group: Greater Littleton Interfaith Council

State-Level Actions

Our State Legislators’ Info

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
(… or find yours here: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator)

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

National Actions

Our Federal Legislators’ Info

Senator Elizabeth Warren: 617-565-3170
309 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
https://www.warren.senate.gov/contact/shareyouropinion

Senator Edward Markey: 617-565-8519
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
https://www.markey.senate.gov/contact/share-your-opinion

Representative Lori Trahan: 978-459-0101 / 202-225-3411
https://trahan.house.gov/contact/write-your-rep.htm

Representative Seth Moulton: 978-531-1669 / 202-225-8020
https://moulton.house.gov/contact

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.

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

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

November meeting notes: https://tinyurl.com/fxzzbnzw

November meeting recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQYfI7C4vdA

See recordings of past Solidarity Lowell meetings on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCohwMIkVdabQdDHsVTLIGsQ

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

—–

Solidarity Lowell is a chapter of Progressive Massachusetts. Click here to join: https://www.progressivemass.com/contribute

Posted by Caroline Snow in Rapid Response Team

RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR DEC 8, 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, which starts January 1? 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.

Solidarity Lowell Holiday Party

Saturday January 1, 4pm – 7pm
In person event – 52 Lawrence Drive, Lowell
Plans are under way now. Watch for more details.

Calling All White People Diversity Workshop

4 sessions beginning Friday, January 21, 6:30pm 

Sounds weird doesn’t it? Doesn’t it seem really impolite to point out race – at least among us White people?

But it’s something we know affects every aspect of our lives, so Solidarity Lowell is giving the Unpacking Whiteness Workshop again starting Friday evening January 21st.

This is not your mother’s diversity workshop.

I – Win Flint – have facilitated this several times with national audiences. The participants are typically progressive and well educated – like you. And so many walk away saying “I had no idea” or “Why was I not taught this in college?”

This will be a place to reflect on our whiteness and to gain some knowledge. The format will be “deep listening” so everyone has time to speak without interruption. It will be 4 sessions starting on Jan 21 at 6:30pm. It won’t be more than 2 hours. If we have a smaller group it will likely only be 1 and half hours.

If you’re interested – send an email to Win Flint (winifred.flint@gmail.com) for more details.

 

Local Events

A Community Forum with Senator Ed Kennedy

Discussing an Act Relative to Anti-Racism, Equity and Justice in Education

Monday, Dec. 13, 7 – 8 PM
Please register in advance at https://bit.ly/3xEj4t8

Please join us for a Zoom event to hear from students, educators, legislators, and community leaders advocating for bills S365 and H584.  Let’s work together to ensure the history, culture, and contribution of everyone is equitably reflected in education in the Commonwealth. Coalition for Anti-Racism in Education (CARE) https://www.care4eduequity.org/

This forum is co-sponsored by the Office of Senator Edward Kennedy and the Lowell Democratic City Committee with the generous support of Lowell Telecommunications Center.

You can help get the bill passed by writing to your State Senator and Representative:
https://actionnetwork.org/letters/ethnic-studies-and-anti-racism-in-k-12-education

Lowell Litter Krewe Cleanups

YMCA Drive Sweep
Saturday, December 11, 9am-12pm
Meet at Align Credit Union, 87 Hale St

South Whipple/Andrew St Sweep
Saturday, December 12, 9am-12pm
Meet at Fr. Kirwin Park, Lawrence St

Avenue C Sweep
Saturday, December 18, 9am-12pm
Meet at Avenue C

 

Other Events

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

Greater Andover Indivisible Power Hour

Tues Dec 14, 5:30-7 pm
In person, Christ Church, 33 Central St., Andover

Join the fun and camaraderie while taking action to pass the Build Back Better plan, the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. We’ll have postcarding, texting, relational organizing, and truth spreading.

We’ll also continue to accept donations for Afghan refugees as part of the Welcome Basket initiative. Please bring new bedding, linens, and hygiene and cleaning supplies, and new and used kitchen and dining items, and bottles, bowls and utensils for babies. View complete list of needed items.

Power Hours are in-person, masked events held on alternate Tuesdays. The next Power Hour will be held Dec. 14, and will resume after the holidays on January 11.

Collaborative Governance – How We Build Power Together

Wednesday, December 15, 12pm
Click here to register https://tinyurl.com/2p89e5a7

Collaborative governance, or co-governance, refers to a broad range of practices that elected officials, community leaders, bureaucrats, and organizers are adopting as they figure out how to govern together. Going beyond demands, co-governance represents a willing shift of power and trust among two typically adversarial parties. Instead of representatives and those represented on either side of a line, both see themselves as partners working together to build the world we want to live in.  For an article on co-governance, see https://tinyurl.com/yckpy7jr

Hear from folks in Pennsylvania, Florida, Wisconsin and Texas. They’ll be discussing best practices, identifying promising strategies, and highlighting lessons from their on-the-ground experiences with co-governance in the U.S. The conversation will attempt to move beyond the dichotomy of “inside” and “outside” power to how those in government can share decision-making with movement partners.

h/t Susan Labandibar – News-MAGIC team

Saving Democracy Through Local Journalism 

Wednesday, December 15, 8pm ET
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqcu2grDktGtxtSNqpaYnZyKmKnVX8Pgyp

Presented by Secure Elections Network and The Media and Democracy Project, Peter Shaplen, a nationally renowned, award-winning journalist and successful business executive will discuss with us the importance of supporting local journalism as individuals and as a society.

 

State-Level Actions

Our State Legislators’ Info

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
(… or find yours here: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator)

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

 

National Actions

Our Federal Legislators’ Info

Senator Elizabeth Warren: 617-565-3170
309 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
https://www.warren.senate.gov/contact/shareyouropinion

Senator Edward Markey: 617-565-8519
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
https://www.markey.senate.gov/contact/share-your-opinion

Representative Lori Trahan: 978-459-0101 / 202-225-3411
https://trahan.house.gov/contact/write-your-rep.htm

Representative Seth Moulton: 978-531-1669 / 202-225-8020
https://moulton.house.gov/contact

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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/

November meeting notes: https://tinyurl.com/fxzzbnzw

November meeting recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQYfI7C4vdA

See recordings of past Solidarity Lowell meetings on our YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCohwMIkVdabQdDHsVTLIGsQ

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

Solidarity Lowell is a chapter of Progressive Massachusetts. Click here to join: https://www.progressivemass.com/contribute

Posted by Caroline Snow in Rapid Response Team

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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Solidarity Lowell is a chapter of Progressive Massachusetts. Click here to join: https://www.progressivemass.com/contribute

Posted by Caroline Snow in Rapid Response Team

RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR NOVEMBER 9, 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

Congratulations to ALL Our Endorsed Candidates

We look forward to the new voices and new ideas that the seat-winners (*) will bring to our city government. We look forward to working with you for change in the city.

And we are grateful to and proud of those who were disappointed in the results, but nevertheless ran good campaigns that forced incumbents and opponents to really think about what they were promising to deliver. We are especially grateful to Tooch Van, who was part of the lawsuit that brought historic change to the city.

City Council
*At Large: Vesna Nuon
*District 2: Corey Robinson
*District 4: Wayne Jenness
District 5: Tooch Van
District 6: Justin Ford

School Committee
*At Large: Jackie Doherty
*District 1: Stacey Thompson
District 2: Hilary Clark
District 3: Susie Chhoun

Urgent Support Needed for Asylum-Seeker Marius

Marius has a new apartment and needs urgent assistance with rent money. If you are able to contribute, please send donations to Marissa Dupont.

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

Save the Date: Solidarity Lowell November General Meeting

Sunday, November 21, 5:30pm – 7:30pm 
Topic: A representative of the International Institute of New England in Lowell will speak about the Afghan refugees who will be resettled here.

Other Events

The Future of Hydrogen for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Tuesday, November 9, 9:00am-12:00pm
Hybrid event – In person and online

A discussion of the recently released white paper from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the AIM Foundation. Following a discussion by the paper’s authors, a panel of state officials, including Lowell’s own Representative Thomas Golden, will react to the study’s findings. The study was funded by the gas companies through an industry group and regards putting hydrogen in the gas lines – a bad idea for many reasons.

For tickets ($50):
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-of-hydrogen-for-the-commonwealth-of-massachusetts-hybrid-event-tickets-170162726295

Freedom to Vote – Time to Act Rally

Tuesday, November 9, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Sponsor: Indivisible Mass Coalition
Lexington, MA

Join local activists in the fight to reform the filibuster and protect voting rights at this standout in Lexington Center by the Minuteman Statue on the Battle Green.

The Filibuster Ban Van will visit the standout! Participants can sign a super-sized letter to President Biden printed on a banner, asking him to join the fight to reform the filibuster and transform our democracy. The Filibuster Ban Van will then continue to Washington, DC where, on November 17, we’ll deliver the giant, signed letter to the White House along with hundreds of other activists.

Bring a sign showing your support of Voting Rights or an end to the Filibuster, if you have one, but don’t worry if you don’t. Join us even if you only have time to stop by and sign the banner.
RSVP here: https://www.mobilize.us/dfadcoalition/event/426727/

h/t Lisa Baci, News-MAGIC Team

 

Freedom to Vote – Time to Act Rally

Saturday, Nov 13, 10:30am – 12pm
Haverhill, MA

Extremist politicians have spent the year putting up barriers to voting in one state after another and are now drawing districts to benefit themselves, carving up communities and attempting to drown out the voices of millions of American voters for the next decade.

The American people have responded by coming together to demand Congress act. The House already passed sweeping legislation to protect our freedom to vote and realize the promise of democracy for all.

Now, we’re working together to ensure that the Senate delivers for the American people so all our voices are heard and we can elect people who will deliver for us.

That’s why we’re mobilizing during the Senate’s next recess in November when lawmakers will return home (Nov 8th – Nov 13th) for a Freedom to Vote: Time to Act week of action.

Join us for our Freedom to Vote: The Time is Now event to urge the Senate to act swiftly to pass robust national standards for federal elections, and to use every lever of power and influence to get this done.

https://www.mobilize.us/dfadcoalition/event/426465/

Rally to Support the Common Start Act

Sunday, November 14, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Ladd & Whitney Memorial in front of City Hall

Affordable childcare, early childhood education, and afterschool care. The Common Start coalition has a plan for all of that. We need to help them convince legislators to pass the bill.

A Livable Future: How Can Massachusetts Lead on Climate?

Sunday, Nov 14, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Register for link: http://bit.ly/massclimateaction

Our State House has been slow to pass the sweeping changes we need. To make matters worse, our governor has vetoed critical legislation. When his veto was overridden, he slowed the implementation of the law. That’s why Call2Action, along with over thirty Democratic Town Committees and supporting organizations, invite you to join a virtual forum this November 14th at 7:00pm on “A Livable Future: How Massachusetts Can Lead on Climate?”  Space may be limited, so please register soon.

Hear:

  • A word of welcome from US Senator Ed Markey, our climate champion in Congress, on the current budget battles that will determine our national future
  • A report from Bill McKibben, the world-famous founder of 350.org, on what he observed at the UN meeting – and what it means for us
  • An analysis by Cabell Eames, political director for A Better Future Project, on how the governor is slow-walking the new climate law – and what we must do
  • The Rev. Vernon Walker, director of Communities Responding to Extreme Weather, on how the connections between the climate crisis and the injustices to low income communities and communities of color must be met by a unified response

Safe Communities Act Town Hall

Thursday, November 18, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic and 9 months into a new federal administration, the passage of the Safe Communities Act is more important than ever. Ending police and court involvement in deportations remains an urgent public health and public safety priority in Massachusetts.

Join the Safe Communities Coalition for a virtual town hall discussion to hear from immigrant workers, immigrant survivors of domestic violence, and advocates about why the passage of the Safe Communities Act is essential and what you can do to take action. Interpretation in Spanish and Portuguese will be provided.

RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/events/safe-communities-act-town-hall

h/t Lisa Baci, News-MAGIC Team

 

State-Level Actions

Submit Written Testimony in Support of An Act To Apply the Public Records Law to the Legislature

Deadline: 5pm November 12

There is still time to submit written testimony in support of An Act to Apply the Public Records Law to the Legislature (H.3239, S.2048). If you believe that Massachusetts should join the other 46 states that subject their legislatures to public records law, make your voice heard! Submit your testimony by emailing it to jordan.latham [at] mahouse.gov or mary.wasylyk [at] masenate.gov, and don’t forget to check out our sample testimony for inspiration at https://tinyurl.com/5kyuvabd!

h/t Act on Mass

Encourage Same Day Voter Registration

Ask the House Ways & Means Committee to be sure to include same-day voter registration in the bill it will report to the House floor. No Lowell Reps are on the committee, but you could write to the chair, Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (Aaron.M.Michlewitz [at] mahouse.gov).

Sample email
I am writing to you in your capacity as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee to urge that you include same-day voter registration when reporting House Bill H.805 out for a vote in the House. Because of the college population in Massachusetts, too many people move in September. The deadlines for voter registration and registration changes effectively disenfranchise those people with regard to primaries. It is possible to handle the logistics of implementing the change, and important to avoid disenfranchising people as much as possible.

Thank you.

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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Solidarity Lowell is a chapter of Progressive Massachusetts. Click here to join: https://www.progressivemass.com/contribute

Posted by Caroline Snow in Rapid Response Team

RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR NOV 2, 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 new apartment and needs urgent assistance with rent money. If you are able to contribute, please send donations to Marissa Dupont.

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

Save the Date: Solidarity Lowell November General Meeting

Sunday, November 21, 5:30pm – 7:30pm 
Topic: Afghan refugees

Other Events

The MVP 9th Annual MICAH Awards Celebration

Saturday, November 6, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Online

This annual fundraiser event honors local heroes who are active not only in their own organizations, but also in the broader community of the Merrimack Valley and beyond.
This year’s honorees include Solidarity Lowell’s Marissa Dupont.

For tickets: https://givebutter.com/MICAH-2021
A $10 donation gets the Zoom link and a virtual program. A $30 donation also includes a physical copy of the program sent at a later date.

The Future of Hydrogen for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Tuesday, November 9, 9:00am-12:00pm
Hybrid event – In person and online

A discussion of the recently released white paper from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the AIM Foundation. Following a discussion by the paper’s authors, a panel of state officials, including Lowell’s own Representative Thomas Golden, will react to the study’s findings. The study was funded by the gas companies through an industry group and regards putting hydrogen in the gas lines – a bad idea for many reasons.

For tickets ($50):
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-of-hydrogen-for-the-commonwealth-of-massachusetts-hybrid-event-tickets-170162726295

State-level Actions

Encourage Same Day Voter Registration

Ask the House Ways & Means Committee to be sure to include same-day voter registration in the bill it will report to the House floor. No Lowell Reps are on the committee, but you could write to the chair, Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (Aaron.M.Michlewitz [at] mahouse.gov).

Sample email
I am writing to you in your capacity as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee to urge that you include same-day voter registration when reporting House Bill H.805 out for a vote in the House. Because of the college population in Massachusetts, too many people move in September. The deadlines for voter registration and registration changes effectively disenfranchise those people with regard to primaries. It is possible to handle the logistics of implementing the change and important to avoid disenfranchising people as much as possible.
Thank you.

Support the Common Start Act

Affordable childcare, early childhood education, and afterschool care. The Common Start coalition has a plan for all of that. We need to help them convince legislators to pass the bill.

  • Rally.  Hold the date of November 14 for a rally in Lowell. Time, place, and speaker line-up details forthcoming.

 

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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Solidarity Lowell is a chapter of Progressive Massachusetts. Click here to join: https://www.progressivemass.com/contribute

Posted by Caroline Snow in Rapid Response Team

RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR OCTOBER 27, 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

Support Our Slate of Endorsed Candidates

City Council
At Large: Vesna Nuon (https://www.facebook.com/vesnaforlowell)*
District 2: Corey Robinson (https://www.coreyforlowell.com/)****
District 4: Wayne Jenness (https://district4lowell.com)
District 5: Tooch Van (https://www.votetooch.com/home)**
District 6: Justin Ford (https://justinford.nationbuilder.com/)

School Committee
At Large: Jackie Doherty (https://www.facebook.com/electjackiedoherty/)
District 1: Stacey Thompson (https://www.staceyforlowell.com/)***
District 2: Hilary Clark (https://www.clarkforprogress.com/)
District 3: Susie Chhoun (http://www.susieforlowellschools.com/)*****

If you were unable to attend our Showcase, see the link the candidate forums section to a recording.

All of the campaigns can use help with canvassing. Knocking on doors is one of the most effective ways to get out the vote. Get some exercise while helping to elect progressives! Canvassing a little too much exercise? Try standouts, holding a sign and waving to passing motorists for an hour or more. Some campaigns are also doing phonebanking and textbanking. And if you own property that would be great for sign placement, that can help too. Contact the campaigns directly to volunteer.

And of course, there are fundraisers to support. Signs and fliers cost money. See Local Events for more information on those.

If we want to be a force for real change in Lowell, we need to help get more progressives elected and thereby demonstrate that we put our actions behind our endorsements.

*Vesna Nuon campaign volunteer opportunities
Standouts for visibility
Wednesday 10/27 4:30 to 6:30pm Nesmith and Andover Streets,
Chelmsford and Stevens Streets
Thursday 10/28 4:30 to 6:30pm     Mammoth Road and Varnum Avenue
Bridge Street and VFW Highway
Friday 10/29 4:30 to 6:30pm          Nesmith and Andover Streets,
Fletcher and Broadway Streets

Volunteers also needed for poll locations.

Canvassing door-to-door on Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 10:00. Anyone interested in helping can contact Judith Durant: judithdurant1 [at]  comcast.net or 508.667.9230.

****Corey Robinson for District 2
Sign up for phonebanks and signholding
https://signup.com/go/YOCdbaK

**Tooch Van District 5 City Council campaign volunteer opportunities
Phonebanking and postcard writing
For more information go to http://votetooch.com

*** Stacey Thompson’s campaign is looking especially for folks to hold signs, phonebank, or host yard signs.
Email staceyforthestudents@gmail.com

***** Susie Chhoun’s campaign is looking for people to hold signs on Election Day at Butler School, 1140 Gorham St. and the Reilly School, 115 Douglas Rd. Sign up at http://www.susieforlowellschools.com/join-us.html (or just show up!)

Urgent Support Needed for Asylum-Seeker Marius

Marius has a new apartment and needs urgent assistance with rent money. If you are able to contribute, please send donations to Marissa Dupont.

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

Local Events and Actions

General Election

Vote by Mail
You’ve still got time to apply to vote by mail, but don’t wait too long. The mail is slower now.

Deadline to apply to vote by mail in municipal general election
Wednesday, October 27, 5:00pm 

Due to slower mail, after October 20, you would be well advised to drop it off at City Hall directly. The USPS recommends allowing 7 days each way, for application to reach government, for ballot to reach you and for your completed ballot to reach government.

You can also download an application at http://lowellma.gov/votebymail and submit it by email (to elections@lowellma.gov) if you have the capability of completing a PDF file electronically.

If you can’t do it electronically, it is possible to complete a form in person at City Hall.

Elections & Census Office
375 Merrimack Street
Basement, Room 5
Lowell, MA 01852
978-674-4046

If you are voting by mail, once you’ve received your ballot, the U.S. Postal Service recommends allowing up to 7 days for ballot delivery.

Early Voting
Early Voting in person began October 20. And runs through October 29. 8-4 at the Senior Center. Later hours at various locations (each day different). For schedule: https://www.lowellma.gov/1583/Early-Voting

Absentee Ballot
Deadline to apply for in-person absentee ballots is Monday, November 1, 12:00pm

For all the rules, including who qualifies for an absentee ballot, visit:
https://www.lowellma.gov/408/Absentee-Voting

Lowell Votes Election Guides

For information on all candidates, in English, Khmer, or Spanish.
https://www.lowellvotes.org/2021guides/

Help Lowell Votes Get Out the Vote

Lots of our neighbors do not understand the new electoral system yet. They need to be educated and encouraged to vote. Some may even need help registering to vote.

1) Please consider signing up to participate in nonpartisan voter registration tabling and voter education at your site or at events in the City: http://www.tinyurl.com/2021LowellCitywideGOTV

Lowell Votes will provide you with a voter registration and education toolkit and you can choose what materials from here you would either like printed or to donate here.
http://www.tinyurl.com/LV2021MaterialsforPrint
http://www.lowellvotes.org/donate/

2) Upcoming phone banks, canvasses, and other volunteer opportunities: Lowell Votes needs 3-5 more people for every session and always welcome different language capacities.

There will be phonebanking on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:30-7:30 going forward until the election (except for Indigenous Peoples Day) and Saturday morning canvasses will begin on September 25.

Sign up for Phone and Canvassing days below.
https://tinyurl.com/c4wvebvu

Candidate Forums

Solidarity Lowell Endorsed Candidates Showcase
https://youtu.be/5cGYD0TykS4

City Council
At Large: Vesna Nuon
District 2: Corey Robinson
District 4: Wayne Jenness
District 5: Tooch Van
District 6: Justin Ford

School Committee
At Large: Jackie Doherty
District 1: Stacey Thompson
District 2: Hilary Clark
District 3: Susie Chhoun

City Council Endorsement Survey Results for Showcase
https://tinyurl.com/ypunnxfp

School Committee Survey Results for Showcase
https://tinyurl.com/tda7y68

Organized by LTC, The Lowell Sun, Lowell Votes, and KhmerPostUSA
Search for LTCLowell MA Candidates 2021 on Youtube to see video of all the candidate forums they hosted.

DEI Consortium Candidate Spotlight
Watch any Spotlights you missed on the YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb7O-ece-ZaiKDGVxvWTJ8w

 

Other Events

Climate Displacement: The Future of Refugee Protection

Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 12:00pm ET
RSVP: https://www.hias.org/events/climate-displacement-future-refugee-protection

HIAS’ Vice President for Policy and Advocacy Naomi Steinberg will be joined by Rabbi Jennie Rosenn of Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action to discuss the interaction between climate change and forced displacement and the Jewish values that lead us to action. They will be joined by Meshack Omweri and Kennedy Kinyanjui — two Social Workers at HIAS Kenya working directly with refugees from Somalia and other neighboring countries — to explore the connections between climate change and displacement; dive into the case study of Somalia’s drought, resource scarcity, and conflict; and learn how HIAS Kenya is working to holistically support the needs of this community.

Advance registration required.

 

State-level Actions

Support the Votes Act

Thank your rep for cosponsoring the VOTES Act tell them to ask the Speaker to bring it to a vote. All three Lowell reps are cosponsoring the bill.

Sample email
Subject: H.805, The VOTES Act

Dear Representative ???

Thank you for co-sponsoring H.805, the bill that will make voting reforms that worked so well during the pandemic permanent. Plus it will add a few more things we really need in Massachusetts.

Please ask the Speaker to bring the bill to a vote.

Thank you for all that you do for Lowell and Massachusetts,
[your name]
[your full address, so they can see you are a constituent]

Encourage Same Day Voter Registration

Ask the House Ways & Means Committee to be sure to include same-day voter registration in the bill it will report to the House floor. No Lowell Reps are on the committee, but you could write to the chair, Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (Aaron.M.Michlewitz [at] mahouse.gov).

Sample email
I am writing to you in your capacity as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee to urge that you include same-day voter registration when reporting House Bill H.805 out for a vote in the House. Because of the college population in Massachusetts, too many people move in September. The deadlines for voter registration and registration changes effectively disenfranchise those people with regard to primaries. It is possible to handle the logistics of implementing the change and important to avoid disenfranchising people as much as possible.
Thank you.

Support the Common Start Act

Affordable childcare, early childhood education, and afterschool care. The Common Start coalition has a plan for all of that. We need to help them convince legislators to pass the bill.

  • Rally.  Hold the date of November 14 for a rally in Lowell. Time, place, and speaker line-up details forthcoming.
  • Submit testimony. Deadline is Thursday, October 28, 5:00pm for submitting written testimony, letters of support, OR VIDEO (yes, you can send a video testimony) to James Wu at Common Start (james [at] field-first.com). All submissions will be sent to the Joint Committee on Education. Click on these links for step by step instructions and a template.

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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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Solidarity Lowell is a chapter of Progressive Massachusetts. Click here to join: https://www.progressivemass.com/contribute

Posted by Caroline Snow in Rapid Response Team

RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR OCTOBER 18, 2021

Solidarity Lowell Events and Actions

Solidarity Lowell Endorsed Candidate Showcase

Sunday, October 24, 5:00pm – 7:00pm (NOTE EARLY START TIME!)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89699168519?pwd=SDZTOFJkc1BmOUE5WTYxYmpnam1jUT09

For our October General Meeting, join us for an interview-style showcase of all Solidarity Lowell’s endorsed candidates for City Council and School Committee. Attendees will be able to submit questions during the event.

Learn why these progressive candidates deserve your vote!

Support Our Slate of Endorsed Candidates

City Council
At Large: Vesna Nuon (https://www.facebook.com/vesnaforlowell) *
District 2: Corey Robinson (https://www.coreyforlowell.com/)
District 4: Wayne Jenness (https://district4lowell.com)
District 5: Tooch Van (https://www.votetooch.com/home) **
District 6: Justin Ford (https://justinford.nationbuilder.com/) ****

School Committee
At Large: Jackie Doherty (https://www.facebook.com/electjackiedoherty/)
District 1: Stacey Thompson (https://www.staceyforlowell.com/) ***
District 2: Hilary Clark (https://www.clarkforprogress.com/)
District 3: Susie Chhoun (http://www.susieforlowellschools.com/)

All of the campaigns can use help with canvassing. Knocking on doors is one of the most effective ways to get out the vote. Get some exercise while helping to elect progressives! Canvassing a little too much exercise? Try standouts, holding a sign and waving to passing motorists for an hour or more. Some campaigns are also doing phonebanking and textbanking. And if you own property that would be great for sign placement, that can help too.  Contact the campaigns directly to volunteer.

And, of course, there are fundraisers to support. Signs and fliers cost money. See Local Events (below) for more information on those.

If we want real change in Lowell, we need to help get more progressives elected.

* Vesna Nuon campaign volunteer opportunities
Standouts for visibility
Wednesday 10/20 4:40 to 6:30 – Nesmith and Andover Streets, Chelmsford and Stevens Streets
Friday 10/22 4:40 to 6:30 – Nesmith and Andover Streets, Fletcher and Broadway Streets

Volunteers also needed for poll locations.

Canvassing door-to-door on Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 10:00am. Anyone interested in helping can contact Judith Durant: judithdurant1@comcast.net or 508.667.9230.

** Tooch Van District 5 City Council campaign volunteer opportunities
Monday, October 18
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm:  Visibility (Gorham St and Moore St)

Tuesday, October 19    
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm:  Visibility ( Plain St in front of Target )

 Wednesday, October 20    
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm:  Visibility ( Plain St in front of Target)

Thursday, October 21    
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm:  Visibility (Mahoneys’ Gas 88-120 Plain St )

Friday, October 22     
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm:  Visibility ( Butler Middle School 1140 Gorham Street)

Saturday, October 23
10:00 am: Breakfast at Butler Middle School 1140 Gorham Street or Olympic Restaurant 454 Chelmsford Street  (to be determined)
11:00 am: Canvassing in Sacred Heart & South Lowell Neighborhood in District 5

Sunday, October 24     
10:00 am: Breakfast at Butler Middle School 1140 Gorham Street or Olympic Restaurant 454 Chelmsford Street  (to be determined)
11:00 am: Canvassing in Sacred Heart & South Lowell Neighborhood in District 5

Also phonebanking and postcard writing opportunities. For more information go to http://votetooch.com

*** Stacey Thompson campaign volunteer opportunities
The campaign is looking especially for folks to hold signs, phonebank, or host yard signs.
Email staceyforthestudents@gmail.com for details.

Urgent Support Needed for Asylum-Seeker Marius

Marius has a new apartment and needs urgent assistance with rent money. If you are able to contribute, please send donations to Marissa Dupont.

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

 

Local Events and Actions

**** Justin Ford City Council District 6 Fundraiser

Wednesday, October 20, 6:00-9:00pm
Mount Pleasant Golf Club, 141 Staples St, Lowell

* Vesna Nuon for City Councilor Final Fundraiser 

Thursday October 21 5:30pm-8:00pm
At Panela, 7 Hanover Street, Lowell

** G.O.T.V. and Eggrolls / Tooch for District 5 

Friday, October 22, 5:30-7:30pm
Olympic Restaurant, 454 Chelmsford St, Lowell

General Election

Vote by Mail
You’ve still got time to apply to vote by mail, but don’t wait too long. The mail is slower now.

Deadline to apply to vote by mail in municipal general election
Wednesday, October 27, 5:00pm 

Due to slower mail after October 20, you would be well advised to drop it off at City Hall directly. The USPS recommends allowing 7 days each way.

You can also download an application at http://lowellma.gov/votebymail and submit it by email (to elections@lowellma.gov) if you have the capability of completing a PDF file electronically.

If you can’t do it electronically, it is possible to complete a form in person at City Hall.

Elections & Census Office
375 Merrimack Street
Basement, Room 5
Lowell, MA 01852
978-674-4046

If you are voting by mail, once you’ve received your ballot, the U.S. Postal Service recommends allowing up to 7 days for ballot delivery.

Early Voting
Early Voting in person begins October 20

Absentee Ballot
Deadline to apply for in-person absentee ballots is Monday, November 1, 12:00pm

For all the rules, including who qualifies for an absentee ballot, visit:
https://www.lowellma.gov/408/Absentee-Voting

Lowell Votes Election Guides

For information on all candidates, in English, Khmer, or Spanish.
https://www.lowellvotes.org/2021guides/

Help Lowell Votes Get Out the Vote

Lots of our neighbors do not understand the new electoral system yet. They need to be educated and encouraged to vote. Some may even need help registering to vote.

1) Please consider signing up to participate in nonpartisan voter registration tabling and voter education at your site or at events in the City: http://www.tinyurl.com/2021LowellCitywideGOTV

Lowell Votes will provide you with a voter registration and education toolkit and you can choose what materials from here you would either like printed or to donate here.
http://www.tinyurl.com/LV2021MaterialsforPrint
http://www.lowellvotes.org/donate/

2) Upcoming phone banks, canvasses, and other volunteer opportunities: Lowell Votes needs 3-5 more people for every session and always welcome different language capacities:

There will be phonebanking on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5:30-7:30 going forward until the election (except for Indigenous Peoples Day) and Saturday morning canvasses will begin on September 25.

Sign up for Phone and Canvassing days below.
https://tinyurl.com/c4wvebvu

Candidate Forums

Organized by Solidarity Lowell for Endorsed Candidates
Sunday, October 24, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Zoom link above

City Council
At Large: Vesna Nuon
District 2: Corey Robinson
District 4: Wayne Jenness
District 5: Tooch Van
District 6: Justin Ford

School Committee
At Large: Jackie Doherty
District 1: Stacey Thompson
District 2: Hilary Clark
District 3: Susie Chhoun

Organized by LTC, The Lowell Sun, Lowell Votes, and KhmerPostUSA
Search for LTCLowell MA Candidates 2021 on Youtube to see video of all the candidate forums they hosted.

DEI Consortium Candidate Spotlight

Watch any Spotlights you missed on the YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb7O-ece-ZaiKDGVxvWTJ8w

 

State-level Actions

Support MA Indigenous Legislative Agenda: H.3191/S.2027 An Act Establishing an Indigenous Peoples Day

ACTION ALERT:
Go to the Action Network link https://bit.ly/IPDMA2021 and you will find the text of the bill, a template letter that you can personalize and send to legislators, and also information about how to send your own letter if you do not want to use the automated Action Network letter. Please plan to modify the Action Network letter to tell the legislators why this bill is so important to you — personalization helps a lot! Sending this will only take a few minutes of your time.

Please go to the website http://MAIndigenousAgenda.org for information about all 5 indigenous legislative priorities this session, including eliminating Native American mascots, honoring Indigenous People’s Day, celebrating and teaching Native American culture & history, protecting Native American heritage, and supporting the education and futures of Native youth.

Via Daniele Skopek/ Christine Brown Indivisible Acton Area – News-Magic Team  (edited)

Support new bill addressing racism through education

Racism has existed for hundreds of years in our society.  If we want to fight racism at its fundamental level, we must educate our children early.

MA bills S365 and H584: “An Act relative to anti-racism, equity, and justice in education” were proposed to address the incomplete education in our public school system that perpetuates historical racial inequities which have profoundly harmed the physical and mental health of BIPOC communities and threaten our democracy. To advance the bills, we need a majority of the 160 state representatives and of the 40 state senators in the MA State Legislature to vote yes in this legislative session.

Send written testimony to support the bill: https://tinyurl.com/wsnfss46

Please take a few seconds to simply send a pre-written email to your legislator to ask him/her to support these bills today.  You can personalize the email.

Urge your legislator to support the bill: Click here to email your legislator Ethnic studies and Anti-Racism in K-12 Education – Action Network

For a summary of the bills, please read: Summary Fact Sheet of bill

Please follow bill sponsors on Facebook: fb.com/care4aapi.  Email: coalition.care.aapi@gmail.com to stay informed on this issue.

H/t Shaw Yang Indivisible Acton – News Magic Team (edited)

Pay Our Interns Campaign

Write your legislators asking them to see that interns are paid for their work. Some states already do that. It is classist not to. How many of you could afford to work for free when you were in college? https://tinyurl.com/kr3jms2y

Fight evictions: Contact your legislators in support of the COVID Housing Equity Bill

Everything you need to take action is at the link. https://tinyurl.com/ywb25nra

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Contact your state representative and state senator (email preferable at the moment)
(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 02133ylowell.com.

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

September meeting notes https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S0Avt3s5c6eWvXD73O4P0xeWjO5ZAj7GfyapGnPLEMs/edit?usp=sharing

September meeting recording https://youtu.be/akgldM3rz-4

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Solidarity Lowell is a chapter of Progressive Massachusetts. Click here to join: https://www.progressivemass.com/contribute

Posted by Caroline Snow in Rapid Response Team