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SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 4/18/19

Local

Demonstrate, Dine, and Discuss: Solidarity with Stop & Shop Workers

Friday, April 19th, 6:30-9pm, STOP & SHOP, 299 Chelmsford Street, Chelmsford

Join us for Solidarity Lowell’s monthly fun social visibility event! At 6:30pm, join us at the Chelmsford Stop & Shop to stand in solidarity with the striking Stop & Shop workers. Bring signs! We will also have some sign-making supplies if you’d like to make one. Then at 7:30pm, we’ll head to Lao’De Cafe (108 Merrimack St, Lowell) to have some delicious food and/or beverages, and get to enjoy each other’s company! All are welcome! Bring along a partner, friend, neighbor, and/or a local student!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/428742667929246/

Input Needed on the Solidarity Lowell Mission Statement

Please review the revised Solidarity Lowell Mission Statement and send any comments or suggestions tomarissa@solidaritylowell.com

View the mission statement here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bUfhjeVDznDiXH76mfs-rnzMI6iBwUhZ/view?usp=sharing

Mack Plaza Canal Cleanup

Saturday, April 20th, 9am-noon, Lowell National Historical Park, 246 Market St, Lowell

Our first cleanup of the season will be at Mack Plaza (where LNHP starts their tours). As always we’ll provide tools, gloves. Looking forward to seeing you.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/333097897347942/

Khmer New Year Celebration 2019

Sunday, April 20th, 8:30am-5pm, Lowell Senior Center, 276 Broadway St, and Roberto Clemente Park, 803 Middlesex St, Lowell

We would like to welcome you, your family and friends to join our Annual Celebration of Khmer New Year which will be held at Lowell Senior Center on Saturday, April 20th 2019 from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM.  The event will be followed by a parade at 11:00 a.m. to continue the celebration at Roberto Clemente Park between 12:00 till 5:00 PM. This exciting community gathering celebrates Lowell’s Cambodian community with delicious ethnic Khmer food, beautiful traditional outfits, live performance of Cambodian royal ballet dancers (which were only performed to the royal families), and other traditional folk dances.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2162757153816911/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/1860048754121335/
 

Stand Up for Clean Energy in Lowell

Tuesday, April 23rd, 5:30pm, City Council Chambers, Lowell City Hall, 375 Merrimack St, Lowell

As you may know, Lowell buys electricity for all its residents (called Community Choice Aggregation) – and we want this energy to be renewable! Lowell’s contract will soon be renegotiated and we need to let the City Council know that this matters. Please come to the Subcommittee meeting about this at 5:30 pm, Tuesday, April 23 in the Council Chambers at Lowell City Hall. We need your support!

For more information, contact Jon Grossman at jgrossman@seiu509.org or (617) 312-7180

April CHOP Dinner

Wednesday, April 24th, 5:30-7:30pm, Lowell Senior Center, 276 Broadway St, Lowell

This upcoming CHOP dinner’s theme is “College 2 Community Night!” Middlesex Community College will speak about their first year, experience, dental, health, and business program. Their admissions and financial aid staff will also be present.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2279450738782881/
 

SAVE THE DATE: Solidarity Lowell April Meeting

Sunday, April 28th, 5:30-7pm, Christ Church United (UCC), 1 Bartlett Street, Lowell

Join us for the monthly general meeting of Solidarity Lowell, featuring the Solidarity Lowell Coordinating Committee election. Four people are up for re-election, and there is one open seat. We encourage anyone who is interested to come and either nominate themselves or be nominated. Note: you must be a member in good standing (have attended at least three meetings) and not be currently running for Lowell City office in order to be nominated. We’ll also take a look back at where we’ve been and discuss where we want to go in the coming year.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1129620467219536/
 

Unpacking Whiteness Workshop Series

Date and location TBD

Solidarity Lowell is organizing an Unpacking Whiteness workshop to help our white members understand how to confront white supremacy and their own personal biases, and learn how to be better global citizens. This six-week workshop is presented by Felicia Sullivan. Sign up using the link below to help us decide on which night of the week this will be held.

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/tPp98rQY9y9ztg4R8

Chelms-FED Up Postcarding

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

Fed up in Chelmsford? Come join us at The Java Room! We will be writing postcards for upcoming municipal elections! 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

Join your postcarding friends from Indivisible Westford Progressive Massachusetts and Solidarity Lowell to write issue-based postcards to our reps and write directly to voters for an upcoming election! Join us every Thursday!

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. Solidarity Lowell is part of the Merrimack Valley Interfaith Sanctuary Network, which helps provide a place to stay for immigrants at immediate risk of deportation. If you are interested in helping out with local sanctuary efforts, either with accompaniment, food, laundry, or otherwise, please email Solidarity Lowell’s Volunteer Coordinator at marissa@solidaritylowell.com. Training is provided. You can also donate to the cause here: http://www.merrimackvalleyproject.org/donate-1/ (please write “asylum” in the “special notes” part of the donation form). Also, since the sanctuary space was empty for so long, the MVISN decided to open it up to asylum-seekers, and we have a guest there currently. If you’d like to help with his living expenses, please donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/help-marius-stay-and-fight-for-asylum-in-the-usa?fbclid=IwAR3LDRCxbnncLMXBTul7dhAS73nc7mQHoNSMxrh8FfkYVdKlqs2Kp129liU

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

State

Progressive Mass Breaking Barriers Breakfast featuring Rachael Rollins

Wednesday, April 24th, 8:30-10am, Carrie Nation, 11 Beacon St, Boston

Rachael Rollins is making headlines. She is pushing the spotlight on criminal justice. She is breaking barriers. Join us on April 24th for a Progressive Mass celebration of continued success and ongoing mobilization in the commonwealth.Trailblazer Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins joins us as special guest for a Breaking Barriers Breakfast Progressive Mass fundraiser.

Purchase your tickets here: https://www.progressivemass.com/bbb2019_rsvp?fbclid=IwAR2AywESkF82nOgmTpKsD4X5A797w83Zq0-NNnsm4tUXtZHOvhx4Mzl88DI&utm_campaign=breaking_barriers_breakfast1&utm_medium=email&utm_source=progressivemass

Marcha Para Las Licencias (March for Drivers Licenses)

 

Friday, April 26th, 5:30-8:30pm, Lawrence City Hall, 200 Common St, Lawrence

The fight for licenses for immigrants have a history of more than 15 years but we are tired of empty promises from politicians. This year we must let everyone in Massachusetts know that we will continue this fight and win. Yes, it is important that legislators know the urgency of this campaign, but it is critical that our community feels it. The laws only change when the majority of the people want to change them. For this reason, we are going to walk through Lawrence to Andover. Afterward, we will join in car the rest of the circles in Cosecha Massachusetts in the Gran Pilgrimage from Framingham towards the capital in Boston.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1002629413269625/

Support the MVP Amendment for an Addiction Hotline and Transportation System

Please contact your state representative and state senator (find yours here https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator):

House Speaker Robert DeLeo: 617-722-2500

Rep. Thomas Golden 617-722-2263
Rep. David Nangle 617-722-2520
Rep. Rady Mom 617-722-2460
Rep. Colleen Garry 617-722-2380
Rep. Tram Nguyen 617-722-2425

Sen. Edward Kennedy 617-722-1630
Sen. Michael Barrett 617-722-1572
Sen. Barry Finegold 617-722-1612
Sen. Jamie Eldridge 617-722-1120

 

Sample Script: “Hi, I’m [Name] from [Address] and Solidarity Lowell. I’m asking that the Representative support House Budget Amendment #966 to help those struggling with substance abuse disorder in the Merrimack Valley. This amendment will create a pilot program that can provide access to a hotline and to a transportation system that will get people directly into rehabilitation services. This pilot program addresses a critical gap in treatment and can save dozens of lives throughout our region. Thank you again for your time and support of Amendment #966.”

If you call and speak to an aide or leave a message, MVP is asking that you email them at MValleyPR@gmail.com so they can track our progress.

Meet with Rep. Tom Golden about the Fair Share Amendment

As part of the Raise Up MA coalition, Merrimack Valley Project is working on coordinating in-district meetings with elected officials who have yet to sign on as a co-sponsor for the Fair Share Amendment. Fortunately, the majority of Valley legislators have signed on in support of this amendment; however, here in Lowell we have yet to receive an endorsement of Rep. Tom Golden and therefore MVP has been asked to set up an in-district meeting with the Representative. MVP has previously met with Rep. Golden in regard to our substance use disorder and criminal justice work but we are hoping to bring a broad coalition to this next meeting to show Rep. Golden how important Fair Share is for his constituents in all walks of life.

If interested, please email trevorlafaucimvp@gmail.com

 

Support the Amendment to Raise the Capital Gains Tax

Please contact your state representative and state senator (find yours here https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator):
House Speaker Robert DeLeo: 617-722-2500

Rep. Thomas Golden 617-722-2263
Rep. David Nangle 617-722-2520
Rep. Rady Mom 617-722-2460
Rep. Colleen Garry 617-722-2380
Rep. Tram Nguyen 617-722-2425

Sen. Edward Kennedy 617-722-1630
Sen. Michael Barrett 617-722-1572
Sen. Barry Finegold 617-722-1612
Sen. Jamie Eldridge 617-722-1120

 

Sample Script: “Hi, I’m [Name] from [Address] and Solidarity Lowell asking you to act RIGHT NOW to begin building the fairer tax structure that Massachusetts voters want. Raising the tax on long-term capital gains from 5.05% to 8.95%, for example, would put us in line with states like Vermont and New Jersey and raise more than $1 billion to invest in our commonwealth. The highest-income 1 percent of households receive approximately 80 percent of capital gains income in Massachusetts, while the bottom 80 percent of household receive only 3 percent. Please CO-SPONSOR Rep. Mike Connolly’s Budget Amendment #1357 (Long-Term Capital Gains) and STAND for a vote! Thank you!”

More information: https://www.progressivemass.com/tax-the-rich-2019

 

 

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SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 4/11/19

Local

14th Annual Lowell Take Back the Night

Thursday, April 11th, 6-9pm, Lowell City Hall, 375 Merrimack Street, Lowell

Take Back The Night represents a world-wide stand against sexual violence, especially violence against women. Take Back The Night events have been documented in over 36 countries, in over 800 communities, with more locations taking a stand every year. We have reached over 30 million people with our message of strength and support, and our commitment to ending sexual violence. Take Back the Night will begin at Lowell City Hall at 6:00 PM for a rally and speakers. From Lowell City Hall, we will embrace our voices and take to the streets to march from City Hall to The Middlesex Community College Library. At the library, there will be a closed-room speak-out and open mic for survivors to be able to share their stories.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/323542541595326/

 

 

UML CASA Presents: Khmer New Year 2019

Saturday, April 13th, 6-10pm, University Crossing at UMass Lowell, 220 Pawtucket St, Lowell

The Cambodian-American Student Association at University of Massachusetts Lowell proudly presents to you our BIGGEST event of the year, our annual Khmer New Year celebration! Khmer New Year marks the end of the harvesting season and is a special time where farmers can celebrate all of their hard work and efforts. We invite you, your friends, and family to come join us in the celebration of the new year! This year, we will be celebrating the year of the Pig. There will be countless traditional and modern performances as well as delicious Cambodian food to satisfy your cravings, as part of your admissions fee! Join us for a memorable night filled with traditions and culture!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/322947691897300/

 

 

Demonstrate, Dine, and Discuss!

Friday, April 19th, 6:30-9pm, The Ladd and Whitney Memorial, 309 Merrimack Street, Lowell

Join us for Solidarity Lowell’s monthly fun social visibility event! At 6:30pm, join us at the island in front of City Hall to stand in solidarity peacefully and joyfully. Bring signs! We will also have some sign-making supplies if you’d like to make one. Then at 7:30pm, we’ll head down to Lao’De Cafe (108 Merrimack St, Lowell) to have some delicious food and/or beverages, and get to enjoy each other’s company! All are welcome! Bring along a partner, friend, neighbor, and/or a local student!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/428742667929246/

 

 

Unpacking Whiteness Workshop Series

Date and location TBD

Solidarity Lowell is organizing an Unpacking Whiteness workshop to help our white members understand how to confront white supremacy and their own personal biases, and learn how to be better global citizens. This six-week workshop is presented by Felicia Sullivan. Sign up using the link below to help us decide on which night of the week this will be held.

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/tPp98rQY9y9ztg4R8

 

 

SAVE THE DATE: Solidarity Lowell April Meeting and SLCC Election

Sunday, April 28th, 5:30-7pm, Christ Church United (UCC), 1 Bartlett Street, Lowell

Join us for the monthly general meeting of Solidarity Lowell, featuring the Solidarity Lowell Coordinating Committee election. Four people are up for re-election, and there is one open seat. We encourage anyone who is interested to come and either nominate themselves or be nominated. Note: you must be a member in good standing (have attended at least three meetings) and not be currently running for Lowell City Council in order to be nominated. We’ll also take a look back at where we’ve been and discuss where we want to go in the coming year.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1129620467219536/

Chelms-FED Up Postcarding

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

Fed up in Chelmsford? Come join us at The Java Room! We will be writing postcards for upcoming municipal elections! 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

Join your postcarding friends from Indivisible Westford Progressive Massachusetts and Solidarity Lowell to write issue-based postcards to our reps and write directly to voters for an upcoming election! Join us every Thursday!

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. Solidarity Lowell is part of the Merrimack Valley Interfaith Sanctuary Network, which helps provide a place to stay for immigrants at immediate risk of deportation. If you are interested in helping out with local sanctuary efforts, either with accompaniment, food, laundry, or otherwise, please email Solidarity Lowell’s Volunteer Coordinator at 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). Also, since the sanctuary space was empty for so long, the MVISN decided to open it up to asylum-seekers, and we have a guest there currently. If you’d like to help with his living expenses, please donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/help-marius-stay-and-fight-for-asylum-in-the-usa?fbclid=IwAR3LDRCxbnncLMXBTul7dhAS73nc7mQHoNSMxrh8FfkYVdKlqs2Kp129liU

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

State

Jericho Walk at Burlington ICE Office

Tuesday, April 16th, 1-2pm, 1000 District Ave, Burlington

Join us for our monthly Jericho Walk at the ICE office in Burlington, MA. The Jericho Walk is a silent interfaith prayer and act of solidarity. The walk draws inspiration from the Battle of Jericho, in which the community marched around the city of Jericho seven times, causing the city walls to fall. The Jericho Walk of today is a silent, peaceful, and prayerful walk to bring down the walls of our unjust immigration system and is open to people of all or no faiths. Please bring signs calling for just treatment of those who are caught in our broken immigration system.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1152620201611726/

Our Taxes, Our Choices: Tax Day Demonstration

Wednesday, April 17th, 4:30-8pm, Upham’s Corner Health Center, 415 Columbia Rd, Boston

Wars, military spending and tax cuts for the rich are hurting our communities and destroying the planet! At least 60% of annual US “Discretionary Spending” goes directly to the Pentagon to finance wars and military spending; the Trump tax cuts overwhelmingly favor the wealthy and corporations while limiting potential spending that will benefit our communities. We say: NO to excessive military spending, NO to tax cuts for the rich, NO to nuclear weapons, NO to military bases all over the world, and NO to war. We say YES to HOUSING, YES to EDUCATION, YES to HEALTH CARE, YES to JOBS, and YES to COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/254096648829154/

 

 

 

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SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 4/5/19

Local

First Planning Meeting for Cultural Exchange Potluck 2019

Monday, April 8th, 6:30-8pm, Eliot Presbyterian Church, 273 Summer Street, Lowell

Join the Solidarity Lowell Immigrant Rights Committee to help plan this year’s Cultural Exchange Potluck, part of Welcoming Week in Lowell. Feel free to bring guests!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/424543331631612/
 

My Humility/Our Humanity: Overcoming Obstacles at the Welcoming Table

Sunday, April 7th, 3-6:30pm, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 2 Westford St, Chelmsford

Join the Greater Lowell Interfaith Leadership Alliance (GLILA) at their annual interfaith gathering against violence. At 3pm, gather to share stories and participate in activities and discussion. Then at 4:45pm, join in celebration, song, prayer, and reflection. Refreshments to follow.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/573299936498753/
 

Lowell Naturalization Ceremony: Help Register New Citizens

Tuesday, April 9th, 9:30am-1:30pm, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 E Merrimack Street, Lowell

Come join the League of Women Voters and friends, and help up to 1000 new American citizens register to vote. It’s a very rewarding experience!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/275085066743553/
 

14th Annual Lowell Take Back the Night

Thursday, April 11th, 6-9pm, Lowell City Hall, 375 Merrimack Street, Lowell

Take Back The Night represents the earliest world-wide stand against sexual violence, especially violence against women. Take Back The Night events have been documented in over 36 countries, in over 800 communities, with more locations taking a stand every year. We have reached over 30 million people with our message of strength and support, and our commitment to ending sexual violence. Take Back the Night will begin at Lowell City Hall at 6:00 PM for a rally and speakers. From Lowell City Hall, we will embrace our voices and take to the streets to march from City Hall to The Middlesex Community College Library. At the library, there will be a closed-room speak-out and open mic for survivors to be able to share their stories.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/323542541595326/
 

Unpacking Whiteness Workshop Series

Date and location TBD

Solidarity Lowell is organizing an Unpacking Whiteness workshop to help our white members understand how to confront white supremacy and their own personal biases, and learn how to be better global citizens. This six-week workshop is presented by Felicia Sullivan. Sign up using the link below to help us decide on which night of the week this will be held.

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/tPp98rQY9y9ztg4R8
 

SAVE THE DATE: Solidarity Lowell April Meeting and Coordinating Committee Election

Sunday, April 28th, 5:30-7pm, Christ Church United (UCC), 1 Bartlett Street, Lowell

Join us for the monthly general meeting of Solidarity Lowell, featuring the Solidarity Lowell Coordinating Committee election. Four people are up for re-election, and there is one open seat. We encourage anyone who is interested to come and either nominate themselves or be nominated. Note: you must be a member in good standing (have attended at least three meetings) and not be currently running for Lowell City Council in order to be nominated. We’ll also take a look back at where we’ve been and discuss where we want to go in the coming year.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1129620467219536/

Chelms-FED Up Postcarding

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

Fed up in Chelmsford? Come join us at The Java Room! We will be writing postcards for upcoming municipal elections! 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

Join your postcarding friends from Indivisible Westford Progressive Massachusetts and Solidarity Lowell to write issue-based postcards to our reps and write directly to voters for an upcoming election! Join us every Thursday!

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. Solidarity Lowell is part of the Merrimack Valley Interfaith Sanctuary Network, which helps provide a place to stay for immigrants at immediate risk of deportation. If you are interested in helping out with local sanctuary efforts, either with accompaniment, food, laundry, or otherwise, please email Solidarity Lowell’s Volunteer Coordinator at 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). Also, since the sanctuary space was empty for so long, the MVISN decided to open it up to asylum-seekers, and we have a guest there currently. If you’d like to help with his living expenses, please donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/help-marius-stay-and-fight-for-asylum-in-the-usa?fbclid=IwAR3LDRCxbnncLMXBTul7dhAS73nc7mQHoNSMxrh8FfkYVdKlqs2Kp129liU

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

State

Bill Hearing for the Fair Share Amendment

Thursday, April 11th, 10:30am-1pm, Gardner Auditorium, State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston

The Fair Share Amendment is a proposal to amend the Massachusetts Constitution, creating an additional tax of four percentage points on the portion of a person’s annual income above $1 million. With the the new revenue, Massachusetts will be able to invest in vital improvements to our education and transportation systems. Right now the highest 1% of income earners in the state are paying a smaller share of their income in taxes than any other income group. This tax will bring in new revenue and reinvest it into public schools for our children, affordable public higher education, and green and accessible public transportation for all.

More information: https://action.raiseupma.org/page/s/fsa-hearing

Take Action for Safer Communities

Please contact your state representative and state senator (find yours herehttps://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator):

House Speaker Robert DeLeo: 617-722-2500

Rep. Thomas Golden 617-722-2263
Rep. David Nangle 617-722-2520
Rep. Rady Mom 617-722-2460
Rep. Colleen Garry 617-722-2380
Rep. Tram Nguyen 617-722-2425

Sen. Edward Kennedy 617-722-1630
Sen. Michael Barrett 617-722-1572
Sen. Barry Finegold 617-722-1612
Sen. Jamie Eldridge 617-722-1120

A new Safe Communities Act (H.2573/S.1401) is before the state legislature. This bill would help restore community trust in law enforcement by disentangling local law enforcement from federal immigration matters and protecting due process for everybody.

Sample Script: “Hi, this is [Name] from [Address] and Solidarity Lowell. As your constituent, I urge you to protect immigrants across our state and increase public safety for all by supporting the new Safe Communities Act (H.3573/S.1401). The Safe Communities Act will protect everyone in our communities by focusing resources on public safety, rather than enforcing federal anti-immigrant policies. Massachusetts should join other states, such as California, Illinois and Connecticut, which have already taken similar action. Please urge the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security to advance the SCA and begin building a safer community for all Massachusetts residents. Thank you!”

More information: https://action.aclu.org/send-message/ma-safe-communities?ms_aff=MA&initms_aff=MA&ms=190401_Immigration_MA&initms=190401_Immigration_MA&ms_chan=eml&initms_chan=eml

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

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SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 2/14/19

Local

Demonstrate, Drink, and Discuss: Diversity in Lowell Hiring

Friday, February 15th, 6:30-9pm, The Ladd and Whitney Memorial, 309 Merrimack Street, Lowell

Join us for Solidarity Lowell’s monthly fun social visibility event! Special theme: Advancing diversity in hiring in the city of Lowell! Diversity makes us all stronger. At 6:30pm, join us at the island in front of City Hall to rally and celebrate peacefully and make a positive imprint on the community. Bring warm hats, gloves, and signs! After the rally, at 7:30pm, we’ll walk to Big Poke (96 Merrimack Street) to have some food and/or beverages, and get to enjoy each other’s company! All are welcome! Bring a friend, neighbor, and/or a local student!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/313074082652480/

Improve Your City in 5 Simple Steps

Thursdays from February 21st through March 14th, 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/259518168279577

Help Organize Take Back the Night

Thursday, February 21st, 5:30-7pm, The Center for Hope and Healing, 21 George Street 4th Floor, Lowell

In a community effort toward organizing a Taking Back the Night event (April 11th), we are hosting an open house for anyone and everyone who wants to get involved in the Take Back the Night rally, march, and speak out! Every year we come together to show survivors that we see them, hear them, and believe them. Join us to help build a community free from sexual violence. Volunteer opportunities include: leading a rally team, making posters, conducting surveys at the rally, entertainment, registration desk, handing out T-shirts, set-up and break down, outreach and marketing prior to event (and a free T-shirt!). Please attend to learn more and to sign up.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/323542541595326/permalink/335666290382951/

SAVE THE DATE: Solidarity Lowell February Meeting

Sunday, February 24th, 5:30-7pm, Christ Church United, 1 Bartlett St, Lowell

Join us for the monthly general meeting of Solidarity Lowell, featuring Mary Tauras presenting a discussion about how to have difficult conversations, Jonathan Cohn of Progressive Mass speaking about how the state legislature works, group updates and announcements, an update from the Immigrant Rights subcommittee…and more! All are welcome! Hope to see you there!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2161628877484513/

Develop Your Leadership Skills and Make Your Community a Better Place

By February 22nd

Empower: Building Leaders, Strengthening Communities is an interactive nine-week workshop series presented by Lowell Alliance and Coalition for a Better Acre that provides participants with the knowledge, skills, and resources to help them create and lead change at the grassroots level. Workshops are Thursday evenings for nine weeks starting in March. This program is free to Lowell residents.

More information: https://www.lowellalliance.org/empower-leadership-program

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 and there is a session coming up in March. 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

State

Solitary Confinement Regulation Hearing

Tuesday, February 19th, 10am, Ashburton Cafe Function Room, 1 Ashburton Place, Boston

The DOC has changed their regulations in response to the criminal justice bill. However, while they appear to make an attempt to follow the letter of the law, they flout the spirit of the law entirely. It is clear from the regulations that they have no intention of releasing people from solitary confinement and they have turned the law requiring prisoners to be released at least two hours a day as an opportunity to torment them by designing “desks”, which can only be described as torture devices, that they are shackled to for several hours a day so they can not move and with nothing to do since the “programming” they provide is useless. Please come support family members and friends of prisoners who are being tortured through the overuse of solitary confinement in the DOC so we can end this inhumane, barbaric practice in the state of Massachusetts. Meet at Ashburton Place behind State House!

 

February Jericho Walk at Burlington ICE Office

Tuesday, February 19th, 1-2pm, 1000 District Ave, Burlington

Please join us for a monthly Jericho Walk at the Burlington MA ICE office. The Jericho Walk is a silent interfaith prayer and act of solidarity. The walk draws inspiration from the Battle of Jericho, in which the community marched around the city of Jericho seven times, causing the city walls to fall. The Jericho Walk of today is a silent, peaceful, and prayerful walk to bring down the walls of our unjust immigration system and is open to people of all or no faiths. Please bring signs calling for just treatment of those who are caught in our broken immigration system.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1983978208570235/

 

 

Tell Trahan: No Boots, No Beds, No Wall

Representative Lori Trahan: (978) 453-3200

Sample Script: “Hello, I’m [Name] from [ZIP] and Solidarity Lowell. I’m calling to thank you for standing strong against Trump’s demands for wall funding. I’m asking you to support a conference agreement only if it has no new money for the wall, detention beds, or ICE agents. Please oppose any conference agreement that has new funding for those items, and instead support a clean, year-long CR. Thank you!”

More information: https://act.indivisible.org/call/cr-reject-trumps-deportation-machine-and-wall?source=email_20190211_link1&utm_source=email&utm_medium=link1&t=12&akid=42548%2E682753%2EVyBHbx

 

 

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SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE RESULTS REPORT FOR 02/12/2019

Lowell Good News
The Kindred Project has received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award from the UMASS Lowell’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.
https://www.facebook.com/LowellTheKindredProject/posts/2318200775091609
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The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA) received a $5,000 grant for the CMAA After School Program from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.
http://www.glcfoundation.org/2019/02/04/greater-lowell-community-foundation-awards-135500-in-community-grants-to-18-local-nonprofits/
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Massachusetts Good News
The Massachusetts Legislature has filed three bills for its 2019-2020 session to protect the Merrimack River.
https://www.merrimack.org/web/mass-lawmakers-file-bills-to-protect-merrimack-river/
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The Massachusetts Legislature also adopted the gender neutral term “Chairs”, as opposed to “Chairman” and “Chairwoman.”
https://www.masslive.com/news/2019/01/shifting-from-chairmen-to-chairs-beacon-hill-changes-gendered-language.html
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Bank of America is adding $750,000 to the $250,000 it donated last year to help build permanent housing for Boston’s chronically homeless.
https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/01/31/bank-of-america-state-announce-funding-to-help-homeless/
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The city of Watertown passed a law requiring solar panels on new buildings.
https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2019/02/01/watertown-requires-solar-panels-on-new-buildings-and-massachusetts-considers-following-suit-statewide
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National Good News
Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced her office would cease prosecuting people for possessing marijuana regardless of the quantity or the person’s criminal history and has also requested the state vacate convictions in nearly 5,000 cases of marijuana possession.
https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/bs-md-mosby-marijuana-prosecution-policy-20190129-story.html
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The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act was introduced last week. It would build on a 2010 law that criminalized making or distributing videos depicting the killing or torture of animals.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/30/us/animal-cruelty-bill-felony.html
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Atlanta, GA threw its own extended Super Bowl concert, filled with the local and diverse talents that were missing from the event’s official halftime show.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/01/arts/music/super-bowl-atlanta-rap-concert.html
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Two senators reintroduced a bill that aims to strengthen protections for Native American women, who face above-average rates of murder, violence and kidnapping.
https://abcn.ws/2Gb0v7j
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Amal Awad became the first black, first female, and first LGBTQ police chief of Hyattsville, MD.
https://wapo.st/2Rd4x0x
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Girls ages 11 to 17 can now join Boy Scout troops in New Hampshire.
https://www.wmur.com/article/girls-ages-11-to-17-can-now-join-boy-scout-troops-in-new-hampshire/26117889
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Sparked by the wave of #MeToo revelations, companies seeking sexual harassment insurance are facing intense scrutiny and increased vigilance from insurers.
https://theintercept.com/2019/02/02/workplace-harassment-insurance-metoo/
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A federal appeals court has overturned FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s attempt to take broadband subsidies away from tribal residents.
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/02/ajit-pai-loses-in-court-judges-overturn-gutting-of-tribal-broadband-program/
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Nevada’s statehouse begins its legislative session by marking a major milestone. It’s the first time in our nation’s history that any state legislature holds a majority of female lawmakers.
https://www.npr.org/2019/02/04/691198416/a-first-women-take-the-majority-in-nevada-legislature-and-colorado-house
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The city of Sandusky, Ohio will no longer observe Columbus Day. Going forward, Election Day will now be observed in its place.
https://www.npr.org/2019/02/04/691198416/a-first-women-take-the-majority-in-nevada-legislature-and-colorado-house
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International Good News
The Lego Foundation announced it will distribute $100 million of funding over the span of five years to support a collaboration between Sesame Workshop, the International Rescue Committee, and the Bangladeshi relief organization BRAC.
https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/legos-sesame-street-brac-irc-refugees-education/
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A Dutch church’s nonstop 96-day vigil finally came to an end after its organizers received confirmation that a family of refugees sheltering inside the church would no longer face immediate deportation from the Netherlands.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/30/world/europe/netherlands-church-vigil-refugees.html
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The International Building Code is changing to recommend gender neutral bathrooms.
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/02/international-building-code-changing-recommend-gender-neutral-bathrooms/
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Canada’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of denying accreditation to a Christian law school that banned students from having gay sex, ruling that LGBT rights come before religious beliefs. https://hopeforourtimes.com/canadas-supreme-court-rules-that-lgbt-rights-come-before-your-religious-beliefs/
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A judge handed suspended sentences and community service to 15 people who broke into Stansted Airport, north of London, to ground a flight removing migrants from Britain.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/06/world/europe/uk-stansted-15.html
Posted by Greg in Rapid Response Team

SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 2/8/19

Local

Demonstrate, Drink, and Discuss

Friday, February 15th, 6:30-9pm, The Ladd and Whitney Memorial, 309 Merrimack Street, Lowell

Join us for Solidarity Lowell’s monthly fun social visibility event! Special local theme TBA. At 6:30pm, join us at the island in front of City Hall to rally and celebrate peacefully and make a positive imprint on the community. Bring warm hats, gloves, and signs! After the rally, at 7:30pm, we’ll walk to Big Poke (96 Merrimack Street) to have some food and/or beverages, and get to enjoy each other’s company! All are welcome! Bring a friend, neighbor, and/or a local student!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/313074082652480/

 

Campaign Training with Mass Alliance

Saturday, February 9th, 10am-2:30pm, First Parish Church United of Westford

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.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/932126153650940/

RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdwuNSt0BxFNbeyTQ7H1hgyJGLW4j0Ini4ymHMZlQSAaeJ1Mw/viewform

 

Lowell Talks: LGBTQ History

Sunday, February 10th, 2-3:30pm, Boott Cotton Mills Museum Events Center, 115 John St, Lowell

Join us for a community conversation on LGBTQ history. Hosted in partnership with History UnErased. Free and open to all.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/309182863070728/

 

Volunteer at the New Lowell Justice For Our Neighbors Clinic

Wednesday, February 13th

Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) is looking for volunteers for their new clinic in Lowell. They are in need of:

Clinic Coordinators:  Coordinate clinic operation
Intake Volunteer (2-3):  Complete confidential client paperwork at clinic
Hospitality (2-3):  Prepare and serve light supper  / refreshments for clinic
Child care (1-2):  Supervise (as needed) young children during the clinic
Interpreters (2-3), as needed (Spanish, Portuguese, Other)
Additional volunteers will be needed to support ongoing fundraising, marketing and outreach.

If interested, contact pam-brewster@comcast.net

 

Lowell Naturalization Ceremony: Help Register New Citizens

Wednesday, February 13th, 9am-1:30pm, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 E Merrimack St, Lowell

Come join the League of Women Voters (Greater Lowell & Haverhill Chapters) and help up to 1000 new American citizens register to vote. It’s a very rewarding experience! Before the ceremony, help table in the lobby. Then, enjoy the ceremony. After it’s over, return to the lobby to collect forms from brand new citizens!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/550688542113887/

 

Develop Your Leadership Skills and Make Your Community A Better Place

By February 16th

Empower: Building Leaders, Strengthening Communities is an interactive nine-week workshop series presented by Lowell Alliance and Coalition for a Better Acre that provides participants with the knowledge, skills, and resources to help them create and lead change at the grassroots level. Workshops are Thursday evenings for nine weeks starting in March.

More information: https://www.lowellalliance.org/empower-leadership-program

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

State

Civics Education Lobby Day

Tuesday, February 12th, MA State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston

Last session, the legislature passed the civics education bill to fanfare and cheers. But the Governor’s proposed 2020 budget does not include the necessary funding for the Civics Project Trust Fund, which would implement that legislation. Join us to lobby our legislators in support of civics education!

Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdV2-HUDsiaQeW33oMXBe1HMOdOJ-lGQRrLJkih4xXU9S3u5A/viewform

Call Out Your Rep for Not Supporting Transparency

Please contact your state representative and state senator (find yours herehttps://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator):
House Speaker Robert DeLeo: 617-722-2500

Rep. Thomas Golden 617-722-2263
Rep. David Nangle 617-722-2520
Rep. Rady Mom 617-722-2460
Rep. Colleen Garry 617-722-2380
Rep. Tram Nguyen 617-722-2425

Please challenge, question, and chastise those who voted NO against the transparency amendments. They need to know that voters are paying attention to this issue and will continue to pay attention come next election cycle. If we want them to stand up to the Speaker on this and other issues, we the voters must stiffen the politicians’ backbones. They will likely tell you that these amendments would have stalled efficiency of house operations. The answer to that is to ask:  “Since when does efficiency trump transparency, accountability, and informed voting in a democracy?”

Sample Script: “Hello, I’m [Name] from [ZIP] and Solidarity Lowell calling to express my disappointment that you did not support Rep. Jon Hecht’s amendments to make common sense changes to the way a bill is passed in Massachusetts. I was alarmed to learn that representatives sometimes are not given enough time to read what they are voting on and that so much of the process happens behind closed doors. I feel strongly that you as my representative should be making informed decisions, and time to read the bill and notification of who has testified for and against it are the bare minimum.  I also find it outrageous that some of the votes you take in my name – those in committee – are not available for me to see. In the future, I hope you will support increased transparency and accountability in the legislature. Thank you!”

More information: https://www.indivisible-ma.org/newsletter

Write a Letter to the Editor in Support of Common Sense Transparency

Last week, the Massachusetts House voted down three common sense transparency amendments to its rules package. These amendments were simple, good government proposals, requiring that: 1) representatives be given a reasonable amount of time to read the final language of any bill they’re voting on, 2) representatives be given a reasonable amount of time to read any amendment submitted on the floor that they’ll be voting on, and 3) hearing testimony (for/against) a bill and all votes taken in committee to be publicly available. Unfortunately, they all failed, as most rank-and-file Democrats voted with House Leadership against them. Please sign up to write a letter to the editor of your local paper explaining why the status quo Dems are wrong and why this legislation should have passed. If you’re an experienced letter writer, awesome! But if not, we’re happy to help provide you with the tools you need to succeed.

Sign up here: https://www.progressivemass.com/transparency-lte?utm_campaign=excuses_excuses&utm_medium=email&utm_source=progressivemass

 

 

Posted by Greg in Rapid Response Team

SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 1/31/19

Local

Community Relations Council: LPD Recruiting & Hiring

Thursday, January 31st, 5:30-7:30pm, Middlesex Community College Federal Building, 50 Kearney Square, Lowell

Superintendent Richardson invites community members to attend an informational session about the Civil Service process, recruiting, and hiring in the Lowell Police Department.

For more information, please contact Maryann Ballotta at (978) 674-1903 or mballotta@lowellma.gov

 

Tet at Lowell 2019

Sunday, February 3rd, 10am-4pm, UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St, Lowell

The UMass Lowell Vietnamese Student Association and the Vietnamese community of Lowell invite you to this year’s celebration of Tết, Vietnamese Lunar New Year! One of the most significant celebrations of the Vietnamese culture, Tết marks the beginning of Spring, where people everywhere leave their problems in the past and start anew with a focus on prosperity, luck, fortune, and good health for the new year. Free and open to the public.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1473363246132313/

 

Lowell Quarter Launch and Coin Exchange

Wednesday, February 6th, 10-11am, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 E Merrimack St, Lowell

Join us and Lowell National Historical Park for the first quarter launch of 2019! Event is free and open to all ages of the public.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/192371531688832/

 

Campaign Training with Mass Alliance

Saturday, February 9th, 10am-2:30pm, First Parish Church United of Westford

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.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/932126153650940/

RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdwuNSt0BxFNbeyTQ7H1hgyJGLW4j0Ini4ymHMZlQSAaeJ1Mw/viewform

 

SAVE THE DATE: Demonstrate, Drink, and Discuss

Friday, February 15th, 6:30-9pm, The Ladd and Whitney Memorial, 309 Merrimack Street, Lowell

Join us for Solidarity Lowell’s monthly fun social visibility event! Special local theme TBA. At 6:30pm, join us at the island in front of City Hall to rally and celebrate peacefully and make a positive imprint on the community. Bring warm hats, gloves, and signs! After the rally, at 7:30pm, we’ll walk to Big Poke (96 Merrimack Street) to have some food and/or beverages, and get to enjoy each other’s company! All are welcome! Bring a friend, neighbor, and/or a local student!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/313074082652480/

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 PostcardingEvery 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

State

NOTE: For the actions below, please contact your House Representatives BY FRIDAY, February 1st!

Ask Your Reps to Support the Progressive Massachusetts Agenda

Please contact your state representative and state senator (find yours here https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator):

House Speaker Robert DeLeo: 617-722-2500

Rep. Thomas Golden 617-722-2263
Rep. David Nangle 617-722-2520
Rep. Rady Mom 617-722-2460
Rep. Colleen Garry 617-722-2380
Rep. Tram Nguyen 617-722-2425

Sen. Edward Kennedy 617-722-1630
Sen. Michael Barrett 617-722-1572
Sen. Barry Finegold 617-722-1612
Sen. Jamie Eldridge 617-722-1120

Sample Script: “Hello, I’m [name] from [ZIP] and Solidarity Lowell, asking you to co-sponsor the following bills:

  • Fair Share Amendment (SD.1709/HD.3300)
  • An Act to guarantee debt-free public higher education (SD.1415/HD.3113 Eldridge-Higgins)
  • An Act relative to affordable and accessible high quality early education and care (SD.1744 / HD.1879 Friedman – Gordon),
  • An Act establishing medicare for all in Massachusetts (SD.2062/HD.2974 Eldridge – Sabadosa/Garlick)
  • An Act supporting affordable housing with a local option for a fee to be applied to certain real estate transactions (SD.334/HD.414 Boncore – Connolly)
  • Safe Communities Act (SD.926/HD.1520 Sen. Eldridge – Balser/Miranda)
  • An Act to strengthen inmate visitation (SD.2137/HD.3011 Chang-Diaz – Decker)
  • Eviction Sealing / HOMES Act (SD.526/HD.3815): An Act promoting Housing Opportunity and Mobility through Eviction Sealing (Boncore – Moran)
  • An Act relative to election day registration (SD.1695/HD.3608 Creem – Malia)
  • An Act to use of ranked choice voting in elections (SD.768 / HD.815 Lewis – Vargas/Madaro)
  • An Act promoting equality and respect in the legislature (SD.1412 / HD.2713 Rausch – Sabadosa).

Thank you!”

More information: https://www.progressivemass.com/191legislativeagenda

Call for Environmental Co-Sponsors

Please contact your state representative and state senator (find yours here https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator):

House Speaker Robert DeLeo: 617-722-2500

Rep. Thomas Golden 617-722-2263
Rep. David Nangle 617-722-2520
Rep. Rady Mom 617-722-2460
Rep. Colleen Garry 617-722-2380
Rep. Tram Nguyen 617-722-2425

Sen. Edward Kennedy 617-722-1630
Sen. Michael Barrett 617-722-1572
Sen. Barry Finegold 617-722-1612
Sen. Jamie Eldridge 617-722-1120

Sample Script: “Hello, I’m [name] from [ZIP] and Solidarity Lowell, asking for your support to make urgent climate action possible in the legislature this term. We need to equitably accelerate our transition to 100% renewable energy, increase green investment in our communities, and finally codify our commitment to environmental justice. That’s why I’m asking you to co-sponsor the following pieces of legislation by this Friday:
1. HD 3523 & HD 3878 An Act Relative to Environmental Justice
2. HD 3092 An Act Re-Powering Massachusetts with 100% Renewable Energy
3. HD 2370 An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions
4. HD 3009 An Act to Advance Modern and Sustainable Solutions for Transportation
Thank you!”

More information: https://350mass.betterfutureproject.org/call_rep?utm_campaign=call_cosponsors_19&utm_medium=email&utm_source=betterfutureproject

 

Tell Your Reps that Addiction is Not a Crime

Please contact your state representative and state senator (find yours here https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator):

House Speaker Robert DeLeo: 617-722-2500

Rep. Thomas Golden 617-722-2263
Rep. David Nangle 617-722-2520
Rep. Rady Mom 617-722-2460
Rep. Colleen Garry 617-722-2380
Rep. Tram Nguyen 617-722-2425

Sen. Edward Kennedy 617-722-1630
Sen. Michael Barrett 617-722-1572
Sen. Barry Finegold 617-722-1612
Sen. Jamie Eldridge 617-722-1120

Sample Script: “Hello, I’m [name] from [ZIP] and Solidarity Lowell, asking you to co-sponsor “An Act Relative to Treatment, Not Imprisonment” (House Docket #2727). This bill prohibits judges from sending a person suffering from addiction to jail just because they relapse while in treatment. Thank you!”

More information: https://www.aclum.org/en/tell-your-state-reps-addiction-not-crime

 

Co-Sponsor Bills Preventing Gun Violence

Please contact your state representative and state senator (find yours here https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator):

House Speaker Robert DeLeo: 617-722-2500

Rep. Thomas Golden 617-722-2263
Rep. David Nangle 617-722-2520
Rep. Rady Mom 617-722-2460
Rep. Colleen Garry 617-722-2380
Rep. Tram Nguyen 617-722-2425

Sen. Edward Kennedy 617-722-1630
Sen. Michael Barrett 617-722-1572
Sen. Barry Finegold 617-722-1612
Sen. Jamie Eldridge 617-722-1120

Sample Script: “Hello, I’m [name] from [ZIP] and Solidarity Lowell, asking you to co-sponsor Rep Marjorie Decker’s Bill HD2610: An Act Relative to Crime Gun Data Reporting and Analysis, and Chairman Linsky’s Bill HD836: An Act Relative to Universal Background Checks for Private Sales. Thank you!”

More information: https://www.mapreventgunviolence.org/

 

Co-Sponsor the Safe Communities Act

Please contact your state representative and state senator (find yours here https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator):

House Speaker Robert DeLeo: 617-722-2500

Rep. Thomas Golden 617-722-2263
Rep. David Nangle 617-722-2520
Rep. Rady Mom 617-722-2460
Rep. Colleen Garry 617-722-2380
Rep. Tram Nguyen 617-722-2425

Sen. Edward Kennedy 617-722-1630 ←-already a co-sponsor! Thank him!
Sen. Michael Barrett 617-722-1572
Sen. Barry Finegold 617-722-1612
Sen. Jamie Eldridge 617-722-1120

Sample Script: “Hello, I’m [name] from [ZIP] and Solidarity Lowell, asking you to co-sponsor the Safe Communities Act, [HD.1520 or SD.926], and to make it a priority this legislative session. Thank you very much!”

More information: https://p2a.co/YKJwyre

 

Stop Schools from Using Native Americans as Mascots

Please contact your state representative and state senator (find yours here https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator):

House Speaker Robert DeLeo: 617-722-2500

Rep. Thomas Golden 617-722-2263
Rep. David Nangle 617-722-2520
Rep. Rady Mom 617-722-2460
Rep. Colleen Garry 617-722-2380
Rep. Tram Nguyen 617-722-2425

Sen. Edward Kennedy 617-722-1630
Sen. Michael Barrett 617-722-1572
Sen. Barry Finegold 617-722-1612
Sen. Jamie Eldridge 617-722-1120

Sample Script: “Hello, I’m [name] from [ZIP] and Solidarity Lowell, asking you to co-sponsor SD.937 and HD.3645 “An Act to Prohibit the Use of Native American Mascots by Schools in the Commonwealth. Thank you!”

More information:  https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/SD937

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SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 1/24/19

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Solidarity Lowell January Meeting

Sunday, January 27th, 5:30-7pm, Christ Church United, 1 Bartlett Street, Lowell

Join us for the monthly general meeting of Solidarity Lowell! On the agenda: group updates and announcements, an update from Immigrant Rights subcommittee, a vote to endorse current progressive city council members, Jay Mason speaks about Solarize Lowell, a discussion about our goals for the year…and more! All are welcome! See you there!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1004372119758537/

 

Community Relations Council: LPD Recruiting & Hiring

Thursday, January 31st, 5:30-7:30pm, Middlesex Community College Federal Building, 50 Kearney Square, Lowell

Superintendent Richardson invites community members to attend an informational session about the Civil Service process, recruiting, and hiring.

For more information, please contact Maryann Ballotta at (978) 674-1903 or mballotta@lowellma.gov

 

 

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 PostcardingEvery 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

State

Safe Communities Act Lobby Day

Wednesday, January 30th, 1-3pm, Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston

The Safe Communities Act is back before the Mass. Legislature, as SD.926 (Sen. Jamie Eldridge) and HD.1520 (Reps. Ruth Balser and Liz Miranda). It’s streamlined but has the same strong provisions to restore community trust and protect civil rights, backed by a broad-based and diverse coalition. The first step in our campaign is to recruit legislative cosponsors. On this lobby day, with just two days to go before the Feb. 1 cosponsor deadline, we will fan out across the State House, visiting legislators to urge them to sign on and to fight to pass the Safe Communities Act in this session.

More information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/safe-communities-act-lobby-day-tickets-55098213239

Ask Your Reps to Support the Progressive Massachusetts Agenda

Please contact your state representative and state senator (find yours herehttps://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator):
House Speaker Robert DeLeo: 617-722-2500

Rep. Thomas Golden 617-722-2263
Rep. David Nangle 617-722-2520
Rep. Rady Mom 617-722-2460
Rep. Colleen Garry 617-722-2380
Rep. Tram Nguyen 617-722-2425

Sen. Edward Kennedy 617-722-1630
Sen. Michael Barrett 617-722-1572
Sen. Barry Finegold 617-722-1612
Sen. Jamie Eldridge 617-722-1120

Sample Script: “Hello, I’m [name] from [ZIP] and Solidarity Lowell, asking you to co-sponsor the following bills:

  • Fair Share Amendment (SD.1709/HD.3300)
  • An Act to guarantee debt-free public higher education (SD.1415/HD.3113 Eldridge-Higgins)
  • An Act relative to affordable and accessible high quality early education and care (SD.1744 / HD.1879 Friedman – Gordon),
  • An Act establishing medicare for all in Massachusetts (SD.2062/HD.2974 Eldridge – Sabadosa/Garlick)
  • An Act supporting affordable housing with a local option for a fee to be applied to certain real estate transactions (SD.334/HD.414 Boncore – Connolly)
  • Safe Communities Act (SD.926/HD.1520 Sen. Eldridge – Balser/Miranda)
  • An Act to strengthen inmate visitation (SD.2137/HD.3011 Chang-Diaz – Decker)
  • Eviction Sealing / HOMES Act (SD.526/HD.3815): An Act promoting Housing Opportunity and Mobility through Eviction Sealing (Boncore – Moran)
  • An Act relative to election day registration (SD.1695/HD.3608 Creem – Malia)
  • An Act to use of ranked choice voting in elections (SD.768 / HD.815 Lewis – Vargas/Madaro)
  • An Act promoting equality and respect in the legislature (SD.1412 / HD.2713 Rausch – Sabadosa)
  • An Act relative to environmental justice and toxics reduction in the Commonwealth (SD.1824 / HD.3523 Eldridge – DuBois/Miranda)
  • An Act transitioning Massachusetts to 100 percent renewable energy (SD.1625 / HD.3092 Eldridge – Decker/Garballey)
  • An Act to Combat Climate Change ( SD.1817 Barrett) / An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions* (HD.2370 Benson).

Thank you!”

More information: https://www.progressivemass.com/191legislativeagenda

 

Support Critical ACLU Bills

Please contact your state representative and state senator (find yours herehttps://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator):
House Speaker Robert DeLeo: 617-722-2500

Rep. Thomas Golden 617-722-2263
Rep. David Nangle 617-722-2520
Rep. Rady Mom 617-722-2460
Rep. Colleen Garry 617-722-2380
Rep. Tram Nguyen 617-722-2425

Sen. Edward Kennedy 617-722-1630
Sen. Michael Barrett 617-722-1572
Sen. Barry Finegold 617-722-1612
Sen. Jamie Eldridge 617-722-1120

Sample Script: “Hello, I’m [name] from [ZIP] and Solidarity Lowell, asking you take concrete action to reaffirm Massachusetts’ democratic values and co-sponsor ACLU priority legislation this session, specifically the following bills: Face Surveillance Moratorium (by Sen. Creem (SD671) & Rep. David Rogers (HD2726)) which would establish a moratorium on unregulated government use of facial recognition and other biometric monitoring technologies; An Act Relative to Treatment, Not Imprisonment (by Sen. Friedman (SD1477) & Rep. Balser (HD2727))  which ensures that courts do not send a person with substance use disorder to jail just for relapsing, if they are otherwise engaged in treatment; and The ROE Act: Removing Obstacles and Expanding Access to Reproductive Health (by Sen. Chandler (SD109) & Reps. Haddad & Livingstone (HD2548)) to remove unnecessary barriers that delay or deny access to critical abortion care. Thank you!”

More information: https://action.aclu.org/send-message/ma-legislation-cosponsorship

 

Tell Legislators to Fight for Immigrant Priorities

Please contact your state representative and state senator (find yours herehttps://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator):
House Speaker Robert DeLeo: 617-722-2500

Rep. Thomas Golden 617-722-2263
Rep. David Nangle 617-722-2520
Rep. Rady Mom 617-722-2460
Rep. Colleen Garry 617-722-2380
Rep. Tram Nguyen 617-722-2425

Sen. Edward Kennedy 617-722-1630
Sen. Michael Barrett 617-722-1572
Sen. Barry Finegold 617-722-1612
Sen. Jamie Eldridge 617-722-1120

Sample Script: “Hello, I’m [name] from [ZIP] and Solidarity Lowell, asking you to fight for immigrant priorities and co-sponsor the following bills: Rep. Tony Cabral’s HD.3495, to bar the use of state funds for law enforcement to act as immigration agents under 287(g) agreements; HD.1719 (Reps. Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Christine Barber) and SD.1143 (Sen. Brendan Crighton), to make driver’s licenses available to all qualified drivers, regardless of immigration status; SD.762, to make in-state tuition and state financial aid available to all Massachusetts high school graduates, and SD.1167, to ensure that all low-income kids have access to comprehensive MassHealth benefits. Thank you!”

More information: https://p2a.co/96apnIc

 

Ask Your Lawmakers to Co-Sponsor the Promise and Cherish Acts

Please contact your state representative and state senator (find yours herehttps://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator):
House Speaker Robert DeLeo: 617-722-2500

Rep. Thomas Golden 617-722-2263
Rep. David Nangle 617-722-2520
Rep. Rady Mom 617-722-2460
Rep. Colleen Garry 617-722-2380
Rep. Tram Nguyen 617-722-2425

Sen. Edward Kennedy 617-722-1630
Sen. Michael Barrett 617-722-1572
Sen. Barry Finegold 617-722-1612
Sen. Jamie Eldridge 617-722-1120

Sample Script: “Hello, I’m [name] from [ZIP] and Solidarity Lowell, asking you to co-sponsor the Fund Our Future bills to provide fair, equitable and just funding Massachusetts public schools and colleges. The PROMISE Act (SD 101/HD 434) and the CHERISH Act (SD 740/HD 1178) will provide desperately needed funds to public education in Massachusetts. It is critical that the House and Senate pass these important pieces of legislation. My school district is in dire need of fair and equitable funding in order to build the future our community and students deserve. Thank you!”

More information: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/fofcosponsorcall

 

Get Co-Sponsors for the We The People Act

Please contact your state representative and state senator (find yours herehttps://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator):
House Speaker Robert DeLeo: 617-722-2500

Rep. Thomas Golden 617-722-2263
Rep. David Nangle 617-722-2520
Rep. Rady Mom 617-722-2460
Rep. Colleen Garry 617-722-2380
Rep. Tram Nguyen 617-722-2425

Sen. Edward Kennedy 617-722-1630
Sen. Michael Barrett 617-722-1572
Sen. Barry Finegold 617-722-1612
Sen. Jamie Eldridge 617-722-1120

Sample Script: “Hello, I’m [name] from [ZIP] and Solidarity Lowell, asking you to co-sponsor the We The People Act (HD.2012/SD.858  Vieira & Gentile/Eldridge). In the wake of anti-democratic Supreme Court decisions such as Citizens United v. FEC, we urgently need a Constitutional amendment to make our government responsive to the needs of the people, rather than catering to the self-serving interests of multinational corporations and billionaires. Thank you!”

More information: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51465/p/dia/action4/common/public/

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SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 1/17/19

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Solidarity Lowell Rally for Women!

 

Saturday, January 19th, 3-5pm, The Ladd and Whitney Memorial, 309 Merrimack Street, Lowell

Join us for a rally to celebrate women’s achievements, with a special focus on the large number of women newly-elected to Congress. Bring your signs! Don’t have one? We’ll have extra and some sign-making supplies. Speakers include: Karen Cirillo, Lowell City Councillor; Maritza Grooms and Masada Jones of The Kindred Project; Pat Taber, Yes on 3 Greater Lowell Program Lead; Lauren Young from Freedom for All Americans; Shayndel Kahn, Rabbinic Pastor, and more! There will also be an open mike, if you would like to say something. After the rally ends, we’ll go down to Purple Carrot at 107 Merrimack Street for something warm to eat and/or drink.

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1442333805897670/

 

SL Rally for Women Sign-Making Party!

Thursday, January 17th, 7-9pm, Coffee and Cotton, Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St, 4th Floor, Lowell

Solidarity Lowell Rally for Women Sign Making Party! Come hang out and make your sign for the Solidarity Lowell Rally for Women! You can bring your own supplies or we will have some you can use.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2189854911066475/

 

 

New Americans Voter Registration Drive

Tuesday, January 22nd, 9am-1:30pm, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 E Merrimack St, Lowell

One of the best parts of becoming a U.S. citizen is being able to vote. So every time that newly naturalized U.S. citizens are sworn in at the Lowell Auditorium, we greet them at the door and invite them to register to vote right there. Join our next voter registration drive and help us ensure that all U.S. citizens make their voices heard – whether they’re citizens by birth, or by choice.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2217993911780205/

 

 

SAVE THE DATE: Solidarity Lowell January Meeting

Sunday, January 27th, 5:30-7pm, Christ Church United, 1 Bartlett Street, Lowell

Join us for the monthly general meeting of Solidarity Lowell! On the agenda: group updates and announcements, an update from Immigrant Rights subcommittee, a vote to endorse current progressive city council members, Jay Mason speaks about Solarize Lowell, a discussion about our goals for the year…and more! All are welcome! See you there!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1004372119758537/

Call for More Diversity in Lowell Schools’ Hiring

William Samaras, Mayor and School Committee Chair: (978) 459-6785
Jackie Doherty, School Committee Vice-Chair: 978-459-0004

Sample Script: “Hi, I am [Name] from [Lowell neighborhood], asking you to please prioritize diversity when hiring for positions in our schools. The business-as-usual approach is no longer an option for the short- and long-term health of LPS teachers, administrators and most importantly, the students! Our district is where it is today because of past and present decisions to not appropriately invest and innovate in the Human Resources department. Please take the recommendations from the HR Audit seriously as they should inform critical changes going forward. Please do not just talk about your valuing diversity, but put the necessary practices and systems in place to realize actual change in the department as well as within the district. Thank you!”

More information: http://richardhowe.com/2018/12/28/bobby-tugbiyele-on-lps-hr-director-search/?fbclid=IwAR1GMpv1U_JpvOwjuCGhy-gjh0KBu-I97AxRdMNVqV1K0l4ykdXgwXbLVzg

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

State

Jericho Walk Against ICE

Tuesday, January 22nd, 1-2pm, 1000 District Ave, Burlington

Please join us for our monthly Jericho Walk at the Burlington MA ICE office. The Jericho Walk is a silent interfaith prayer and act of solidarity. The walk draws inspiration from the Battle of Jericho, in which the community marched around the city of Jericho seven times, causing the city walls to fall. The Jericho Walk of today is a silent, peaceful, and prayerful walk to bring down the walls of our unjust immigration system and is open to people of all or no faiths. Please bring signs calling for just treatment of those who are caught in our broken immigration system.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/218880329021583/

Lobby for Debt-Free Higher Ed

Wednesday, January 23rd, 11am-1pm, Massachusetts State House, Room 350, Boston

The average student debt in Massachusetts is $37,172 and it is only growing. It’s clear: student debt is a crisis that can no longer be ignored or pushed aside. It’s time for a debt-free future for the current and future students of Massachusetts, to ensure the next generation’s success and well-being. Join us for a Day of Action at the State House, to lobby the legislature, make it known that we will fight this student debt crisis, and ensure that every Massachusetts resident and high school graduate has a right to an education.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/596341627477676/

 

 

2019 Campaign Launch Day! Justice & Renewable Energy for All!

Thursday, January 24th, 10:30am-2:30pm, Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston

On January 24, hundreds of members of the Mass Power Forward coalition will descend on Beacon Hill to demand that our legislators do everything they can to promote a clean energy future. Our goals are: 1. Environmental Justice in MA! 2. 100% Renewable Energy Justice  3. Equity in transportation and carbon pricing. The stakes have never been higher. With climate deniers running the show in Washington, DC, we NEED Massachusetts to step up and lead. Meet at Paulist Center near the statehouse.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2281484028801937/

 

 

Protect TPS Workers Within 100 Days!

Representative Lori Trahan: (978) 453-3200

Sample Script: “Hello, I’m [Name] from [ZIP] and Solidarity Lowell. Please make it a priority to protect Temporary Protected Status holders in our communities. By systematically ending TPS for almost all covered countries, the Trump administration has unleashed a humanitarian crisis, and I’m counting on you to do everything in your power to stop it. If Congress doesn’t act, TPS holders will lose their work permits and face deportation as soon as early summer. This is an urgent crisis. Please commit to passing legislation within the first 100 days of this Congress to make current TPS holders eligible for permanent residency. Thank you!”

More information: https://actnow.io/br6PVk6

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