Rapid Response Team

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

 

 

Posted by Greg in Rapid Response Team

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 1/17/19

Local

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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SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 1/11/19

Local

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; Pat Taber, Yes on 3 Greater Lowell Program Lead; 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/

 

Lowell Talks: LGBTQ History

Sunday, January 13th, 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. Free, limited street parking located nearby. Additional free parking at 304 Dutton St., Lowell, a 10 minute walk from the museum.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/280387742664838/

 

Two Ways to Strengthen Democracy

Sunday, January 13th, 4-6pm, First Parish Church United of Westford, 48 Main St, Westford

We will explore two ways to strengthen our Democracy with speakers from We The People and Ranked Choice Voting. We The People will discuss the next steps to overturn Citizens United after the passage of ballot question 2 in MA. Ranked Choice Voting will discuss the next steps to pass Ranked Choice Voting in MA. Please join us!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2036595249765954/

 

Help Register New Citizens

Tuesday, January 15th, 9am-1:30pm, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack St, Lowell

Join the League of Women Voters at the Lowell Naturalization Ceremony and help up to 1000 new American citizens register to vote!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/350700812153773/

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

Sexual Health Lobby Day

Thursday, January 17th, 10am-2pm, Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston

At Sexual Health Lobby Day, advocates from across the state will come together to declare: access to sexual and reproductive health care is a basic human right. The day will begin with a tabling fair and short speaking program to get you fired up, followed by a training to prepare you to hold effective conversations with your lawmakers. Then we’ll send you off to meet with your state representative and senator to advocate for a new bill to boldly and proactively expand access to safe, legal abortion; legislation that expands access to comprehensive sex education; and funding for Massachusetts family planning, teen pregnancy prevention, and HIV/AIDS prevention programs.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2020874371321485/

Free Eduardo Samaniego

ICE Field Director Sean Gallaghar: (404) 893-1206
Asst. Director Kristen Sullivan: 404-893-1203

Eduardo is a well-known activist leader with deep ties to his community in Georgia and Massachusetts. Eduardo studied at Hampshire College where he served on the College Board of Trustees. While working for immigration justice in partnership with Pioneer Valley Workers Center, Eduardo regularly collaborated with Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey.  Calls need to be made NOW.

Sample Script: “Hello, I am ________ from [ZIP] and Solidarity Lowell, asking you to immediately release Eduardo Samaniego Amaya. His A number is 206-862-839. He is not a flight risk as he has deep ties to the community in both Massachusetts and Georgia. He is a faith leader and student leader and is not a risk to public safety. Eduardo’s health is seriously deteriorating because of detention. He should be immediately released. Thank you!”

More information: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/freeeduardo-samaniego

 

 

 

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SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 1/4/19

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 on Sunday, January 6th. 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

Volunteer at the New Lowell Justice For Our Neighbors Clinic

Wednesdays:  January 9 and February 13

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 Talks: LGBTQ History

Sunday, January 13th, 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. Free, limited street parking located nearby. Additional free parking at 304 Dutton St., Lowell, a 10 minute walk from the museum.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/280387742664838/

 

Two Ways to Strengthen Democracy

Sunday, January 13th, 4-6pm, First Parish Church United of Westford, 48 Main St, Westford

We will explore two ways to strengthen our Democracy with speakers from We The People and Ranked Choice Voting. We The People will discuss the next steps to overturn Citizens United after the passage of ballot question 2 in MA. Ranked Choice Voting will discuss the next steps to pass Ranked Choice Voting in MA. Please join us!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2036595249765954/
 

 

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

Save the Date: Solidarity Lowell Women’s March

Saturday, January 19th, 3:30pm

Details forthcoming! If you’re interested in helping to plan this event or know someone who might want to speak, please contactmarissa@solidaritylowell.com

RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/solidarity-lowell-womens-march

 

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SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 12/23/18

Local

Vesna Nuon for Lowell City Council Holiday Party

Saturday, December 29th, 7-11:30pm, Sompao Meas Restaurant, 450 Chelmsford St, Lowel
l
Hosted by Judith Durant, Vanna Howard, Ratha Paul Yem, Mony Var, Tooch Van, and Sambo Rattanavong. There is a $30 entrance fee, which covers food, live band, and contribution to the Vesna Nuon Committee. Additional contributions are encouraged.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/573708876412226/
 

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 early January. 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 Women’s March

Saturday, January 19th, 3:30pm

Details forthcoming! If you’re interested in helping to plan this event or know someone who might want to speak, please contact marissa@solidaritylowell.com

RSVP here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/solidarity-lowell-womens-march

Please Note

Our usual Tuesday and Thursday postcarding events are on break for the holidays this week! See you in the new year!

 

State

Vigil at the Boston ICE Detention Center

Sunday, December 23, 3pm, Meet at 20 Bradston St, Boston

Please join us to remember, to see, to love those who are forgotten. As we enter the Christmas season, our American deportation nation continues to keep our immigrant neighbors away from their families. Join us for an interfaith vigil at the South Bay Detention Center, co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Elohim in Acton and South Acton Congregational Church. We will sing Christmas songs and pray the traditional Jewish afternoon prayer (“mincha”). People of all religions (and no religion) invited! We will also be delivering Holiday Cards for the Detainees so bring one if you can! Also, as we walk together to the overpass where we will show our support for those in detention, we will walk past a group of individuals suffering in active addiction. If you feel so called, please bring a few care packages to hand out on the way to support our brothers and sisters. Parking is available across from the entrance to the Hampton Inn at 811 Mass Ave.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/525650261274317/permalink/526169067889103/

The Progressive Mass Legislative ScoreCard is Out!

Check out the Progressive Mass Legislative ScoreCard for your reps to see how they did in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session:https://scorecard.progressivemass.com/all-legislators

 

 

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SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 12/13/18

Local

Solidarity Lowell Holiday Party (pot luck)

 

Sunday, December 16th, 5-8pm, Lynne Lupien’s House, Lowell

Come celebrate togetherness and friendship at the annual Solidarity Lowell Holiday Party! The SL Coordinating Committee will provide some fabulous food from local restaurants around Lowell, so come hungry! There will be board games and a Ranked Choice Voting demonstration…with cookies! Bring a dish to share if you can–sign up so we have an idea what food to expect at: https://www.mealtrain.com/potlucks/m8w4m9

More information and to RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/466046290469363/

 

African Community Center 2nd Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, December 15th, African Community Center of Lowell, 155 Merrimack St, Lowell

Join us to celebrate the second year anniversary of the African Community Center of Lowell. It will be an unforgettable event with dinner and great entertainment. Please bring family and friends.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/150763689204517/

 

 

Jericho Walk at Burlington ICE Office

Tuesday, December 18th, 1-2pm, ICE, 1000 District Ave, Burlington

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/497834124040682/
 

Chelms-FED Up Postcarding

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

Fed up and near 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

The Progressive Mass 2017-2018 ScoreCard is Out!

Check out the Progressive Mass Legislative ScoreCard for your reps to see how they did in the 2017-2018 Legislative Session!

View here: https://scorecard.progressivemass.com/all-legislators

Posted by Greg in Rapid Response Team

SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 12/6/18

Local

Solidarity Lowell Holiday Party

Sunday, December 16th, 5-8pm, Lynne Lupien’s House, Lowell

Come celebrate togetherness and friendship at the annual Solidarity Lowell Holiday Party! The SL Coordinating Committee will provide some fabulous food from local restaurants around Lowell, so come hungry! There will be board games and a Ranked Choice Voting demonstration…with cookies! Bring a dish to share if you can–sign up so we have an idea what food to expect at: https://www.mealtrain.com/potlucks/m8w4m9

More information and to RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/466046290469363/

 

Circle Up: Strengthening Restorative Practices in Lowell

Monday, December 10th, 5-9pm, UTEC, 35 Warren St, Lowell

Lowell-area organizations that promote restorative values in their work are joining together for a special night to discuss opportunities to deepen restorative practices in Lowell. Using the film Circle Up as a starting point for conversation, this community event will facilitate discussions about restorative practices with opportunities to meet and learn about organizations in Lowell who share restorative values.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/527280271018020/

 

City Hall Holiday Open House

Tuesday, December 11th, 4-6pm, Lowell City Hall

The City of Lowell’s Mayor William Samaras and City Manager Eileen Donoghue welcome the public to attend City Hall’s annual Holiday Open House. Fun for the whole family, including music, a magic show, light refreshments, and more.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/332907710833923/

 

Fund Our Future: Legislative Education Forum

Tuesday, December 11th, 4:30-6:00pm, Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St, Lawrence

A forum in Lawrence featuring legislators throughout the Merrimack Valley who will be asked to address the crises in funding public education in Massachusetts.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/311451136376152/

 

State House Hearing on Gas Infrastructure

Tuesday, December 11th, 1-5pm, Boston State House

Join 350 Mass and allies at a State House hearing on gas infrastructure and safety. Following the Merrimack Gas disaster in October, it is essential that we put community health and safety over the profits of utilities and their shareholders.

RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczXHCudK94lFWxJTr8Fb4fxifV5QQ7kUaL2a_0apEdmqdpkg/viewform

 

Andover Rally Against the Raytheon-Saudi Alliance

Thursday, December 13th, 7-8am, Raytheon, 350 Lowell St, Andover

Raytheon is the largest supplier of weapons to Saudi Arabia for the Yemen War. Raytheon bombs have been used in many of the Saudi attacks on civilians during the war.   Yemen is facing the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe with bomb deaths, one million cases of cholera, and widespread famine. Join Merrimack Valley People for Peace, Massachusetts Peace Action, Cambridge Friends Meeting, Raytheon Antiwar Campaign, Christ Church United- Lowell, and the Lawrence Friends Meeting for a rally at the Andover Raytheon facility, where the Patriot missile is produced.

More information: http://masspeaceaction.org/event/rally-against-the-raytheon-saudi-alliance/

 

Volunteer at the New Lowell Justice For Our Neighbors Clinic

Wednesdays:  December 12, January 9 and February 13

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

 

Chelms-FED Up Postcarding

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

Fed up and near 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

Comment on the Proposed Public Charge Rule

(use the form at the link below) BY DECEMBER 10th

The Trump administration wants to slam the door on working-class immigrants by subjecting anyone who earns less than 250% of the federal poverty line ($62,750 for a family of 4) to intense scrutiny, and effectively excluding anyone below 125% of FPL ($31,375 for a family of 4). Immigrants applying for a green card or visa could be deemed to be a “public charge” – someone who depends on the government – and turned away if they earn below 250% of FPL and use any of a wide range of public programs for working families, or are deemed to be likely to use them in the future. This is an assault on America’s fundamental values, and we must fight back.

Leave comments using this form set up by MIRA (English only): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfaAJ2xCj-2LwemVTCp90NLs7exHMVmRQaaqlQoveUH_VWcWA/viewform

Cosecha Rally for Immigrant Workers

Monday, December 10th, various times and locations throughout the day

Join us as Cosecha and the Grinch show Boston what Christmas looks like for immigrant workers who have worked for months without getting paid by their boss. Without money for rent, food, presents, and travel, workers who have not gotten paid will not be able to celebrate as they should be able to with their loved ones. We will be in Sullivan Station in the morning, in downtown at lunch hour, and in Maverick Square in East Boston in the evening. Join us to spread the word about wage theft in Massachusetts. We will be walking through Boston with a ‘Grinch’ representing employers who won’t pay and handing out information.

RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeiiVl8IgIDxU0RXaa9qMa3TOvEjCwa2hWeRTG2pkqHnyXT4w/viewform?link_id=1&can_id=317c2fbadd5b58da040def3de1b93fd2&source=email-monday-lunes-immigrant-workers-wont-be-celebrating-christmas-los-trabajadores-inmigrantes-no-van-a-poder-celebrar-la-navidad&email_referrer=email_462404&email_subject=monday-lunes-immigrant-workers-wont-be-celebrating-christmas-los-trabajadores-inmigrantes-no-van-a-poder-celebrar-la-navidad

 

 

Posted by Greg in Rapid Response Team