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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

 

 

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SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 11/15/18

Local

Solidarity Lowell November Meeting

Sunday, November 18th, 5:30pm, Christ Church United, 1 Bartlett Street, Lowell

The monthly general meeting for members of Solidarity Lowell. Daniela Marquez Albert will present on the “Public Charge Rule” and what we can do about it. Also, a discussion on how to have difficult conversations during the holidays. All are welcome!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2100444800020366/

 

 

Transgender Day of Remembrance at UML

Monday, November 19th, 4-7pm, UML O’Leary Library, 61 Wilder St, Lowell

The Center for Hope and Healing, UMass Lowell Gender Studies and Office of Multicultural Affairs and Greater Lowell Health Alliance invite you to join us for this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance: Community, Dialogues, and Vigil. There will be TWO simultaneous sessions starting at 4pm (a Trans and Non-Binary Community Space and a Cisgender Dialogue Space) leading into a vigil at 5:45pm.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/349935495582862/
To RSVP or ask any questions please email nikki@chhinc.org

 

 

 

Help the Leonce Family

Jacob Leonce was recently deported back to St. Lucia, leaving his wife and two young children here in Lawrence without any support or income. A GoFundMe was set up before he was deported and is now being used to assist the family, in addition to helping with his legal fees. Anything you can give would be greatly appreciated!

Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/jacob-l

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! (NOTE: This is still on during Thanksgiving week! Join us!)

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

Ollin Solidarity Caravan: Freedom of Movement is a Human Right

Saturday, November 17th, 12-3pm, US Immigration Courts at JFK Federal Building, 15 New Sudbury Street, Room 320, Boston

Ollin is the Nahuatl word for movement and everyone has the right to move whether it be because of political, economic or corporate violence, oppression, racial or sexual discrimination, environmental catastrophe or circumstances, to connect with family and friends, or just because they have the desire to do so. We will gather outside immigration court to participate in a vigil; a land honoring ceremony; dance, drumming, and music; to say the names and share the stories of those on the migrant caravan being stopped by armed military, borders and walls, along with those facing ICE violence and imprisonment right here in Boston.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1001323993408270/

Boston Public Schools Walkout for Black and Brown Lives

Monday, November 19th, 12:30-5:30pm, Boston City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston

Mayor Walsh and Boston Public Schools have proposed the closing of West Roxbury High School as well as the McCormick Middle School. Both of these educational facilities occupy black and brown children who will be extremely affected by these closures. Join every Boston Public School Young person and Young people across the City of Boston as we walk out for Black & Brown lives and meet at City Hall to do a silent protest of a “Die In”.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/192245728324386/

 

 

Comment on the Proposed Public Charge Rule

(use the form at the link below)

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

Help Lawrence Cosecha Members Assist Immigrants at the Border

Three volunteer organizers (Gabriela, Reyna, and Carlos) are raising money to fly out to the Brownsville, TX border and buy supplies to donate to the asylum seekers and migrants with their bare necessities. We are asking our community to help us get there so we may support our friends crossing, help local grassroots and community movements on the field, document efforts, and create the conditions for others to come to join as we welcome our brothers and sisters in the caravans with radical love. We plan to arrive in Brownsville, TX as soon as possible and will be staying for several weeks to a month. Your contribution will help us with flights and expenses to support migrants directly with food, clothes, and hygienic products.

Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/immigrant-support-at-the-border

 

 

Posted by Greg in Rapid Response Team

SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 11/8/18

Local

TODAY: Nobody is Above the Law Mueller Protection Rapid Response Rally

Thursday, November 8th, 5-7pm, Ladd and Whitney Memorial (the island outside City Hall), 309 Merrimack Street, Lowell

Nobody is above the law! Donald Trump has installed a crony to oversee the special counsel’s Trump-Russia investigation, crossing a red line set to protect the investigation. By replacing Rod Rosenstein with just-named Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as special counsel Robert Mueller’s boss on the investigation, Trump has undercut the independence of the investigation. Whitaker has publicly outlined strategies to stifle the investigation and cannot be allowed to remain in charge of it. The Nobody Is Above the Law network demands that Whitaker immediately commit not to assume supervision of the investigation.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2183811891652272/

 

Thursday Postcarding and Sign-Making

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

Celebrate the election wins and shake off the losses with your postcarding friends from Indivisible Westford Progressive Massachusetts! This week, we will be writing postcards to Mississippi voters for Mike Espy’s runoff election! We are also adding signmaking for the Mueller rallies to this event! Come make your sign or write postcards with us!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/193011431601542/

 

Vote to Confirm the Solidarity Lowell By-Laws

By November 16th

Thanks to everyone who gave suggestions about our by-laws draft at our meetings! The final draft is ready for approval. You can view the by-laws here:https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FmA7AAJSCnYUInhyDq8XN5vED_qYfwt2

Vote here: https://goo.gl/forms/Lm9lLGxVnXm2d8ET2

 

Merrimack Valley Project MICAH Dinner

Saturday, November 10th, 6pm, St. Patrick’s Church, 282 Suffolk St, Lowell

MVP hosts its 6th annual MICAH Dinner, honoring community leaders for their work to create a more just world. Solidarity Lowell member Jon Grossman is being honored! Tickets are still available for $25 and will be sold at the event for those still needing a ticket.

Contact the MVP office (978-686-0650 or mvalleypr@gmail.com ) for tickets.

 

Solidarity Lowell November Meeting

Sunday, November 18th, 5:30pm, Christ Church United, 1 Bartlett Street, Lowell

The monthly general meeting for members of Solidarity Lowell. Daniela Marquez Albert will present on the “Public Charge Rule” and what we can do about it. All are welcome!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2100444800020366/

 

Volunteer at the New Lowell Justice for Our Neighbors Clinic

Wednesdays:  November 14, 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
 

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)

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
 

Posted by Greg in Rapid Response Team

SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 11/3/18

Local

Vote to Confirm the Solidarity Lowell By-Laws

By November 16th

Thanks to everyone who gave suggestions about our by-laws draft at our meetings! The final draft is ready for approval. You can view the by-laws here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FmA7AAJSCnYUInhyDq8XN5vED_qYfwt2

Vote here: https://goo.gl/forms/Lm9lLGxVnXm2d8ET2

 

Yes on 3 Final Weekend Canvassing and Phonebanking

Saturday, November 3rd, 10am-2pm
Saturday November 3rd, 2pm-6pm
Sunday, November 4th, 10am-2pm
Sunday, November 4th, 2pm-6pm

The Center for Hope and Healing, 21 George St, Ste 400, Lowell

Come meet voters and spread the word about voting Yes on 3 to defend transgender equality in Massachusetts! It’s fun to meet voters and talk about protecting Massachusetts’s important nondiscrimination law. Wear comfy shoes and dress for the weather if you plan to canvass. Training provided. Bring a friend!

More information and to RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/245684096110877/?active_tab=about

 

Vote!!!

Tuesday, November 6th, 7am-8pm

View Progressive Massachuetts’ endorsements here: https://www.progressivemass.com/2018elections

View the Lowell Votes Voter’s Guide here: http://www.lowellvotes.org/2018electionguide/?fbclid=IwAR0jFiaR_wjDJ2DgK_i0ikaMOlM6-Qhg-Z-VRhRq8Vpl49EHYkRmxtWqXqE

 

Canvass and/or Phonebank with Yes on 3 on Election Day

Tuesday, November 6th, 12pm-5pm and 5pm-8pm, United Teachers of Lowell, 169 Merrimack St, 4th Floor, Lowell

Join us for our final canvassing and/or phonebanking for Yes on 3 for transgender rights! Training is provided. Bring a friend!

For more information and to RSVP, email hope@solidaritylowell.com

 

Merrimack Valley Project MICAH Dinner

Saturday, November 10th, 6pm, St. Patrick’s Church, 282 Suffolk St, Lowell

MVP hosts its 6th annual MICAH Dinner, honoring community leaders for their work to create a more just world. Solidarity Lowell member Jon Grossman is being honored! Tickets are still available for $25 and will be sold at the event for those still needing a ticket.

Contact the MVP office (978-686-0650 or mvalleypr@gmail.com) for tickets.

 

Volunteer at the New Lowell Justice For Our Neighbors Clinic

Wednesdays:  November 14, 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
 

A Rapid Response Rally if Mueller OR ROSENSTEIN are Fired

If the firing happens before 2pm, the event will be held at 5pm the same day. If it happens after 2pm, the event will be held at noon the following day. Ladd and Whitney Memorial (the island outside City Hall), 309 Merrimack Street, Lowell

Nobody is above the law! Donald Trump is publicly considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller. This week, it became clear that he could fire Rosenstein as well. This would be a constitutional crisis for our country. Our response in the minutes and hours following a power grab will dictate what happens next, which is why an immediate response is imperative. If Mueller/Rosenstein are fired or forced out, this will trigger the protest. If they resign, it will not.

Sign up to be notified: https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/14830

 

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)

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

 

Posted by Greg in Rapid Response Team

SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 10/25/18

Local

Solidarity Lowell October Meeting

Sunday, October 28th, 5:30pm, Christ Church United, 1 Bartlett St, Lowell

The monthly general meeting for members of Solidarity Lowell. This month we’ll feature a presentation on Question 1: both sides present their case. We’ll also vote to finalize our by-laws! Enter at the Bartlett Street entrance. Our meeting is in the chapel (come inside and take a left).

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1856024854453171/

Last Chance Richard Howe Postcard Party

Saturday, October 27th, 2-4pm, Coffee and Cotton, Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St, 4th Floor, Lowell

Join us at Mill No. 5 to write postcards to first-time voters for Richard Howe for Register of Deeds!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/290990581754246/
 

Yes on 3 Canvass

Sunday, October 28th, 10am-3pm, The Center for Hope and Healing, 21 George St, Ste 400, Lowell

Come meet voters and spread the word about voting Yes on 3 to defend transgender equality in Massachusetts! It’s fun to meet voters and talk about protecting Massachusetts’s important nondiscrimination law. Wear comfy shoes and dress for the weather. Training takes place from 10-10:45am, and then we’ll head to a Lowell neighborhood to start talking to voters. We will conclude with a debrief at about 2:30pm, and finish by 3pm. Bring a friend!

More information and to RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/714952578861057/

 

 

Protect Transgender Rights! Phonebank for Yes on 3

Every Tuesday, 6-9pm, Christ Church United, 1 Bartlett Street, Lowell

Join our weekly phonebank to help us speak to voters about the need to defend transgender protections this November and recruit supporters!

RSVP here: https://freedomma-ffaa.bsd.net/page/signup/lowell-vrpb

 

 

Volunteer at the New Lowell Justice for Our Neighbors Clinic

Wednesdays:  November 14, 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 in Chelmsford? Come join us! We will write lots of postcards to voters for upcoming 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

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 on October 28th. Sign up by emailing marissa@solidaritylowell.com.
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
 

A Rapid Response Rally if Mueller OR ROSENSTEIN are Fired

If the firing happens before 2pm, the event will be held at 5pm the same day. If it happens after 2pm, the event will be held at noon the following day. Ladd and Whitney Memorial (the island outside City Hall), 309 Merrimack Street, Lowell

Nobody is above the law! Donald Trump is publicly considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller. This week, it became clear that he could fire Rosenstein as well. This would be a constitutional crisis for our country. Our response in the minutes and hours following a power grab will dictate what happens next, which is why an immediate response is imperative. If Mueller/Rosenstein are fired or forced out, this will trigger the protest. If they resign, it will not.

Sign up to be notified: https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/14830

State

Vote Early!

October 22nd-November 2

Early voting begins this Monday, October 22nd and ends on November 2nd in all cities and towns across the state. #VotingCantWait, so make your plan to vote today! In Lowell, hours are weekdays 10/22-11/2 during regular hours at City Hall, along with Saturday 10/27 at the Senior Center 8AM-4PM and 3PM-7PM at Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association.

More information: https://iwillvote.com/

 

 

Comment on the Proposed Public Charge Rule

(use the form at the link below)

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

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SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 10/19/18

Local

Solidarity Lowell GOTV Postcard Party for Richard Howe

Saturday, October 20th, 12-3pm, Coffee and Cotton, Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St, 4th Floor, Lowell

Join us at Mill No. 5 to write postcards to first-time voters for Richard Howe for Register of Deeds!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/884000275136853/
 

Demonstrate, Drink, and Discuss: UNITY

Wednesday, October 24th, 6:30pm, Ladd and Whitney Memorial, 309 Merrimack St, Lowell

Join us for Solidarity Lowell’s monthly visibility event!  There has been so much division, anger and a breakdown in discourse in the last few years, and more so recently. So let’s come together and send a message of UNITY. Let’s rally for shared positive values, like “United We Stand” , “Love thy neighbor”, “Americans All”, “Go Vote” or any message of inclusiveness, empowerment and HOPE! At 6:30pm, come together at the island in front of City Hall to rally peacefully and make a positive imprint on the community. Then at 7:30pm, after the demonstration, we’ll walk to 1981 Ramen Bar (129 Merrimack Street) to have some food and/or refreshing beverages, and get to know each other and discuss the events of the week! All are welcome! Bring a friend, neighbor, and/or a UMass student!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/294435521393203/
 

Yes on 3 Canvass

Sunday, October 21st, 10am-3pm, The Center for Hope and Healing, 21 George St, Ste 400, Lowell

Come meet voters and spread the word about voting Yes on 3 to defend transgender equality in Massachusetts! It’s fun to meet voters and talk about protecting Massachusetts’s important nondiscrimination law. Wear comfy shoes and dress for the weather. Training takes place from 10-10:45am, and then we’ll head to a Lowell neighborhood to start talking to voters. We will conclude with a debrief at about 2:30pm, and finish by 3pm. Bring a friend!

More information and to RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/546133822506730/

 

 

Protect Transgender Rights! Phonebank for Yes on 3

Every Tuesday, 6-9pm, Christ Church United, 1 Bartlett Street, Lowell

Join our weekly phonebank to help us speak to voters about the need to defend transgender protections this November and recruit supporters!

RSVP here: https://freedomma-ffaa.bsd.net/page/signup/lowell-vrpb

 

 

Volunteer at the New Lowell Justice for Our Neighbors Clinic

Wednesdays:  November 14, 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

 

 

SAVE THE DATE: Solidarity Lowell October Meeting

Sunday, October 28th, 5:30pm, Christ Church United, 1 Bartlett St, Lowell

The monthly general meeting for members of Solidarity Lowell. This month we’ll feature a presentation on Question 1: both sides present their case. We’ll also vote to finalize our by-laws! Enter at the Bartlett Street entrance. Our meeting is in the chapel (come inside and take a left).

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1856024854453171/

Chelms-FED Up Postcarding

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

Fed up in Chelmsford? Come join us! We will write lots of postcards to voters for upcoming 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

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 on October 28th. 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
 

A Rapid Response Rally if Mueller OR ROSENSTEIN are Fired

If the firing happens before 2pm, the event will be held at 5pm the same day. If it happens after 2pm, the event will be held at noon the following day. Ladd and Whitney Memorial (the island outside City Hall), 309 Merrimack Street, Lowell

Nobody is above the law! Donald Trump is publicly considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller. This week, it became clear that he could fire Rosenstein as well. This would be a constitutional crisis for our country. Our response in the minutes and hours following a power grab will dictate what happens next, which is why an immediate response is imperative. If Mueller/Rosenstein are fired or forced out, this will trigger the protest. If they resign, it will not.

Sign up to be notified: https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/14830

State

Solidarity Rally with Local 26 Striking Marriott Hotel Workers

Saturday, October 20th, 2-4pm, Copley Square, Boston

Marriott is the largest and most profitable hotel chain in the world, but UNITE HERE Local 26 workers in Boston have had their contracts expire as they struggle to win basic job security, safer working conditions, and jobs that are enough to support their families. Although UNITE HERE workers provide the exemplary guest services that keep Marriott profitable, too many find that when you work at Marriott, one job is not enough. Workers are making a sacrifice to win jobs that are enough to live in the communities where they work and have the dignity of job security and workplace safety. Please help us make this a reality.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1916650295039036/

Vote Early!

October 22nd-November 2

Early voting begins this Monday, October 22nd and ends on November 2nd in all cities and towns across the state. #VotingCantWait, so make your plan to vote today! In Lowell, hours are weekdays 10/22-11/2 during regular hours at City Hall, along with Saturday 10/27 at the Senior Center 8AM-4PM and 3PM-7PM at Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association.

More information: https://iwillvote.com/
 

Postcarding Party for YES on Question 2

Monday, October 22nd, 5-8:30pm, Littleton Library, Couper Room, 41 Shattuck St, Littleton

Let’s get big money out of politics and work towards the 28th amendment! Join us to write postcards to voters in favor of YES on Ballot Question 2.

For more information, email lindapiano4953@gmail.com

 

 

USW Gasworkers Solidarity Lobby Day

Thursday, October 25th, 10:30am-noon, Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston

1,250 skilled gasworkers have been locked out of their jobs at National Grid since June. This highly profitable corporation has cut workers off from their healthcare and wants to force families into economic insecurity in order to enhance their bargaining leverage. What National Grid is doing is wrong, and we can’t let it happen. Rally with community and labor organizations and workers across all sectors to ask legislators to hold National Grid accountable for safety violations, and end the lockout to protect public safety. Rally at 10:30, lobbying at 11.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/184555569124805/

 

 

Comment on the Proposed Public Charge Rule

(use the form at the link below)

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

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SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 10/12/18

Local

Solidarity Lowell GOTV Postcard Party for Richard Howe

Saturday, October 13th, 12-3pm, Coffee and Cotton, Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St, 4th Floor, Lowell

Join us at Mill No. 5 to write postcards to first-time voters for Richard Howe for Register of Deeds!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2039637299660986/

 

Yes on 3 Canvass

Sunday, October 14th, 10am-3pm, The Center for Hope and Healing, 21 George St, Ste 400, Lowell

Come meet voters and spread the word about voting Yes on 3 to defend transgender equality in Massachusetts! It’s fun to meet voters and talk about protecting Massachusetts’s important nondiscrimination law. Wear comfy shoes and dress for the weather. Training takes place from 10-10:45am, and then we’ll head to a Lowell neighborhood to start talking to voters. We will conclude with a debrief at about 2:30pm, and finish by 3pm. Bring a friend!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1018174021722195/

 

Volunteers Needed: Citizenship Clinic

Saturday, October 13th, 9am-3:30pm, Christ Church United, 1 Bartlett St, Lowell

Becoming a U.S. citizen is one of the most important and valuable things an immigrant can do – which is why promoting naturalization and helping people apply is a key part of MIRA’s mission. At our monthly clinics, we guide applicants through the naturalization form, step by step, and let them know if they qualify for a waiver of federal fees. People sign up in advance (usually 20–40, though at this one, our first after the summer break, we expect a larger group), and MIRA’s Citizenship Team, supported by volunteers, go through the process with each applicant, one-on-one. If you’ve never volunteered at one of our clinics before, or haven’t done it for a long time, we’ll need you to come in at 9am to get basic training before we start.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/262712391249982/

 

Lowell Canalwaters Cleanup

Saturday, October 13th, 9am-noon, Claypit Brook, lot across from 136 Townsend Ave, Lowell

Join the Lowell Canalwaters Cleaners for our final cleanup of the year. We’ll be doing invasive plant removal along Claypit Brook in Pawtucketville. Staging area is the city lot at 137 Townsend Avenue.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/464196794101346/

 

Assist Re-United Families in North Chelmsford and Lowell

Together & Free is recruiting volunteers to join ‘support pods’ for families that were separated while crossing the border into the U.S. and are now reunited in the Boston area. Each volunteer will be part of a small group that is dedicated to one or two families, and together, the group will make an ongoing commitment to help the family by gathering donations on their behalf, visiting them to drop off food or clothes, giving them rides to appointments, helping them navigate accessing services, etc. Each individual volunteer will have flexibility to help when they are able, and the family will have a network to draw on. At the moment, there is an urgent need for more volunteers to help families in North Chelmsford and Lowell. These are Spanish-speaking families, so speaking Spanish is a plus, but not necessary.

If interested, email madeleine.e.jacobs@gmail.com

Chelms-FED Up Postcarding

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

Fed up in Chelmsford? Come join us! We will write lots of postcards to voters for upcoming 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

Protect Transgender Rights: Phonebank for Yes on 3!

Every Tuesday, 6-9pm, Christ Church United, 1 Bartlett Street, Lowell

Help us speak to voters about the need to defend transgender protections this November and recruit supporters!

RSVP here: https://www.freedommassachusetts.org/events/
 

A Rapid Response Rally if Mueller OR ROSENSTEIN are Fired

If the firing happens before 2pm, the event will be held at 5pm the same day. If it happens after 2pm, the event will be held at noon the following day. Ladd and Whitney Memorial (the island outside City Hall), 309 Merrimack Street, Lowell

Nobody is above the law! Donald Trump is publicly considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller. This week, it became clear that he could fire Rosenstein as well. This would be a constitutional crisis for our country. Our response in the minutes and hours following a power grab will dictate what happens next, which is why an immediate response is imperative. If Mueller/Rosenstein are fired or forced out, this will trigger the protest. If they resign, it will not.

Sign up to be notified: https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/14830

 

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

Progressive Mass North Shore Day of Action

Sunday, October 14th

10 am at 73 Main Street, North Andover for Christina Minicucci
1pm 203 Turnpike, North Andover for Tram Nguyen
4pm 185 Main Street, Groveland for Christina Eckert

Join us as we door knock for these candidates who are endorsed by Progressive Massachusetts!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/547970735656421/

Defend Diversity! Solidarity Rally for Opportunity and Equality

Sunday, October 14th, 11am-1pm, Harvard Square, 18 Brattle Street, Cambridge

Diversity and equal opportunity are under attack. Show your support for inclusive, race-conscious policies in schools and workplaces that address inequities and recognize each of us for the richness of our backgrounds and experiences.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/322886365183461/

 

Jericho Walk at ICE Office

Tuesday, October 16th, 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/163508861252959/

 

Make Sure You’re Registered to Vote!

Double-check here: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/

 

 

 

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SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 10/5/18

Local

Give Feedback on the Solidarity Lowell By-Laws

By October 12th

The Solidarity Lowell Coordinating Committee has put together a first draft of our by-laws using feedback from discussions at our meetings, which you can view here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Wm4WL0y8Kx3OSZDFEH02x2eIaPIl1ffj We are now accepting comments on this draft. If you have any suggestions, please email them to marissa@solidaritylowell.com by October 12th. We will present the final draft at our October meeting on the 28th.

Cambodian National Rescue Party Reception

Saturday, October 6, 6pm-midnight, Sampao Meas Hall (former RMV building on Manufacturers Way, off Plain Street), 450 Chelmsford St, Lowell

A reception for two recently released members of the Cambodian parliament from the recently-banned CNRP.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/sokpaul.pen.54/posts/325006124973282 (in Khmer)

 

Solidarity Lowell GOTV Postcard Party for Richard Howe

Sunday, October 7th, 12-3pm, Coffee and Cotton, Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St, 4th Floor, Lowell

Join us at Mill No. 5 to write postcards to first-time voters for Richard Howe for Register of Deeds!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/140265083594262/

 

 

Peoplepower for Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover Benefit

Sunday, October 7th, 12pm-1am, Thirsty First, 280 Central St, Lowell

Come together to raise money and physical donations for those affected by the Columbia Gas Explosions. Thirsty First is donating 15% of all revenue and local artist Thais Campos will donate proceeds of his artwork sales to the cause. We will also be running a raffle of items and gift cards donated by local businesses – tickets are $1 a piece so make sure to stop by early to get your tickets!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/237386883602841/

 

 

Yes on 3 Canvass

Sunday, October 7th, 10am-3pm, The Center for Hope and Healing, 21 George St, Ste 400, Lowell

Come meet voters and spread the word about voting Yes on 3 to defend transgender equality in Massachusetts! It’s fun to meet voters and talk about protecting Massachusetts’s important nondiscrimination law. Wear comfy shoes and dress for the weather. Training takes place from 10-10:45am, and then we’ll head to a Lowell neighborhood to start talking to voters. We will conclude with a debrief at about 2:30pm, and finish by 3pm. Bring a friend!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/598840913865531/

 

 

Coalition for a Better Acre 36th Annual Meeting

Thursday, October 11th, 5:30-8pm, Lowell Senior Center, 276 Broadway St, Lowell

Join us for CBA’s 36th Annual Meeting and community celebration. This year’s theme is Building CommUNITY Together. Come to find out what CBA has been up to over the past year and our plans for the future. The event is free and open to all — food, fun, entertainment, and elections for new CBA board members. Kids are welcomed and translation will be available.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/241619166536455/

Volunteers Needed: Citizenship Clinic

Saturday, October 13th, 9am-3:30pm, Christ Church United, 1 Bartlett St, Lowell

Becoming a U.S. citizen is one of the most important and valuable things an immigrant can do – which is why promoting naturalization and helping people apply is a key part of MIRA’s mission. At our monthly clinics, we guide applicants through the naturalization form, step by step, and let them know if they qualify for a waiver of federal fees. People sign up in advance (usually 20–40, though at this one, our first after the summer break, we expect a larger group), and MIRA’s Citizenship Team, supported by volunteers, go through the process with each applicant, one-on-one. If you’ve never volunteered at one of our clinics before, or haven’t done it for a long time, we’ll need you to come in at 9am to get basic training before we start.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/262712391249982/

 

 

Chelms-FED Up Postcarding

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

Fed up in Chelmsford? Come join us! We will write lots of postcards to voters for upcoming 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

Protect Transgender Rights! Phonebank for Yes on 3

Every Tuesday, 6-9pm, Christ Church United, 1 Bartlett Street, Lowell

Join our weekly phonebank to help us speak to voters about the need to defend transgender protections this November and recruit supporters!

RSVP here: https://www.freedommassachusetts.org/events/

A Rapid Response Rally if Mueller OR ROSENSTEIN are Fired

If the firing happens before 2pm, the event will be held at 5pm the same day. If it happens after 2pm, the event will be held at noon the following day. Ladd and Whitney Memorial (the island outside City Hall), 309 Merrimack Street, Lowell

Nobody is above the law! Donald Trump is publicly considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller. This week, it became clear that he could fire Rosenstein as well. This would be a constitutional crisis for our country. Our response in the minutes and hours following a power grab will dictate what happens next, which is why an immediate response is imperative. If Mueller/Rosenstein are fired or forced out, this will trigger the protest. If they resign, it will not.

Sign up to be notified: https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/14830

 

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

Emergency Protest: Boston says Stop Kavanaugh!

Friday, October 5th, 7-8:30pm, State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston

The Senate is closing in on a final vote for Kavanaugh’s appointment. The only thing that can stop him is mass action and demonstrations across the country saying loud and clear WE WON’T STAND FOR THIS! We will rally at the State House downtown and then march to the Boston Courthouse for a final rally. Tell all your friends, coworkers, and family! Let’s show the Senate that #MeToo and the women’s movement is a force to be reckoned with.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/844787809245400/

Musical Protest against Detention with HONK!

Sunday, October 7th, 8:30-10pm, South Bay Detention Center, 44 Bradston St, Boston

Join Resist the Raids and bands from the Honk! Festival of Activist Street Bands to show musical solidarity with our friends, family and neighbors who are locked up in Suffolk County House of Correction and the ICE immigrant detention center. Bring your drums, horns, pots and pans to break the silence around incarceration, raids and deportations. We want our folks home where they belong! Honk! down the walls! Meet up at the corner of Southampton St. and Bradston St. in Boston.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1110990459078167/

 

 

Yes on 2 Forum

 

Wednesday, October 10th, 6:30-7:15pm, Reuben Hoar Library, 41 Shattuck St, Littleton

Do you want a government where the volume of your voice doesn’t depend on the size of your wallet? You can do something about it! Community leaders invite you to an informational meeting about the grassroots non-partisan Yes On 2 ballot initiative. Learn why your neighbors are supporting Yes on 2! Please use the back entrance on Couper Rd.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/508601309608356/

 

Progressive Mass North Shore Day of Action

 

Sunday, October 14th

10 am at 73 Main Street, North Andover for Christina Minicucci

1pm 203 Turnpike, North Andover for Tram Nguyen

4pm 185 Main Street, Groveland for Christina Eckert

Join us as we door knock for these candidates who are endorsed by Progressive Massachusetts!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/547970735656421/

 

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SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 9/28/18

Local

Demonstrate, Drink, and Discuss

Friday, September 28th, 6:30-8:30pm, 309 Merrimack Street, Lowell

Join us for Solidarity Lowell’s monthly visibility event! At 6:30pm, come together at the island in front of City Hall to rally peacefully and make your voices heard. At 7:30pm, we’ll walk to Mandarin Asian Bistro (24 Market Street) to have some food and/or refreshing beverages, get to know each other, and discuss the events of the week! All are welcome! Bring a friend, neighbor, and/or a UMass student!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/320326741848972/

 

Yes on 3: Q&A Session

Friday, September 28th, 5:30-7pm, The Center for Hope and Healing, 21 George St, Ste. 400, Lowell

On November 6th, Massachusetts will be asked to vote on whether or not to repeal an existing law protecting transgender people’s right to public spaces such as streets, restaurants, exercise facilities, school restrooms, etc. The YES on 3! campaign led by Freedom For All Massachusetts (https://www.freedommassachusetts.org/) is mobilizing across the Commonwealth to urge voters to uphold equality, and we at CHH are organizing alongside them.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/699529820402426/

 

Join a National Public Lands Day Cleanup

Saturday, September 29th, 9am, Concord River Greenway OR Ecumenical Plaza OR Western Canal

National Public Lands Day is the largest, single-day volunteer event celebrating our public lands! Our public lands give us so much–whether it be a park, a trail, a waterway, state, federal- or city-owned, all are places for everyone to enjoy! Join in the celebration, for a cleanup along the Concord River Greenway! Learn about the natural, cultural and historic importance of the Concord River as we spend the morning maintaining the trail. Please come prepared with sturdy shoes, water, snacks and be ready to have some fun!  In addition to the Concord River Cleanup taking place on Davidson Street we’ll be focused on the removal of invasive plants as well as general cleanup around Ecumenical Plaza and Western Canal. Hope to see you there.

Please RSVP: Emily@LowellLandTrust.org or 978-934-0030

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/264865660819489/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/1913481895408236/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/1955858581124197/

 

Being Transgender: A Conversation with Kelly Jenkins

Sunday, September 30th, 10:30am, Congregation Shalom, 87 Richardson Road, North Chelmsford

Join us to for a conversation with Kelly Jenkins as she talks about her personal journey and why Massachusetts Yes on 3 matters. This event is free and open to all.

 

Yes on 3 Canvass

Sunday, September 30th, 10am-3pm, The Center for Hope and Healing, 21 George St, Ste 400, Lowell

Come meet voters and spread the word about voting Yes on 3 to defend transgender equality in Massachusetts! It’s fun to meet voters and talk about protecting Massachusetts’s important nondiscrimination law. Wear comfy shoes and dress for the weather. Training provided.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/325462001596347/

 

Immigrant Rights Subcommittee Meeting

Monday, October 1st, 6:30pm, Eliot Presbyterian Church, 273 Summer St, Lowell

Now that Welcoming Week Lowell and our extremely successful Cultural Exchange Potluck event have passed it’s time to evaluate and decide where to go from here. Join us!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1909471039358515/

 

Give Feedback on the Solidarity Lowell By-Laws Draft

By October 12th

The Solidarity Lowell Coordinating Committee has put together a first draft of our by-laws using feedback from discussions at our meetings, which you can view here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Wm4WL0y8Kx3OSZDFEH02x2eIaPIl1ffj We are now accepting comments on this draft. If you have any suggestions, please email them to marissa@solidaritylowell.com by October 12th. We will present the final draft at our October meeting on the 28th.

 

Chelms-FED Up Postcarding

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

Fed up in Chelmsford? Come join us! We will write lots of postcards to voters for upcoming 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

Protect Transgender Rights

Every Tuesday, 6-9pm, Christ Church United, 1 Bartlett Street, Lowell

Help us speak to voters about the need to defend transgender protections this November and recruit supporters!

RSVP here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/557123401391766/

 

 

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Postcarding! Last Week Before End of Season

Every Thursday, 11am-1pm, Heritage Farm Ice Cream, 163 Pawtucket Blvd, Lowell

Ice cream, great company, and postcards to voters! Come join us to write postcards for upcoming elections! Suggested text and supplies provided, but feel free to bring your own supplies as well.

For more information, contact Nancy Greene at greenenk61@gmail.com
 

A Rapid Response Rally if Mueller OR ROSENSTEIN are Fired

If the firing happens before 2pm, the event will be held at 5pm the same day. If it happens after 2pm, the event will be held at noon the following day. Ladd and Whitney Memorial (the island outside City Hall), 309 Merrimack Street, Lowell

Nobody is above the law! Donald Trump is publicly considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller. This week, it became clear that he could fire Rosenstein as well. This would be a constitutional crisis for our country. Our response in the minutes and hours following a power grab will dictate what happens next, which is why an immediate response is imperative. If Mueller/Rosenstein are fired or forced out, this will trigger the protest. If they resign, it will not.

Sign up to be notified: https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/14830

 

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

ICE Out of Suffolk County

Monday, October 1st, 6:30-9pm, meet at the Mass Ave T Station, Boston

At the Suffolk county jail in South Bay approximately 30% of its population are undocumented detainees. ICE has no place in Suffolk County and we won’t be complicit by standing silently before human exploitation, family separations, indiscriminate and unjust deportations and the suffering of our immigrant community.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/161358821437160/?active_tab=discussion

Write a Letter to the Editor Against Baker or For Jay

Letters to the editor, op-eds, and other media are super important in the final month leading up to the election. So many people think Baker is a “nice guy,” when we know that’s not true. A Letter to the Editor is a great way for folks who might not be up to canvasing to get involved!

If interested, contact Jonathan Cohn to coordinate efforts: jrfcohn@gmail.com

 

Acton Day of Action with Progressive Mass

Saturday, September 29th, 2-5pm, 201 Great Rd, 2nd Floor, Acton

Join us as we door knock for Jamie Eldridge and Tami Gouveia!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/883620671983853/

 

 

Vote in the Final Progressive Mass Member Poll for the 2018 Election Season

A truly grassroots organization like Progressive Massachusetts (of which Solidarity Lowell is a chapter) needs truly grassroots funding! When you become a dues-paying member, you are investing in our work together as progressives! You help set our course as an organization. You decide which candidates we endorse and what campaigns we prioritize. You lead our organization forward, and quite simply, make this work possible. Grassroots member contributions fund the resources critical to our work: organizers, materials, databases for canvasses and phone banks, technology for effective communication, access to the best legislative information and more. Together we are building something different!

To become a member: https://www.progressivemass.com/contribute

Already a member? Vote here: https://www.progressivemass.com/2018endorsement-election-ballot?e=223ceb4eccc81e0991c3900712c33a0f&utm_source=progressivemass&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=final_vote_2018&n=2

 

 

 

 

Posted by Greg in Rapid Response Team