Rapid Response Team

RRT ACTION LIST 4/27/17 

Local

CBA’s 30th Annual Acre Clean Up

Saturday, April 29, 8:30am-2:30pm, North Common Park, 413 Fletcher Street, Lowell

Join the Coalition for a Better Acre to clean up the neighborhood’s parks. Please register for a free T-shirt at the event.

More information and to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScEnRR0ibZp7L2bcjf9fr5N2UbtkUDXOIyRspNW13NjymvMow/viewform?c=0&w=1

 

Postcards for Progress – Climate Day Edition

Saturday, April 29, 11am-1pm, Gallery Z, 167 Market Street, Lowell

If you’re not at the Climate Change March, what better place to be than writing postcards with us? We had 9 people last time, let’s see if we can beat our record! We’ll be writing postcards to and leaving messages for our elected officials.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/230207234126912/

 

Un Dia Sin Inmigrantes Marcha /Day Without Immigrants March – Lawrence, MA

Monday, May 1, 10am-4pm, Campagnone Common, 200 Common St, Lawrence, MA 01840

Lawrence has always been a city of immigrants. In 1912, Lawrence immigrants who demanded better wages and better work conditions made history leading the successful strike “Bread and Roses” that lasted 9 weeks. This May 1st, if you are an immigrant and/or believe in immigrants’ rights, join the national boycott! Do not go to work, school or buy anything on this day. Join Cosecha Lawrence and several other local organizations in showing the public how much the economy of this country depends on immigrants, but most importantly that Lawrence is ready to stand up again for human and labor rights of all immigrants!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/363931354006128/

 

Save the date! Solidarity Lowell General Meeting

Sunday, May 21, 5pm, Mill No. 5, 4th Floor Hi-Hat area, Lowell, MA (location may change)

This meeting will feature a presentation by We The People Massachusetts, a group working to end Citizens United and add a democracy amendment to the Constitution. Learn more at www.wethepeoplemass.org. Also on the agenda: volunteering opportunities, tabling events, committee updates, and more!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1944756629144537/

 

State

March for Climate and Science

Saturday, April 29, 12pm-3:30pm, Boston Common, Boston, MA

This demonstration is organized by the People’s Climate Movement, which grew out of the historic 2014 march on the eve of the UN Climate Summit in New York City. Planned for the 100th day of the Trump administration, the march will oppose Trump’s climate change denial and continue the mission of the original 2014 march to demand urgent action on the global climate change crisis.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/114630515717476/

 

Healthcare discussion with Sen Jamie Eldridge and Rep Jen Benson

Thursday, May 4, 7-9pm, Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church Fellowship Building, 7 Elm St, Harvard, Massachusetts 01451

The League of Women Voters of Harvard is proud to present “Bringing High Quality, Affordable Health Care to Every Person in Massachusetts” with Senator Jamie Eldridge and Rep Jen Benson.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/513657859022563/

 

Federal

Stop DHS from deporting Somalis


Elizabeth Warren: 202-224-4543 or 617-565-3170

Edward Markey: 202-224-2742

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

In Georgia, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently apprehended eight Somalis, detained them and put them into deportation proceedings. Some have been in this country since childhood and they know nothing about Somalia, nor do they speak the language. Additionally, some of the individuals detained are living with mental illnesses and may not fully understand their circumstances.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ____ and I’m calling from ______, Massachusetts. I oppose the recent policy change that has led to the apprehension, detention and deportation of Somalis. The United States should not deport people back to Somalia, due to the severe drought and famine there, as well as the threat of Al-Shabaab. Please immediately stop rounding up and deporting our Somali neighbors. Thank you!”

More information: https://5calls.org/issue/recOXAFxqJOpiBzvy

 

Stand up for our national monuments

Department of the Interior: (202) 208-3100

President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday instructing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review any national monument created since Jan. 1, 1996, that spans at least 100,000 acres in a move he said would “end another egregious use of government power.” This order appears to affect 25 national monuments.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _____ and I’m calling from ______, Massachusetts. Please preserve our national monuments as they exist today. America’s national monuments are incredibly popular, funnel money into our economy, and hold precious cultural significance. Any attempt to reverse or shrink a monument designation by the executive branch is unlawful under the Antiquities Act. Thank you!”

More information: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/04/25/zinke-to-review-large-national-monuments-created-since-1996-to-make-sure-the-people-have-a-voice/?tid=ss_fb-amp&utm_term=.e63c73f3aa7e

 

Speak against releasing your passwords to the TSA

DHS comment line: 202-282-8495

The Department of Homeland Security is currently examining procedures to investigate travelers to the United States. In a congressional hearing, Secretary Kelly said they’re even considering forcing some travelers to provide their passwords to social media accounts as a condition to enter. This would violate the right to privacy, undermine freedom of expression, and create numerous cyber security risks for all people.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____, Massachusetts. Please reject any proposal to require visa applicants, refugees, or other foreign visitors to provide passwords for online accounts – including social media – in order to enter the United States. Thank you!”

More information: https://action.aclu.org/secure/FlyDontSpy?emsrc=Nat_Appeal_AutologinEnabled&emissue=privacyandtechnology&emtype=petition&ms=eml_170419_privacyandtechnology_flydontspy&__af=query_string_encrypted

 

Posted by Greg in Rapid Response Team

RRT Action List 4/21/17 

Local

Lowell’s Points of Light Lantern Celebration

Saturday, April 22, 5-9pm, 282 Suffolk St, Lowell, MA 01854

Imagine watching hundreds of personalized floating lanterns released into the Western Canal, as you enjoy Lowell’s diverse music, traditions, and food. This is the Points of Light, a spring celebration of unity and renewal.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/821666707972075/

 

Lowell Earth Day Parade & Festival

Sunday, April 23, 11am-3:30pm, UTEC Lowell 35 Warren St, Lowell, MA 01852

We invite organizations, individuals and families to the streets of downtown Lowell to celebrate the greening of our city with a mile-long parade featuring The Party Band, members of the Sullivan School band, puppets, costumes, and eco-conscious groups. Immediately following the parade, we’ll be holding a fun sustainability festival for all participants and the general public.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/131633854041606/

 

Solidarity Lowell General Meeting

Sunday, April 23, 5pm, Mill No. 5, 4th floor

On the agenda: tabling at local events, presentation by Thrive, committee updates, May Day preparation, postcard action from the RRT, and more!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1876769112592529/

 

Merrimack Valley Sanctuary Network Formation

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 1pm, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 8 Kirk St. Lowell, MA

At this press conference, select religious leaders will declare the formation of a Merrimack Valley Sanctuary Network. Clergy of various faiths will gather to announce the creation of the Merrimack Valley Sanctuary Network to protect undocumented immigrants from an unjust policy of mass deportation, joining over 800 congregations nationwide. They offer shelter and protection to those families who are in immediate danger within our community and ask those who have nothing to fear to stand in helping them.

For more information about the Merrimack Valley Project: http://www.merrimackvalleyproject.org/

 

Planning meeting- A Day Without Immigrants Lowell to Lawrence

Wednesday, April 26, 6:30-9pm, University Crossing at UMass Lowell, room 490, Lowell, MA

Do you want to stand in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters? Do you want to fight back against Trump’s agenda of racism and discrimination? Join us in planning our mobilization of students and workers from Lowell to go to Lawrence on May 1st for A Day Without Immigrants march! Thousands will be in the streets May 1st in Lawrence and it’s projected hundreds of thousands around the country. 

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/285881631851905/

 

Take Back the Night

Thursday, April 27, 6-10pm, Lowell City Hall, 50 Arcand Dr, Lowell, MA

Across the country, April marks the month of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention. In Greater Lowell, we join with community partners, families, and individuals to raise awareness about sexual violence in all forms. The event begins at 6pm with a rally at Lowell City Hall Plaza, followed by a march down Merrimack Street to U-Crossing (220 Pawtucket Drive). There will be an indoor gathering for survivors and their loved ones to share their stories in a safe space about the impact of sexual violence in their lives. 

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/329144597468981/

 

Un Dia Sin Inmigrantes Marcha /Day Without Immigrants March in Lawrence

Sunday, May 1, 10am-4pm, Campagnone Common, 200 Common St, Lawrence, MA 01840

Lawrence has always been a city of immigrants. In 1912, Lawrence immigrants who demanded better wages and better work conditions made history leading the successful strike “Bread and Roses” that lasted 9 weeks. This May 1st, if you are an immigrant and/or believe in immigrants’ rights, join the national boycott! Do not go to work, school or buy anything on this day. Join Cosecha Lawrence and several other local organizations in showing the public how much the economy of this country depends on immigrants, but most importantly that Lawrence is ready to stand up again for human and labor rights of all immigrants!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/363931354006128/

 

State

March for Science Boston

Saturday, April 22, 2-4pm, Boston Common, Boston, MA 

This Rally for Science celebrates the discovery, understanding, and sharing of scientific knowledge as crucial to the success, health, and safety of the human race. We join together to champion not only science itself, but also publicly funded and publicly communicated scientific knowledge as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse and nonpartisan group to celebrate Boston as a space for scientists and scientific research and to support of five main goals: Communication, Funding, Policy, Literacy, and Improvement. Kids’ exhibits from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Allow plenty of extra time to get there, and don’t count on cell service working to find the people you want to meet up with, since the Women’s March ran into the problem of overloaded cell towers. Arrange a meeting point in advance!

More information: https://www.marchforscienceboston.com/

 

Demand the Massachusetts Pension Fund stop funding climate disruption


Thomas Golden 617-722-2263

David Nangle 617-722-2575

Rady Mom 617-722-2460

Colleen Garry 617-722-2380

James Lyons 617-722-2460

There is a budget amendment at the statehouse which would divest the state pension funds from coal and set up a commission to report on divesting from oil and gas. It is Amendment #380. 

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ____ and I’m calling from _____, Massachusetts. Please support Amendment 380 to the budget for divestment of state funds from fossil fuels. Thank you!”

More information: http://massdivest.org/

 

Convince Governor Baker to support an An Act Restoring Financial Transparency in Presidential Elections

617.725.4005

Introduced by State Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), S.365 is one of more than 25 bills nationwide that would force presidential and vice-presidential candidates to release tax returns before appearing on individual state ballots. 

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____, Massachusetts. Please support S.365, which would require presidential candidates to release their tax returns. Thank you!”

More information: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/S365

 

March for Climate and Science

Saturday, April 29, 12pm-3:30pm, Boston Common, Boston, MA

This demonstration is organized by the People’s Climate Movement, which grew out of the historic 2014 march on the eve of the UN Climate Summit in New York City. Planned for the 100th day of the Trump administration, the march will oppose Trump’s climate change denial and continue the mission of the original 2014 march to demand urgent action on the global climate change crisis.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/114630515717476/

 

Federal

Stop the concentration camps for gay men in Russia


Address:

Aleksandr Ivanovich Bastrykin

Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation

Tekhnicheskii pereulok, dom 2

105005 Moscow, Russian Federation

(Please note that international postcards require $1.15 in postage)

On 1 April, the Russian independent daily newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, reported that over a hundred men believed to be gay have been abducted in recent days, as part of a coordinated campaign. The men were reportedly tortured and otherwise ill-treated, and forced to disclose other LGBTI individuals known to them. Novaya Gazeta claimed to have verified information about at least three men who had been killed by their captors, but its sources claim that there have been many more killings.

Suggested text: “Aleksandr, Please carry out prompt, effective and thorough investigations into the reports of abductions and killings of men believed to be gay in Chechnya and to ensure that anyone found guilty or complicit in such crimes will be brought to justice in accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation. You must take all necessary steps to ensure safety of any individual who may be at risk in Chechnya because of their sexual orientation and condemn in the strongest terms possible any discriminatory comments made by officials. Remind the Russian and Chechen authorities that they have an international human rights obligation to prohibit discrimination and to investigate and prosecute hate crimes, the most invidious form of discrimination. Thank you!”

More information: http://metro.co.uk/2017/04/13/heres-how-to-help-tortured-gay-men-in-chechnya-camps-6572033/

 

Help DREAMer Juan Manuel Montes Return Home

Department of Homeland Security: 202-282-8495

Juan Manuel Montes has lived in the United States for 14 years and has twice been granted deferral of deportation and a work permit under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. President Trump has stated that DACA recipients, or DREAMers as they are also called, are not currently targets of his mass deportation campaign. Despite Juan’s active DACA status, he was arrested by ICE agents in February and deported to Mexico within 3 hours of his arrest because he did not have his ID on him.

Sample script: “Hello, my name is ______ and I’m calling from ______, Massachusetts. I’m calling to support the return of DACA recipient Juan Manuel Montes to his home in the United States. ICE should respect the protected status of DACA recipients. Thank you!”

More information: https://5calls.org/issue/recbM75Ptb4BvHs8C

 

Protect U.S. coastlines from the expansion of offshore drilling


Elizabeth Warren: 202-224-4543 or 617-565-3170

Edward Markey: 202-224-2742

The Trump Administration has announced plans to expand offshore oil drilling in U.S. waters, putting the Atlantic, Pacific, Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic Ocean potentially at risk. This brazen proposal would overturn the federal government’s recently finalized 5 year offshore drilling program that was informed by years of environmental review and input from millions of citizens. 

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ____ and I’m calling from _____, Massachusetts. Please protect our oceans from any new offshore oil and gas development. Offshore drilling is a polluting activity that puts our coastal economies, communities, and natural resources at risk. The impacts from routine operations and inevitable oil spills would significantly harm the coastal recreation and tourism sector. Thank you!”

More information: https://secured.surfrider.org/action/engagement?actionId=AR0005772&id=701i00000018YoU

 

The RRT (Rapid Response Team) Action List compiles action items from the week into one place. If you would like to add anything to the weekly update, please send it to Marissa Dupont on Facebook or at marissa.dupont@gmail.com using subject line “RRT”, or use hashtag #RRT in the Solidarity Lowell Facebook group.

 

Posted by Greg in Rapid Response Team

RRT ACTION LIST 4/11/17

LOCAL:

–Postcards and Phone Banking – Tax Day Edition
Saturday, April 15, 11am-1pm, Gallery Z, 167 Market St, Lowell, Massachusetts 01852
An event to write postcards to our elected officials about issues important to us. Postcard ideas and some supplies provided, but more ideas and supplies are always welcome! Please bring a phone, a computer, and a headset if possible. If not possible, you’ll write postcards, or we’ll share!
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/255591738183167/

–Immigration Clinic: Receive Free Immigration Consultation
April 15, 11am-4pm, Lawrence Public High School, 70-71 N Parish Rd, Lawrence, MA 01843
Please join the offices of State Representative Matias in partnership with Lawrence Public Schools and the American Immigration Lawyers Association for the Lawrence Immigration Clinic. At the Immigration Clinic, those who register and attend will be provided with a free legal immigration consultation with an immigration attorney.
For more information, please contact legislative aide Manny Cruz: (617) 722-2425 ext 7312

STATE:

–Tax Day Protest Boston-Cambridge
Saturday, April 15, 1-4pm, Cambridge Commons Park, Waterhouse St and Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA
Without Donald Trump’s tax returns, Americans are in the dark about his conflicts of interest, his foreign entanglements, and whether he even pays any taxes at all. We’re protesting to remind him that he works for us now. We encourage anybody and everybody who demands to see Trump’s tax returns to join us.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/595235454007911/

–Insist that NCAA President Mark Emmert keep championship games out of NC
Address:
Mark Emmert
℅ The National Collegiate Athletic Association
700 W. Washington Street
P.O. Box 6222
Indianapolis, Indiana 46206-6222
After HB2 became law last year, the NCAA pulled championship games from the state for failing to “assure a safe, healthy, discrimination-free atmosphere for all.” North Carolina’s new law, HB 142, is still discriminatory and illegal. It still singles out transgender people. It still bars local governments from protecting LGBTQ people through 2020. The NCAA should know this. Tell the NCAA not to allow North Carolina to bid to host championship games.
Sample text: “Dear Mark, HB 142 is discriminatory and illegal by singling out transgender people and barring local governments from protecting LGBTQ individuals. Do not allow North Carolina to bid to host championship games. Stand your ground! Thank you!”
More information: https://ssl.capwiz.com/aclu-action/issues/alert/…

–March for Science Boston
Saturday, April 22, 2-4pm, Boston Common, Boston, MA
This Rally for Science celebrates the discovery, understanding, and sharing of scientific knowledge as crucial to the success, health, and safety of the human race. We join together to champion not only science itself, but also publicly funded and publicly communicated scientific knowledge as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse and nonpartisan group to celebrate Boston as a space for scientists and scientific research and to support of five main goals: Communication, Funding, Policy, Literacy, and Improvement.
More information: https://www.marchforscienceboston.com/

FEDERAL:

–Urge Congress to Grant Asylum to Syrian Refugees
Elizabeth Warren: 202-224-4543 or 617-565-3170
Edward Markey: 202-224-2742
Now that the United States has begun military intervention in Syria, it is more urgent than ever that we provide asylum to the thousands of Syrians displaced by the violence and horrors of war. Call your representative and urge that they support legislation to allow more Syrian refugees to seek asylum in the United States.
Sample script: “Hello, my name is ______and I’m from _____, Massachusetts. Please do everything in your power to support legislation and policies that increase the number of Syrian refugees who can get asylum in the United States. If our country is going to take military action against the Syrian regime, we must also offer protection to the civilians who will experience the fallout from our military interventions. Thank you!”
More information: https://5calls.org/issue/recJelSda7trqff5W

–Prevent Further Military Escalation in Syria or Elsewhere
Elizabeth Warren: 202-224-4543 or 617-565-3170
Edward Markey: 202-224-2742
Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101
On April 6th, Trump retaliated against Assad’s chemical weapons attack by firing nearly 60 Tomahawk missiles at the airfield from which the weapons were launched. While Assad’s actions are atrocious, Trump’s swift and unexplained policy reversal regarding Syria calls into question the purpose and length of strategic planning behind the operation. Trump must seek the approval of Congress before any more military action takes place.
Sample script: “Hello, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____, Massachusetts. Please push for congressional approval before any further military escalation takes place in Syria or elsewhere, and vote against any request to do so. We cannot stumble into another unnecessary war due to a President’s impulsive and ever-changing policy positions. Thank you!”
More information: https://5calls.org/issue/rec6i8xdROFt1lHZv

–Call for Sean Spicer’s resignation
Elizabeth Warren: 202-224-4543 or 617-565-3170
Edward Markey: 202-224-2742
Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101
Steven Goldstein, Executive Director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, summed it up best: “On Passover no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death. Spicer’s statement is the most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary. Sean Spicer now lacks the integrity to serve as White House press secretary, and President Trump must fire him at once.”
Sample script: “Hello, my name is _____, and I’m calling from _____, Massachusetts. Sean Spicer’s comments today about “holocaust centers” and the Jewish people were outrageously offensive and insensitive. Please do everything within your power to call for his resignation, or for Trump to fire him. Thank you!”
More information: https://www.nytimes.com/…/sean-spicer-hitler-gas-holocaust-…

–Boycott United Airlines
On Tuesday, videos surfaced of a man being forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight. It was overbooked and after customers were offered vouchers and hotel rooms, nobody volunteered to leave the plane. Instead, United randomly chose four passengers. One man refused to leave, however, saying he was a doctor who needed to see patients the next day. Video shows him being dragged from his seat, his face bloodied. This is unacceptable behavior from an airline. Boycott United until they agree to change their policies!
More information: https://www.nytimes.com/…/united-airline-passenger-overbook…
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The RRT (Rapid Response Team) Action List compiles action items from the week into one place. If you would like to add anything to the weekly update, please send it to Marissa Dupont on Facebook or at marissa.dupont@gmail.com using subject line “RRT”, or use hashtag #RRTin the Solidarity Lowell Facebook group.

Posted by Greg in Rapid Response Team

RRT ACTION LIST 4/11/17 

Local

Postcards and Phone Banking – Tax Day Edition

Saturday, April 15, 11am-1pm, Gallery Z, 167 Market St, Lowell, Massachusetts 01852

An event to write postcards to our elected officials about issues important to us. Postcard ideas and some supplies provided, but more ideas and supplies are always welcome! Please bring a phone, a computer, and a headset if possible. If not possible, you’ll write postcards, or we’ll share!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/255591738183167/

 

Immigration Clinic: Receive Free Immigration Consultation

April 15, 11am-4pm, Lawrence Public High School, 70-71 N Parish Rd, Lawrence, MA 01843

Please join the offices of State Representative Matias in partnership with Lawrence Public Schools and the American Immigration Lawyers Association for the Lawrence Immigration Clinic. At the Immigration Clinic, those who register and attend will be provided with a free legal immigration consultation with an immigration attorney. 

For more information, please contact legislative aide Manny Cruz: (617) 722-2425 ext 7312

 

State

Tax Day Protest Boston-Cambridge

Saturday, April 15, 1-4pm, Cambridge Commons Park, Waterhouse St and Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA

Without Donald Trump’s tax returns, Americans are in the dark about his conflicts of interest, his foreign entanglements, and whether he even pays any taxes at all. We’re protesting to remind him that he works for us now. We encourage anybody and everybody who demands to see Trump’s tax returns to join us.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/595235454007911/

 

Insist that NCAA President Mark Emmert keep championship games out of NC


Address:

Mark Emmert

c/o The National Collegiate Athletic Association

700 W. Washington Street

P.O. Box 6222

Indianapolis, Indiana 46206-6222

After HB2 became law last year, the NCAA pulled championship games from the state for failing to “assure a safe, healthy, discrimination-free atmosphere for all.” North Carolina’s new law, HB 142, is still discriminatory and illegal. It still singles out transgender people. It still bars local governments from protecting LGBTQ people through 2020. The NCAA should know this. Tell the NCAA not to allow North Carolina to bid to host championship games.

Sample text: “Dear Mark, HB 142 is discriminatory and illegal by singling out transgender people and barring local governments from protecting LGBTQ individuals. Do not allow North Carolina to bid to host championship games. Stand your ground! Thank you!”

More information: https://ssl.capwiz.com/aclu-action/issues/alert/?alertid=76667626&type=CU&emsrc=Nat_Appeal_AutologinEnabled&emissue=LGBTrights&emtype=Capwiz&ms=eml_170411_LGBTrights_NCAAHB2&__af=query_string_encrypted

 

March for Science Boston

Saturday, April 22, 2-4pm, Boston Common, Boston, MA 

This Rally for Science celebrates the discovery, understanding, and sharing of scientific knowledge as crucial to the success, health, and safety of the human race. We join together to champion not only science itself, but also publicly funded and publicly communicated scientific knowledge as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse and nonpartisan group to celebrate Boston as a space for scientists and scientific research and to support of five main goals: Communication, Funding, Policy, Literacy, and Improvement.

More information: https://www.marchforscienceboston.com/

 

Federal

 

Urge Congress to Grant Asylum to Syrian Refugees


Elizabeth Warren: 202-224-4543 or 617-565-3170

Edward Markey: 202-224-2742

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

Now that the United States has begun military intervention in Syria, it is more urgent than ever that we provide asylum to the thousands of Syrians displaced by the violence and horrors of war. Call your representatives and urge that they support legislation to allow more Syrian refugees to seek asylum in the United States.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ______and I’m from _____, Massachusetts. Please do everything in your power to support legislation and policies that increase the number of Syrian refugees who can get asylum in the United States. If our country is going to take military action against the Syrian regime, we must also offer protection to the civilians who will experience the fallout from our military interventions. Thank you!”

More information: https://5calls.org/issue/recJelSda7trqff5W

 

Prevent Further Military Escalation in Syria or Elsewhere


Elizabeth Warren: 202-224-4543 or 617-565-3170

Edward Markey: 202-224-2742

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

On April 6th, Trump retaliated against Assad’s chemical weapons attack by firing nearly 60 Tomahawk missiles at the airfield from which the weapons were launched. While Assad’s actions are atrocious, Trump’s swift and unexplained policy reversal regarding Syria calls into question the purpose and length of strategic planning behind the operation. Trump must seek the approval of Congress before any more military action takes place. 

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____, Massachusetts. Please push for congressional approval before any further military escalation takes place in Syria or elsewhere, and vote against any request to do so. We cannot stumble into another unnecessary war due to a President’s impulsive and ever-changing policy positions. Thank you!”

More information: https://5calls.org/issue/rec6i8xdROFt1lHZv

 

Call for Sean Spicer’s resignation


Elizabeth Warren: 202-224-4543 or 617-565-3170

Edward Markey: 202-224-2742

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

Steven Goldstein, Executive Director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, summed it up best: “On Passover no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death. Spicer’s statement is the most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary. Sean Spicer now lacks the integrity to serve as White House press secretary, and President Trump must fire him at once.”

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _____, and I’m calling from _____, Massachusetts. Sean Spicer’s comments today about “holocaust centers” and the Jewish people were outrageously offensive and insensitive. Please do everything within your power to call for his resignation, or for Trump to fire him. Thank you!”

More information: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/us/politics/sean-spicer-hitler-gas-holocaust-center.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

 

Boycott United Airlines

On Tuesday, videos surfaced of a man being forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight. It was overbooked and after customers were offered vouchers and hotel rooms, nobody volunteered to leave the plane. Instead, United randomly chose four passengers. One man refused to leave, however, saying he was a doctor who needed to see patients the next day. Video shows him being dragged from his seat, his face bloodied. This is unacceptable behavior from an airline. Boycott United until they agree to change their policies!

More information: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/business/united-airline-passenger-overbooked-flights.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

 

The RRT (Rapid Response Team) Action List compiles action items from the week into one place. If you would like to add anything to the weekly update, please send it to Marissa Dupont on Facebook or at marissa.dupont@gmail.com using subject line “RRT”, or use hashtag #RRT in the Solidarity Lowell Facebook group.

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RRT ACTION LIST 4/6/17 

 

Local

 

Immigration Clinic: Receive Free Immigration Consultation

April 15, 11am-4pm, Lawrence Public High School, 70-71 N Parish Rd, Lawrence, MA 01843

Please join the offices of State Representative Matias in partnership with Lawrence Public Schools and the American Immigration Lawyers Association for the Lawrence Immigration Clinic. At the Immigration Clinic, those who register and attend will be provided with a free legal immigration consultation with an immigration attorney. 

For more information, please contact legislative aide Manny Cruz: (617) 722-2425 ext 7312

 

Postcards and Phone Banking

Saturday, April 15, 11am-1pm, Gallery Z, 167 Market St, Lowell, Massachusetts 01852

An event to write postcards to our elected officials about issues important to us. Postcard ideas and some supplies provided, but more ideas and supplies are always welcome!

For more information, please contact Hope Anderson on Facebook or by email.

 

State 

 

Emergency Rally: NO WAR on Syria!

Friday, April 7, 6-8pm, Boston Common, Boston, Massachusetts

The United States has just launched air strikes in Syria. We will NOT be dragged into another war in the Middle East! War will not bring us “peace and harmony,” as Trump says. We’ve seen what the War on Terror has brought us for the past 16 years–more terrorists, more refugees, more dead children, women, and families. War is good for politicians and for weapons manufacturers, but not for the rest of us and we know that! We must act NOW!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1863096943910483/

 

Rally to Take Back Health

Saturday, April 8th, 12-1pm, Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

Saturday is a National Day of Action for Improved Medicare for All! Join Take Back Health, Mass-Care, Healthcare Now!, PNHP-MA, BUSM SNaHP, Harvard Medicine, Indivisible, and Right Care Boston in speaking out to defend the right to health!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/287385235015078/

 

Vigil in Support of Black Lives Matter

Wednesday, April 12, 5:30-6:30pm, First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA

Stand with others to denounce the ongoing murders of Black men, women and children. The speaker for this vigil is Chastity Bowick, who works as Transgender Health Coordinator at AIDS Action Committee and Co-Director of the Transgender Emergency Fund.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/262996764148662/

 

Tax Day Protest Boston-Cambridge

Saturday, April 15, 1-4pm, Cambridge Commons Park, Waterhouse St and Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA

Without Donald Trump’s tax returns, Americans are in the dark about his conflicts of interest, his foreign entanglements, and whether he even pays any taxes at all. We’re protesting to remind him that he works for us now. We encourage anybody and everybody who demands to see Trump’s tax returns to join us.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/595235454007911/

 

Federal

 

Ask Congress to Block the Deployment of Ground Troops in Syria


Elizabeth Warren: 202-224-4543 or 617-565-3170

Edward Markey: 202-224-2742

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

HR 1473 would prohibit the expansion of United States combat troops into Syria. It prohibits the Department of Defense from funding any attempt by the Administration to expand our presence in Syria by putting U.S. combat boots on the ground.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ______ and I’m calling from ______, Massachusetts. Please co-sponsor HR 1473 and stop expansion of troops into Syria. Thank you!”

More information: https://lee.house.gov/news/press-releases/congresswoman-barbara-lee-introduces-bipartisan-bill-to-block-the-deployment-of-ground-troops-in-syria

 

Support HR 305, The Presidential Tax Transparency Act

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

The Presidential Tax Transparency Act (H.R. 305) is a bipartisan bill that will require all Presidents and nominees for President by major U.S. political parties to release their tax returns to the public.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _______ and I’m calling from _______, Massachusetts. Please co-sponsor HR 305, which requires all presidents and presidential nominees to release their tax returns. Thank you very much!”

More information: https://5calls.org/issue/rec0mNTKRTjt7DfOo

 

The RRT (Rapid Response Team) Action List compiles action items from the week into one place. If you would like to add anything to the weekly update, please send it to Marissa Dupont on Facebook or at marissa.dupont@gmail.com using subject line “RRT”, or use hashtag #RRT in the Solidarity Lowell Facebook group.

Posted by Greg in Rapid Response Team

RRT for March 31, 2017

Local

Protest the ICE arrests of 5 green card applicants
TODAY, 3-3:30pm, USCIS, 2 Mill Street, Lawrence, MA

Federal immigration officers arrested five people in Lawrence on Wednesday when they showed up for scheduled appointments at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office, most of which were to apply for green cards. Join us for a protest of these arrests!

More information: http://www.wbur.org/news/2017/03/30/green-card-ice-arrests-lawrence

Postcards to our elected officials
Saturday, April 1st, 11am-1pm, Gallery Z, 167 Market St, Lowell, Massachusetts 01852

A biweekly event to write postcards to our elected officials about issues important to us. Postcard ideas and some supplies provided, but more ideas and supplies are always welcome!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1930510680519423/

Open Mosque Day at Islamic Society of Greater Lowell
Sunday April 2nd, 2017, 3-6pm, Islamic Society of Greater Lowell (ISGL), 131 Stedman St #9&10, Chelmsford, MA 01824

The ISGL will be among 16 mosques across Massachusetts holding an Open-Mosque Day to provide an opportunity for the wider public to meet their Muslim neighbors. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour a mosque, hear a brief introduction to Islam, and witness a Muslim prayer service.

More information: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfif2eO1FPl56HcCHV2cjvNI1CbQOTlX7aSvHklu-mL_Q1XPA/viewform

Solidarity Lowell General Meeting
Monday, April 3, 2017, 7pm, Pollard Memorial Library, ground floor meeting room, 401 Merrimack St, Lowell, MA

Russ Davis from Jobs for Justice will join us to talk about the organization. Jobs with Justice is a national organization that works with local groups to fight for a decent standard of living, rights to collective bargaining, and other progressive goals. Also on the agenda: updates on immigration actions, postcard actions with the Rapid Response Team, and more!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1506523002700962/

Go door-to-door for Lowell Alliance

Please join the Lowell Alliance and help with outreach to residents. The upcoming Attorney General’s Community Action Hours for residents can help them get legal needs met on some of the following issues: housing, civil rights, and discrimination, and we need to spread the word. Areas for canvassing, scripts, materials, and support provided. Tabling outside of Market Basket for this is also encouraged. Will try to place a Spanish and Khmer speaker with you if possible. Please contact Mary Tauras at mtauras@ywcaoflowell.org if you would like to volunteer.

More information about Lowell Alliance: http://www.lowellalliance.org/

 

State

Ask Governor Baker to stand up for the environment
617-725-4005

Trump just undid the Clean Power Plan, a critical part of our country’s plan to address the climate crisis. This is a key moment for state leaders to stand up for our livable climate future, but since Trump’s election, Gov. Baker has played it safe by staying silent.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ______ and I’m calling from _______, Massachusetts. Please denounce the Trump administration’s dangerous energy policy and get our state back on track to meet 25% carbon reduction by 2020 as required by Massachusetts law. Thank you!”

More information: http://www.betterfutureproject.org/speakupcharlie3?utm_campaign=cmwu_17_03_28&utm_medium=email&utm_source=betterfutureproject

Our Revolution Rally
Friday, March 31st, 7-9pm, The Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Place, Boston, MA 02108

Partnering with Raise UP Massachusetts, the Jobs Not Jails Coalition, and immigrant rights groups, Our Revolution is taking the next step to organize an unprecedented grassroots effort in Massachusetts around issues such as a $15 minimum wage, paid family medical leave, criminal justice reform, immigrant rights and wage inequality.

More information and to RSVP: https://go.ourrevolution.com/page/event/detail/stateoftherevolutionlivestream/gpgxds?source=em170327-ma-live

We March On: Continuing the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
April 4, 2017, 3-4:30pm, Parkman Bandstand, 50 Chestnut St, Boston, Massachusetts 02116

On April 4th, 1968, civil rights and social justice leader Martin Luther King was assassinated while in Memphis to support black sanitation workers who were on strike. On April 4th, the anniversary of his death, we will march on the Boston Common in his memory. Join us as we call on elected officials to recognize the struggle of people of color in Boston by supporting a progressive minimum wage of $15 for all workers.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1799888070338360/

Immigrants Day at the State House
April 5, 2017, 9am-2pm, State House, Hall of Flags, Boston, MA

Now more than ever immigrant voices must be heard at the state level. This year the advocacy of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Coalition will focus on the Safe Communities Act, a bill to protect the civil liberties and safety of ALL Massachusetts residents.

More information and for RSVP: https://www.miracoalition.org/

Active Bystander Intervention Training
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 12-4:30pm, ISBCC, 100 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury, MA 02120

Join the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, the Boston Workmen’s Circle, and True Story Theater (an improvisational troupe) for an afternoon of interfaith connection followed by an interactive workshop based on the theories of Bystander Intervention Training. This workshop will train participants on safe and effective ways to intervene, explore feelings and actions involved with being an ally, and more.

More information and to RSVP: http://www.circleboston.org/BystanderTraining

 

Federal

Demand Devin Nunes step down from the House Intelligence Committee
House Select Committee on Intelligence – Majority Staff: 202-225-4121

House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes has consistently demonstrated an unwillingness to seriously investigate allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election cycle. He has dismissed evidence of Russian election tampering and attempted to redirect attention to “leaks.” Nunes leads the committee charged with investigating purported Russian interference in our government, yet his actions indicate he cannot carry out this responsibility impartially. He must step down from his committee chairmanship and recuse himself from all investigations of the Trump-Russia connection.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _____ and I’m calling from ______, Massachusetts. Devin Nunes should step down from his chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee. Nunes has repeatedly demonstrated that he is more committed to partisan politics than to investigating potential threats to our democracy, including the Trump administration’s potential ties to Russia. Thank you!”

More information: https://5calls.org/issue/reckzdPikf4qTQy9b

Urge organizations to support funding of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

LIHEAP serves a vital, life-saving role, protecting millions of families from America’s cold winters and hot summers. Strong LIHEAP funding is necessary if this program is to continue to allow states and their charitable partners to serve America’s most vulnerable households. Solidarity Lowell has already signed this letter, but please ask the leaders of other organizations that you are a part of to sign on as well!

More information: http://neuac.org/advocacy/2018-all-parties-letter/

 

Positive Postcard Action of the Week

Thank the Congressional Black Caucus for standing up for the 22 missing children in DC
Address:
Senator Cedric Richmond
200 Derbigny St # 3200
Gretna, LA 70053

For weeks, activists have been concerned about the 22 children and teens of color in Washington, D.C. who have been missing since February. However, the media has been mostly silent about the situation. After members of the Congressional Black Caucus learned about the situation, they asked for the FBI’s help to “devote the resources necessary to determine whether these developments are an anomaly or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed.” Please send a postcard to Congressional Black Caucus chairman Cedric Richmond to thank him for his efforts in finding these young citizens.

Sample Text: “Senator Richmond, Thank you to you and the entire Congressional Black Caucus for standing up for the 22 missing young people of color in Washington, DC. It is deeply disappointing that little has been done until now and I thank you for asking the FBI to investigate. Sincerely, ________, from ________, Massachusetts”

More information: https://www.dailydot.com/irl/congress-black-caucus-missing-dc-teens/

The RRT (Rapid Response Team) Action List compiles action items from the week into one place. If you would like to add anything to the weekly update, please send it to Marissa Dupont on Facebook or at marissa.dupont@gmail.comusing subject line “RRT”, or use hashtag #RRT in the Solidarity Lowell Facebook group.

Posted by Lynne in Rapid Response Team