Rapid Response Team

SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 10/5/17

Local

 

Postcards for Progress: Fall is in the Air, Postcards are in the Mail!

Saturday, October 7th, 1-3pm, Gallery Z, 167 Market Street, Lowell

We make a difference, one postcard at a time! Let’s write to our elected officials about important legislation, as Congress goes back in session, and get out the vote for upcoming elections. Join us!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/355308374881736/

 

Election Lawsuit Public Meeting

Wednesday, October 11, 5:30-8pm, Lowell Senior Center, 276 Broadway Street, Lowell

Lowell is facing a lawsuit about whether our elections are fair, and this has led to a lot of discussion about how things work and how we could change them. Join us to learn more about these big questions, share your thoughts, and ask questions in a fun, friendly environment. All are welcome! We hope that by talking about the lawsuit and the issues it raises together we can avoid misinformation, increase our understanding of a complicated issue, and encourage an open dialogue between diverse Lowellians. We’ll have Spanish and Khmer interpretation, and free dinner provided.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/134873113914543
Canvass for the Fight for $15!

Thursday, October 12th, 4-6pm, North Common Housing Community, Lowell

Fair Shot For all has partnered with Raise Up Massachusetts in the Fight for $15! The group is planning on canvassing to get signatures on. As of right now it will just be the North Common Housing community, but they would love to get enough volunteers to do both the North Common and the South Common housing communities simultaneously! If you or anyone you know could assist in this effort, it would be greatly appreciated.

To sign up: Please email Yvette Benton at ybenton@mail.middlesex.edu or call her at 978-967-9587

 

Demonstrate, Drink, and Discuss!

Friday, October 13, 6:30pm, Ladd and Whitney Memorial (the island), 309 Merrimack St, Lowell

Solidarity Lowell’s monthly visibility!. At 6:30, come demonstrate with us! Bring signs! We’ll plan to demonstrate for about an hour. After the demonstration (around 7:30pm), we’ll head to Warp and Weft (197 Market Street) to have some drinks and discuss the events of the week. All are welcome!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1925352844380860/

 

Rally Against White Supremacists on School Committee

Friday, October 13, 8-10pm, Olympia’s Zorba Music Hall, 437 Market St, Lowell

At a recent LTC forum, Bob Hoey, who is running for School Committee, stated that we “need to look at white males” in hiring, he said. “Why not hire white people too?” The video can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/LTCLowell/videos/1615734495113787/. Please join us in standing out against white supremacy on our school committee!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2040843376144969/

 

Join a Community Circle!


Thursday, October 5, 5-7pm, Acre High School Apartments, 760 Merrimack St

Thursday, October 12, 10am-12pm, Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association, 465 School St

Wednesday, October 18, 5:30-7:30pm, Community Teamwork Inc, 2nd floor boardroom, 155 Merrimack St

Join us to make change happen in Lowell! We need you to help shape the future of education in Lowell. We are hosting a series of Community Circles around the city. Each Circle is led by a trained community dialogue facilitator and meets for two sessions (the events listed above are for the FIRST session only, the second session will be scheduled at the first session). We bring the food, childcare and interpreters. You come ready to brainstorm! We will focus on getting to know your fellow participants, discussing our overall impressions of education in Lowell, starting to identify some areas of concern and specific issues and action items to be taken to a community forum. Please note: Participants are expected to attend BOTH sessions.

More information: https://www.yourvoicematterslowell.org/community-circles/

 

NEXT SOLIDARITY LOWELL MEETING

Sunday, October 22nd, 5pm, Mill No. 5, 5th Floor, 250 Jackson St, Lowell

The monthly general meeting for members of Solidarity Lowell. On the agenda: City Council election discussion, neighborhood group meetings, discussion of membership in Progressive Massachusetts, new policies for the Facebook group and page, possible creation of a Slack channel, committee updates, possible new meeting locations, and more! See you there!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/335777956887450/

 

State

 

Sinking Columbus – Boston Marches for Indigenous Peoples Day

Saturday, October 7th, 1-4pm, meet at Park St Station

Columbus Day is now officially recognized as Indigenous Peoples Day in many cities, like Cambridge and Northampton, thanks to powerful Native-led efforts. Join IndigenousPeoplesDayMA.org to pressure the City of Boston to make the change, recognize the true history of this day, and honor Indigenous peoples.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/689891157866367/

 

Canvass for Transgender Equality

Sunday, October 8, 10am-3pm, meet at SEIU 1199 Offices, 109 Myrtle St, Quincy, MA

At 10 AM, volunteers will fan out into communities across the Boston area to spread the word about why it’s so important to protect our transgender friends and neighbors from discrimination. All of our canvasses start off with an in-depth training, after which you’ll be assigned to a group that includes at least one experienced volunteer.

More information: https://secure.freedomma.org/page/m/64d94fb1/11bddbe3/1c991f8e/29754931/3984900602/VEsC/

 

Federal

 

Donate to Support Hurricane Victims in Puerto Rico

Donate here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ew_puertorico?refcode=20171002em1

 

Donate to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund

Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/dr2ks2-las-vegas-victims-fund

 

Stand with Puerto Rico


Elizabeth Warren: 617-565-3170

Edward Markey: 617-565-8519

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _______ from _________, Massachusetts. Please help the people of Puerto Rico immediately by moving FEMA into meaningful action, cancelling Puerto Rico’s massive debt, and permanently ending the Jones Act. Thank you!”

More information: https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/puerto-rico-is-my-home

 

Demand Action Against Gun Violence


Elizabeth Warren: 617-565-3170

Edward Markey: 617-565-8519

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _________ from ________, Massachusetts. Please take action to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. I implore you to work toward closing the loophole that lets people buy guns at shows and through private sellers without background checks. Please do everything in your power to institute universal background checks for ammo and gun buyers, a measure 80% of gun owners support. Remove the Dickey Rider from the federal budget to finally allow the CDC to research gun violence prevention. And encourage funding evidence-based community anti-violence programs, like Ceasefire, which have been shown to reduce shootings. Thank you!”

More information: https://5calls.org/issue/recgvn5j8YZFeEytQ

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

Local

Raise Up! Massachusetts Signature Gathering Training For Merrimack Valley Region

Tuesday, September 19th, 6-8pm, United Teachers of Lowell, 169 Merrimack Street, Lowell

Please join members of the Lowell Education Justice Alliance and United Teachers of Lowell to attend a training on signature gathering. Petitions will be available for Paid Family Leave and Fight for $15 per hour. Refreshments will be served.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/113401192671168/

 

Solidarity Lowell City Council Candidate Chat

Sunday, September 24, 5-7pm, Mill No. 5, 5th floor, 250 Jackson Street, Lowell, MA

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of this year’s City Council election. We will be holding a discussion with the candidates regarding five issues we have identified as of utmost importance to Lowell. An informal mingle with the candidates will follow after the chat, where you can ask any questions you might have. This event will be held in the 5th floor meeting room.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/105304816825867/
Volunteers Needed for Support of 300 Lowell Residents Forced to Relocate

Approximately 300 low-income residents will have to relocate due to the planned sale of LHA’s scattered site units. Lowell Alliance is working with Northeast Legal Aid and the Northeast Justice Center to support and represent these tenants to have their questions, concerns and positions heard. We will be going door-to-door and phone banking to tenants in the coming week. We will then have a public meeting for the Tenants’ Association to elect steering committee members and discuss their positions. Interpreters are also needed.

If interested, contact Mary Tauras at mtauras@ywcaoflowell.org or 978-454-5405 ext. 132

 

SAVE THE DATE: Postcards for Progress: Fall is in the Air, Postcards are in the Mail!

Saturday, October 7th, 1-3pm, location TBD

We make a difference, one postcard at a time! Let’s write to our elected officials about important legislation, as Congress goes back in session, and get out the vote for upcoming elections. Location TBD (our usual location may be unavailable due to Kerouac Festival events). The time may also change slightly due to location availability. Join us!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/355308374881736/

 

State

Rally to Support DACA!

Friday, September 16th, 1-3pm, Steps across from the MA State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston

Rally on the steps across from the Massachusetts State house followed by a March to the JFK Federal Building. Defend DACA! Extend TPS! Jail Joe Arpaio! No Ban! No Wall! Defend Transgender Rights! Resist Fascism! Hosted by Boston May Day Coalition.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/284164215401645/

 

Hearing on Bill to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 (H.2365 or S.1004.)

Tuesday, September 19th, 11:30am rally, hearing at 1pm, Gardner Auditorium, MA State House

The Raise Up Massachusetts coalition is encouraging people to attend this hearing to raise the minimum wage to $15, as well as the rally and lobbying before the hearing. Meet in Room 437 at the Statehouse at 11:30am if you would like to participate in the rally.

More information: http://action.raiseupma.org/page/s/2017-15-minimum-wage-hearing

 

Stop House Bill H.916 which would Penalize Protesters


Please contact your representative (find yours here https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/):

Rep. Thomas Golden 617-722-2263

Rep. David Nangle 617-722-2520 <—author of this bill

Rep. Rady Mom 617-722-2460

Rep. Colleen Garry 617-722-2380

Rep. James Lyons 617-722-2460

Sen. Eileen Donoghue 617-722-1630

With this bill, some members of the Massachusetts Legislature are seeking to impose harsh criminal penalties on people engaging in political protests. The bill would impose fines, substantial restitution costs, and significant jail sentences on demonstrators who block, obstruct, or otherwise interfere with the movement of vehicular or pedestrian traffic. This means that protestors who engage in sit-ins, marches on public streets, demonstrations that block sidewalks, large rallies that spill outside of parks, etc. all could face fines and restitution costs in the thousands of dollars, as well as jail terms.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _____ from ______, Massachusetts. H.916 is a direct assault on the right to free protest. Rep. Nangle’s bill is abhorrent, especially after the events in Charlottesville. I encourage you to do everything in your power to stop this bill now! Thank you!”

More information: https://www.billtrack50.com/BillDetail/840126

 

Federal

Donate to the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-irma-relief-fund/

 

Oppose Efforts to Weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _____ from _____, Massachusetts. I would like to express my concern about possible changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act. H.R. 620 would restrict litigation rights, allow businesses to delay accessibility compliance, and make disabled people responsible for reporting non-compliance. Please advocate for civil rights and vote no when this bill comes up for a vote in the House. Thank you!”

More information: https://www.aclu.org/blog/disability-rights/congress-wants-change-americans-disabilities-act-and-undermine-civil-rights

 

Oppose the New Plan to Repeal the ACA


Elizabeth Warren: 202-224-4543

Edward Markey: 202-224-2742

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ______ from _____, Massachusetts. I oppose the Cassidy-Graham ACA repeal plan. Congress needs to improve the Affordable Care Act, not repeal it and leave millions of people without options. Thank you!”

More information: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/9/6/16263316/cassidy-graham-mccain-obamacare-repeal

 

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

SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 9/6/17

Local

Demonstrate, Drink, and Discuss! Focus on DACA

Friday, September 8, 6:30pm, Intersection of Arcand Drive and Dutton Street (at the bridge next to Cobblestones, across from City Hall)

Solidarity Lowell’s monthly visibility with an emphasis on supporting DACA. At 6:30, come demonstrate with us! Bring signs! We’ll plan to demonstrate for about an hour. After the demonstration (around 7:30pm), we’ll head to Coffee and Cotton to have some drinks, discuss the events of the week, and support their new liquor license. All are welcome!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1927377024169899/

Postcards for Progress: Back to School Edition

Saturday, September 9, 1-3pm, Gallery Z, 167 Market St, Lowell

We make a difference, one postcard at a time! Let’s write to our elected officials about important legislation, as Congress goes back in session, and get out the vote for upcoming elections. Join us!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1965396147040800/

Donate/Volunteer to Help Lowell Help Houston

Wednesday and Thursday (September 6 and 7), 3-7pm, Lowell Senior Center, 276 Broadway St, Lowell, MA

The City of Lowell is organizing a community-wide Relief Center for collecting donations for families affected by Hurricane Harvey. They are ONLY collecting the following items: flashlights with batteries, bottled water, easy-open canned foods, cleaning supplies, first aid kits, over the counter medicine, NEW clothing, baby formula, diapers, hygiene items, pet food, and blankets. Volunteers are also needed!

For more information, please contact Lowell Fire Chief Jeff Winward at 978-459-5555 or Michelle Ramalho at 978-674-1170

Volunteers Needed for Support of 300 Lowell Residents Forced to Relocate

Approximately 300 low-income residents will have to relocate due to the planned sale of LHA’s scattered site units. Lowell Alliance is working with Northeast Legal Aid and the Northeast Justice Center to support and represent these tenants to have their questions, concerns and positions heard. We will be going door-to-door and phone banking to tenants in the coming week. We will then have a public meeting for the Tenants’ Association to elect steering committee members and discuss their positions. Interpreters are also needed.

If interested, contact Mary Tauras at mtauras@ywcaoflowell.org or 978-454-5405 ext. 132

 

A Rapid Response Rally if Mueller is Fired

If it 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. Location is the island outside City Hall, across from Cobblestones, Lowell, MA Nobody is above the law! Donald Trump is publicly considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller. 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.

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

SAVE THE DATE: Solidarity Lowell City Council Candidate Chat

Sunday, September 24, 5pm, Mill No. 5, 5th floor, 250 Jackson Street, Lowell, MA

Here’s your chance to ask City Council candidates the questions that are important to you! This event will be held in the 5th floor meeting room.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/105304816825867/

State

There are no State-level items this week.

Federal

Pass Protections for DACA Recipients

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescind DACA hurts 800,000 people, our economy, and betrays our values. Rescinding DACA will unfairly rip away protected legal status from 800,000 people who have done everything right.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ______ from _____, Massachusetts. Trump’s deportation machine gives more power to ICE and makes our communities less safe. Americans support a pathway to citizenship over mass deportation by more than a 4 to 1 margin. Please do everything in your power to pass protections for DACA recipients. Thank you!”

More information: https://go.ourrevolution.com/page/content/defend-daca/?source=em170905

Donate to Houston Relief

Here are some options for groups that are working to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey:

The Texas Workers Relief Fund is a union-relief effort by the Texas AFL-CIO. Donations are tax-deductible. The state has been closely coordinating with the Houston and Corpus-area central labor councils to provide material aid.

More information and to donate: http://www.texasaflcio.org/donate

Houston’s mayor has set up the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to assist with victims of Houston’s ongoing and increasingly dangerous flooding. Donations are tax-deductible.

More information and to donate: https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/

RAICES, a Texas-based nonprofit legal advocacy group, has been working with Texas shelters to find housing for women and children stranded by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after being released from detention centers.

More information and to donate: https://www.raicestexas.org/pages/donate

Advocate for Weekend Voting to Make it Accessible to Working People

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

Sample Script: “Hello, I’m ______ from ________, Massachusetts. I’m calling to express my enthusiasm for weekend voting. It increases participation, allows working people to access the polls more easily, and reflects 21st century needs. Please support H.R. 1094, the Weekend Voting Act. Thank you!”

More information: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/05/fight-voter-suppression-move-election-day-to-weekend-slaughter-ornstein-column/537456001/

Posted by Greg in Rapid Response Team

SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 8/31/17

 

Local

Volunteers Needed for Support of 300 Lowell Residents Forced to Relocate

Approximately 300 residents will have to relocate due to the planned sale of LHA’s scattered site units. Lowell Alliance is working with Northeast Legal Aid and the Northeast Justice Center to support and represent these tenants to have their questions, concerns and positions heard. We will be going door-to-door and phone banking to tenants in the coming week. We will then have a public meeting for the Tenants’ Association to elect steering committee members and discuss their positions. Interpreters are also needed.

If interested, contact Mary Tauras at mtauras@ywcaoflowell.org or 978-454-5405 ext. 132

 

Fill out the Lowell Votes Survey!

Now that we have candidates, it’s time to start putting together the yearly Lowell Votes voter guide! Please take the survey and let us know what we should cover.

Take the survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSedYzb_5K2MudTAEX5xdPfihUANOC7zPqXYXbhInU9WNChWxA/viewform

 

Demonstrate, Drink, and Discuss! Focus on Anti-Fascism

Friday, September 8, 6:30pm, Intersection of Arcand Drive and Dutton Street (at the bridge next to Cobblestones, across from City Hall)

Solidarity Lowell’s monthly visibility! At 6:30, come demonstrate with us! Bring signs about whatever is important to you. We’ll plan to demonstrate for about an hour. After the demonstration (around 7:30pm), we’ll head to Coffee and Cotton to have some drinks, discuss the events of the week, and support their new liquor license. All are welcome!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1927377024169899/

 

Postcards for Progress: Back to School Edition

Saturday, September 9, 1-3pm, Gallery Z, 167 Market St, Lowell

We make a difference, one postcard at a time! Let’s write to our elected officials about important legislation, as Congress goes back in session, and get out the vote for upcoming elections. Join us!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1965396147040800/

 

A Rapid Response Rally if Mueller is Fired

If it 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. Location is the island outside City Hall, across from Cobblestones, Lowell, MA Nobody is above the law! Donald Trump is publicly considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller. 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.

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

 

SAVE THE DATE: Solidarity Lowell City Council Candidate Chat

Sunday, September 24, 5pm, Mill No. 5, 5th floor, 250 Jackson Street, Lowell, MA

Here’s your chance to ask City Council candidates the questions that are important to you! This event will be held in the 5th floor meeting room.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/105304816825867/

 

State

Solidarity with Low-Wage Workers – Labor Day Action in Boston

Monday, September 4, 11am, Boston Common, Boston, MA

This Labor Day, low-wage workers in the Fight for $15 are having a national day of action to demand a minimum wage of $15/hr and union rights.

More information: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeTO9lC3m2Do-XZXsjyDZfZAbYm0DETF7s4RaXSkDQWpe73ag/viewform

 

Let’s Pack the House for the S.365 Hearing – Presidential Tax Transparency

September 6, 1:00PM, State House, Room B-1, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA

Senate bill S.365 would require candidates for POTUS to disclose their tax returns in order to appear on a Massachusetts primary or general election ballot. It is time to make the release of tax returns a requirement versus a voluntary action. Please join members of area Indivisible groups to provide testimony on why this should be the law in MA.

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

 

Federal

Donate to Houston Relief

Here are some options for groups that are working to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey:

The Texas Workers Relief Fund is a union-relief effort by the Texas AFL-CIO. Donations are tax-deductible. The state has been closely coordinating with the Houston and Corpus-area central labor councils to provide material aid.

More information and to donate: http://www.texasaflcio.org/donate

Houston’s mayor has set up the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to assist with victims of Houston’s ongoing and increasingly dangerous flooding. Donations are tax-deductible.

More information and to donate: https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/

RAICES, a Texas-based nonprofit legal advocacy group, has been working with Texas shelters to find housing for women and children stranded by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after being released from detention centers.

More information and to donate: https://www.raicestexas.org/pages/donate

 

Advocate for two bills protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller


Elizabeth Warren: 202-224-4543

Edward Markey: 202-224-2742

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ______ from _______, Massachusetts. I approve of the special counsel investigation into Russia ties, and would like you to support two pieces of legislation that protect Robert Mueller from presidential dismissal. S. 1735 (The Special Counsel Independence Protection Act sponsored by Sen. Graham) and S. 1741 (The Special Counsel Integrity Act by Sen. Tillis). Both check the president’s power. Please co-sponsor one or both of these efforts. Thank you.”

More information: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/senate-plans-protect-special-counsel-robert-mueller/story?id=49034036

 

Ask Our Reps to Cosponsor the Dream Act

Elizabeth Warren: 617-565-3170

Edward Markey: 617-565-8519

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

The bipartisan Dream Act (S.1615) would protect DACA-recipients by providing qualified undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. before the age of 18 a pathway to citizenship. To be eligible, individuals must graduate from high school or pass the GED and either attend college or enlist in the military.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ______ from _________, Massachusetts. Please cosponsor the Dream Act, allowing qualified undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children a pathway to citizenship. Thank you!”

More information: https://www.aclu.org/issues/immigrants-rights/tell-your-senator-co-sponsor-dream-act

 

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

SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 8/24/17

Local

Solidarity Lowell General Meeting

Sunday, August 27th, 5pm, Mill No. 5, 5th floor, 250 Jackson Street, Lowell, MA

On the agenda: discussion and vote on whether or not to become a chapter of Progressive Massachusetts, a presentation by Darcie about the Raise Up initiative, discussion about whether or not we should get involved in the race to replace Niki Tsongas, committee updates and more! After the meeting, stay for a sign-making party! We will supply some supplies but feel free to bring your own as well. This meeting will be held in the 5th floor meeting room.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/105304816825867/

 

Postcards for Progress – Just Keep Writing Edition

Saturday, August 26, 1-3pm, Gallery Z, 167 Market Street, Lowell

It’s past time to get together for another postcard party! We’ll be writing to our elected officials about important legislation, as Congress is about to go back in session. We’ll take a stand against hate, one postcard at a time, and also get out the vote for upcoming elections. Join us!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/163531917554651/

 

Volunteer Opportunity!

Friday, August 25, 9:30am, IINE Storage Unit

Help inventory the International Institute of New England (http://iine.org/) storage unit and reorganize it, so we know what the IINE will need (and have time to collect!) before the new refugee families begin to arrive in November. No heavy lifting will be involved, but we do need lots of helpers! Due to the nature of the storage unit, volunteers must be 12+. HOWEVER! One of the Lowell Ward members has generously volunteered to babysit any children under 12 whose parents would like to help with the unit.

For more information, contact Alisha Erin Hillam at alishahillam@gmail.com

 

THRIVE Volunteer Training

Saturday, August 26, 8:30am-5pm, Entrepreneurship for All, 175 Cabot Street, Suite 100, Lowell, MA 01854

THRIVE’s mission is to empower adults returning from incarceration and to revolutionize the role community members play in their lives upon reentry by organizing and supporting grassroots efforts for restorative reentry, community building, and constituency leadership. THRIVE’s Circles of Support and Accountability training is an experiential exploration of the meaning, guidelines and impact of Reentry Circles. By the end of the day, participants will have gained an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a volunteer.

More information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/circles-of-support-accountability-cosa-august-training-tickets-35125564509

 

Fill out the Lowell Votes Survey!

Now that we have candidates, it’s time to start putting together the yearly Lowell Votes voter guide! Please take the survey and let us know what we should cover.

Take the survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSedYzb_5K2MudTAEX5xdPfihUANOC7zPqXYXbhInU9WNChWxA/viewform

 

SAVE THE DATE: Demonstrate, Drink, and Discuss! Focus on Anti-Fascism

Friday, September 8, 6:30pm, Intersection of Arcand Drive and Dutton Street (at the bridge next to Cobblestones, across from City Hall)

Solidarity Lowell’s monthly visibility! At 6:30, come demonstrate with us! Bring signs about whatever is important to you. We’ll plan to demonstrate for about an hour. After the demonstration (around 7:30pm), we’ll head to Coffee and Cotton to have some drinks, discuss the events of the week, and celebrate their new liquor license. All are welcome!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1927377024169899/

 

State

Health Care Rally

Wednesday, August 30, noon, Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA

A Healthcare Rally demanding affordable, high-quality health care for all. We will clarify single payer, Medicare-for-All, and the ACA with speakers and street theater!

More information: https://act.moveon.org/event/aug-resistance-recess-events_attend/13793/signup/

 

Support Beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Address:
Governor Charlie Baker

Massachusetts State House, Office of the Governor

Room 280

Boston, MA 02133

The beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) are in danger of having their immigration status terminated by January, 2018. Presently these TPS beneficiaries are campaigning to request the support of US citizens by having them sign letters to each state Governor. Sign and send a copy of the letter linked below to Governor Baker. Support the thousands of Salvadorans, Hondurans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Syrians whose TPS will expire during the first quarter of 2018.

The letter: http://www.minutemanindivisible.org/uploads/1/0/2/7/10278894/tpslettertogovbaker.pdf More information: http://www.alianzaamericas.org/save-tps/

 

SAVE THE DATE: Solidarity with Low-Wage Workers – Labor Day Action in Boston

Monday, September 4, 11am, Boston Common, Boston, MA

This Labor Day, low-wage workers in the Fight for $15 are having a national day of action to demand a minimum wage of $15/hr and union rights.

More information: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeTO9lC3m2Do-XZXsjyDZfZAbYm0DETF7s4RaXSkDQWpe73ag/viewform

 

Federal

Daring Discussions Webinar Thursday, August 24, 8pm, online

Women’s March and partners invite you to join an online workshop on facilitating “Daring Discussions” about white nationalism, bigotry and violence, with community members who hold different political views. You will hear from activists who regularly engage in challenging their communities to do better, and learn strategies for constructively engaging your own family members, friends and neighbors in this critical political moment.

Register here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/daring-discussions/register

 

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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SOLIDARITY LOWELL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR 8/16/17

Local
Stand Out Against Hate Lowell

Friday, August 18, 6:45-8pm, where Arcand Drive meets Merrimack Street (the island with the statue), approximately 375 Merrimack Street, Lowell

Stand out against the violent white supremacists who perpetrated the hate and bloodshed in Charlottesville. There is another such disgusting display coming to Boston Common on 8/19, and we need Lowell to show these kinds of people that they are not welcome in our city. Please bring signs! If you have Hate Has No Home Here signs, they are a great message to send.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/108317243198701/

 

Mobilize Against White Supremacy Lowell

Saturday, August 19, 9:30am-10am, Target, 181 Plain Street, Lowell

This event aims to provide transportation (via carpool) for those who oppose the white supremacy rally in Boston. We leave at 10:00 AM, so please arrive at 9:30 AM. We will meet up with the Stand for Solidarity and Fight Supremacy Boston events once in the city.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1540218796039622/

 

Fight Supremacy! Boston Counter-Protest & Resistance Rally

Saturday, August 19, 10am-5:30pm, Boston Common, 139 Tremont Street, Boston

On Saturday, White Nationalists are converging on Boston Common to reinforce their white supremacist ideology and attempt to intimidate queer Black, Indigenous, and POC communities. Walk with us as we march from the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center to Boston Common (1.9 miles) and Rally for Black Lives, LGBTQI Lives, Indigenous Lives, Palestinian Lives, Cape Verde Lives, Latinx Lives, Jewish Lives, and all who are marginalized!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/165697793990647

 

Solidarity Lowell General Meeting

Sunday, August 27th, 5pm, Mill No. 5, 5th floor, 250 Jackson Street, Lowell, MA

On the agenda: discussion and vote on whether or not to become a chapter of Progressive Massachusetts, a presentation by Darcie from Lowell Education Justice Alliance (LEJA), discussion about whether or not we should get involved in the race to replace Niki Tsongas, committee updates and more! This meeting will be held in the 5th floor meeting room.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/105304816825867/

 

SAVE THE DATE: Demonstrate, Drink, and Discuss! Focus on Anti-Fascism

Friday, September 8, 6:30pm, Intersection of Arcand Drive and Dutton Street (at the bridge next to Cobblestones, across from City Hall)

Solidarity Lowell’s monthly visibility! At 6:30, come demonstrate with us! Bring signs about whatever is important to you. We’ll plan to demonstrate for about an hour. After the demonstration (around 7:30pm), we’ll head to Coffee and Cotton to have some drinks, discuss the events of the week, and celebrate their new liquor license. All are welcome!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1927377024169899/

 

State

 

Shut Down the White Supremacist Rally in Boston

Governor Charlie Baker: 617.725.4005

White supremacists are holding a rally at Boston Common on August 19th, which will include bigoted speakers present at Charlottesville. We need to pressure the city of Boston to shut this event down.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _______ from _______, Massachusetts. The fact that a white nationalist rally is being permitted in the city of Boston is unacceptable. After what happened in Charlottesville, I can’t believe city officials are allowing this to take place. White nationalists have no place in our city. Please do everything in your power to cancel this rally. Thank you!”

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/252451831928409/

 

Support Medicare for All

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

Call your rep to cosponsor HR 676, Medicare for All. The only reps in Massachusetts who have signed onto it so far are Reps. Clark, McGovern, and Capuano.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _____ from ______, Massachusetts. Please cosponsor HR 676, Medicare for All. Single-payer healthcare is very important to me. Thank you!”

More information: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/676

 

Federal

 

Demand that Congress Censure Trump Over His Endorsement of White Supremacy


Elizabeth Warren: 617-565-3170

Edward Markey: 202-224-2742

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

Censure is a formal, public statement of disapproval that requires a vote by Congress. A bipartisan vote would send a strong message to Trump and the world that his behavior is unacceptable and doesn’t represent American values. Several Republicans have spoken out already. That’s a start, but it’s not enough.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ______ from ______, Massachusetts. Please censure Trump. Equating the white terrorism that occurred on Saturday with protestors is flat-out racism. I will not stand for white supremacists in the White House!”

More information: https://5calls.org/issue/recMfNw76XvEO833U

 

Advocate for Elections Free from Foreign Hacking

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ______ from _______, Massachusetts. I’m concerned about a second foreign hacking in the next election cycle. I would like you to co-sponsor H.R. 1562, the SAFE Act, which makes elections more secure. Thank you!”

More information: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1562/text

 

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 8/10/17

Local

Support Michael Degree, a Victim of Police Retaliation

Tina G. Degree and her family have been the target of police violence and intimidation for many years, and have filed an excessive force lawsuit against the Lowell police department after the cops beat Tina’s son, Devante. Now, the police are deepening their retaliation by targeting other members of this family. Tina’s brother, Michael, was recently arrested and is being held without bail being set until August 17. He was attacked multiple times by police with tasers, including while unconscious, while police taunted him by asking about his sister, Tina. Please support this fundraiser to bond him out of jail.

More information and to donate: https://www.youcaring.com/michael-897173
Support Daley Middle School’s Solar-Powered Classroom Fundraiser

The Climate Change Club at the Daley Middle School in Lowell is a group of sixth graders (and one honorary 8th grader), working together to learn about and stop climate change. They are fundraising to put solar panels on the school and make their classroom solar-powered.

More information and to donate: https://www.gofundme.com/DaleySolar

 

SAVE THE DATE: Solidarity Lowell General Meeting

Sunday, August 27th, 5pm, Mill No. 5, 5th floor, 250 Jackson Street, Lowell, MA

On the agenda: discussion and vote on whether or not to become a chapter of Progressive Massachusetts, a presentation by Darcie from Lowell Education Justice Alliance (LEJA), discussion about whether or not we should get involved in the race to replace Niki Tsongas, committee updates and more! This meeting will be held in the 5th floor meeting room.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/105304816825867/

 

State

Speak out against Governor Baker’s anti-immigration bill

Governor Charlie Baker: 617.725.4005

Last month, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that police and court officers in our state don’t have the legal authority to detain anyone solely on a civil immigration matter. However, on Aug. 1, Gov. Baker filed a bill to allow police across the state to honor civil detainer requests from U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) for any “removable alien” deemed to pose a threat to public safety.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _______ from ________, MA. I disagree with Gov. Baker’s bill, An Act Empowering Law Enforcement to Cooperate with the United States to Transfer Custody of Convicted Criminals. We don’t need legislation to encourage police to do ICE’s job. I support the Safe Communities Act. Thank you!”

More information: https://www.miracoalition.org/news-events/728-baker-detainer-bill-would-needlessly-entangle-police-in-ice-matters

 

Federal

Prevent Military Action Against North Korea


Elizabeth Warren: 617-565-3170

Edward Markey: 202-224-2742

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

The escalating tensions with North Korea have taken a sudden and dangerous turn, with the Washington Post reporting the isolated country has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that will fit inside a ballistic missile. Trump responded to the report with alarming rhetoric, stating North Korea will be “met with fire and fury” if they were to make any threats against the U.S. A few short hours later North Korea responded with threats of missile strikes on Guam.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ______ from _______ Massachusetts. I demand congressional approval before any military engagement takes place in North Korea and as that you vote against any request to do so. We cannot and should not stumble into another unnecessary war. Thank you!”

More information: https://5calls.org/issue/recP3XRP4IFDvaCgF

 

Advocate for equal access to housing for LGBTQ Americans

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ______ from ______, Massachusetts. Please support H.R. 1447. While it is currently legal in the US to deny housing to LGBTQ Americans, this discrimination is wrong and should be remedied. Please stand up against housing discrimination. Thank you!”

More information: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr1447

 

Oppose the RAISE Act


Elizabeth Warren: 617-565-3170

Edward Markey: 202-224-2742

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

Republican Senators David Perdue and Tom Cotton have introduced legislation that viciously attacks our family-based legal immigration system. Backed by President Trump, the RAISE Act aims to cut legal immigration of extended family members by half – in addition to slashing the number of refugees we accept and eliminating the diversity visa lottery.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ______ from _______, Massachusetts. Please stand against the RAISE Act. This is an extremist proposal that would prevent families from reuniting and go against our nation’s core values. Thank you!”

More information: http://action.nilc.org/page/s/tell-congress-oppose-the-raise-act?source=em170802-raise-act

 

Oppose new legislation that restricts access to abortion


Elizabeth Warren: 617-565-3170

Edward Markey: 202-224-2742

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ______ from _______ Massachusetts. I’m very concerned about two anti-abortion bills. S. 184 would pull all funding for legal abortion in the US. Secondly, S. 231 would modify the 14th Amendment and define life as beginning at conception. I strongly oppose both of these bills and you should do the same. Thank you!”

More information: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s231

 

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RRT ACTION LIST 8/02/17

Local

Postcards for Progress – Don’t Give Up Now Edition

Saturday, August 5, 2-4pm, Gallery Z, 167 Market Street, Lowell

Feel like you aren’t making a difference in this time of political crisis? Come write postcards to your elected officials with us! Commiserate on the horro rs in our current administration and do something that can actually enact change! Now with food! (Gallery Z has its own cafe!)

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/195619970973533/

Demonstrate, Drink, and Discuss!

Friday, August 11 at 6:30 PM – whenever, Corner of Arcand Drive and Dutton Street, Lowell, MA

Our new weekly visibility events are back!  Come demonstrate with us at the intersection of Arcand Drive and Dutton Street (in front of Cobblestones, across from City Hall). Bring signs! We’ll plan to demonstrate for a bout an hour.  After the demonstration, we’ll head to Fuse Bistro to have some drinks and discuss the events of the week!

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/923539397787344/

The U.S. Premiere of THREADS OF RESISTANCE

Now through September 10, 2017, 18 Shattuck St., Lowell

The New England Quilt Museum is presenting the Premiere of a juried exhibition of fiber art created by the Artist Circle Alliance to protest the Trump administration’s actions and policies. Head over any time, or join Action Together Massachusetts Merrimack Valley (ATMV) for a group outing on Sunday, August 20, at 1 pm. More information: http://threadsofresistance.org/home.html

Directions and hours: nequiltmuseum.org/

SAVE THE DATE: Solidarity Lowell General Meeting

Sunday, August 27th, 5pm, Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson Street, Lowell, MA

Please attend as we will be making the final decision on whether or not to become a chapter of Progressive Massachusetts!

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/105304816825867/

State 

URGENT ACTION: Gov. Baker files anti-immigrant legislation

Governor Charlie Baker: 617-725-4005

Senator Eileen Donohue: 617-722-1630

Senator Michael Barrett: 617-722-1572

Rep. Rady Mom: 617-722-2460

Rep. James Lyons: 617-722-2460

Rep. Thomas Golden: 617-722-2263

Rep. David Nangle: 617-722-2575

Rep. Colleen Garry: 617-722-2380

In response to historic SJC ruling, Governor Baker has filed anti-immigrant legislation authorizing collaboration between law enforcement and ICE. Contact your state legislators now and tell them to oppose this attack on Massachusetts immigrants. Also, contact the Governor and let him know he has overstepped his boundaries and his constituents are noticing!

More Information: http://www.mass.gov/governor/legislationexecorder/legislation/empowering-law-enforcement-to-cooperate-with-the-us.html

It’s Working! The Legislature is Moving in Favor of The Safe Communities Act (S1305/ H3269) and the Coalition Needs Your Support NOW!

James Lyons: 617-722-2460 ← Actively opposed, call him to express your disappointment.

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Not yet co-sponsors, ask them to co-sponsor the Safe Communities Act (S1305/ H3269):

Thomas Golden: 617-722-2263

David Nangle: 617-722-2575

Colleen Garry: 617-722-2380

Sen. Eileen Donohue: 617-722-1630

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Rady Mom: 617-722-2460 ← Is a sponsor; thank him, and ask him to sign the letter to his colleagues.

Sen. Michael Barrett: 617-722-1572 ← has signed the letter.  Call to thank and encourage him

Sample Script 1: “Hello, my name is _____ from _____ . I know <rep/senator> is not yet a co-sponsor of the Safe Communities Act (S1305/ H3269). As a constituent, I am calling to lend my support to this act, and I am asking <rep/senator> to please co-sponsor the bill and sign the letter encouraging their colleagues to do the same.  Thank you!”

More information: Click for Call Guide, Lobbying Tips and More!

Federal

Urge Members of Congress to support the Dream Act of 2017.

Elizabeth Warren: 617-565-3170
Edward Markey: 617-565-8519

Neither of them have co-sponsored this legislation to date.

The “DACA” program under President Obama allowed individuals who came to the US as children to safely apply for jobs and attend college as long as they passed regular background checks and didn’t break the law. Our current Administration is now using the information they provided under DACA to accelerate these deportations. DACA was created by executive order but the Dream Act, if passed, will have the force of law. The deportations are accelerating – let’s make our voice heard today.

Sample Script:  “Hello. My name is ____, from Lowell, Massachusetts. I am calling to ask the Senator to support The Dream Act of 2017 and give the DACA the force of law.   Please treat this as an urgent priority, in order to stop the acceleration of depor tations. Can I count on the Senator to join the bipartisan movement and give immigrants brought to the US as children, who meet the requirements  set forth in the legislation, permanent residency and the path to citizenship?”

More information: http://fortune.com/2017/07/21/daca-dream-act-2017-new-immigration-news/

Protect America’s Rivers, Lakes and Wetlands

Elizabeth Warren: 617-565-3170
Edward Markey: 617-565-8519

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

In June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposal to roll back the Waters of the United States Rule; this rollback would remove Clean Water Act protections from water sources that supply drinking water to one in three Americans. As the Environmental Law and Policy Center noted, “Rollback of clean water standards rejects years of work building stakeholder input and scientific data support, and it imperils the progress for safe clean drinking water in the Midwest.”

Sample Script: “Hi, my name is ____, and I’m a constituent from Lowell.

I’m calling to oppose the EPA’s planned rollback of the Waters of the United States Rule. Ensuring clean water for all Americans is a national priority that requires federal support, and it is irresponsible to end a rule that protects 1 in 3 Americans’ drinking water sources. I urge <Sen/Rep> to fight against the elimination of the Waters of the United States Rule.”

More information: https://www.epa.gov/…/epa-us-army-move-rescind-2015-waters-us

Make a difference. Submit your comments and let your voice be heard:

https://www.regulations.gov/

Do you have a Specific concern about a new proposed rule? An agency cannot issue a Rule unless granted authority to do so by law. Before the rulemaking process, an agency evaluates possible alternative solutions to a rulemaking and determines whether the benefits of the regulation justify the costs. Agencies will typically submit an “Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” to the Federal Register for the public to view at http://www.federalregister.gov. This notice allows the public the opportunity to comment on whether or not a rulemaking should be initiated.

Boycott Sean Hannity’s advertisers

Are you on Twitter? If so, here’s a quick way to make an impact: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zJ_QE2Ze2iuI4QA-UDUJ1CUM5BLFVpZ3BwwMZl0k-zo/pubhtml

Sean Hannity opened his show by saying that [Special counsel] Robert Mueller is a criminal. This is a blatant attempt to undermine the credibility of a true patriot who is actively investigating the possibility of collusion between the Trump administration and the Russian government.  Given that Trump recently had a private dinner with Hannity, this is further evidence that Trump is just trying to deflect attention away from the investigation and is using Hannity to do it. Hannity is not a journalist, and his advertisers need to know we won’t support them, if they support Hannity.

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 7/20/17

Local

Postcards for Progress – Summer Fun Edition!

Saturday, July 22, 12-2pm, Gallery Z, 167 Market Street, Lowell

Feel like you aren’t making a difference in this time of political crisis? Come write postcards to your elected officials with us! Commiserate on the horrors in our current administration and do something that can actually enact change! Now with food! (Gallery Z has its own cafe!)

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1630763783609456/

 

Solidarity Lowell Summer Barbecue!

Sunday, July 23rd, 3-5pm, Lynne Lupien’s house, Lowell, MA

The Coordinating Committee has decided that we need a more relaxed event this month, so we’re holding a barbecue! Lynne Lupien has graciously offered to host. We’ll provide the burgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs if you’ll bring the sides and chairs. Please RSVP so we know what you’re bringing, and to get the address. Thank you!

RSVP here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080945a8af28a2f49-summer

 

Active Bystander Training

Wednesday, July 26th, 7pm, First Parish Church United of Westford, Westford, MA

If you are a bystander witnessing a harmful situation, you have a choice to make. Do you do something? What do you do? Come to this training to learn how to stand in solidarity with others who are facing discrimination. Hosted by Indivisible Westford Area.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1882336735422717/

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdUHqcdaqjpXOR_W0nPzh6YCPyKV-iRVIkmkU-OC9SJkxsizA/viewform?usp=send_form

 

Southeast Asian American Studies Conference

July 27-29, UMass Lowell

The Southeast Asian American Studies conference is a national summit of researchers, community organizers, artists, students, service providers, policymakers, community members, and others. The purpose is to reflect on the histories and current states of Southeast Asian American communities and to discuss solutions to the most pressing issues facing Southeast Asians in the U.S. This year’s conference theme is “Community Engagement, Research, and Policy in Action.”

More information: https://www.uml.edu/conferences/seaas-2017/

 

Volunteer with Lowell Transitional Living Center

There are many upcoming opportunities to volunteer with LTLC, including at the summer cleanups, with the Smoothie team, or by hosting a towel drive.

More information: http://ltlc.org/volunteer/

 

Diapers Needed at the Lowell Alliance Diaper Bank

Supplies at the Diaper Bank always need replenishing – please consider making a donation or holding a drive to help replenish their stock!

For more information, please email ncoan@ywcaoflowell.org

 

State

 

Ask Governor Baker to Defend DACA

Governor Charlie Baker: 617.725.4005

DACA has allowed hundreds of thousands of qualified immigrant youth to gain legal protection, go to college, and support their families and communities. While Trump vowed he would leave Dreamers and DACA alone, a handful of states have now threatened to sue to try to end it themselves.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _______ from _______, Massachusetts. Please publicly defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) from recent attacks with a statement about how it benefits Massachusetts. Thank you!”

More information: https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/attorneys-general-protect?akid=186141.8030332.IuhD3j&rd=1&source=mo&t=13

 

Federal

 

End Racial Profiling by Law Enforcement

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

It’s time to end the spontaneous and unconstitutional profiling of individuals based on their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. What’s more, nearly half of all racially-profiled victims of police shootings in America also have a disability, many times wrong preconceived notions about disability or not recognizing it also leads to these violent acts.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _________ from _________, Massachusetts. Please co-sponsor to H.R. 1498, a bill to end racial profiling by our nation’s law enforcement officials. Spontaneous and unconstitutional investigatory practices associated with individuals based on their actual and/or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation are highly unjust and counter to the ideals of our nation. Thank you!”

More information: http://actnow.io/qlgX7ha

 

Oppose DeVos’ Attempt to Dismantle Protections for Campus Rape Victims


Elizabeth Warren: 617-565-3170

Edward Markey: 202-224-2742

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ______ from ________, Massachusetts. I’m concerned that Betsy DeVos is considering dismantling Title IX and protections for survivors of sexual violence. Please support S. 856 (Senate) / H.R. 1949 (House). Thank you!”/font>

More information: http://college.usatoday.com/2017/07/14/advocacy-groups-react-after-title-ix-summit-with-betsy-devos/

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RRT ACTION LIST 7/12/17

Local

Solidarity Lowell Summer Barbecue!

Sunday, July 23rd, 3-5pm, Lynne Lupien’s house, Lowell, MA

The Coordinating Committee has decided that we need a more relaxed event this month, so we’re holding a barbecue! Lynne Lupien has graciously offered to host. We’ll provide the burgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs if you’ll bring the sides and chairs. Please RSVP so we know what you’re bringing, and to get the address. Thank you!

RSVP here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080945a8af28a2f49-summer

 

Keep Francisco Home!

Thursday, July 13th, 12-1pm, New England Regional ICE Office, 1000 District Ave., Burlington, MA 01803

Francisco Rodriguez has lived in the U.S. since 2006. He has lived in the greater Boston area for 10 years, specifically in Chelsea for the last 6 years. He is the father of two American citizen children, 10-year-old Mellanie, 5-year-old Jessica, and a baby on the way. For the past five years, he has been a janitor at MIT. Mr. Rodriguez has no criminal record, pays his taxes, and contributes to his community, church, children’s school and workplace. Despite the fact that Mr. Rodriguez is a beloved member of our community, he is facing potential deportation. Please join us at the ICE office to protest against Francisco’s deportation!

More information: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/06/22/francisco-rodriguez-deported-will-smaller-meaner-nation/MqbN6OWTdKLdmk82GcLCRO/story.html

 

Help Extend the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Though Lowell

Wednesday, July 19th, 6:30pm, Lowell City Hall, Mayor’s Reception Room, 375 Merrimack St, Lowell

Attend the meeting of the Lowell Planning Board regarding the Gervais VW expansion project, and support an extension of the BFRT north of Industrial Ave as part of that expansion. This is an extension of the regular Planning Board meeting set for two days earlier, which had a very full agenda. You don’t have to know anything about this project to be of significant help at this meeting. Your body will be sufficient. Please consider coming.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/crw1966/posts/10155136986489230

Postcards for Progress – Summer Fun Edition!

Saturday, July 22, 12-2pm, Gallery Z, 167 Market Street, Lowell

Feel like you aren’t making a difference in this time of political crisis? Come write postcards to your elected officials with us! Commiserate on the horrors in our current administration and do something that can actually enact change! Now with food! (Gallery Z has its own cafe!)

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1630763783609456/

 

State

Fight for Free Public College in Massachusetts

Thursday, July 13, 9am-12pm, MA State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston

Students and working families in Massachusetts are hurting under the huge burden of high costs and huge debt at public colleges and universities. We are standing together to fight for much needed relief. The Finish Line Grant would help students and families who run into financial difficulty and are worried about paying for college.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1911033265825762/

 

Refuse Fascism Rally

Saturday, July 15, 6-8pm, Holland Street and Highland Ave, Davis Square, Somerville, MA

Every person, every group– religious, community, service, political organization– all who feel the tremendous threat to humanity posed by the Trump/Pence regime– must stand together showing the world that we are determined that this regime must go… not in two years or four, but now.

More information: https://refusefascism.org/event/boston-rally-march/

 

Decriminalize Poverty!

Please contact your representative (find yours here https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/):

Rep. Thomas Golden 617-722-2263

Rep. David Nangle 617-722-2575

Rep. Rady Mom 617-722-2460

Rep. Colleen Garry 617-722-2380

Rep. James Lyons 617-722-2460

Sen. Eileen Donoghue 617-722-1630

Did you know that if you want an attorney, but are too poor to pay for it in Massachusetts, it still costs you $150? Did you know that if you are put on probation or parole, you will have to pay a fee? It’s $50/month. And if you are arrested for non-payment, you have another $75 arrest fee, and will lose your driver’s license.Call your State Senator and Representative today and ask them to support the Decriminalization of Poverty bills including S.777 and H2359./font>

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ______ from _________, Massachusetts. Please support H2359 (House bill)/S777 (Senate bill) to decriminalize poverty. Being too poor to pay fines and fees should not result in jail time, and bills like this will reduce recidivism. Thank you!”

More information: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/H2359

Federal

Internet Wide Action to Save Net Neutrality

FCC: 888 835-5322

The period for calling the FCC regarding ending Net Neutrality ends July 17th. Please call before the 17th to let the FCC know that a free and open internet is vital.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _______ from ______, Masssachusetts. Please preserve Net Neutrality as it currently exists. Any attempt to control the information that we consume is a virtual book burning. Thank you!”

More information: https://www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality-what-you-need-know-now

Stop the Sinclair Broadcast Group Buyout of Tribune Media

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: 202-418-2000

Sinclair Broadcast Group, a Fox News style organization, is trying to buy the 3.9 billion dollar Tribune Media. This buyout would include local TV stations all over the country including WGN in Chicago. Trumpster Boris Epshteyn’s combative show, Bottom Line With Boris, will be run on every Sinclair Station. It is widely thought Bill O’Reilly could end up there. Other far right programming will air as well. This is a huge power grab to control local media stations throughout our country.

Sample Script: “Hello my name is ______ from ________, Massachusetts. Please stop the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s buyout of Tribune Media. The spread of fake news across our country is already a huge problem and this would only make it worse. Thank you!”

More information: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/business/media/sinclair-tribune-media-sale.html?_r=0

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Posted by Greg in Rapid Response Team