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RAPID RESPONSE TEAM ACTION LIST FOR SEPTEMBER 4, 2020

The RRT (Rapid Response Team) Action List compiles action items from the week and upcoming events into one place. If you would like to add anything to the weekly update, please send it to Dee Halzack at dee@solidaritylowell.com.

BE CAREFUL OUT THERE FOR THE SAFETY OF YOURSELF AND EVERYONE YOU KNOW!

Solidarity Lowell Events and Actions

Save The Date: September General Meeting

Sunday September 27th, 5:30pm, via Zoom
Main topic: presentation from PFLAG.

Local Events and Actions

Weekly LLAMA Housing Advocacy Meeting

Thursday, September 10, 5pm
Concerned about the looming eviction crisis in Lowell? Would you like to join a group working on ways to address it? This is the group. Current plans include publication of a resource booklet, a simple flier with steps for folks facing eviction, and neighborhood organizing.
Call: 978-222-7877 or Visit: https://lowell-mutual-aid.com/form/ to submit needs or offer help.

Watch for an announcement of the next meeting, with Zoom link at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2658623527701727/

Mill City Nonprofits Nominated for Donations by MillTown Helping Hands

MillTown Helping Hands is a community give-back program. Each month, from all nominations received, MillTown will select 3 – 4 well-deserving local charities that could use a little help. Voting takes place throughout the month, and the nominee with the most votes will receive $1,000 donation.
September’s nominees include 2 Lowell groups, St. Paul’s Soup Kitchen and D’Youville Life and Wellness Community.
To vote for one, go to: https://milltownplumbing.com/milltowns-helping-hands/

The Farm Market at Mill No. 5

Sunday, Sept 6, 10am-1pm
250 Jackson St, Lowell
The Farm Market is outside. The building is also now open with safety rules, including masks and social distancing.
https://www.facebook.com/thefarmmarket/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1179181032450795/

City Hall Access Limited

Public access to City Hall is limited to Tuesdays from 8AM – 8PM and Thursdays from 8AM – 5PM.

Next City Council Meeting

Tuesday, Sep 8, 6:30pm
At the beginning of the emergency, the City Council voted to meet every 2 weeks to facilitate safe distancing. Watch the meeting on LTC (Channel 99 or https://www.ltc.org/watch/channel-99/). Members wishing to speak regarding a specific agenda item shall register to speak in advance by sending an email to the City Clerk indicating the agenda item and a phone number to call so that they may be conferenced in to the meeting. Email address is MGEARY@LOWELLMA.GOV. If no access to email you may contact City Clerk at 978-674-4161.
The agenda will be posted at http://lowellma.gov/agendacenter by the Friday before.

State-level Actions and Events

Labor Day Rally for a Just Recovery

Monday, 9/7, 11am
This Labor Day, 9/7, Raise Up Massachusetts will be delivering a list of demands for justice and equity for working people to the State House at 11am. If you want to attend in person or digitally, you can sign up at https://actionnetwork.org/events/labor-day-action

Fight for the Strongest Police Reform Bill

1. Email your legislators and Governor Baker (template provided at link)
https://actionnetwork.org/letters/fight-for-the-strongest-police-reform-bill

2) Contact the Conference Committee Members:
EMAIL
William.Brownsberger@masenate.govSonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.govBruce.Tarr@masenate.govClaire.Cronin@mahouse.govCarlos.Gonzalez@mahouse.govTimothy.Whelan@mahouse.gov
OR CALL
William Brownsberger: (617) 722-1280
Sonia Chang-Diaz: (617) 722-1673
Bruce Tarr: (617) 722-1600
Claire Cronin: (617) 722-2396
Carlos González: (617) 722-2080
Timothy Whelan: (617) 722-2488

WHAT TO SAY: It is essential that the final police reform bill includes reforms to the MA Civil Rights Act so that violations of our rights are not swept aside and limits qualified immunity so that victims of police brutality can get justice.

HAVE TIME TO SAY MORE?: Here is the expanded list of 12 provisions that you can copy from https://actionnetwork.org/letters/fight-for-the-strongest-police-reform-bill

Fight for Housing Stability

Call or email in support of the Guaranteed Housing Stability to prevent evictions and foreclosures.
https://www.housingguarantee.org/

Keep Emergency Paid Sick Leave Moving through the Legislature (H.4700/S.2701)

Emergency Paid Sick Time has been reported favorably out of the Labor and Workforce Development committee! The next stop for our Emergency Paid Sick Time legislation is the Ways and Means committee of both the Senate and House of Representatives.
Email your State Representative and Senator urging them to help move the bill.
https://actionnetwork.org/letters/move-epst/

Phonebank for Census
People in communities hit hardest by COVID-19 need a voice in what resources are needed for recovery. That’s why MA Voter Table and Masscounts are calling residents in communities of color, working-class neighborhoods, and more to participate in the 2020 Census.If people aren’t counted, we lose Federal funding for the next TEN YEARS. The last Census cost MA a representative.
http://bit.ly/vbm-signup

Support the Citizen’s Commission

The Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs is discussing bill H.4908. H.4908 deals with the first-in-the-nation Massachusetts Citizens Commission that Massachusetts voters created through a 2018 ballot initiative.
Over the past 18 months the Citizens Commission has conducted over 20 public meetings across Massachusetts, collected extensive research and testimony.  The Citizens Commission has issued two key reports with findings & recommendations for action. Massachusetts should advance the recommendations to ensure that Congress pass and the states ratify an amendment to the US Constitution to ensure our ability to limit the corrupting power of money in our political system and protect the voice and representation of all Americans.
To ensure that we move forward in our mission to put people before money, we ask that you contact the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs ASAP to report out H.4908 favorably. You can reach the committee at jessica.avery@mahouse.gov.

National Actions and Events

From Citizens to Outsiders: Burma’s Path to Genocide

September 9 | 3:00pm-4:15pm ET | Webinar
Join HIAS and AJWS for a virtual tour of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s new online exhibit “Burma’s Path to Genocide,” and learn how the Rohingya, a religious and ethnic minority in Burma, became targets of a sustained campaign of genocide starting in 2016. Hear from a former political prisoner and Rohingya activist, receive an update on the current situation, and find out how you can help.

Advanced registration required: https://www.hias.org/get-involved/events/citizens-outsiders-burmas-path-genocide

The Future of Refugee Resettlement

September 10 | 4:00pm-5:00pm ET | Briefing Call
After years of policy attacks from the Trump Administration, refugee resettlement in the United States looks very different than it once did. Join a briefing call to hear how the lowering of the annual cap on refugee admissions (the Presidential Determination or PD) has affected our country’s ability to save the lives of tens of thousands of people each year. Hear examples and client stories from our partner, Jewish Family Services of Buffalo & Erie County, and hear HIAS’ plans and hopes for the future of resettlement.

Advanced registration required: https://www.hias.org/get-involved/events/future-refugee-resettlement

Uncertain Times, Certain Fear: Anti-Semitism and Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in the COVID-19 Era

September 16, 2020 | 3:00pm-4:00pm ET | Webinar
Echoing history, the fears and anxieties over the current global health pandemic have fed an increase in xenophobia—including anti-Semitism, and anti-immigrant and anti-refugee sentiment. Join HIAS and ADL for a dynamic conversation about the historic and contemporary intersections of anti-Semitism and anti-immigrant rhetoric, and how the current pandemic is impacting refugees and asylum seekers in particular.

Advanced registration required: https://www.hias.org/get-involved/events/uncertain-times-certain-fear-anti-semitism-and-anti-immigrant-sentiment-covid-19

Urge your Federal legislators to pass the Native American Voting Rights Act

Co-authored by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) this bill will ensure tribal polling places have proper voting equipment, require tribal consultation on polling site locations, and provide tribes with the resources they need to carry out full and fair elections. There have been too many attempts in the last few years to deny Native Americans their right to vote.
https://action.lakotalaw.org/action/pass-navra

Ongoing Solidarity Lowell Initiatives

Support for Asylum-Seeker Marius
Marius is the Togolese asylum seeker whom the Merrimack Valley Interfaith Sanctuary Network (MVISN) is sponsoring. With generous support from people like you and MVISN member groups like ours, Marius has retained an immigration lawyer, filed an application for asylum, and successfully moved his case to the Boston immigration courts from El Paso, exponentially increasing his possibility of ultimately winning his case. Until Marius receives legal authorization to work, our network has committed to financially supporting him with $500/month.
Can you chip in towards the $500 we need to meet our commitment to him? Any amount will be gratefully accepted. Consider becoming a “sustaining supporter” by making a recurring monthly donation, no size too small! We are also looking for folks who are interested in helping in an ongoing basis, in any of these three committees: Legal, Fundraising, and Housing. If you’re interested, please email mvisn@solidaritylowell.com
Donate here: http://www.merrimackvalleyproject.org/donate-1/ (please write “asylum” in the “special notes” part of the donation form)

 

Solidarity Lowell is a volunteer group of community members of Greater Lowell working toward social justice by defending the human rights, dignity, and equality of all persons against all forms of hate and discrimination.

Visit the Solidarity Lowell website at solidaritylowell.com

For more events not listed here, visit the full Events calendar: http://solidaritylowell.com/events/

For volunteer opportunities, visit our Volunteer page: http://solidaritylowell.com/volunteer-opportunities/

View the notes from our July meeting here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K4F3LJ0grKGlc2-752dQ-x8d3KtQAJGkEVjnFDj9QDM/edit?usp=sharing

Recording of our July meeting: https://youtu.be/OOF3wIb6hwM

Solidarity Lowell is a chapter of Progressive Massachusetts. Click here to joinhttps://www.progressivemass.com/contribute

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

Local

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

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

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

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

Input Needed on the Solidarity Lowell Mission Statement

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

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

Mack Plaza Canal Cleanup

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

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

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

Khmer New Year Celebration 2019

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

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

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

Stand Up for Clean Energy in Lowell

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

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

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

April CHOP Dinner

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

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

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

SAVE THE DATE: Solidarity Lowell April Meeting

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

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

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

Unpacking Whiteness Workshop Series

Date and location TBD

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

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

Chelms-FED Up Postcarding

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

Fed up in Chelmsford? Come join us at The Java Room! We will be writing postcards for upcoming municipal elections! Information, addresses, and supplies provided, but feel free to bring your own supplies and info as well. See you there!

For more information, contact Hope at hope@solidaritylowell.com

Thursday Postcarding

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

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

For more information, contact Hope at hope@solidaritylowell.com

 

Help with Sanctuary

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

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

State

Progressive Mass Breaking Barriers Breakfast featuring Rachael Rollins

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

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

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

Marcha Para Las Licencias (March for Drivers Licenses)

 

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

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

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

Support the MVP Amendment for an Addiction Hotline and Transportation System

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

House Speaker Robert DeLeo: 617-722-2500

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

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

 

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

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

Meet with Rep. Tom Golden about the Fair Share Amendment

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

If interested, please email trevorlafaucimvp@gmail.com

 

Support the Amendment to Raise the Capital Gains Tax

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

Local

Solidarity Lowell January Meeting

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

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

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

 

Community Relations Council: LPD Recruiting & Hiring

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

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

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

 

 

Chelms-FED Up Postcarding

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

Fed up in Chelmsford? Come join us to write postcards to voters and to our elected officials! Information, addresses, and supplies provided, but feel free to bring your own supplies and info as well. See you there!

For more information, contact Hope at hope@solidaritylowell.com

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

Celebrate the election wins and shake off the losses with your postcarding friends from Solidarity Lowell and Indivisible Westford Progressive Massachusetts!

For more information, contact Hope at hope@solidaritylowell.com

 

Help with Sanctuary

Assisting our immigrant community is one of the most important things you can possibly do. If you are interested in helping out with local sanctuary efforts, either with accompaniment, food, laundry, or otherwise, please email marissa@solidaritylowell.com. Training is provided. You can also donate to the cause here: http://www.merrimackvalleyproject.org/donate-1/ (please write “sanctuary” in the “special notes” part of the donation form).

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

State

Safe Communities Act Lobby Day

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

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

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

Ask Your Reps to Support the Progressive Massachusetts Agenda

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you!”

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

 

Support Critical ACLU Bills

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tell Legislators to Fight for Immigrant Priorities

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Get Co-Sponsors for the We The People Act

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

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

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

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

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

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