Solidarity Lowell Mission Statement

Solidarity Lowell is a coalition of community members of Greater Lowell working towards social justice and standing together against hate and discrimination.

Six Points of Unity

  • Racism (white supremacy) is structural, more than a sum of individual prejudicial actions, and must be rooted out of every part of society; anti-immigrant beliefs, mass incarceration, the ongoing genocide against Native Americans, and Islamophobia are an inherent part of this racist ideology, and must also be opposed at every turn. We recognize and support the sovereignty of indigenous nations. We are particularly concerned about undocumented and other vulnerable community members in Lowell.
  • The ecological crisis, and in particular global warming/climate change, is an urgent human rights challenge; how we mitigate global warming (by ending the use of fossil fuels) and adapt to it is a moral issue, and must be done with speed and equity.
  • We demand an economy that puts the rights of the people above the profits of a few, and we oppose an economy that would strengthen the rich’s power over the poor. These rights include, but are not limited to, access to healthcare, quality public education, affordable housing, an independent life for people with disabilities, and equal access to opportunities. All members of our community – undocumented and documented – must have these rights.
  • War is a moral abomination, and military force ought to be the last resort in international conflict – especially since militarism stifles domestic progress.
  • Women and LGBTQ+ people must have full rights, liberation and freedom, including reproductive justice, and the right to have their gender, identities, and families respected by entities public and private.
  • Civil liberties and protection from state repression are critical for the preservation of democracy and human dignity.

(as adapted from Shay O’Reilly.)

Methods

Solidarity Lowell seeks to respond to the needs of the community by:

  • connecting people,
  • coordinating actions using appropriate tactics
  • collecting and disseminating information related to social justice,
  • identifying resources,
  • organizing events,
  • collaborating on projects with other community organizations
  • facilitating education and fostering community dialogue

Solidarity Lowell is non-partisan; our members have a range of political and philosophical viewpoints and spiritual faiths. While we encourage debate and discussion on key issues, we affirm that we stand unequivocally against hate and discrimination in all its forms, and we work to promote peace, civil liberties, human rights, and social justice.