Month: June 2017



Solidarity Lowell asks you to please complete this quick poll about registering with the IRS as either a 501c(3) or 501c(4). It’s only one question! THANK YOU!!! (Please note that the poll closes on Wednesday, July 5th.)

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Notes from Sunday’s general meeting, including slides from the presentation by John Kirk of Progressive Mass!

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Postcards for Progress: Mill 5 Edition

Saturday, July 8, 11am-1pm, Coffee and Cotton, Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson St, 4th Floor, Lowell

Come write postcards to your elected officials about issues that matter to you! Suggestions, addresses, and supplies provided. Please note that we’ll be at Mill No. 5 this time, in Coffee and Cotton, due to summer hours at our usual location.

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SAVE THE DATE: Solidarity Lowell General Meeting

Sunday, July 23rd, 5pm, Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson Street, Lowell, MA

On the agenda: committee updates, community outreach, and more! Don’t miss it!

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Urge Support for Carbon Pricing and Against Pipelines

Governor Charlie Baker: 617.725.4005

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ____ and I’m from ____, Massachusetts. Please support the carbon pricing bills, S1821 and H1726. I am disappointed to hear that you still have no position and are not opposed to pipelines. Charging a fee on carbon pollution is the most cost-effective way to cut greenhouse gas emissions. We need to raise the price on carbon-emitting products to reflect the true cost to society and future generations. Please support these bills. Thank you!”

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Cosecha Regional Gathering

July 7-9, 2017, Boston, MA

In February, 350 immigrant leaders from all over the country went to Boston to participate in the launch of the May 1st campaign – A Day Without Immigrants. Since then, hundreds of thousands of immigrants took the streets on May 1st, and hundreds joined local Cosecha teams across the country. Now it is time for the movement to assemble and prepare for the next phase of boycotts and escalated actions!

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Prevent People Convicted of Hate Crimes From Obtaining Firearms

Elizabeth Warren: 617-565-3170

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _____ and I’m from ______. Please support S1324/HR2841, the Disarm Hate Act, to prevent people who have been convicted of a hate crime from getting guns. Surely this is just common sense? Thank you!”

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Support Automatic Voter Registration Bills S.1353 and H.R.2876

Elizabeth Warren: 617-565-3170

Edward Markey: 202-224-2742

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

This bill requires States to automatically register eligible voters to vote in elections for Federal offices, and for other purposes.H.R. 2876: Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017: To require States to automatically register eligible voters to vote in elections for Federal office, and for other purposes.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ____ and I’m from ____, Massachusetts. Please support S.1353/H.R.2876, the Automatic Voter Registration Bill. This bill has already been highly successful in increasing voting in several states. A true democracy depends on voter access and we should be making it as easy as possible for people to vote. Thank you!”

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

Posted by Greg in Rapid Response Team

Got Questions on the Lowell Voter Lawsuit?

You may have heard something about the lawsuit being filed against the City of Lowell’s all at-large local voting system for City Council and School Committee. You might be wondering, why a lawsuit? And how is an all citywide at-large local government discriminatory? You can download this PDF, which answers a lot of these questions.

As a long time observer of city politics, I know that running an at-large campaign citywide is daunting, very difficult, and expensive. It’s prohibitive for many, especially people who come from different backgrounds such as immigrant communities. The outcome of many decades of an at-large system speak for themselves; with few exceptions, the city is largely represented by white, mostly male electeds residing in very specific areas of the city.

Download the PDF below to get more answers!

10 Things to Know about At-Large Voting in Lowell and the Voting Rights Lawsuit

For more info you can read the Ropes & Gray announcement on their website, as well as the text of the lawsuit (translations in Spanish and Khmer).


Posted by Lynne in Local Justice, Things of Note, Voting