Thanks to everyone who responded to last week’s poll. 90% of you chose 501(c)4 as the option for us to go with, so we will begin the process of registering with the IRS as such. Thanks again!


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.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1919570468266968/


Community Rally for Good Jobs and Quality Care

Monday, July 10, 12pm-1pm, CLASS, Inc., 1 Parker Street, Lawrence, MA

Believe persons with disabilities deserve quality care in Lawrence? Stand in solidarity with the hardworking staff at CLASS, Inc! SEIU Local 509 members at CLASS Inc. are fighting back to improve the care of people with disabilities in our community. Low wages for workers have caused high rates of staff turnover, which negatively impacts the individuals served by CLASS. The compassionate, hardworking employees of CLASS should be treated fairly for the important work they do helping people live with dignity.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/238481296660428/


SAVE THE DATE: 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. 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



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!

More information and to RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/events/cosecha-juntas-regionales


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/



Save Amtrak
Elizabeth Warren: 617-565-3170

Edward Markey: 202-224-2742

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

Under Trump’s proposed budget, all long distance Amtrak passenger train services would lose federal support and could be discontinued. The national passenger train network would be destroyed. It would no longer be possible to cross the United States by train.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is ______ and I’m from ______, Massachusetts. I urge you to reject the proposed elimination of all long distance Amtrak passenger train service by the Trump administration. If enacted, hundreds of small communities across the US would lose their last means of low cost public transportation to the outside world. Thank you!”

More information: https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-amtrak-3?akid=185459.8030332.GINllB&rd=1&source=mo&t=15


Oppose the Supreme Court’s Decision to Mix Church and State
Elizabeth Warren: 617-565-3170

Edward Markey: 202-224-2742

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _____ and I’m from _____, Massachusetts. I’m very concerned about the Supreme Court’s recent decision to use taxpayer funds for church expenses. I do not want our country to abandon its longstanding constitutional protection of separation of church and state. I oppose government funds going directly to any house of worship. Thank you!”

More information: http://www.npr.org/2017/06/26/534084013/supreme-court-rules-religious-school-can-use-taxpayer-funds-for-playground


Positive Action of the Week

Thank Secretary Galvin for Denying Trump’s Request for Voting Data

Secretary of State William Galvin

Southeastern District Office

218 South Main St., Suite 206

Fall River, MA 02721

Massachusetts Secretary of State William F. Galvin’s office is denying the Trump administration’s request for voting data as part of a White House probe into voter fraud.

Sample Script: “Dear Sec. Galvin, Thank you so much for standing up for our privacy! The Trump administration’s request for voter data is a huge violation of our rights. It’s nice to know that you’re looking out for our integrity! Sincerely, (your name and address)”

More information: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/06/30/galvin-rejects-white-house-request-for-voter-data/AkXCo9uAeSuSdO3AoAyiIO/story.html


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.