Solidarity Lowell February Meeting

Sunday, February 25, 5:30pm, Christ Church United, 1 Bartlett Street, Lowell

The monthly general meeting for members of Solidarity Lowell. Enter at the Bartlett Street entrance. Our meeting is in the chapel (come inside and take a left). Featuring a presentation about single payer healthcare by Renee D’Argento!

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Experiential Diversity: Marginalization and Self-Efficacy

Saturday, February 24, 8:30am-noon, Bell Tower, 60 Island Street, Lawrence, MA

During this 3-hour training we will explore our own diversity/differences and encourage on-going understanding of others’ diversity or differences. Facilitators will introduce the concept of personal efficacy—the ability to effect courses and outcomes in your life—and the impact that marginalization can have on our ability to achieve and maintain personal efficacy in our own life. Suggested donation of $40.

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Immigration Explained: Ask the Experts

Wednesday, February 28, 7:30-9pm, First Parish Church United of Westford, 48 Main St, Westford

Speakers will discuss current immigration issues, give accounts of the personal circumstances of recent immigrants and their families, describe existing uncertainties in the law and suggest opportunities for public action.

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The Incorruptibles Training: Take Back Our City Government

Sunday, March 4, 5:30-8pm, Christ Church United, 1 Bartlett Street, Lowell

This workshop introduces a model of organizing that goes beyond electing good people– it walks you through the five key areas that will enable you to cultivate great–and incorruptible–candidates for every election who will remain deeply involved in policy-making after elections.

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Want to 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, please email Training is provided and there is a session coming up this weekend! You can also donate to the cause here: (and please write “sanctuary” in the “special notes” part of the donation form).

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Working People’s Day of Action

Monday, February 26, 12:00pm, Boston Firehouse, 125 Purchase St, Boston

On February 26th, thousands of working people across Massachusetts will join a national day of action as we speak out for good, union jobs. The Working People’s Day of Action coincides with the Supreme Court hearings on the Janus vs. AFSCME case. That case is part of a well-funded campaign by the wealthy special interests to divide us from our co-workers – and to limit the power in numbers we have together in a union.

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Support the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) Bills

Please contact your state representative (find yours here
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. James Lyons 617-722-2460

H3610 (An Act Temporarily Preventing Firearm Access for Extremely Dangerous or Suicidal Individuals) and H3081 (An Act Establishing Extreme Risk Protective Orders) are currently stuck in committee in the MA Legislature.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _______ from _______, Massachusetts and Solidarity Lowell. After last week’s shooting, it’s time to support H3610 (An Act Temporarily Preventing Firearm Access for Extremely Dangerous or Suicidal Individuals) and H3081 (An Act Establishing Extreme Risk Protective Orders). Please urge leadership to bring them to a vote. Thank you!”

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Stand Up for Community Safety and Immigrants’ Rights

House Rules Committee Chair William C. Galvin: 617-722-2692
Senate Rules Committee Chair Mark C. Montigny: 617-722-1440
Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo: 617-722-2500
Senate President Harriette Chandler: 617-722-1544
The Massachusetts Legislature, with its Democratic supermajority, has not yet taken the modest, rational step forward to protect our communities, our friends and neighbors from being driven into the shadows and harassed by the cruel and senseless Trump deportation machine. This is appalling. We the people need to demand that the legislature pass the Safe Communities Act to ensure that our undocumented friends and neighbors feel safe calling the police to report emergencies and crimes. This is a matter of safety for ALL OF US.  Now that the bill is in two new committees and in two separate chambers, there is no more excuse for delaying its passage.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _____ from ______, Massachusetts and Solidarity Lowell. I am calling because I’m impatient. I am asking you and leadership to move the Safe Communities Act (S.1305 or H3265) in its full, robust form, out of the Rules Committee and onto the floor for a vote as soon as possible. This is urgent. I have been contacting my State Representative and Senator for months. It’s time for action. Thank you!”

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Tell Governor Baker to Dump the NRA from Our State Government

Governor Charles Duane Baker Jr: 617.725.4005

Governor Baker appointed local NRA leader Ronald Amidon as Commissioner of the Department of Fish & Game in July 2017. Amidon was president of the Gun Owners’ Action League (GOAL), the NRA’s state affiliate in Massachusetts. Fish & Game is now directing visitors on the state website to GOAL for more information on gun ownership. GOAL advocates for the repeal of our state’s gun safety laws.

Sample Script: “Hello, my name is _______ from _________, Massachusetts and Solidarity Lowell. Please remove NRA leader Ronald Amidon as Commissioner of Fish & Game and remove links on the Massachusetts state website to NRA affiliate Gun Owners Action League. It’s time to take a stand against the NRA. Thank you!”

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Oppose ICE Entering Courthouses, Schools, and Places of Worship

Niki Tsongas: 978-459-0101

Sample Script: “Hi, my name is _____ from _____, Massachusetts and Solidarity Lowell. I’m calling to express my concern about ICE’s new directive to make arrests inside of courthouses, and their pushing the limits around officially sensitive locations like hospitals, churches, and schools. I would like you to co-sponsor the Protecting Sensitive Locations Act (H.R. 1815). Thank you!”

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