Solidarity Lowell Events and Actions

Next Solidarity Lowell General Meeting

Sunday June 26 at 5:30pm
Topic: To Be Determined

Notes and recording from May Meeting Now Available

Full notes here: https://tinyurl.com/ycyndtvd
Highlights: We voted in some minor revisions to the by-laws. See the by-laws here:  https://tinyurl.com/2s36md96
Recording: https://youtu.be/76Z21IW3D2U

The ACLU presented its “Know Your Sheriff” and we learned that most incumbents run unopposed, although the notorious Bristol County Sheriff is facing opponents this year. Sheriffs run every 6 years and this year is unusual in that both sheriff and DA elections are falling in the same year. Unlike other states, MA sheriffs do not make arrests. But they do control a huge budget as they oversee the houses of correction and jails.

Assistance urgently needed for asylum-seeker Marius recovering from surgery

From: Merrimack Valley Interfaith Sanctuary Network (MVISN)

Asylum-Seeker Marius had surgery recently to address ongoing issues related to the violence he fled from in Togo and Guinea-Bissau. MVISN needs to extend ongoing assistance. Any amount will be gratefully accepted. Please donate to his GoFundMe here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/47gvz-marius

You can also donate via:
CashApp – $gollygee17
Venmo – @owlnerd
Checks are also accepted, please email Marissa (marissa@solidaritylowell.com) for the address. Please put “Marius” in the notes.

Lowell Events

City Council Meeting

Tuesday, June 7, 6:30pm, at City Hall and online
Meetings are held in Council Chamber Tuesdays at 6:30pm with public welcome. Attend in person or by using remote participation as follows:  Members of the public may view the meeting via LTC.Org (Online; Live Streaming; Or Local Cable Channel 99).  Those wishing to speak regarding a specific agenda item must register to speak in advance of the meeting by 4pm the day of the meeting. See agenda for details.

Agenda: https://www.lowellma.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_06072022-2353?html=true

This week’s meeting is devoted to the next budget, including rate increases and new positions.

Lowell Litter Krewe

The LLK is in full swing helping to beautify our city.
To connect with them: https://linktr.ee/lowelllitterkrewe

Sign up to volunteer, check out their schedule and more.

Next events

Saturday, June 11| 8-11am Tree Removal on First Street/VFW
With the Greater Lowell Road Runners
Meet at First Street at Duck Island End

Saturday, June 11| 9am-12pm Rep. Howard’s Diaper Drive
Benefitting the Wish Project
Drive-up donations at Cawley Stadium

Thursday, June 16| 4-6pm Muldoon Park Cleanup
Ahead of the Juneteenth Celebration
With Black Lowell Coalition
Meet at 5 Billerica Street

Saturday, June 18 | 9am-12pm, Canalwaters Cleaners and LNHP
Meet at TBD

AcreFest Resource Fair

Saturday, June 11 11am-2pm
North Common Park (413 Fletcher St)

Bring your family and friends for resources, music, raffles, and a cookout hosted by ACTION, CBA, and Lowell Housing Authority. Stop by the Solidarity Lowell table and say hello!

ARPA Public Listening Sessions

Take the Survey and let your thoughts be known
Deadline to submit: June 30, 2022

Information gathered from the past public listening sessions and the survey will help guide City administration on how to use ARPA funding, providing long-lasting benefits to the residents of Lowell.

Petition seeks justice for Cambodian-American student killed by WA police


Other Events

January 6 Hearings Watch Events

Beginning Thursday, June 9
Find and sign up at: https://www.mobilize.us/jan6hearings/

Disarm Hate

Mondays and Fridays, 3-5pm, next happening June 10
Phone and textbank to get gun reform legislation passed
Sign up: https://www.mobilize.us/brady/event/462576/

Bold Climate Leadership

Saturday, June 11, 10am-12pm
Sanctuary, 82 Main Street, Maynard, MA 01754
RSVP: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/climate0611
Climate-focused fundraiser for Candidate for Lt. Governor Dr. Tami Gouveia
There are zoom and in-person tickets available. RSVP for ticket.

March for our Lives

This is the organization started by the survivors from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas School in Parkland, FL. There are 300 marches and counting scheduled across the country, including Andover, Haverhill, and Nashua. Be counted among those demanding action to stop gun violence.

Saturday, June 11, 3-5pm
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, 110 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110

Saturday, June 11, 10-11:30am
Shawsheen Square, 14 York St, Andover, MA 01810

Mass Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls

Saturday, June 18, Washington DC

The June 18, 2022 Mass Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls will be a generationally transformative and disruptive gathering of poor and low-wealth people, state leaders, faith communities, moral allies, unions and partnering organizations.

It is NOT just a day of action. It is a declaration of an ongoing, committed moral movement to 1) Shift the moral narrative; 2) Build power; and 3) Make real policies to fully address poverty and low wealth from the bottom up.

If enough people sign up in this area there could be a bus (cost: $150 round trip). If not enough people sign up from this area, there WILL be a bus from Boston, with a possibility of carpooling there.

Click here: https://tinyurl.com/33bx5pu7

h/t member Stephen Malagodi for this submission

Juneteenth & Father’s Day Community Block Party

Sunday, June 19, 5-10pm
Green Space @UTEC, 35 Warren St., Lowell
Organized by the Afro-American Community Collaborative

Democracy Corner

Our members running for office

Zoe Dzineku, Lowell 16th Middlesex

Tara Hong, Lowell 18th Middlesex

Teresa English, Billerica

Help Get Progressive Candidates Elected

Progressive Massachusetts proudly endorses Sonia Chang-Diaz, Governor (78% of Progressive Mass member vote); Dr. Tami Gouveia, Lieutenant Governor (78% of PM member vote); Tanisha Sullivan for Secretary of the Commonwealth (93% of PM member vote), Quentin Palfrey for Attorney General (62% of PM member vote), and Chris Dempsey for State Auditor (78% of PM member vote).

Progressive candidates have qualified and the state Convention has selected them to appear in the Primary. Now we start the joyous work of helping them win the Primary. All campaigns are currently looking for people to help.

Learn more about Sonia Chang-Diaz at https://www.soniachangdiaz.com/meet-sonia
Volunteer to help Sonia’s campaign at  https://www.soniachangdiaz.com/volunteer

Learn more about Dr. Tami Gouveia at https://www.tamigouveia.com/meet-tami/
Volunteer to help Tami’s campaign at  https://www.tamigouveia.com/volunteer/

Learn more about Tanisha Sullivan at https://www.tanishasullivan.com/
Volunteer to help Tanisha’s campaign at  http://tanisha4ma.us/join
Organizer: nate@tanishasullivan.com

Learn more about Quentin Palfrey at https://www.quentinpalfrey.com/
Volunteer with the campaign at: https://www.quentinpalfrey.com/get-involved
Organizer: signatures@quentinpalfrey.com

Learn more about Chris Dempsey at https://dempseyforauditor.com/.
Volunteer to help the campaign at: https://dempseyforauditor.com/volunteer/
Signatures Contact: matthew@dempseyforauditor.com

National contests affect everyone

There are groups across the country working to elect more progressive candidates. Find one that lets you do something you can do to make a difference. There are more of us than them. If we all do our one little thing, change CAN come.

Turn Purple 2 Blue
Stop the rollback of rights. Help fight for a wider margin in both houses of Congress so that legislation will pass. Find out how you can help more progressive candidates succeed in other states.

Swing Blue Alliance (formerly Swing Left)
Largest organization in MA working on both state and national elections. Help elect more Democrats to Congress.  Pick how you want to work and which race(s) you want to work on.

Field Team 6
This California-based group works to register more Democrats all across the country.


State-Level Actions

Take action for Housing Equity


Contact your legislators in support of bills that would add tenant and homeowner protections like eviction sealing and the right to representation in housing court. The bills can be added to the state budget now under consideration, as amendments. At the site, hit the Take Action button.. You will find pre-written emails you can edit to make your own and scripts for phone calls.

Action request for Tweeters from MLRI (Massachusetts Law Reform Institute) in support of HOMES Act

WinnCompanies, the largest affordable housing operator in Massachusetts, has announced its support for the HOMES Act and fair eviction sealing protections for MA residents and is urging the House to pass the HOMES Act so that people are not marked with an eviction record for life.

2-Second Action Needed: Please retweet WinnCompanies’ tweet – hot off the press – so we can increase visibility under the dome and urge the House to pass HOMES and move it to the Senate.


Thank you for continuing to urge your Reps and Senators to support the HOMES Act.

Take action to support the Safe Communities Act (SCA)


The deadline on the SCA has been extended to June 1. The link will take you to an editable email to send to the members of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, urging them to vote the bill favorably out of committee so that it can be brought to a vote in the full legislature.

Support Right to Counsel Bills (new deadline)

The Right to Counsel bills (H. 1436 and S. 874) have been extended until June 15, 2022, by which time the Housing Committee must issue a final report. This is good news! The Committee is closely reviewing the bills. The Massachusetts Right to Counsel Coalition is grateful to lead sponsors Senator DiDomenico, Rep Dave Rogers, and Rep Day for their work to advance the bills.

Please keep up your advocacy efforts with your Representatives and Senators and members of the Housing Committee*, especially Chair Arciero and Chair Keenan. It is making a difference!

*Membership: https://malegislature.gov/Committees/Detail/J28  We especially encourage our members from Chelmsford to reach out to Senator Michael Barrett, who is on the committee. No other Lowell area legislators are on the committee, but it wouldn’t hurt to write the other members, who, by dint of their being on the committee represent all Massachusetts residents, not just their constituents.

Sample script

Dear Legislator:

I’m writing you because [I am your constituent, from [town] and]  you are serving on a committee considering a bill that I believe is important to the future of Massachusetts, The Right to Counsel bill H.1436/S.874] seeks to ensure that those facing eviction have counsel when they go to court. Research shows that 90% of landlords have counsel when they head to court; very few tenants do. And tenants who have legal representation have a much better chance of avoiding eviction and all the consequences that come with it.  You can read more about the consequences at https://www.aclu.org/report/no-eviction-without-representation?redirect=evictionbrief.

The brief also references a report on the financial benefits to the state of providing legal representation.

For more background on the issue:
https://www.massrtc.org/fact-sheets-and-resources.html .

With affordable housing so scarce in our state, eviction is literally life-threatening.

I urge you to vote the bills favorably out of committee before the June 15 deadline.

Thank you for your consideration.

[Your name, address, phone number]

Support the Fair Share Amendment

The Fair Share Amendment is a proposal to amend the Massachusetts Constitution, creating an additional tax of four percentage points on the portion of a person’s annual income above $1 million. The new revenue, approximately $2 billion a year, would be spent on “quality public education and affordable public colleges and universities, and for the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges and public transportation.” To ensure that the amendment continues to apply only to the highest income taxpayers, who have the ability to pay more, the $1 million threshold would be adjusted each year to reflect cost-of-living increases.

More info: https://tinyurl.com/3s25dw24

Pledge to vote for the Amendment in November: https://raiseupma.us/solidaritylowell

Take action to get the Work and Family Mobility Act Passed

The bill was passed by both houses. But the governor vetoed it. The good news is that it passed with veto-proof margins in both houses. Our legislators just need to stand firm. The House will vote again on June 8, and the Senate shortly after.

Write your legislator asking them to override the veto. All current Lowell legislators supported the bill. Thank them for their support and ask them to keep it up.

Our State Legislators’ Info

House Speaker Ronald Mariano: Ronald.Mariano@mahouse.gov 617-722-2500
Senate President: Karen E. Spilka: Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov 617-722-1500
Rep. Thomas Golden Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov  617-722-2263
Rep. Vanna Howard Vanna.Howard@mahouse.gov  617-722-2800 x7302 / Google Voice: 978-272-9078
Rep. Rady Mom Rady.Mom@mahouse.gov 617-722-2460
Rep. Colleen Garry Colleen.Garry@mahouse.gov 617-722-2380
Rep. Tram Nguyen tram.nguyen@mahouse.gov 617-722-2425
Sen. Edward Kennedy edward.kennedy@masenate.gov 617-722-1630
Sen. Michael Barrett Mike.Barrett@masenate.gov 617-722-1572
Sen. Jamie Eldridge James.Eldridge@masenate.gov 617-722-1120
Sen. Barry Finegold Barry.Finegold@masenate.gov 617-722-1612
(… or find yours here: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator)
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133

Our Federal Legislators’ Info

Senator Elizabeth Warren: 617-565-3170
309 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Edward Markey: 617-565-8519
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Representative Lori Trahan: 978-459-0101 / 202-225-3411

Representative Seth Moulton: 978-531-1669 / 202-225-8020

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.

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: https://solidaritylowell.com/events/

May meeting notes: https://tinyurl.com/ycyndtvd

May meeting recording: https://youtu.be/76Z21IW3D2U

See recordings of past Solidarity Lowell meetings in our YouTube channel at:

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Solidarity Lowell is a chapter of Progressive Massachusetts. Join at: https://www.progressivemass.com/donate/