Solidarity Lowell General Meeting This Sunday!

Solidarity Lowell Events and Actions

Solidarity Lowell Hybrid Meeting – THIS SUNDAY!
Sunday, April 23, 5:30-7pm
In person at Christ Church United, 10 Arlington St, Dracut
For Zoom Link: Check Facebook group or email

Hear the latest news regarding our petition for better treatment of Lowell’s unhoused population, which was presented to the City Council at the April 11 meeting. We will also hear from Mark Martinez, Housing Attorney for the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute.

We will be preparing to vote on Coordinating Committee members. Two-year terms for half of our Committee are up. We also encourage our members to run! If interested, email

Support for Asylum-Seeker Marius
Marius is an asylum-seeker from Togo who we have assisted since he arrived here in 2018.

He and Lillian, an asylum-seeker from the Dominican Republic, had a baby last year. The baby, Yayrah, is in need of clothing (size 9mos) and diapers (size 6.)

Clothing, diapers, and gift cards can be given to Marissa Dupont.
Email to coordinate drop-off

Cash donations may be made through GoFundMe.

Lowell Events & Actions

Next City Council Meeting
Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30pm, at City Hall and online
NOTE: There will be no meeting on April 18 because of school vacation.

Meetings are held weekly 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).

See agenda for details:
To be announced the Friday before (i.e., April 21).

To speak, you must register by 4pm the day of the meeting. Those wishing to speak regarding a specific agenda item must register to speak in advance of the meeting by sending an email to the City Clerk indicating the agenda Item and a phone number to call so that you may be issued a Zoom link to the meeting. Email Address is MGEARY@LOWELLMA.GOV. If you have no access to email you may contact the City Clerk at 978-674-4161.

Lowell Litter Krewe
LLK is in the running for an award from the We Share a Common Thread Foundation.
Once a quarter, the Foundation donates $1500 to a worthy area non-profit as voted by the community. Whoever receives the most votes via their Give a Click site wins. Please vote, once, before June 30.

Meanwhile, the LLK has begun their regular cleanups.
To connect with them:
Sign up to volunteer, check out their schedule and more.

Next events

Saturday, April 22, 8:30am-2:00pm
Lowell Earth Day Clean-up and Parade
Locations: Mack Plaza, Lucy Larcom Park, Downtown, Ending at Tsongas Arena

Saturday, April 29, 9:00am-12:00pm
Ecumenical Plaza and Western Canal Cleaning
Meet at Ecumenical Plaza (62 Lewis Street)
With DIY Lowell

Lowell Fall Election

Campaign Treasurers Needed
Several progressive campaigns are seeking experienced treasurers.
If interested, please email Marissa at @ (delete spaces when using)

Solidarity Lowell’s Election Subcommittee gearing up
If you are interested in helping to elect/re-elect progressive candidates for Lowell City CouncilCouncl and School Committee, please email Lisa Arnold (likarnold @ or Dee Halzack (dee.halz @ (delete spaces when using emails cited)
Other Events
April Climate Café
Wednesday, April 19, 7pm
RSVP for link

Searching for a supportive place to discuss climate change or climate activism? 350MA’s Climate Cafés are a welcoming place for these chats, and they’re led by experienced activists. You don’t have to put on a positive face, and you can share with people who are experiencing the same emotions and learning nurturing ways to deal with them. Come on by!

Petition Drive and Social Media Campaign – Gas is the Past
Our new Governor wants to address climate change as one of her main goals. Mass Power Forward is asking her to declare, by Earth Day, that there’s no future for gas in Massachusetts. To get her attention, we need 10k petition signatures!

Sign the petition here:

State Level Actions

Contact your rep about their vote on the tax cut bill
All Lowell reps were among the 150 who voted in favor of tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. Call and email their office to express your disappointment. You can find a call and email script here.

or send a customizable prewritten email in just a few clicks here.

Help Prevent Evictions By Supporting Access to Counsel Bills
Did you know that most landlords are able to take counsel with them when they go to Housing Court and most tenants don’t have counsel? Did you also know that when a tenant has counsel they are much more likely to avoid eviction when they go to court?

For a few years now, bills have been introduced on Beacon Hill that would help to ensure that tenants go to court with counsel. They have been introduced again in this session and have been reported out to committees.

H.1731 went to the Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Eldridge and Rep. Day, a lead sponsor of the bill
S.864 went to the Housing Committee, chaired by Senator Edwards and Rep Arciero

The next steps involve getting co-sponsors lined up and presenting testimony at committee hearings.

Rep. Vanna Howard is a co-sponsor of the House bill (H.1731). None of Lowell’s other representatives are. Nor is our Senator. Write and let your representative and the senator know that you care about these bills. It is suggested you send an email and then, if possible, follow up with a phone call.

Sample text
Dear Representative/Senator_______,
(Opening sentence about who you are________). I join a coalition of 240 organizations in advocating for the passage of An Act promoting access to counsel and housing stability in Massachusetts, S.864 and H.1731, sponsored by Senator Sal DiDomenico and Representative Dave Rogers and Representative Michael Day. The bills would establish an Access to Counsel program to provide legal representation to eligible tenants and owner-occupants in eviction proceedings. Nine out of ten tenants face eviction unrepresented. As evictions climb above pre-pandemic levels, it is urgent to level the playing field. With your help we can. Please co-sponsor these S.864 and H.1731. For more see this updated Fact Sheet

(End with a thank you for their support, or their consideration, or for all that they do for Lowell.)

Testimony can also be helpful
If you have a compelling story you would like to share to help legislators understand the importance of the bills, think about how you would present it and watch for details on a hearing and how to submit testimony, which is usually possible in writing and also, sometimes, in person on Beacon Hill.

Protect new Fair Share Amendment and state revenue in the FY24 Budget
Our state reps voted to support the proposed tax cuts for the wealthy. Our senators have not yet voted.

Write to your state senator: Let them know that it’s not okay to undermine Fair Share by giving big tax cuts to the rich. Massachusetts voters were clear: we want the rich to pay their fair share so that we can invest in public education and infrastructure. The Fair Share amendment was intended to raise additional revenue in order to bring our schools and transportation up to standard, not to replace revenue taken away by a tax cut.

You can specifically ask them to:

  • Oppose modifying the MA Estate Tax as the House and Governor have proposed by instead focusing tax reductions on moderate-sized estates, rather than providing the biggest tax cuts to the largest estates;
  • Oppose cutting the short-term capital gains tax, a cut which provides the preponderance of its benefits to the wealthiest MA taxpayers, who engage in complex hedged investment strategies;
  • Oppose adopting the Single-Sales Factor for corporate taxes, which would allow large multi-state and multi-national corporations to dramatically reduce how much of their income is taxable in the Commonwealth.

Contact information appears at the end of this section.

Abundant Housing Massachusetts Call to Support Affordable Housing Bills
An Act to promote yes in my backyard (HD.3252 & SD.2006)
Sponsors: Representatives Andy Vargas & Kevin Honan & Senator Brendan Crighton
Restrictive land use policies across Massachusetts have created a paper wall of zoning that limits creation of new homes. This legislation proposes innovative statewide solutions through zoning to create new homes by:
Setting a statewide affordable housing production goal;
Allowing accessory dwelling units, or small apartments, to be built in every municipality;
Allowing duplexes, triple-deckers, and other family-friendly housing around public transportation;
Making it easier to pass inclusionary zoning bylaws;
Repurposing vacant commercial properties like strip malls and offices into affordable homes;
Prioritizing state-owned land for affordable homes.
ADU is a self-contained apartment in an owner occupied single-family home/ lot that is either attached to the principal dwelling or in a separate structure on the same property.

Use this pre-written editable form to write your legislators:

To Contact the Governor
Governor’s Office of Constituent Services (617) 725-4005
Call between 9am and 5pm and leave a message.

Our State Legislators’ Info
Speaker Ronald Mariano | 617-722-2500 | Rm 356
Senate President Karen Spilka | 617-722-1500 | Rm 332
Rep. Rodney Elliott | 617-722-2000 x7313 | Rm B1
Rep. Vanna Howard | 617-722-2060 | Rm 33
Local office: 25 Central Street, ground floor, Lowell
Rep. Rady Mom | 617-722-2637 | Rm 544
Rep. Colleen Garry | 617-722-2380 | Rm 238
Senator Edward Kennedy | 617-722-1630 | Rm 109-E
Senator Michael Barrett | 617-722-1572 | Rm 109-D
Senator Jamie Eldridge | 617-722-1120 | Rm 511-C
Senator Barry Finegold | 617-722-1612 | Rm 511A
(… or find yours here:

Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133

National Actions

Looking for someone who’s trying to do something about gun violence?
Check out Everytown for Gun Safety

Join a local chapter, donate, help elect candidates who WILL work for sensible gun safety measures.

Our Federal Legislators’ Info

Senator Elizabeth Warren
309 Hart Senate Office Building | Washington, DC 20510 | 202-224-4543
2400 JFK Federal Building | 15 New Sudbury Street | Boston, MA 02203 | 617-565-3170

Senator Edward Markey
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building | Washington, DC 20510 | 202-224-2742
975 JFK Federal Building | 15 New Sudbury St | Boston, MA 02203 | 617-565-8519

Representative Lori Trahan
2439 Rayburn HOB | Washington, DC 20515 | 202-225-3411
126 John Street | Lowell, MA 01852 | 978-459-0101

Representative Seth Moulton
202-225-8020 | 978-531-1669