Emergency Assistance Needed for Asylum-Seeker

Solidarity Lowell Events and Actions

Emergency Support Needed for Asylum-Seeker

Emergency Assistance Requested! We just received word that Lillian will be evicted from her new apartment on August 1st. Donations can be sent to Marissa Dupont, who will pass them along to Lillian.

CashApp: $gollygee17   Venmo: @owlnerd
For checks or cash donations, email marissa @ solidaritylowell.com

Thank you!!!

Solidarity Lowell Summer Barbecue!

Sunday, July 23, 2-7pm

It’s time for the 6th annual Solidarity Lowell Summer Barbecue! Join us at Marissa Dupont’s house to celebrate our accomplishments, have some food, and maybe play a game or two.

Please bring lawn chairs if you have them. The Coordinating Committee will provide burgers, hot dogs, vegetarian burgers and hot dogs, and rolls. Please note that this is for Solidarity Lowell members only. We hope to see you there!

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/584255546949665/

Tabling at Lowell Folk Fest

Saturday July 29 and Sunday July 30, 12pm-6pm

Solidarity Lowell will be tabling at Lowell Folk Fest Saturday 7/29 and Sunday 7/30, 12 noon to 6 pm both days. If you’re able to take a 1 or 2 hr shift, please contact chris@solidaritylowell.com.

Support for our unhoused siblings

As many of you may know, another encampment was cleaned out recently. Residents found help saving some of their possessions, but the larger items so necessary to survival (tents, tarps, blankets, pants, raincoats, and ponchos) were lost. Life Connection Center (192 Appleton Street) has volunteered to serve as a collection point for any replacement items you would like to donate. Items may be dropped off Monday through Friday 8am-6pm and Sunday through Thursday 7pm-10pm.

You may also contribute through their Amazon wish list at https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/ARW4F37SG12T?ref_=wl_share

Local mutual aid group LLAMA is also collecting to help assist the displaced folks:

Thank you all for the donations we have received so far on our Venmo (@Lowell-LLAMA) and CashApp ($LowellLLAMA).

Reminder: We are in direct contact with those who were displaced and we are generating a list of items they need replaced, and all funds you send us that are labeled as for the displaced will be used for this purpose. We are a volunteer group of people building solidarity together (not a nonprofit) with no paid staff.

New Unpacking Whiteness Dialogue Group Forming

Individuals committed to exploring their own racial biases are invited to participate in the Unpacking Whiteness Dialogue Group. Engage in supportive, structured dialogues to explore whiteness in contemporary society, especially to better understand the legacy and impact of white supremacy, white privilege, explicit and implicit bias, systemic racism, and microaggressions.

Dialogue group is five sessions, capped at 10 people.

After attending the Dialogue Group, attendees are invited to join the ongoing group.

The ongoing group meets once a month, alternating between discussing a book or watching a film.

Sign up at: https://bit.ly/uw-signup

If you have questions, email Marissa Dupont: marissa@solidaritylowell.com.

Lowell Events & Actions

Next City Council Meeting

Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30pm, at City Hall and online

Meetings are held bi-weekly in Council Chamber during the summer, Tuesdays at 6:30pm with public welcome. (Next meeting July 25.) 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:

Items of possible interest


4.1. Ordinance – Amend Zoning – Accessory Dwelling Units


11.10. C. Robinson – Req. City Mgr. Work With Proper Department To Develop A Proactive Solution To Vagrancy, Substance Abuse, Loitering Issues Around St John’s Church Area.(Gorham St)

11.11. C. Robinson/C. Scott – Req. City Mgr. Provide Update On Housing Summit.

11.16. C. Jenness – Req. City Mgr. Put Together A Neighborhood Summit With The Back Central Neighborhood Leaders, Residents, Business Owners, Public Safety Representatives And Other Stakeholders To Discuss Strategies Around Improving Quality Of Life In The Neighborhood.

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 if you wish to speak remotely. Email Address is MGEARY@LOWELLMA.GOV. If you have no access to email you may contact the City Clerk at 978-674-4161.

To contact any City Councilor, or the City Manager, by email, use this webform
and check off who you’re writing to.

Lowell Litter Krewe

LLK continues with their regular cleanups.

To connect with them: https://linktr.ee/lowelllitterkrewe
Sign up to volunteer, check out their schedule and more.

Next events
Saturday, July 15, 8am-11am: Sheehy Park Big Hall (ages 14+)
Meet at Sheehy Park (West End)

Saturday, July 22, 9am-12pm: Pre Folk Fest w/ Canalwaters & LNHP
Meet at Lucy Larcom Park

Saturday, July 29-30, ALL DAY: Folk Fest Compost & Recycling Team
Sign up at ttps://linktr.ee/lowelllitterkrewe

Meetings are held bi-weekly in Council Chamber during the summer, Tuesdays at 6:30pm with public welcome. (Next meeting July 25.) 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).

Lowell African Festival

Saturday July 22, 11am-6pm
Lowell Heritage State Park, Sampas Pavilion, 160 Pawtucket Blvd

Lowell Fall Election

City Election Calendar


Solidarity Lowell’s Election Subcommittee gearing up

If you are interested in helping to elect/re-elect progressive candidates for Lowell City Council and School Committee, please email Lisa Arnold (likarnold @ gmail.com) or Dee Halzack (dee.halz @ ix.netcom.com)    (delete spaces when using emails cited)
We will be drawing up a survey to vet candidates for possible endorsement by Solidarity Lowell.

At some point after July 18, when the slate of candidates is finalized, Solidarity Lowell will follow their process for endorsing candidates. Among other things, we will be drawing up a list of questions we want prospective endorsees to answer. Once we have selected endorsees, we will begin organizing canvassing events for our endorsees. Want to be a part of that? Contact Lisa or Dee as noted above.

If there is a preliminary election (there must be at least 3 candidates for a district, or 7 at large), which we’ll know on July 19, early voting begins August 23. That’s a little over a month to work for our progressive candidates, so we need to be ready to hit the ground running by July 19.

Campaigns have started up

Tuesday, June 6 was the first day nominating papers could be pulled. Some candidates have already announced and have even collected enough signatures to be certified as candidates.. Deadline to submit papers is Tuesday, July 18, 5pm. The final list will be announced on July 19.

Campaign events have been announced. Here are the latest we know about:

Justin Savoung Ford for District 6 Campaign Kickoff BBQ, Friday, July 14, 6pm
Location: 69 Hastings St

Would you like to help compile a Scorecard on incumbent City Councilors? If you are interested in helping to go through minutes and recordings of past City Council meetings and record councilor’s stances on issues important to progressives, including diversity/inclusion/equity, affordable housing, environment, and more, please contact lisa @ solidaritylowell.com or dee.halz @ ix.netcom.com

Other Events

Put Gas in the Past Legislative Action Webinar

Wednesday, July 12, 6 pm
RSVP: https://sierraclub.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrdO2gpj4qHtFBqQur__JuaeZQOurAhSk8#/registration?link_id=0&can_id=ee66e076545e936b45bdb6f0eeb2b2ad&source=email-put-gas-in-the-past-now&email_referrer=email_1981910&email_subject=put-gas-in-the-past-now

Learn about proposed new legislation to put a moratorium on new gas infrastructure.

Common Start Rally at the State House

Thursday, 7/13, 11am
Location: Grand Staircase, Massachusetts State House, Boston

Make sure to RSVP here: https://bit.ly/csrally7-13 and indicate whether you need a ride.

Please join the Common Start Coalition for a family-friendly rally at the State House. This is an incredible opportunity to keep up the momentum for high-quality, affordable, and accessible early education and care in Massachusetts.

Of course, the people most impacted by the Common Start vision are children themselves – and the Coalition encourages you to bring your children of all ages to the State House for this event! Following a brief speaking program, children and their families will lead a march through the State House to demonstrate the power of our coalition and to highlight solutions to the child care crisis. Art and other activities for children will be a part of the event.

Interpretation: There will be Spanish interpretation for the event.

There will be buses to the State House from Springfield, Lowell, Andover, New Bedford, Fall River, Brockton, Franklin Park, Worcester, Sagamore, and Barnstable.

Support Safe Staffing in Nursing Homes: Virtual Rally

Thursday, July 13, 2pm
Sponsor: SEIU
RSVP: https://act.seiu.org/a/julyvirtualrally?link_id=3&can_id=ee66e076545e936b45bdb6f0eeb2b2ad&source=email-nursing-home-safe-staffing-rally&email_referrer=email_1977005&email_subject=join-us-virtual-rally-to-support-nursing-home-safe-staffing

Let CMS know that a strong federal staffing standard is the only way to end the long-term care crisis in our country.

Virtual Panel Discussion Re: Supreme Court Decision – Affirmative Action

Thursday July 13, at 6pm
Sponsor: MEJA, API CAN
Co-Sponsor: CARE
RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/events/community-discussion-supreme-court-affirmative-action-decision

Panel will bring together civil rights and educational justice leaders for a dialogue about what the ruling means for the future of diversity, equity, and educational justice in higher education. Panelists will discuss what we can do here in Massachusetts to ensure that all our communities, especially our historically impacted groups, have equitable access to colleges and universities.

Put Gas in the Past Legislative Hearings

Wednesday, July 26, 1-5pm, Statehouse Room A2
Thursday, July 27, 10am-1pm, Statehouse Room A1

Pack the room in support of bills S.2135 and H.3237.to put a moratorium on new gas infrastructure.

WRITE: Submit written testimony in favor of S.2135 and H.3237. Send your written testimony to the Senate TUE members to Lexi.Concannon@masenate.gov, and to the House TUE members to JointCommittee.Utilities&Energy@malegislature.gov by Friday, July 28th at 5:00 p.m.

NAACP National Convention Call for Volunteers

July 29-August 1
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

The NAACP’s national convention is taking place in Boston. They need lots of volunteers. Here’s a generic sign-up form https://support.naacp.org/a/2023-naacp-national-convention-volunteer-sign-form which will be followed by another form where we can sign up for some days and not others, some types of tasks, etc. Volunteer shifts will be 3 hours long. Attending workshops requires registering for the convention, but we were told there are lots of things that don’t require registering.

Gun Safety

Looking for groups working on gun safety?

The best way to combat the feeling of helplessness that hits after yet another spate of gun violence is to do something. Find the one thing you can do and do it. It can be as simple as writing to your legislators or donating to one of the organizations that is working on the issue.

Massachusetts laws are much more protective than those of some states. Still, we could do better. States United to Prevent Gun Violence is a loose network of state organizations working on the issue. The Massachusetts organization is Stop Hand Gun Violence – https://stophandgunviolence.org/

We know that the level of gun violence in this country is horrible (#1 killer of children!)  and that it won’t change until lax gun laws change. Since our state is already doing a fairly good job (though there’s room for improvement) and guns do not understand borders, it makes sense to work with organizations that seek to elect officials in OTHER states who will implement saner gun policies. Gun Sense Voter is one of those – https://gunsensevoter.org/

National Organizations Working to Prevent Gun Violence

Moms Demand Action – https://momsdemandaction.org/
Brady United Against Gun Violence – https://www.bradyunited.org/
Giffords – https://giffords.org/

State Level Actions – from Progressive Massachusetts

Urge your State Legislators to Reject Permanent Tax Breaks for the Ultra-rich

Over the coming weeks, a group of six legislators (3 from the House and 3 from the Senate) are negotiating the final details of a tax package.

Back in April, the House passed a fairly regressive tax package, filled with tax cuts for the ultra-rich and large corporations. The Senate, a few weeks ago, passed a more equitable tax package.

At a time when the state’s economic outlook is uncertain, and working families are struggling to get ahead, Massachusetts needs to prioritize spending on what will make our state truly affordable, equitable, and competitive: programs that ensure a labor force adequate to our economy’s needs, not tax cuts for the ultra-rich.

That group of six negotiators, called a “Conference Committee,” consists of Senate Ways & Means Chair Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport), Senate Revenue Chair Susan Moran (D-Falmouth), Senate Revenue Ranking Minority Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton), House Ways & Means Chair Aaron Michlewitz (D-North End), House Revenue Chair Mark Cusack (D-Braintree), and House Revenue Ranking Minority Michael Soter (R-Bellingham). And they need to hear from your legislators.

Please write to your legislators today to ask them to urge the Conference Committee to reject permanent tax cuts for the ultra-rich and large corporations.


Advocate for specific budget items important to working families

Urge your legislators to support tuition equity, permanent universal school meals, and no cost calls for the incarcerated in the FY 2024 budget:

Use the pre-written editable email here:

A point you might want to add: The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (MTF) reports that according to their calculations, undocumented students could generate approximately $2.6 million to $3.5 million in new revenue for public higher education institutions. These figures are a sharp rebuttal to arguments mischaracterizing tuition equity as a burden- instead of a revenue generator – to public higher education institutions.

Urge your legislators to support the Prison Moratorium


Formerly incarcerated women and families of currently incarcerated women have been fighting plans to build a big new women’s prison as well as advocating for other changes in our correctional system. We know that every time bigger prisons are built, there is a drive to fill them with more people. Many feel that a different approach to corrections is needed. One group that has been leading the way is Families for Justice as Healing – https://www.justiceashealing.org/

To Contact the Governor

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

Or email the governor, using this form: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/email-the-governors-office#email-the-governor-using-this-form-

Our State Legislators’ Info

Speaker Ronald Mariano Ronald.Mariano@mahouse.gov | 617-722-2500 | Rm 356
Senate President Karen Spilka Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov | 617-722-1500 | Rm 332
Rep. Rodney Elliott Rodney.Elliott@ma.house.gov | 617-722-2000 x7313 | Rm B1
Rep. Vanna Howard Vanna.Howard@mahouse.gov | 617-722-2060 | Rm 33
Local office: 25 Central Street, ground floor, Lowell
Rep. Rady Mom Rady.Mom@mahouse.gov | 617-722-2637 | Rm 544
Rep. Colleen Garry Colleen.Garry@mahouse.gov | 617-722-2380 | Rm 238
Senator Edward Kennedy edward.kennedy@masenate.gov | 617-722-1630 | Rm 109-E
Senator Michael Barrett Mike.Barrett@masenate.gov | 617-722-1572 | Rm 109-D
Senator Jamie Eldridge James.Eldridge@masenate.gov | 617-722-1120 | Rm 511-C
Senator Barry Finegold Barry.Finegold@masenate.gov | 617-722-1612 | Rm 511A
(… or find yours here: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator)

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

National Actions

How to Contact the White House

(Includes a link to send email.)

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