Lowell Votes, a nonpartisan community group dedicated to increasing local voter turnout in Lowell, is holding a “Rally for Civic Engagement” Friday, October 30, 2015. The event is being held from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson Street, and promises candidate speeches, music, a chance to speak with advocacy groups, and warm mulled cider. The event is co-sponsored by Mill No. 5.
“We want to complement candidate forums,” said Felicia Sullivan, Lowell Votes chairperson. “We hope the Rally will be a great way to reach people both young and old and residents who don’t often engage in local politics.”
According to organizers, the event will have an “Old School Political Rally” theme, complete with stars and-stripes
bunting, appropriate music, and signs to hold up while listening to stump speeches. The speeches will be scheduled ahead of time, and participants may come just to listen to their favorite candidate speak or stay the entire night to hear all the speeches.
The event is unique because of the added element of the invited nonprofits and advocacy groups. The idea for this larger theme of civic engagement came from research into young people’s political habits. “We often see younger people organizing around causes rather than candidates. What we wanted to do was help people see how the two can be connected,” Sullivan said. The Rally will include time for candidates to go from table to table to talk to each group’s members and supporters.
The event is completely free, and Lowell Votes is still accepting RSVPs for nonprofits or advocacy groups that wish to participate. For more information, visit www.lowellvotes.org/rally or call 978-452-7523 ext. 808.
About Lowell Votes
Lowell Votes a nonpartisan, grassroots effort to encourage and support all citizens of the City of Lowell to vote with a special emphasis on those who face barriers to voting or have historically low turnout rates. They do this through facilitating coordination and cooperation between existing organizations, groups, and concerned citizens to meet potential voters where they are: in churches, stores, parks,community events, and most especially, at their front doors.