Lowell At A Crossroads

Racial Justice, Voting Rights

Lowell, MA, finds itself at a crossroads, grappling with the question of what the former mill town should become, according to a feature in the Boston Globe.

In Lowell, a minority population that doesn’t see themselves reflected in the city’s halls of power — are at the heart of a federal lawsuit filed against the town in May, which argues that Lowell’s at-large election system dilutes the voting power of residents of color, in violation of the federal Voting Rights Act and the US Constitution.

“We don’t seem to have a voice on the City Council, and whenever we try to express concerns that are relevant and specific to our communities, it seems we are brushed off and sort of neglected,” said Daniel K. Uk, a 22-year-old graduate of Lowell High School and University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a plaintiff in the suit.

Read more about Lowell in the Boston Globe.