Lowe is a former member of two pro-Beijing Marxist-Leninist groups I Wor Kuen and the League of Revolutionary Struggle. When the League dissolved in 1990, Lowe joined its successor the Unity Organizing Committee, which largely worked inside the Democratic Party.
For more than twenty-five years, Lydia Lowe has been part of building the Chinese Progressive Association (Boston), a grassroots organization that works for “full equality and empowerment of the Chinese community in Greater Boston and beyond.” During her tenure, Lydia Lowe co-founded CPA’s Workers Center for “immigrant workers to organize for their rights, secured bilingual job training for displaced garment and electronic workers, helped tenants preserve more than a thousand units of affordable housing, and secured bilingual ballots for Chinese and Vietnamese speaking voters in the City of Boston.”
The Chinese Progressive Association (Boston) is now a major player in Boston politics, and has formed close ties to Mayor Marty Walsh, Senator Elizabeth Warren and soon-to-be Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley.
Lydia Lowe and her organization have remained resolutely pro-Beijing. As Chinese Progressive Association (Boston) Executive Director, Lydia Lowe, gave an October 1, 1997 speech at an official Massachusetts celebration commemorating the 48th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.
Several members of her organization also celebrated the New Year in December of 2015 at the Chinese Consulate.