Calling all allies and supporters!
Please come out to support the Mujeres en Liderazgo as they take their campaign for driver’s licenses to the capitol.
After over two years of organizing, the Mujeres en Liderazgo are preparing for their bill to be voted on by the state representatives. This is a crucial moment for the bill which would give drivers licenses to everyone, regardless of citizenship status.
With the support of the community, different organizations, religious groups, and legislators, “Mujeres en Liderazgo” has introduced a Bill in the State Legislature that would allow anyone living in Minnesota to get a driver’s license, regardless of their citizenship status.
Currently, immigrants are forced to drive without a license and without insurance to get to work every day, since public transit doesn’t run at night when many immigrants work, and many immigrants work in suburbs or outstate areas where public transit is inadequate or nonexistent.
This Bill would contribute to safety in our streets by making sure all drivers in Minnesota take the drivers test and have a license and insurance.
Furthermore, there are already other states which allow all state residents to apply for a drivers license, regardless of citizenship status.
Please support this campaign to dramatically improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of our community that are currently forced to drive without a license under constant fear of arrest, and possible deportation.
MIRAc (Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action coalition)
There are two important events coming up:
Thurs. March 4th @ 9:30am-11:00am. there will be a community meeting at the state rep office (next to the capitol building). This will be important becuase it is an opportunity to have a presence in the building as we are pressuring reps to vote on the bill next week. It is an opportunity to show how strong the support is for this campaign. Afterwards, those who can stay will visit representatives who will be voting on wednesday, march 10.
Wed, March 10th at 12pm-2pm. Day of the hearing for the drivers license bill. It will be presented and voted on. The mujeres ask for there to be a community presence to show support for the campaign.
Here are some ways you can participate:
- Outreach (SPREAD THE WORD! pass out flyers, invite people)
- Calls to Reps (Listed below)
- Transportation on the 4th and the 10th
- Childcare on the 4th and the 10th
- Media (contact media sources, invite to cover event)
- Videotape at both events
Mujeres en Liderazgo (Women In Leadership)
Who is “Mujeres en Liderazgo”?
Mujeres en Liderazgo is a group of Women from the Latino Community that was born out of a leadership workshop in the Waite House in September 2008. During the workshop, the group engaged in a community action activity that identified many different community needs; and the need with the most priority was: access to a valid MN driver’s license to ensure public safety. However, the group did not think that anything else would happen. Little did they know that this would be the beginning of a long and rigorous journey.
With the support of the community, different organizations, religious groups, and the media, the “Mujeres en Liderazgo” made the decision to follow through and finish what they had started during the workshop.
Here is the list of representatives who will be voting on the 10th. Please call them before March 10 and encourage them to support the drivers license bill – House File 1718:
o Marsha Swails 56B: 651-296-1147
o Dean Urdahl 18B: 651-296-4344
o Greg Davids, 31B: 651-296-9278
o Mary Liz Holberg 36A: 651-296-6926
o Sandra Masin, 38A: 651-296-3533
o Carol McFarlane 53B: 651-296-5363
o Paul Torkelson, 21B: 651-296-9303
o Terry Morrow, 23A: 651-296-8634
o Andy Welti, 30B: 651-296-4378
o Marty Seifert, 21A: 651-296-5374