Coalition Launches VOTE YES Campaign to Retain New Driver’s License Law

Frank Soults, 860-471-5692, fsoults@seiu32bj.org

Coalition Launches VOTE YES Campaign to Retain New Driver’s License Law

BOSTON —On Friday, the Driving Families Forward coalition filed paperwork with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance to support the state’s new driver’s license law by launching the Vote YES for Work and Family Mobility committee.  On Thursday, June 9, The Work and Family Mobility Act became state law when the Massachusetts Senate followed the House of Representatives in an overwhelming vote to override Governor Charlie Baker’s veto. A group opposed to the law begun an attempt to repeal it through a ballot initiative, and proponents are responding to protect the will of Massachusetts voters as it has already been expressed by the vast majority of their elected state legislators. If the repeal effort succeeds in putting a question on the ballot, a yes vote would ensure the law’s continued enactment, so that all qualified Massachusetts residents, regardless of immigration status, would be able to apply for a standard state driver’s license when the law comes into full effect on July 1, 2023.

The following statement may be credited to 32BJ SEIU Executive Vice President Roxana Rivera and Brazilian Worker Center Executive Director Lenita Reason, the leaders of the co-chairing organizations in Driving Families Forward, a coalition of over 270 organizations that support the law.

“Without question, the Work and Family Mobility Act will make our roads safer, our communities more secure, our public health policies stronger and our economy more vibrant, simply by allowing all qualified residents to get a driver’s license so they can safely get to work, school, and the grocery store. It will also transform the lives of tens of thousands of immigrants, many of whom were essential workers who supported all of us through the pandemic. Our coalition includes healthcare, community, labor, faith, civil rights, business and other groups from across the state, and we worked collaboratively to shape a thoroughly safe and workable law whose passage was supported by the immigrant community as well as by the majority of Massachusetts sheriffs and district attorneys, the unanimous vote of the Massachusetts Major Cities Chiefs of Police Association, the state attorney general, and over three quarters of Massachusetts’ state senators and representatives. We are proud to file the necessary paperwork to defend this historic achievement with a strong YES vote to keep the law in place, to ensure Massachusetts will not go backwards on its support for immigrant dignity and safer roads for everyone.”

The State House’s historic override vote made Massachusetts the 17th state, plus the District of Columbia, to pass a law to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driving privileges. Massachusetts’ neighbors New York, Connecticut, and Vermont have already passed such laws, and Rhode Island will become the 18th state to do so when Governor Dan McKee, a supporter, signs a driver’s license bill passed by the state legislature last week.

Visit http://drivingma.org, @DrivingFamiliesForward on Facebook, and @DrivingMA4ward on Twitter.

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Over 270 businesses and organizations in Driving Families Forward endorse the Work and Family Mobility Act:

 

ACLU Massachusetts

ADL New England

AFL-CIO

Alliance for Business Leadership

American Friends Service Committee Northeast Regional Office

Anti-Defamation League

Asian American Resource Workshop

Berkshire Interfaith Organizing

Black Ministerial Alliance

The Boston Foundation

Brazilian Women’s Group

Brazilian Workers Center

Business Innovation Center

Cambridge Police Department

Cape Ann Local Action Network

Cape Cod Coalition for Safe Communities

Cape Verdean Association of Boston

Catholic Charities

Catholic Social Services of Fall River

Center to Support Immigrant Organizing (CSIO)

Centro Comunitario de los Trabajadores

Centro Presente

Coalition for Social Justice

Community Economic Development Center

Congress Insurance

Dominican Development Center, Inc.

Episcopal City Mission

Essex County Community Organization

Executive Committee of the Mattapoisett Democratic Committee

Field First, LLC

Gomez & Palumbo, LLC

Greater Andover Indivisible

Greater Haverhill Indivisible

Green-Rainbow Party

Haitian Comm. Faith Leader

Health and Law Immigrant Solidarity Network

Immigrants’ Assistance Center, Inc.

Indivisble Mystic Valley

INDIVISIBLE: Nantucket

Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action

Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston

Justice at Work

Justice Center of Southeast MA

La Comunidad, Inc.

Latinos unidos en Massachusetts

League of Women Voters – MA

Main Street Alliance

Mass Business Immigration Coalition

Mass Interfaith Worker Justice

Massa Viana Law

Massachusetts Jobs With Justice

MassBudget

Mattapoisett Democratic Committee

MCAN

Merrimack Valley Project

MIRA Coalition

Movimiento Cosecha

National Association of Social Workers

New England Bangladeshi American Foundation Inc

New England Justice for Our Neighbors

North Parish of North Andover UU Racial Justice Team

Open Door Immigration Services

Parenting Journey

Pioneer Valley Interfaith Refugee Action Group

Pioneer Valley Project

Pioneer Valley Workers Center

Progressive Democrats of Mass.

Progressive Massachusetts

Rosie’s Place

Salem Chamber of Commerce

Salem No Place for Hate

SEIU 32BJ

SEIU 509

SEIU 1199

SEIU Massachusetts State Council

Solidarity Lowell

Student Immigrant Movement

Temple Anshe Amunim

The Irish International Immigrant Center

The Paulist Center Immigrant Advocacy Group

The Welcome Project

TPS Committee

Unitarian Universalist Mass Action

Unitarian-Universalist Society of Fairhaven

United Interfaith Action of Southeastern Massachusetts

United Workers Association, Region 9a

Western MA Jobs with Justice

Western Mass Area Labor Federation

Women Encouraging Empowerment

 

 

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