WHO: Residents of Boston, Jamaica Plain, Bockton, Worcester and Marlborough
WHAT: Separate community meetings to help move the Safe Driving Bill favorably out of the Joint Transportation Committee by July 3
WHERE & WHEN:
BOSTON — Starting this week through early July, residents of towns and cities throughout Massachusetts will meet to learn about and take action to support the Safe Driving Bill, a bill that would remove immigration status as barrier to becoming a tested, licensed and insured Massachusetts driver, thereby improving road safety for all Massachusetts residents.
The bill’s deadline has twice been extended, and it must now receive a favorable report by July 3 by the Joint Committee on Transportation, co-chaired by Representative William Strauss and Senator Thomas McGee, in order to move to the next step of the legislative process. Organizations allied with the Safe Driving Coalition are holding forums and general informational sessions in Boston, Brockton, Marlborough and Jamaica Plain, targeting immigrant communities from Ireland, Latin America, and beyond.
In separate recent online polls conducted by Fox News and by Boston Herald columnist Michael Graham, the bill was favored by at least 70% of voters, and at theSafe Driving Bill hearing before the Joint Committee on Transportation on March 5, testimonies ran overwhelmingly in favor of the bill, delivered by diverse voices ranging from the Patrick Administration to domestic violence survivor advocates.
The bill follows in the wake of eight states that have recently passed similar legislation, including Vermont and Connecticut. States with Safe Driving laws have shown decreases in both unlicensed drivers and fatal accidents.
The meetings are open to the press and public alike.
A Safe Driving Forum in Waltham, May 8, 2014
The MA Safe Driving Coalition includes over 60 organizations: Action for Boston Community Development; The African Council; Agencia ALPHA; American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts; American Friends Service Committee; Anti-Defamation League; Berkshire Immigrant Center; Brazilian Immigrant Center; Brazilian Women’s Group; Boston New Sanctuary Movement; Brockton Interfaith Community; Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores New Bedford (CCT); Cleghorn Neighborhood Center; CEDC of Southeastern Massachusetts; Centro Cristiano Tiempo de Dios; Centro Bom Samaritano; Chelsea Collaborative; Clinicians for Healthy Familes; Committee for Portuguese Legislation; Congregacion Leon de Juda; Dominican Development Center; Essex County Community Organization (ECCO); Framingham Adult ESL Plus; Greater Worcester Immigration Coalition; Hampshire Franklin Central Labor Council; Harvest Ministries of New England; Iglesia de Dios de la Profecia de Lynn; Immigration Pastoral Center, Inc.; Imperial Auto LLC; Irish International Immigrant Center; Jewish Community Relations Council; Joyce & Associates, P.C.; Just Communities of Western Massachusetts; La Comunidad, Inc.; Latino Health Institute; Latinos Unidos en Massachusetts (LUMA); the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS), Massachusetts Communities Action Network; Metro West Worker Center; Midwest Grill; Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA); Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI); MIRA USA; Muqueca Restaurant; Merrimack Valley Project (MVP); New Lynn Coalition; Lynn Worker Center; REACH Beyond Domestic Violence; Maria Luisa de Moreno Int. Foundation; Neighbor to Neighbor (Worcester); Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (NUBE); Radio 650 AM; Rapo & Jepsen Insurance; 32BJ SEIU District 615; 1199 SEIU; SEIU Local 509; Spettus Steak House; Sonia’s Auto Car; Stephen W. Gersh Insurance Agency, Inc.; Temple Hillel B’nai Torah;UNITE HERE Local 26; United Interfaith Action of Southern Massachusetts; Western Massachusetts Jobs with Justice; Worcester Interfaith.