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How to Win Driver’s Licenses for All in Michigan

February 11, 2020

As we reported, last fall legislation was introduced in the Michigan House and the Senate to allow those who are undocumented to obtain a Driver’s License in Michigan. (Senate Bills 631 & 632 and House Bills 5192 & 5193)

The fact that this legislation was introduced was the result of the immigrant-led mobilization to force the issue in the larger community and within the realm of electoral politics.

Across the state of Michigan, the push to win Driver’s Licenses for All is being led by Cosecha Michigan, the immigrant-led movement that has made this a central issue for the past two years. This movement has been gaining momentum in Michigan and believes that this campaign can be won. Those involved in the work to get Driver’s Licenses for All in Michigan believe this because:

  • They believe in the power of social movements
  • Several states have passed Driver’s Licenses for All recently, which were campaigns led by the immigrant community
  • Obtaining Driver’s Licenses for All is what the undocumented community wants right now!

This campaign still has lots of work to do in Michigan and there are a variety of approaches being taken by different components of the larger movement. Here are things that people can do right now to be part of winning Driver’s Licenses for All in Michigan:

  1. Attend meetings being hosted by Movimiento Cosecha GR to learn about what work that the immigrant community and allies can do. Go to their Facebook page to find dates and times for meetings https://www.facebook.com/cosechagr.
  2. Work to get your faith community to endorse the campaign
  3. Work to get your city or county commission to endorse the campaign
  4. If you own a business, you can publicly display that you support the Driver’s Licenses for All campaign
  5. Find out how to participate in the upcoming May 1st activities, again by contacting Movimiento Cosecha GR https://www.facebook.com/cosechagr.
  6. For Allies, attend a Crowd Safety Training, which is a direct way to support the immigrant community when they do public actions. The next Crowd Safety Training is Wednesday, February 26th. https://www.facebook.com/events/169899957641176/
  7. Contact members of the House Transportation Committee – Please contact each and ask them to give the Drive SAFE bills a public hearing (House Bills 5192 and 5193).

Jack O’Malley (R) Committee Chair, 101st District, Phone: (517) 373-0825, 

Email: JackOMalley@house.mi.gov

Gary Eisen (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 81st District, Phone: (517) 373-1790, 

Email: GaryEisen@house.mi.gov

Triston Cole (R), 105th District, Phone: 517-373-0829 Toll Free: 855-DIST-105, 

Email: TristonCole@house.mi.gov

Jason Sheppard (R), 56th District, Phone: (517) 373-2617, 

Email: JasonSheppard@house.mi.gov

Julie Alexander (R), 64th District, Phone: (517) 373-1795, 

Email: JulieAlexander@house.mi.gov

Joseph Bellino (R), 17th District, Phone: (517) 373-1530, 

Email: JosephBellino@house.mi.gov

Gary Howell (R), 82nd District, Phone: 517-373-1800, 

Email: GaryHowell@house.mi.gov

Lynn Afendoulis (R), 73rd District, Phone: (517) 373-0218, 

Email: LynnAfendoulis@house.mi.gov

Tim Sneller (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 50th District, Phone: (517) 373-3906, Toll-Free: (844) SNE-LLER, 

Email: TimSneller@house.mi.gov

Cara Clemente (D), 14th District, Phone: (517) 373-0140, 

Email: CaraClemente@house.mi.gov

Tenisha Yancey (D), 1st District, Phone: (517) 373-0154 Toll-Free (888) 254-5291, 

Email: tenishayancey@house.mi.gov

Jim Haadsma (D), 62nd District, Phone: (517) 373-0555, 

Email: JimHaadsma@house.mi.gov

Nate Shannon (D), 25th District, Phone: (517) 373-2275,

Email: NateShannon@house.mi.gov

Together we can win Driver;s Licenses for All! Hasta La Huelga!

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