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Governor Cuomo, give the Green Light NOW!!

Governor Cuomo, give the Green Light NOW!! Thank you Central NY for signing all these postcards for governor demanding he signs an executive order so all immigrants can have access to driver licenses. It is now up to the governor to do the right thing.
Thank you allies from the Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network for all your support!!
Gracias a todos quienes firmaron las postales dirigidas al gobernador para que firme una orden ejecutiva permitiendo el acceso a las licencias de manejar en NY. Queremos Luz Verde ahora!

Today is the day to call Governor Cuomo to ACT NOW! DRIVERS LICENSES FOR ALL! NOW!

Today is the day to call Governor Cuomo to ACT NOW! DRIVERS LICENSES FOR ALL! NOW! We ask that you do the following:

Here is the script in both english and spanish:


ENGLISH (véase abajo para instrucciones en Español)

My name is (YOUR NAME) and I am from (YOUR CITY OR TOWN). I am calling today because last week another of our community members was separated from his three year old daughter because he didn’t have a driver’s license. It is in within Gov Cuomo’s power to make Carlos the last New Yorker who is facing deportation because he did not have access to a driver’s license. Carlos is a leader in the fight for licences and is one of thousands of NYers that support restoring access to drivers licences. Can we count on Gov Cuomo to act now to join 12 other states and to make New York safer for all?

ESPAÑOL

Mi nombre es (SU NOMBRE) y soy de (SU CIUDAD O pueblo). Estoy llamando hoy porque la semana pasada otro miembro de nuestra comunidad fue separado de su hija de tres años porque no tenía licencia de conducir. Está en poder del Gov Cuomo hacer que Carlos sea el último neoyorquino que enfrenta la deportación por no tener acceso a una licencia de conducir. Carlos es un líder en la lucha para las licencias y es uno de los miles de residentes que apoyan la restauración del acceso a licencias de conducir.

¿Podemos contar con el Gobernador Cuomo actuar ahora para unirse a los otros 12 usted y hacer el estado de NY más seguro para todas y todos?
Call/Llama: 1-518-474-8390

Twitter: @NYGovCuomo

Facebook: @GovernorAndrewCuomo

#GivetheGreenLightCuomo

#GreenLightNY

#LuzVerdeNY

#DriverLicensesNOW

#CuomoLetMeDrive

#Cuomodejamemanejar

Press Release: NY State Fair Opens with Upstate Demand for Driver Licenses: Farm Workers, all Immigrants Need License Access Now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, August 21st 2018

Press Contacts:

Rochester: Carly Fox, 585-500-9409, cfox@wjcny.org

Syracuse: Rebecca Fuentes, 3152185708, rfuentes@workerscentercny.org

Buffalo: Jennifer Connor, 716 550 9393 JFMFPress@gmail.com

NY State Fair Opens with Upstate Demand for Driver Licenses: Farm Workers, all Immigrants Need License Access Now

The State Fair largely celebrates New York’s Agricultural industry and the workers that hold up that industry would like to have freedom of movement and protection from being put in the deportation pipeline simply because they don’t have a NYS license. “Farmworkers, are an integral part of the motor that drives our state’s agriculture. says Luis Jimenez, president of the Agricultural Alliance in Western NY. “As a father raising U.S.-born children, I want them to have the same opportunities as others. If the police stop us, we might be deported just because we can’t show a license. My children are terrified every time we drive because it could mean we will be permanently separated.”

Advocates across the state say that New York should join the twelve other states for whom getting a driver’s licenses is only about driving and is not connected to immigration status. “New York should resume issuing licenses to all, and join the 12 other states that do.  It is a simple matter of safety for all who drive, and it will generate $57 million dollars a year for our state’s economy. It is common sense policy and the Rochester City Council is fully supportive of this measure.”  Jackie Ortiz, Rochester City Council Representative

License regulations can either be changed through two paths: Governor’s direct order, and through a change in the law. Assembly Bill 4050, first introduced in 2016, would make a standard license available, regardless of immigration status. The bill gained momentum during the 2017-2018 legislative session, with 34 Assembly Members signed on, including Pamela Hunter, Harry Bronson, Crystal Peoples-Stokes, and it was introduced in Senate as S? at the end of session. Nine Senators have signed on so far.

 

“Farms are really important in Western New York and form an integral part of New York’s identity and economy, and today, Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse stand together to say: we need New York’s elected officials to deliver on issues that are important to us” says …. The health of our upstate farms and cities are inseparable, and safe driving  for workers, by having access to a license, would drive the health of our region. Driving is not a privilege, it is a necessity to daily life, and both migrant farm workers who keep farms going as well as asylum seekers who bring new life to our cities need access to a license now.

 

“We are out here because we support freedom of movement for the workers who keep our agricultural industry alive through the sweat of their labor” said Carly Fox, Senior Worker Rights Advocate with the Rochester Worker Justice Center. “The State Fair is a moment to celebrate the contribution of Agriculture to New York State, however, for most of the workers in NY who pick our fruit and milk our cows, there are significant barriers to be able to get to the grocery store and buy food.”

Gov. Cuomo: Take Executive Action for Driver’s Licenses Now!

Gov. Cuomo: Take Executive Action for Driver’s Licenses Now!

Green Light Press Conference Syracuse 8/21

AS STATE FAIR KICKS OFF, UPSTATE COMMUNITIES SEEK DRIVER’S LICENSES FOR IMMIGRANT FARMWORKERS

Join us on Tuesday, Aug 21st at 3PM for a press conference on the eve of State Fair to call for driver’s license access for NYS agricultural workers.

The New York State Fair, an event that is a celebration of the upstate agricultural economy, kicks off this week in Syracuse. The statewide Green Light campaign is bringing together elected officials, workers and community organizations in Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo the day before the fair to call for driver’s license access for those who keep the farms running. Since 2002, those without Social Security numbers are denied access to licenses.

The Green Light NY: Driving Together campaign seeks to ensure equal access to driver’s licenses for all residents of New York State, regardless of immigration status. Our statewide coalition brings together immigrant communities, advocates, allies and other stakeholders to coordinate a unified driver’s license campaign. Twelve other states across the country have chosen safer roads and increased revenue by giving undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses. If New York does the same, it will increase revenue from licensing and other fees by $57 million annually for city and county governments statewide.

Location: Park Central Presbyterian Church 504 E Fayette St, Syracuse, New York 13202

For Press Inquiries Contact:
Rebecca Fuentes: rfuentes@workerscentercny.org 315-657-6799
Kayla Kelechian: kkelechian@workerscentercny.org 315-385-9874

Drivers Licenses NOW!/Licencias de conducir ahora!

**Please WEAR GREEN to show your support for Green Light!**

Time: 10:30am-3:00pm
Date: May 14th
Location: Albany, NY

**Carpool from Syracuse leaving at 7:30am on the 14th, meet at the center. We want to bring around 20 people and have volunteer drivers arranged.**

The Green Light NY Coalition is mobilizing to Albany to say the time is NOW to pass the Drivers Licenses Bill A10273! The coalition, made up of directly affected community members, advocates, and allies, have been organizing around licenses for years. New York is behind 12 other states and the benefits in public safety, economics and community integration are clear. The time is now to pass the bill and we are calling on everyone in the community from across the state to join us in Albany and send the message to our legislators loud and clear: Our communities can not wait, our economy can not wait, pass the GREEN LIGHT NY BILL NOW!
Sponsored by 32BJ: SEIU
Time: 10:30am-3:00pm
Date: May 14th
Location: Albany, NY

The details of the event are still in the works. This is a grassroots campaign and we are fundraising to ensure that the people from all corners of the state who are dedicated to this campaign can be in Albany. Everyone must sign up and/or make a donation on Eventbrite, bit.ly/GreenLightNY5-14
Please contact your local steering committee member if you have questions.
Tentative Bus Departure points:
Buffalo
Rochester
Syracuse
Lower Hudson Valley
Mid-Hudson Valley
New York City
Long Island

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La Coalición Green Light NY está movilizando a Albany para decir que es el momento de aprobar el Proyecto de Licencias de Conducir A10273. La coalición, compuesta por miembros de la comunidad directamente afectados, defensores y aliados, se han estado organizando alrededor de las licencias por años. Nueva York está detrás de otros 12 estados y los beneficios en seguridad pública, economía e integración comunitaria son claros. Ahora es el momento de aprobar la ley y hacemos un llamamiento a todos en la comunidad de todo el estado para que se unan a nosotros en Albany y envíen el mensaje a nuestros legisladores alto y claro: nuestras comunidades no pueden esperar, nuestra economía no puede esperar, pasar ¡GREEN LIGHT NY BILL AHORA!
Patrocinado por 32BJ: SEIU
Hora: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fecha: 14 de mayo
Ubicación: Albany, NY

Los detalles del evento aún están en proceso. Esta es una campaña de base y recaudamos fondos para garantizar que las personas de todos los rincones del estado que están dedicadas a esta campaña puedan estar en Albany. Solicitamos que las personas se registren y/o hagan una donación en Eventbrite: bit.ly/GreenLightNY5-18 Por favor, póngase en contacto con su miembro del comité de dirección local si tiene alguna pregunta.
Puntos tentativos de salida del autobús:
Buffalo
Rochester
Syracuse
Lower Hudson Valley
Mid-Hudson Valley
New York City
Long Island

#GreenLightNy #LuzVerdeNY #DriversLicensesNow

Link to Facebook event here

UPDATE 5/11/2018

Hi Green Light Coalition Members!

Monday is a huge day for the coalition! We will be moblizating from across the state to descend on Albany and demand drivers licences now!  There is still time to sign up for a bus! You can register here today.  Please take a second to share the event on social media and/or make a donation to the mobilization!
For those of you who have already signed up and/or are driving yourself we wanted to share a few details on the day.  (Each location has different departure plans and times so please contact your local lead for more details, if you don’t know who that is I will be happy to connect you.)  We will be gathering at Academy Park at 10:30am, there will be a small press conference at 11:30am in the LOB and legislative visits from 1:00-3:00pm.  A bagged lunch will be served at the park.  On Monday we will share a social media tool kit so we can show everyone our presence in Albany!
Please WEAR GREEN to show your support for Green Light!

Arrival Information:

  • We will be gathering and eating at the Academy Park, Albany NY

  • Buses and vans should drop people off there by 10:30am

  • Parking option for cars/vans: Street parking if you wanna risk it!; or Empire State Plaza Parking S Mall Arterial, Albany, NY 12210 https://goo.gl/maps/H6sWGw3TLq82.

Park

  • The Academy Park will be our landing space for the day

  • There are some benches, but if your groups need to be seated feel free to bring foldable light chairs.

  • The weather is supposed to be in the mid 60’s and cloudy

  • There will be volunteers there throughout the day

Thank you all who have supported this campaign so far, we have 20 assembly members signed on and our support is growing every day!

 

Green Light NY Bill Launch in Albany

On April 18th the Green Light Coalition will be uniting from across the state to celebrate the introduction of the A10273 bill which will provide access to driver’s licenses for ALL New Yorkers regardless of immigration status.

We will meet at the Capitol building on the ‘Million Dollar Staircase’ on April 18th for a press conference and will hear from elected officials and directly affected community members from across the state. There will also be visits made to key legislators and we look forward to building with coalition members from across the state.

Interested in mobilizing from across the state? – Let us know!

Those living in the capital or who are within driving distance please join us on the Million Dollar Staircase to support the launch of the Green Light NY Bill!

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El 18 de abril, Green Light Coalition se unirá de todo el estado para celebrar la presentación del proyecto de ley A10273 que proporcionará acceso a licencias de conducir para TODOS los neoyorquinos, independientemente de su estado migratorio.

Nos reuniremos en el edificio del Capitolio en la “Escalera del Millón Dólares” el 18 de abril para la conferencia de prensa y escucharemos a funcionarios electos y miembros de la comunidad directamente afectados de todo el estado. También se realizarán visitas a los legisladores clave y esperamos construir con miembros de la coalición de todo el estado.

¿Interesado en movilizarse de todo el estado? – ¡Haznos saber!

Aquellos que viven en la capital o que están a poca distancia en automóvil, únanse a nosotros en Million Dollar Staircase para apoyar el lanzamiento de Green Light NY Bill.

Time: 10:00 am
Location: State Capitol Building – State St. and Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12224
#GreenLightNy #LuzVerdeNY #DriversLicensesNow

Link to the Facebook event HERE

Call-in Day TODAY: Green Light New York!!!

Dear Community Members and Allies,

The Green Light NY Driving Together Campaign needs you to show your support for NYS expanding access to driver’s licenses.  TODAY Thursday March 15th callAssemblymember Marcos Crespo, the lead sponsor on the bill to thank him for his support for the legislation and ask him how we can accelerate the process of getting a bill number. Below is a sample script with the phone number to call (in English and Spanish); here you can see our SOCIAL MEDIA tool kit with sample tweets and content, videos to post and pictures. Once you have called please fill out this quick form to tell us how it went!

We want to make sure he hears from allies, directly affected community members, other elected officials, and community leaders so please spread the word to all your networks.  The time to act is now!

In Solidarity,

#GreenLightNY

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Green Light NY Driving Together : Luz Verde NY Manejando Juntos 10/15

Central and Western NY were presente yesterday at the Green Light NY: Driving Together campaign’s retreat where we learned together and established our goals for the next year.
El Centro y el oeste de NY estuvieron presentes el día de ayer en el retiro de nuestra campaña para ganar licencias de manejar en NY “Luz Verde NY: Manejando Juntos” donde nos preparamos juntos y establecimos metas para el próximo año. Sí se Puede!