2020 Virginia Immigrant Advocacy Day at the VA General Assembly
Time & Location
About the Event
Most of us take it for granted: having a driver's license and being able to legally drive. For immigrants without documentation in Virginia, not having a driver's license hinders the ability to work and increases the likelihood of detention if they are stopped for a traffic violation. For the first time in decades, a more progressive Virginia legislature is considering bills guaranteeing driver's licenses for all - regardless of status. People of faith have an important role to play in urging our elected officials to treat all Virginians with dignity and respect and pass these bills.
Join the Congregation Action Network and its partners - VACOLAO, Centreville Immigration Forum, and others - for Virginia Immigrant Advocacy at the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond on Jan. 16. You'll have the opportunity to rally with other advocates for drivers' licenses for all, in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants, and other bills that will introduced during the General Assembly. You'll also visit the offices of your delegates and senators and ask them for their support. Here's the day's schedule and logistical details:
6:15 a.m. - Embark buses at Legal Aid Justice Center in Falls Church, 6066 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041
6:15-8:15 a.m. - Ride to Richmond (drop-off location to be announced)
8:30-10 a.m. - Training for visits with legislators (location to be announced)
10 a.m.-12 p.m. - Visits with legislative offices (locations to be determined)
12p.m. - ? - Visits to the General Assembly gallery where our group will be recognized
3 p.m. - Buses leave Richmond (exact location to be announced)
5 p.m. - Arrive in Falls Church
Registration: $20 (includes bus, breakfast, and lunch). Please register at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-virginia-immigrantlatino-advocacy-day-tickets-72295408513. In addition to registering, please let CAN's NOVA leader, Mary Lareau, know that you are going to the Advocacy Day. You may also contact Mary with questions: email@example.com, or text 703-346-3027.
The Case for VA Driver's Licenses for All
- Driving is a basic necessity in Virginia. Most people need to drive to get work, take their kids to school, go to church or take care of a loved one during an emergency. Many localities throughout the Commonwealth have limited access to public transportation and driving is often the only and most efficient way for people to move around.
- The likelihood of detention of undocumented immigrants who are stopped for traffic violations will decrease if all Commonwealth residents have driver's licenses.
- Insurance companies will see increased revenues as more people become insured. This will mean lower premiums for everyone across the state.
- Drivers with licenses will be more likely to stay at the scene of an accident, aid police or other emergency workers and exchange insurance information with other drivers.
- New drivers will buy more cars, pay for gas, have greater access to shopping districts and pay a fee for the privilege of a driver’s license.