BOSTON — Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley greeted volunteers for the ‘Yes On 4’ for Safer Roads campaign and kicked off a canvass outside the Kroc Center in Roxbury today. A longtime advocate for the Work and Family Mobility Act, Pressley joins a broad coalition of law enforcement, labor unions, immigrant rights organizations, transportation and public health professionals that support keeping the legislation in place and allow qualified drivers – regardless of immigration status – to pass a road test, buy insurance, obtain a license, and legally drive in Massachusetts.
“Question 4 is fundamentally about safety, mobility, and equity,” said Congresswoman Pressley. “By voting Yes on 4, we will make our roads safer for everyone, and help ensure that every person who calls our Commonwealth home – regardless of status – has the ability to get to work, to school, to medical appointments, and more. On November 8, we have the opportunity to say loud and clear that we reject fear-mongering and discrimination and, instead, are committed to making our communities safer and more equitable for everyone. I’m proud to be voting Yes on 4.”
“Congresswoman Pressley has been a champion for immigrant families here in her district, and across the Commonwealth and country,” said 32BJ SEIU Executive Vice-President Roxana Rivera, co-chair of the Yes On 4 for Safer Roads campaign. “Her commitment to grassroot movements and energy for change is unmatched and we’re thrilled to have her kick off a canvass and join our campaign in getting out the vote to support the Work and Family Mobility Act.”
The Yes for Safer Roads Coalition is urging Massachusetts to vote YES ON QUESTION 4 in the November state ballot to keep the Work and Family Mobility Act as law. Overwhelmingly passed by 75% of the Massachusetts Legislature in June, the Work and Family Mobility Act allows immigrants without status to obtain a driver’s license if they provide proof of identity, date of birth, and Massachusetts residency, pass the required Massachusetts driver’s test, and are properly registered and insured.
The law behind YES ON 4 is also endorsed by the majority of law enforcement officials from across the Commonwealth – including most sheriffs, district attorneys, and all 42 police chiefs in the Massachusetts Major Cities Chief of Police Association – because this is simply a public safety issue. Law enforcement officials all over Massachusetts want safer roads and to be able to do their jobs efficiently and effectively.