About this Campaign

We are fighting for unmarked driver’s licenses, meaning a driver’s license that looks the same as Pennsylvania citizens.

How did NSM choose this campaign?

New Sanctuary Movement campaigns are chosen by our immigrant community members. In order to choose to organize driver’s licenses for all in Pennsylvania, members held a two-month “Listening Campaign” and held one-on-one conversations with 200 immigrants in Philadelphia. The results were strong: 59% of the 200 people we spoke with during the summer of 2014 chose to obtain a driver’s license as the most important issue to improve their lives.

NSM co-leads the statewide coalition, Driving PA Forward, which is on its way to winning driver’s licenses for all. Click below to visit the Driving PA Forward website for updated information about our path to victory.

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Let us go forward in this battle fortified by conviction that those who labour in the service of a great and good cause will never fail.

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NSM is one of the leading organizations in the statewide coalition Driving PA Forward. Together with the coalition, we build a statewide strategy that includes education to the general community, legislators, and supporters.

Campaign Endorsements

We seek organizations, unions, businesses, religious institutions, and public officials to publicly endorse the campaign for unmarked driver’s licenses for undocumented Pennsylvanians.

PA Driver Licensing Laws

We are fighting for unmarked driver’s licenses, meaning a driver’s license that looks the same as Pennsylvania citizens.

DRIVER’S LICENSES FOR ALL IN PA

Together We Fight,
Together We WIN!

Why are driver’s license such a pressing need?

A gateway to other fundamental needs.

The right to mobility is a gateway to other fundamental needs — to work, education, health care, accessible housing, etc.

Directly decreases people’s vulnerability to deportation:

Traffic stops, often made because of racial profiling, are among the most common introductions into the detention and deportation machine in our country.

Economic access is contingent on mobility.

Beyond the need to be able to access better jobs and work sufficient hours, the economic well-being of immigrant families is further periled when parents have difficulty transporting their children to and from school and face difficulty finding affordable housing close enough to their jobs.

Dignity and mental well being.

Freedom of Movement is established in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a basic human need. Every facet of life becomes an obstacle when one cannot securely transport themselves and their loved ones. The daily fear immigrants face when getting behind the wheel has a toll on their mental health of them and their families and detracts energy that could otherwise be used to strengthen and spread community. Obtaining driver’s licenses for all is required to strengthen immigrant leadership and participation in other justice movements.

DIGNITY​

As brothers and sisters, we treat everyone with profound honor and respect. We affirm the creative, active power of every individual to make our community and the world better.

MUTUALITY​

We believe that we all have something to give and something to gain. When all are invited to the table, everyone benefits. In the spirit of mutual trust, we share as equals, learning from each other and growing as individuals.​

COMMUNITY

In an inclusive community, we find shared strength, power, and wisdom that allow us to realize our full potential. For this reason, we intentionally nurture relationships and invite all people to participate.​

SPIRITUAL NON-VIOLENCE

Inspired by the legacy of people of faith who have joined together in creative, peaceful movements for social change, we confront violent structures and actions with bold compassion and courageous love. We draw on our collective courage and strength to stand up for the rights of all people, regardless of immigration status.

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We work to end injustices against immigrants regardless of immigration status!