Petition: Win religious denomination support for driver’s licenses for all in PA

As part of a state-wide coalition fighting for unmarked licenses for all, New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia is seeking official endorsement from religious denominations in Pennsylvania. Through a process of strategic analysis, our immigrant members have concluded that harnessing the unified power of our religious denominations is a critical way to move forward the legislation to win licenses for all. Denomination petitions are first step in this process.

We already have won endorsements from public officials, organizations, non-profits, businesses, over 220 Pennsylvania clergy, and 3,000 people of faith across the Commonwealth. Read a full list of those endorsements here.

Providing driver’s licenses to all qualified immigrant driver’s in our state is consistent with our faith values of family unity, loving our neighbor as ourselves, and providing hospitality to all regardless of country of origin or immigration status.

You can sign the online petition for your denomination or download and print the petition to have members of your religious denomination sign it. You can mail printed copies of the petition to our office: New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia/2601 Potter St/Philadelphia PA 19125. The deadline is April 1, 2016.

For United Methodists – WON on June 17, 2016!
Goal: Win a resolution at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church Annual Conference in June 2016
Click here to sign the online petition for Methodists 
Click here to download the petition for printing 

For Unitarian Universalists – WON!
Goal: Win the endorsement of the Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Action Network (UUPLAN)

For Mennonites
Goal: Win the endorsement of the Mennonite Franconia Conference
Click here to sign the online petition for Mennonites
Click here to download the petition for printing
ALREADY WON ENDORSEMENT OF THE MENNONITE CENTRAL COMMITTEE-EAST COAST!

For Catholics
Goal: Win the endorsement of Archbishop Chaput and the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference
Click here to sign the petition for Catholics
Click here to download the petition for printing
En espanol: haga click para firmar la peticion para Catolicos por internet
En espanol: haga click para bajar la peticion e imprimirla 
Klik di sini untuk menandatangani petisi Indonesia bagi umat Katolik
Klik di sini untuk men-download permohonan Indonesia untuk mencetaknya

For Jewish people
Goal: Get 250 Jews in Pennsylvania to officially endorse the campaign
Click here to sign the petition for Jewish people
Click here to download the petition for printing

For Presbyterians
Goal: Win support from the Presbytery of Philadelphia
Click here to sign the online petition for Presbyterians
Click here to download the petition for printing

For UCCs
Goal: Win the endorsement of Conference Minister, the Rev. William P. Worley of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ
Click here to sign the online petition for the United Church of Christ
Click here to download the petition for printing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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