2008

protest

Due to the detrimental impact the new rule has had since 2003 on our families and public safety in our state, many individuals and organizations have come together to help restore driving privileges for undocumented drivers. One of the main groups that tried to restore driving privileges immediately following the change in the adopted rule is the Alliance for Fair Federal

Immigration Reform in Minnesota (AFFIRM), AFFIRM is a coalition of different groups such as Jewish Community Action, The Advocates for Human Right, Labor Unions, and others; please see Appendix D for a full list of AFFIRM members.

However, it was not until 2008, when a group of Latino women that had just graduated from a community organizing program offered by the Waite House Community Center in South Minneapolis that the community directly affected began to mobilize and take action at the Capitol. This group of women was called Mujeres en Liderazgo (Women in Leadership) and started collecting signatures from residents in the South Minneapolis area to show the willingness of Minnesotans to restore driving privileges for all drivers. Additionally, Mujeres en Liderazgo started working closely with State Representative Karen Clark to explore opportunities to introduce legislation that was inclusive and prioritized public safety.