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Movimiento Cosecha GR shuts down Secretary of State demanding licenses for all

“Si se puede. Si se puede. Si se puede. Si se puede.”

Translatioon: (Yes we can. Yes we can. Yes we can. Yes we can.)

With chants of “Yes We Can” in Spanish the group walked inside the secretary of state building protesting a change to the current legislation around drivers’ licenses. 

They are requesting a legislation that permits individuals without a social security number to receive a driver’s license. Ten states in the country have adopted similar policies. 

The group was organized by Movimiento Cosecha Gr, a non-violent immigrant led movement demanding justice and rights for immigrants. 

“Fight for the right to drive without fear. We deserve to drive without fear because we need to go to work, we need to take our kids to school, we need to buy groceries, we need to go to church.” 

The protest shut down the secretary of state for about twenty minutes. 

In Michigan, Washtenaw county and Kalamazoo County have an ID program where all residents of the county are able to receive a county ID regardless of immigration status. 

On October 5, the organizing group plans on trekking by foot from Grand Rapids to the Lansing demanding a legislation reform granting drivers’ licenses for all. 

Michelle Jokisch Polo, WGVU News

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