8,606,003 miles of road cover the lower 48 states. Whether we like it or not, the United States’ infrastructure is built on top of asphalt. Public roads connect us to our houses, schools, government buildings, grocery stores, and hospitals; often, the only feasible way to get anywhere is by car.
Unfortunately, this means that for those without a license, commutes to work can take hours out of their time with family. Worse, families without a driver’s license can feel trapped and unable to mobilize themselves during an emergency.
Causa’s 100 Days of Stories campaign will continue until November 24th. Get involved by sharing the stories on Facebook, tweeting Causa, and pledging to vote yes on Measure 88.
For 100 days, Causa Oregon is sharing the stories of Oregonians who are unable to get a license because of their immigration status. Some, like Rita Ombaka, had a license in their home country but were unable to renew that license here. Others, like Christian B., note that many undocumented immigrants held licenses until 2008, when Oregon began disallowing undocumented workers to have licenses. This greatly impacted the work of those who had created a livelihood and depend on being able to drive.
Humanizing measure 88, Oregon’s Drivers Card law, is important. Those impacted by the measure are mothers, teachers, workers, siblings, children, and friends. You already know the faces of these people asking you to vote yes on measure 88, because access to safe roads affects everyone.
Scroll through the stories on Causa’s webpage until election day, November 24th, 2014, to get to know our community better. Make sure to spread the word by sharing the links, starting conversations, and letting your friends know that you are voting yes on Measure 88. All of the stories are in both English and Spanish, so you can spread the word in multiple languages!
Read select stories from the campaign below:
“Personally, I was told from a lot of people that I was never going to be anything in life and that Heinz was my permanent home. I also was coming off of a terrible alcohol addiction which I overcame and cleaned up my life. I decided to go back to school and pursue a career in sports psychology after I started lifting weights for the first time and I would get to help other people turn their lives around. I left Heinz and I moved to Eugene, Oregon attending the University of Oregon and majoring in psychology. Life has many surprises and we don’t know where it will lead us. Let’s all make a change and I ask everyone to vote ‘yes’ for Safe Roads Measure 88 on this upcoming November ballot. Only with your vote can we make Oregon a better place for our people and bring change for the best.”
“My parents work a lot to get us ahead and to make sure we’re good kids. They’ve taught us to help people that need help. When there are community events, our parents take us. My mom is also a volunteer with different organizations. We’re a united family.”
“The people who will be affected [by measure 88] are no different than anybody else in Oregon. In fact, we share the same blood and I am honored and proud of that. I recognize and have witnessed the ever constant fear members in my community live out because they are not able to drive with a license. These fears are health determinants and contributing health risk factors that are stress induced. As a health policy advocate, I know that the health of one member in our community affects the health of a community as a whole. I see this measure as a social determinant of health and a targeted way to profile members in our community. In November, I will vote YES for Measure 88- Yes for Safe Roads.”