Cabrini Immigrant Services (CIS), Dobbs Ferry, NY, has been involved with the Green Light NY Campaign for many years. The members of this campaign have been fighting to extend access to driver’s licenses to undocumented residents in the State of NY. Since September 2001, a person needs a social security number in order to get a driver’s license in the state. Unfortunately, this means that anyone who is undocumented in NY cannot get a license.
Susana Coxaj, a senior at Iona College in New Rochelle and a social work intern at CIS, went to Albany on March 12th to attend a rally to help get support for the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act.
Susana took an [early morning] bus from Yonkers, NY which was filled with people who would be showing their support and sharing their voices in Albany. When she arrived in Albany, she was given a green tee-shirt and a bandana. She, along with the other members of the campaign, walked around the capitol building while chanting, “Yes, we can!”
The participants entered the capitol building where they met several senators such as Senator Luis Sepulveda, one of the sponsors of the driver’s license legislation, and Senator Alessandra Biaggi. Susana was thrilled to have been chosen to go to Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins Office. They were able to speak with the different lawmakers and explain why it is so important to pass this bill.
Susana stated that the organization was expecting 500 people to attend the day. But, to their surprise, there were over 1,000 people in attendance!