After waiting for lawmakers to follow through on campaign promises without real action, a group of civil rights activists plans to stage a hunger strike until legislation is approved to permit immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.
“On November 26th, Cosecha will start a hunger strike in Trenton, in front of the State House at 10:00 am to let New Jersey Democrats know that our community is willing to put their lives at risk to get the driver’s licenses bill this year,” said Alejandro Jaramillo of Rahway, one of the state’s leading human rights advocates. “We are holding the New Jersey Democrats accountable for the what may happen to the hunger strikers due to their lack of action.”
Jaramillo said the group has previously held a number of vigils at the legislative office shared by Senator Joseph Cryan and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, on East Jersey Street, in Elizabeth.
“It is important that we put pressure on Cryan and Quijano to move the driver’s license bill, since they are the primary sponsors,” Jaramillo said. “We want an approved bill on Governor Murphy’s desk this year and not another broken promise.”
“They are taking an unnecessarily long time to move this bill,” said Jaramillo, noting that the lawmakers have taken advantage of the goodwill of all those that have been supportive to help them move the bill forward.
while at the same time slapping their Elizabeth constituents on their face by not responding to their grievances. Time for NJ Democrats to deliver without delay because
“Every day that passes without a driver’s license is a day of hardship and fear for undocumented families,” said Jaramillo.
“Today is the beginning of a new phase of our campaign,” said a spokesperson in the video. “All this month, we will increase the pressure so that (legislators) can no longer ignore us, and on November 26 if (they) have not yet approved the law, we will start a hunger strike in Trenton.”
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