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Canvasing to Change the Live Stop Law
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Canvasing to Change the Live Stop Law

August 16 2017, 5:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Join BZBI and the New Sanctuary Movement in working towards making Philadelphia a more friendly city for immigrants. On Wednesday, August 16th, we will be canvasing the area to get signatures for a petition to change the Live Stop Law. We will meet at 5:15 PM for an explanation and materials and canvas between 6:00 and 8:00 PM. Afterward, we will have refreshments for those who helped. Contact the Temple Office to RSVP and for more information about where to meet.

Live Stop is a Pennsylvania state law that only applies to Philadelphia and allows the police to immobilize cars for certain traffic violations, including driving without a license. This law in particular targets undocumented immigrants, who cannot obtain driver’s licenses in Pennsylvania without a social security number. After the car is towed, it can cost up to $1000 dollars to recuperate the vehicle–a devastating amount for low income families. The New Sanctuary Movement hopes to change the law to allow thirty minute for someone to come and take the car to a safe space before it is towed. We need 5000 signatures to give to the Mayor in September to perhaps make this change.

For more information about the Live Stop Law, please read what the New Sanctuary Movement has to say. If you’d like to sign the petition, you can find an online version here. To learn about more opportunities to make the world a better place, join BZBI’s Tikkun Olam google group.

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