The Democratic Socialists Will Fix Your Brake Lights For Free

Thursday, June 14, 2018
The Chattanooga chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America will host their second Tail Light Clinic on Saturday, June 23 at the corner of 23rd street and Hickory by O'Reilly's. DSA volunteers will be replacing broken tail lights at no cost from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Food and water will also be provided to people as they wait for repairs to be completed.

"Broken tail lights often result in traffic stops which can be perilous for undocumented immigrants and people of color,” said Camilo Payan, the chair of the local chapter.
“Not to mention, expensive tickets can be devastating for those suffering from poverty. No one should have to choose between paying their rent or paying a ticket. Chattanooga DSA is committed to solidarity with the working class and oppressed peoples everywhere, and this event is a small part of that effort."

Last year, Chattanooga DSA raised over $700 and repaired over 20 tail lights. This year, the chapter plans to expand and improve the program.  Their goal is to hold three clinics this year in June, August, and October.

“I believe direct action and mutual aid are key to improving the lives of our fellow workers, and the best place to start is right in our own communities,” said James Baker, Chattanooga DSA member and co-organizer of the event. “I can’t even imagine what it’s like for folks who also have to worry if they’ll make it out of that interaction with law enforcement alive. These are the people we’re trying to help. Criminal justice reform is important, but marginalized and oppressed groups need our help now.”

Anyone in need of a new tail light should contact Chattanooga DSA at chattanoogadsa@gmail.com with the make and model of their vehicle, though no appointment is necessary; volunteers will be present all day to help anyone who shows up. Those interested in donating can do so here.  Anyone interested in volunteering to help change lights should fill out this form.

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