PDA NCTX to Host Free Taillight Clinic

Texas Progressives to replace burned-out brake lights as a service to the community

PDA North Central TexasCleburne, Texas — The Cleburne-based North Central Texas chapter of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA NCTX) will host a free Brake Light Clinic on Saturday, December 9, at La Flor de Michoacan Paleteria, 1214 E. Henderson. PDA volunteers will be replacing burned-out or broken brake lights and taillights from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., completely free of charge for labor and parts.

Broken or burned-out taillights often result in traffic stops, which can be life-altering for undocumented immigrants and people of color. And for anyone on a tight budget, expensive tickets and automotive repairs can be devastating. Local Progressive Democrats have organized this free community event in the spirit of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.”

“For some members of our community, getting pulled over because of a burned-out brake light can potentially turn into a hazardous interaction with law enforcement,” said Kat Sanders, PDA NCTX chapter leader. “And here at the holidays, no one needs an expensive traffic ticket on top of other year-end expenses. We want to help our neighbors drive safely, avoid the hassle and risk of a traffic stop, and save money.”

Anyone in need of a taillight or brake-light replacement is welcome to contact PDA NCTX at info@pda-nctx.org, giving the make and model of their vehicle to ensure the group has the correct bulb(s) on hand. However, no appointment is necessary. Volunteers will have a wide variety of standard replacement lights available, and will help anyone who shows up at the event. Knowledgeable volunteers will also be demonstrating to interested motorists how to change their own taillights.

The Free Taillight Clinic was inspired by a similar event hosted by the New Orleans chapter of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), during which more than 50 taillights were replaced. The idea has spread nationwide, with other groups such as PDA NCTX adapting it to provide local community service.

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If you would like more information about this event, please contact PDA NCTX at info@pda-nctx.org.