[2 Sep 2015 | No Comment | ]
Mississippi needs new leadership. Your support is critical to make this happen.

September 2, 2015
We believe that “your vote is your voice.” MIRA works year after year on voter registration – one of our most important initiatives. With the November 3rd election approaching, we need your financial support to ensure that Mississippi’s immigrants & people of color are mobilized to vote. Your contribution of $10 or more will allow us to register voters in communities that often do not have a voice. 
We recently saw a Mississippi elected official take disturbing action. It’s election year, and politicians are doing whatever they can to …

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[2 Sep 2015 | No Comment | ]
Trip to Texas for NNIRR board meeting

September 2, 2015
MIRA is an active part of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) and Bill Chandler serves on the NNIRR board. In July, NNIRR hosted its national board meeting in South Texas, organized by Eduardo Canales, Board Chair.
The board members met and conducted business in a different city each day. On the first day, Bill and Patricia (MIRA Legal Project Director), along with the other NNIRR board members, visited a shelter for unaccompanied minor children in San Antonio, where they held the first part of the board …

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[22 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
16th Annual Workers’ Memorial Day mass meeting, Tuesday, April 28th

June 22, 2015
Injuries and fatalities at work continue to plague workers in the US. The national rate for workplace fatalities is at 3.3 per 100,000 workers. However in Mississippi the fatality rate is nearly double at 6.2 per 100,000 workers. Nationally, during 2013 some 4,585 workers died from workplace injuries. In Mississippi 68 died during the same period—more than 1 death weekly, rarely reported in the media.
Foreign born workers—immigrant or migrant–die in alarming numbers. 542 were killed during the same period. The leading countries of origin for these workers are …

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[22 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
Is Mississippi AG Currying Political Favor with Immigration Raid?

June 22, 2015

Una versión de este articulo fue publicada en el periódico La Noticia. Haz un clic aquí para leerlo (vea a pagina 4A).

It’s election year, and Mississippi’s Attorney General Jim Hood must be worried about votes, because he may have engaged in some serious election-year pandering. In an apparent attempt to curry favor with anti-immigrant voters, the AG office conducted a raid at a Raymond County dairy farm last week, rounding up nine undocumented men on charges of “identity theft.”

Click to watch the WJTV News Report on the Raid
The undocumented …

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[22 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
2015 Mississippi Legislative Session Report Card

June 16, 2015
Each year at the end of the legislative session, the Mississippi Human Services Coalition analyses the work of legislators and their effect on the lives of Mississippi’s “ordinary” residents. Active for decades, the coalition is made up of human service organizations who meet weekly during the sessions to share information on proposals they care about. Together, this informal coalition of about 50 groups join together to fight for or against targeted proposals. MIRA has been an active part of this coalition for the 15 years it has existed. …

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[12 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]
Civic Engagement Day Builds Support for In-State Tuition; Gathers Allies to Defeat Anti-Immigrant Legislation

March 12, 2015
On January 21, 2015, members of the Latino community (including people from Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Gulfport and Jackson) joined MIRA and many other human rights organizations to be part of Civic Engagement Day. The group consisted of civil & human rights leaders, union leaders, church members, students, mothers, business owners, and workers. The message delivered to the capitol was “We are tired of racist and anti-immigrant laws!”
There are over 200,000 immigrants living in MS and it is estimated that a third of these are American citizens, which means they are entitled …