[16 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]
Debunking 8 Myths About Why Central American Children Are Migrating

 by David Bacon
July 16, 2014
The mass migration of children from Central America has been at the center of a political firestorm over the past few weeks.  The mainstream media has run dozens of stories blaming families, especially mothers, for sending or bringing their children north….All of this ignores the real reasons families take the desperate measures of leaving home and trying to cross the border.  Media coverage focuses on gang violence in Central America, as though it was spontaneous and unrelated to a history of U.S.-promoted wars and a policy …

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[21 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]
Migrant Crisis Expands North

Daniel Zamarripa loaded his police dog into the back of his patrol car and set out to track his quarry — immigrants circumventing the local Border Patrol checkpoint.
Zamarripa, 27, is one of 15 reserve deputies brought in to assist the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office, whose four deputies have lately found themselves overwhelmed by 911 calls from migrants stranded on the vast ranches that stretch from here to the horizon in all directions.
Then there are the bodies of migrants who didn’t make it to retrieve and identify: 42 so far this …

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[28 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Infamous “Bilbo” Statue in Room 113

The Legislative hearing on in-state tuition was held in Room 113, on the first floor of the Capitol building. There’s something unique about that room, and it isn’t a good thing—it’s a large bronze statue of infamous Mississippi Governor and U.S. Senator Theodore Bilbo (governor from 1916-1920, and 1928-32, and as US Senator 1935-1947 until he died), who was ultra-racist and a proud Klansman.
The statue had previously been housed in the 2nd floor rotunda of the capitol building, but Mississippi Governor William Winter fought for and finally had it removed …

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[28 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Key MIRA Board Members Retiring

March 28, 2014
Maria Jimenez (pictured here, photo courtesy of Free Press Houston), a longtime activist with farm workers in Texas, and a strong activist with immigrant workers’ issues across the southwest, is retiring from the MIRA board. She retires from the board in order to better focus on her current work.
Also retiring from the MIRA Board is Frank Curiel, who grew up with the farm workers’ movement and was involved in organizing grape and lettuce workers in California, and in organizing mushroom workers in Florida. He is now the Regional …

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[14 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Equal College Tuition for All Mississippi High School Graduates

by Jackie Castro-Cooper
March 14, 2014
The state of Mississippi has fairly educated all documented and undocumented children and shown no unfair policies. Our great state of Mississippi must continue to show this fairness and allow them the right to pay the same instate tuition as their peers with whom they graduated from high school.
Please sign the petition to tell the MS legislature and college board to allow all Mississippi high school graduates, including undocumented youth, that they have the same rights as all MS residents to pay instate tuition..This petition will …

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[25 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
Update on Archer Avenue Attack: Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (MIRA) action pays off!

February 25, 2014
English version from La Noticia de Misisipi 2-19-14
Haz un clic aquí para leer el articulo en español, ubicada en pagina 2A 
After purchasing a home in south Jackson, the Lopez Rodriguez family began remodeling their new home.  It needed a lot of repairs.  Relatives of the family joined together to install a new tile floor, re-wire the entire house and fix the plumbing.  New drywall was fitted and nailed up.  A cousin, Arturo Fomperosa Rodriguez obtained a tourist visa to come from Mexico to Jackson to help out. They …