[14 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
MIRA’s 2015 Legislative Agenda

January 14, 2015
Please note: Since we are still at the very beginning of the session, so far most bills have not been introduced and few of them have been assigned their numbers. The deadline for introducing bills is Monday, Jan 19, two days before Civic Engagement Day. We are sharing the pro-immigrant proposals for this session, and once we have the bill numbers and titles for all the bill, we will send those to you.
The following are the proposals that MIRA is supporting; these bills would represent significant change in the …

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[12 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
MIRA Welcomes New Gulf Coast Organizer

January 12, 2015
MIRA welcomes Aida Martinez Bone as an Organizer who will now work out of the MIRA Biloxi office. Formerly from Mexico, Aida is a seasoned organizer working with Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), and a major union in California. Having lived in Mississippi during the passed few years, she has volunteered with MIRA during that time.
She will be covering the southern counties of Harrison, Jackson, Hancock, Jones, and Forrest counties. Currently Aida is focused on organizing and mobilizing for the 2015 MIRA Civic Engagement Day to bring a …

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[12 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]
Details on the Tuition Equity Bill

January 12,2 2015
Proposed Legislation: Amend section 37-103-25 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 to provide all Mississippi students affordable access to in state tuition and scholarships at state institutions of higher learning. A major effort by MIRA and the Mississippi ACLU. 
The Problem:
Tuition equity would grant in-state rates to students entering the university system who have met certain criteria, such as attendance or graduation from a Mississippi high school. Currently, twenty states have embraced tuition equity. These states have all realized that denying access to college to any qualified high school …

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[13 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]
Critical Funds Needed to Engage 2015 Legislative Session

November 11, 2014
Mississippi is flush with some of the very worst legislators for immigrant rights. We know that the fight over immigration is going to get ugly in 2015, and we desperately need your financial support to help us defend and expand immigrant rights. 
Each year, we gather together with immigrants, friendly legislators, social justice and workers rights activists, and religious & community leaders for a Civic Engagement Day at the Mississippi state Capitol. It’s a time when we can make a public demonstration of the need for immigration reform, and …

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[18 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]
“History Is Made One Step At A Time”

September 18, 2014
Join us for the re-opening of CafeMIRA on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm at 612 N. State Street, Jackson, MS when we will present the “rousing and empowering” feature film “CESAR CHAVEZ” which debuted on the big screen in March 2014. This may be the first showing of this film in Mississippi. For more information leave a message for Amy at 601-968-5182 ext 5 or send an email. FREE, but donations to MIRA are always welcome.
 Be sure to check out the film trailer and RSVP …

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[17 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

Attention Amazon shoppers!  You can contribute to MIRA by shopping at Amazon.  It’s quick!  It’s easy! And it’s Free!  Use the site www.smile.amazon.com.  You will need to use this site to send contributions to MIRA, so make sure to change your bookmarks!  Once you sign in, Smile will ask you which charity you would like to sponsor.  Please choose The Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance.  That’s it!  You’re done.  Now as long as you use the site www.smile.amazon.com,  Amazon will donate .5% of every purchase to MIRA.  You shop, everybody wins!