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Civic Engagement Day 2016

January 5, 2016
One of our most important actions every year is Civic Engagement Day, when MIRA and allies lead immigrants, activists, and progressives to the Capitol for a demonstration and a chance to connect with legislators and discuss important issues. We have great success each year when we meet with the legislators – it builds relationships and develops new allies.
This year, Civic Engagement Day is February 24, 2016, and preparations are well underway. We are mobilizing groups along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in the Central Mississippi region, and have …

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[5 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]
MIRA Advocacy Agenda for 2016

January 5, 2016
Below are our plans for Advocacy in the 2016 Legislative Session. Though we won’t know what the bad bills are until they’ve been submitted in the new year, we are already preparing to fight back. And we have a long list of pro-immigrant / pro-worker legislation that we will be supporting. Details below.
Adverse bills:

Fight all anti-immigrant proposals
Fight all anti-worker proposals
    . . .and all other anti-people proposals

Bills for progressive change:

Mississippi Civil Rights Act (w/ACLU)
Tuition equity—College in-state tuition for all undocumented high school graduates
Comprehensive Workers Compensation reform
A $ 15.00 …

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[4 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]
Looking Forward to 2016 – Your Support is Desperately Needed.

January 4, 2016
It’s late, and you’re tired. On your way home from work, you take a right onto your street, but you forget to switch on your turn signal. As luck would have it, there’s a cop behind you, and the blue lights start flashing. After approaching your car, the cop decides he doesn’t like the way that you look, and demands to see your “papers”.
Your daughter is six years old, and is currently in elementary school. The administration at her school keeps tabs on “kids like her” because they …

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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 …