[11 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]
Will it be Illegal to be Brown in Mississippi?

And how a major unfunded mandate hangs local and municipal government out to dry.
A dangerous bill is pending. Senate Bill 2306 is defined as:
“An act to prohibit the establishment of sanctuary cities; to authorize all Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers to assist federal agencies by legally detaining illegal aliens; to indemnify law enforcement officers for implementation of this act; and for related purposes.” The remaining text of the bill is short, and we urge you to read it here.
Senate Bill 2306 (SB 2306) is bad for public safety, bad for local …

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[5 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]
Attorney Brenda Lee Chambliss

June 1, 2016
The MIRA Legal Project thanks Mississippi native Attorney Brenda Lee Chambliss currently of Sacramento, California who volunteered with us for over a month in April and May 2016.  We really needed and appreciated her help.

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[11 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]
Recap: Civic Engagement Day 2016

On February 24, 2016, dozens of MIRA members, allies, and volunteers traveled from around the state to gather at the State Capitol for a press conference and a chance to speak with legislators about the issues facing immigrants in Mississippi.
Joining MIRA were a group of DREAMERS, who were calling for a fair chance at education and a future through tuition equity; members of the A. Phillip Randolph Institute and the State Employees Union, who were supporting comprehensive workers compensation reform; and the leader of Mississippi’s Fight for $15 group, advocating …

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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 …