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[27 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]
Black Leaders Get Closeup View of Alabama’s New Jim Crow

by Elon James White

November 22 2011, 11:01 AM EST

Recently I was invited to be a part of a delegation of labor leaders heading down to Alabama to speak out against one of the worst immigration laws in the country. I found it interesting, because the trip was billed as a “black” labor leader delegation. I’ve heard a lot about the black-brown discussion over immigrant rights, so I was ecstatic that this delegation of specifically black folks was going down to witness this law’s impact first hand. As a commentator on race …

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[27 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]
Joaquin Luna, a Texas DREAMer who took his life

by Jose Antonio Vargas
November 27, 2011

An 18-year-old in Texas took his own life fearing he didn’t have much of a future.
Shortly after kissing his family members goodbye, and dressed in a suit and tie, Joaquin Luna shot himself with a small handgun the night after Thanksgiving, according to KGBT-TV Action 4 News. Letters Joaquin left behind showed he was frustrated and anxious about his immigration status. His older brother told the Rio Grande Valley station that Joaquin was counting on the passage of the federal DREAM Act, which would provide a path to …

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[22 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]
Interview with Victor, An Alabama DREAMer

by Jesus
November 22, 2011
Victor is kind of an intense guy. At 19 years old, he speaks with honesty and grace beyond his years. It’s very difficult to not be awed by him; His baby face is unsuspecting, his demeanor light, his smiles genuine and deep. But when he speaks, it’s a different story.
We met him out in Texas during the United We Dream congress, and as we fell into conversations with him, we understood the importance of capturing some of his thoughts on film for the purpose of sharing them …

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[14 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]
Time To Regroup

To: MIRA and Allies,

As you may know, Mississippi made national news over the defeat of the “Personhood Amendment” to the state constitution, a result of a split white vote here.  Thanks to an aggressive NO campaign waged by the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and many others it went down to defeat by a substantial majority.  However the “Voter ID” amendment passed with a typical breakdown of 90%+ Black voters against, and around 10% of whites voting NO—which is consistent with the latent racism …

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[6 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]
MIRA Weekly Action 11/6

*Special Immigration Debate Between MIRA Executive Director Bill Chandler and Mississippi State Senator Joey Fillingane*
When:  Thursday, November 10, 2011
Where:  Mississippi College School of Law, 151 E. Griffith Street, Jackson, MS
Time:  11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cost:  Free with light lunch
Contact:  MIRA Office at 601-968-5182

Domestic Violence Workshop Sponsored by El Pueblo and MIRA

When:  Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Where:  El Pueblo, 696 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Biloxi, MS
Time:  6 to 8 p.m.
Cost:  Free with refreshments
Learn, Collaborate and Live!  Come join staff members of El Pueblo and the MIRA …