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[24 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]
How Mississippi’s Black/Brown Strategy Beat the South’s Anti-Immigrant Wave

Frank Curiel (R), an organizer for the Laborers Union and the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance, talks with Samuel Holguin, owner of the La Veracruzana market in Laurel, MS. Photo credit: David Bacon.

Courtesy The Nation magazine

by David Bacon
April 20, 2012

In early April, an anti-immigrant bill like those that swept through legislatures in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina was stopped cold in Mississippi. That wasn’t supposed to happen. Tea Party Republicans were confident they’d roll over any opposition. They’d brought Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State who co-authored Arizona’s …

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[14 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]
Unity Conference Highlights

The 2012 MIRA / SCLC 6th Annual Unity Conference, Stand With Us: Uniting the Interracial Interfaith Communities of Color in Mississippi, was a huge success! Activists and faith leaders from across the state and nation joined us for a series of dialogues on Islam, social reform, immigration reform, immigrant youth activism, and current legislation in Mississippi.
Among those in attendance was Father Jerry Tobin, a priest with a predominantly immigrant congregation in Carthage, Mississippi. He commented that this years’ conference was one of the best that MIRA has hosted. He particularly appreciated that …

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[13 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]
Alabama Revisits Immigration and Resurrects Roy Moore

Courtesy Huffington Post
by Christopher Brauchli
It’s hard to keep Alabama out of the news. Two of its recent newsworthy events deserve attention. The first is its attempt to improve on the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, a 76-page statutory creation as remarkable for its length as for its content that was designed to rid the state of undocumented immigrants.
As drafted, the Act prohibits anyone from giving an undocumented immigrant a ride to church (or any other place for that matter). In addition, undocumented immigrants may “not …