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[31 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Developments in Inmate “Riot” Investigation

May 30, 2012

The problems at the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) operated facility in Adams County are becoming more obvious as we receive calls and reports from inmates’ families and other sources. For starters: the facility houses undocumented immigrants who have been convicted of a crime – but the “criminal record” most of these men carry is that of being deported once and then re-entering the country (a felony under current immigration law).
And though the prison is located in Mississippi, the vast majority of the inmates are imported by CCA from other states, …

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[31 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
In Profile: Roberta Avila

May 30, 2012
Social justice activism just makes sense to Roberta Avila. In a way, it’s always been a part of her life. Her parents emigrated to the US as farm workers during a time when the borders were quite porous; they lived and worked in a small community in Colorado. Though they themselves weren’t migrants, they were always connected with temporary workers, and Roberta recalls the compassion her parents extended to those who were struggling to survive, even as they faced their own difficulties.
While she was still young, her brother Magdaleno …

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[22 May 2012 | No Comment | ]

Voter suppression is an old tactic, used by the majority population to prevent minorities from gaining fair representation. Both the new redistricting plan and voter ID would have a profoundly negative impact on immigrants, African Americans and ironically, many white voters. Last November, news stories abounded about voters in states with voter ID laws losing their voting rights. 
Redistricting, while necessary and constitutionally required, is often used to punish those who do not walk lock-step with the majority party in the legislature. By re-drawing the districts along racial lines or illegally …

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[22 May 2012 | One Comment | ]
Immigrant Prisoners Protest Mistreatment with Confrontation leading to a “Riot”

The complaints we’ve heard about beatings, overcrowding, substandard food, and lack of proper medical care may have finally come to a head in the form of an inmate riot in the Adams County Correctional Facility, under the Federal Bureau of Prisons, (not Immigration and Customs Enforcement , commonly known as ICE). The 2,500 bed facility houses male immigrants, convicted of crimes, and serving time. Reports have it that they are primarily from Mexico.  It is a federal prison that’s operated by the private company, Correctional Corporation of America, (CCA).
Officials in …

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[22 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Protect Voters’ Rights

Your immediate action can help protect voters’ rights.
This past week, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law the implementation bill for the controversial Voter ID constitutional amendment passed last November. Supported by white voters, and strongly opposed by MIRA and African American voters, it is simply a tool for minority voter suppression. Combined with the Redistricting Plan that passed at the end of the Legislative Session, many Mississippi voters’ rights are now at risk.
MIRA is spearheading a campaign in defense of minority voters. Because of Mississippi’s history as a state …

faces of MIRA, Featured »

[14 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
In Profile: Brenda Scott

That night, Brenda Scott was tired. She’d had a long day working in the Vicksburg distribution center for Women Infants and Children (WIC). Though her work was demanding, the pay was so low that she needed to take on a second job just to get ahead. So when she finished her shift at WIC, she headed to Domino’s Pizza, where she was supposed to work a delivery shift until early morning hours. But that day she decided she was just too exhausted and stressed, and needed to go home for …

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[14 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
100 rally at City Hall for workers’ union

by Josh Edwards The Vicksburg Post
May 14, 2012
About 100 City of Vicksburg employees and union organizers rallied on the steps of City Hall Wednesday afternoon in the second pro-union demonstration by city workers since February.
The rally had bout 40 city employees and 60 union organizers from across the country. City workers held a similar rally Feb. 16.
Since the push to unionize began, close to 100 city employees have said they want the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to recognize the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees/ Communications Workers of America …

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[14 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Naturalization Interview Question: Immigration Q&A

Attorney L. Patricia Ice responds to an immigrant’s question about the Naturalization Process.

Question: I recently went to my N-400 naturalization interview with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) without an attorney.  After a grueling 50 minute interview, the immigration officer seemed to suggest that I passed the English and Civics test.  Then he asked me to give a one word definition of “allegiance.”  I couldn’t think of only one word, so I responded, “Support and defend the constitution.”  The immigration officer then told me I needed to …

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[6 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Legislative Wrap-up 2012

by Rev. Rims Barber, Mississippi Human Services Coalition

May 6, 2012
When the 2012 Legislative Session began, we were faced with an agenda crafted nationally by the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (A.L.E.C.) and the TEA party.
Progressive and caring people came together to provide a balance to that kind of initiative.  The surprising result was that good prevailed over evil in many instances.  A number of those very bad ideas died, and did not become law in our state.
Religious leaders, business organizations and law officials came out and opposed the copying of …

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[6 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Cinco De Mayo: The Truth

by Bill Chandler, Executive Director of MIRA
May 6, 2012
It is amazing the misinformation and ignorance that abounds about Latinos.  A sad but good example is that of the perception that Cinco de Mayo is “Mexican Independence Day.”  It is not. Mexican Independence Day is September 16, 1810. While Cinco de Mayo is sometimes promoted as such mainly to sell beer and tequila in the United States, that date had far reaching consequences not only for Mexico, but also for the U.S.
Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s victory over invading French …