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[25 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]
Freedom Summer

MIRA is taking part in the Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th celebrations this week! Leading or participating in several workshops, including:
- WORKERS’ RIGHTS: “Organizing in the South”
Wednesday, June 25th, 2:15-4:00 PM
Coleman Library, 1st Floor (at Tougaloo College)
Moderator: Larry Rubin
Panelists include: Jaribu Hill (MIRA Board Member, Director of the Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights), Richard Bensinger, Monica Russo
- YOUTH CONGRESS, “Understanding the Plight of DREAMers: Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance”
Wednesday, June 25th, 4:30 − 6:00 PM
Youth Congress Tent (at Tougaloo College)
Moderator: Atty. L. Patricia Ice, Director of the MIRA Legal Project
Panelists include: Adrian Gamboa, …

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[17 May 2014 | No Comment | ]
Baseball FUNdraiser

by Patricia Ice
May 15, 2014
Come out and support the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance on June 29th. You’ll get to see the Mississippi Braves v the Huntsville Stars at 5:00 pm at Trustmark Park in Pearl, MS. Tickets are only $8, and a portion of sales benefit the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance. Bring the whole family and the rest of the gang! Call Amy or Patricia for tickets at 601-968-5182. In case of rain, this game will be played on June 30 instead.
 
 
 

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[3 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
2014 Mississippi Legislative Session: Proposals Attacking Immigrants & Proposals Helping Immigrants

A report from the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (MIRA)
Once again there are two anti-immigrant proposals— one introduced in the Mississippi House of Representatives and one introduced into the Mississippi Senate as the session began on January 7th.  HB 1322 by Rep Andy Gipson (R) of Braxton and SB 2655 by Sen. Michael Watson (R) of Pascagoula. These bills are another attempt by Tea Party Republicans to make life miserable for immigrants so they will leave the state.
The first bill mandates E-Verify to be enforced with all employers with the goal of …

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[3 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
Court Hearing for Assaulted Latino Family—Join us in Support

Alert! Join us in supporting the Lopez & Rodriguez families in their effort to fight back against a case of brutal racial profiling.
A hearing on a motion to suppress evidence before Judge Dan Jordan, at the new Federal Court building at 501 E. Court St. in Jackson, will be held  at 1:00 pm this Wednesday, Feb.5th on the 5th floor, in  courtroom 5-A. Please join us in a show of solidarity for the families in the continuing effort to fight back against racial profiling in Jackson.
Early in the morning of Tuesday, …

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[17 Jan 2014 | No Comment | ]
Civic Engagement Day January 22

Our annual Civic Engagement Day at the State Capitol is next Wednesday, January 22nd. Come help us defend Human Rights for All
We’ll meet at the MIRA office (612 N. State Street, Jackson MS) at 10:00 AM for an update and orientation on the legislative session. We’ll prepare material and statements for when we meet with legislators at the state Capitol in the afternoon.
We’ll provide a lunch at 11:30, and then begin walking over to the Capitol at 12:15. Shortly after that, we’ll be joined by our allies for a big …

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[31 Dec 2013 | No Comment | ]
Unity Conference A Huge Success!

MIRA’s 7th Annual Unity Conference Criticizes Mexico and the United States for Victimizing Millions with their “War on Drugs,” Contributing to Forced Migration
Sponsored by religious, union, community and civil rights organizations, the 7th Annual MIRA/SCLC Unity Conference organized by the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance, “CRIMMIGRATION: The Tragic Consequences of U.S. Drug Policies on Families and Youth,”  featured two leading opponents of the war on drugs.
The conference brought some 250 people together from throughout Mississippi and others from as far away as New York, Texas, Colorado and Mexico. Participants from Mexico and …

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[2 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]
The Fight For Economic Justice

October 2, 2013
On Wednesday, October 16, join U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and local community leaders for a town hall meeting. The meeting will take place in the Jackson Medical Mall, 350 w. Woodrow Wilson Dr., on the 1st floor Community Meeting Room from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.   Download and spread the word!

 

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[15 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]
7th Annual MIRA & SCLC Unity Conference

by Bill Chandler & Jim Evans
Updated October 21, 2013
 
Coming together for the first time, and linking the drug crises in the U.S. and Mexico, Professor Michelle Alexander and Señor Javier Sicillia will be joined by other nationally known advocates and organizers at the 7th Annual Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance/Southern Christian Leadership Conference Unity Conference  which will take place Friday and Saturday, November 15-16, 2013 at Fondren Hall located at 4330 N. State Street, Jackson and the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, 528 Bloom St., Jackson.  The theme of this year’s …

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[11 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]
MIRA Cookout!

You are invited to join us on Saturday, June 15 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. for a MIRA Community Cookout to show appreciation for supporting our work over the years and, to introduce MIRA to New Members of the Community. (Kids are always welcome!)
Highlights:
Free Food and Drinks
Learn about MIRA
Become a Member
Get Photo Membership Card $30
Special Guests
Contact: 601-968-5182 ext. 6
 
Carne Asada Para Toda La Comunidad
¡Queridos amigos, están invitados a una comida al aire libre que realizará MIRA el sábado, 15 de junio de 1:00—4:00 P.M! ¡Quisiéramos mostrarles nuestro gran aprecio por todo el apoyo que ustedes nos han brindado a lo largo …

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[7 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]
State Rep. Gregory Holloway makes surprise visit at MIRA Community Circle Meeting in Hazlehurst, Miss.

Local immigrants in Hazlehurst recently had a surprise welcome visit by State Representative Gregory L. Holloway, Sr. at the Community Circle Meeting hosted by the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance in Hazlehurst on Saturday, May 22nd. State Representative Holloway, Sr., a longtime friend and ally of the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance and a key member of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus, made the surprise visit at the local taqueria, enthusiastically encouraging the small gathering of Spanish-speaking immigrants to not be afraid to become more politically engaged in their local community.
State Representative …