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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!)
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 …

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[20 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]
Historic oversight corrected: Film ‘Lincoln’ inspires look into slavery vote

Jerry Mitchell 
February 20, 2012
Courtesy  Clarion Ledger Online (link)
Oscar-nominated “Lincoln,” which depicts the political fight to pass the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, played a role in Mississippi officially ratifying the amendment this month — a century and a half later.
The story opens, not surprisingly, in a movie theater.
Last November, Dr. Ranjan Batra, associate professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, saw the Steven Spielberg film and wondered afterward what happened when the states voted on ratification.
That night, Batra — a native of India who became …

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[28 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]
Civic Engagement Day Statement, January 23, 2013

By Juan Carlos Cook, Organizer, MIRA
January 26, 2013
President Barack Obama made it very clear during his inaugural address on Monday that immigration reform is already a centerpiece of his second-term agenda.
In the coming weeks the president is expected to aggressively push for ways to create an eventual pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants already in this country.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said during a recent interview that immigration reform was the most important issue on the Senate’s schedule.
We are all residents of the United States of …