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[4 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]
FreeDany: Free Dreamer Daniela Vargas Candlelight Vigil

March 6, 2017
DACA recipient and DREAMer Daniela Vargas was arrested by ICE moments after speaking out against ICE raids at a press conference in Jackson, MS.
Daniela is now sitting in a jail in Louisianna with the very real possibility of being deported without an immigration case hearing.
Please invite your friends, coworkers, neighbors, aquaintances and anyone within reach to join us Monday, March 6th at Fondren Presbyterian Church (3220 Old Canton Road, Jackson, MS) for a candlelight vigil for Daniela Vargas, at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

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[18 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]
Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference

November 18, 2016
Join Tougaloo College and the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement for the 20th Anniversary of the Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference!
Come and help build the southern human rights movement!  Raise your voice, share your stories, network, organize and strategize for victory! Join activists, community organizers, faith leaders, union leaders, youth, and student organizers to advance a human rights agenda in the Deep South.

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[16 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]
Hang tough. Stand up. Fight Back!

November 14, 2016
The U.S Presidential election results have shocked many and triggered widespread fear in immigrant families. The new President has a laundry list of vicious proposals to attack immigrants and migrant workers. He plans to act immediately, and this will have a direct effect on Mississippi. Bigoted Mississippi legislators have introduced some 292 anti-immigrant bills for consideration in the last decade. MIRA members and their allies have joined together to successfully defeat them. Now these politicians will be emboldened to ramp up their attacks—so we must organize to fight back!

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[3 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]
Voter Registration Drive

August 3, 2016
MIRA is a launching a concentrated voter-registration drive ahead of the October 2016 deadline to participate in the November general election. This election cycle stands to have tremendous impact for immigrants, workers, and people of color in general, so it’s critical that we have strong voter turnout among these communities. Once our voter registration drive is complete, we’ll start with a targeted Get-Out-The-Vote effort.
 

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[3 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]
NNIRR 30th Anniversary Celebration

August 3, 2016
MIRA is a part of the National Network of Immigrant and Refugee Rights, a coalition of organizations that focus on rights of migrants and refugees. This year marks the NNIRR’s 30th anniversary, and the MIRA team will be traveling to Oakland, California for the July 29th “Tearing Down Walls, Lifting Up Justice” celebration. Please consider donating in support of the NNIRR as a “birthday gift.”

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[11 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]
Recap: Civic Engagement Day 2016

On February 24, 2016, dozens of MIRA members, allies, and volunteers traveled from around the state to gather at the State Capitol for a press conference and a chance to speak with legislators about the issues facing immigrants in Mississippi.
Joining MIRA were a group of DREAMERS, who were calling for a fair chance at education and a future through tuition equity; members of the A. Phillip Randolph Institute and the State Employees Union, who were supporting comprehensive workers compensation reform; and the leader of Mississippi’s Fight for $15 group, advocating …

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[7 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]
MIRA Legal Project Update

MIRA Legal Project Director, Attorney Patricia Ice, is working with several families on their immigration cases, which include applications for employment authorization, lawful permanent residence, temporary protected status, petitions for relatives, waivers for national visa center processing, and naturalization. The Legal Project charges fees for services in these cases.  Ice has focused the Legal Project’s work on administrative humanitarian and family based immigration cases. The immigration courts are in New Orleans and Memphis and the MIRA Legal Project does not have the resources to handle cases there due to time, distance …

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[5 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]
Civic Engagement Day 2016

January 5, 2016
One of our most important actions every year is Civic Engagement Day, when MIRA and allies lead immigrants, activists, and progressives to the Capitol for a demonstration and a chance to connect with legislators and discuss important issues. We have great success each year when we meet with the legislators – it builds relationships and develops new allies.
This year, Civic Engagement Day is February 24, 2016, and preparations are well underway. We are mobilizing groups along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in the Central Mississippi region, and have …

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[2 Sep 2015 | No Comment | ]
Trip to Texas for NNIRR board meeting

September 2, 2015
MIRA is an active part of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) and Bill Chandler serves on the NNIRR board. In July, NNIRR hosted its national board meeting in South Texas, organized by Eduardo Canales, Board Chair.
The board members met and conducted business in a different city each day. On the first day, Bill and Patricia (MIRA Legal Project Director), along with the other NNIRR board members, visited a shelter for unaccompanied minor children in San Antonio, where they held the first part of the board …

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[19 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]
Fifteen Percent is a Shockingly Small Number

September 19, 2014
15%– it is the proportion of voting age residents who cast ballots in the 25 states that held primaries in the first six months of this year. In 15 of those states, the turnout was the lowest ever.
 MIRA is engaged in a targeted voter registration drive to reach out to U.S. citizens in the immigrant communities across Mississippi. Naturalized citizens, youth and others born in the U.S. of immigrant families who will be 18 years of age by election day, Tuesday, November 4th are eligible …