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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 …

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[15 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]
Join us for Latin Fest

Join MIRA for LATINFEST Saturday, September 20th from 12-8pm at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland.  Stop by the MIRA booth to say hello, buy a raffle ticket, or update your voter registration.  Brush up on your Salsa or Bachata, enjoy Southern Komfort, Mariachi Johnny Mora, and food from Cinco De Mayo, Bruno’s Adobo and more!  Tickets are $10 at the door and kids 12 and under are free,  or buy advance tickets for only $7 at www.latinfest.org  We hope to see you there!

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[12 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]
September Advocacy Meeting Yields Important Results

September 12, 2014
Tension over immigration is ramping up again in Mississippi – spearheaded by Governor Bryant’s hateful stance towards the refugee children – and will likely come to a fever pitch during the 2015 Legislative Session. Each fall, we begin planning, organizing, and mobilizing to fight back against the anti-immigrant camp, and this year is no exception. Our September Advocacy Meeting (which was held on the 10th of September) had a great turnout and we were able to take key steps towards preparation for the 2015 Legislature.
Representative …

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[25 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]
Labor Rights by the Mexican Consulate Wednesday!

You are cordially invited to attend the Mexican Consulate of New Orleans Labor Rights Week 2014 event in Jackson, MS on Wednesday Aug 27 from 4:30-5:30 at St. Therese Catholic Church on McDowell Rd in Jackson, MS.
 

Click this link for information in Spanish:  Programa SDL ESP 2014 ed 2 and here for English: Programa SDL 2014 ENG ed 2

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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 …