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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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[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 | ]
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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[16 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]
MIRA Civic Engagement Day at the MS Capitol 2012

by Patricia Ice
February 16, 2012

Join us for a day with legislators to discuss legislation concerning immigrants and other vulnerable populations in Mississippi. We must let our state legislators know that we are against any anti-immigrant legislation proposed during the 2012 MS legislative session (whether affecting undocumented or documented immigrants).
The United States government is charged with creating and implementing immigration laws, not state governments!!! Several anti-immigrant bills have ALREADY been introduced in the MS legislature including, but not limited to:
Senate Bill (SB) 2090 that requires everyone in Mississippi to prove …

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[27 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]
Black Leaders Get Closeup View of Alabama’s New Jim Crow

by Elon James White

November 22 2011, 11:01 AM EST

Recently I was invited to be a part of a delegation of labor leaders heading down to Alabama to speak out against one of the worst immigration laws in the country. I found it interesting, because the trip was billed as a “black” labor leader delegation. I’ve heard a lot about the black-brown discussion over immigrant rights, so I was ecstatic that this delegation of specifically black folks was going down to witness this law’s impact first hand. As a commentator on race …

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[14 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]
Time To Regroup

To: MIRA and Allies,

As you may know, Mississippi made national news over the defeat of the “Personhood Amendment” to the state constitution, a result of a split white vote here.  Thanks to an aggressive NO campaign waged by the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and many others it went down to defeat by a substantial majority.  However the “Voter ID” amendment passed with a typical breakdown of 90%+ Black voters against, and around 10% of whites voting NO—which is consistent with the latent racism …

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[6 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]
MIRA Weekly Action 11/6

*Special Immigration Debate Between MIRA Executive Director Bill Chandler and Mississippi State Senator Joey Fillingane*
 
When:  Thursday, November 10, 2011
Where:  Mississippi College School of Law, 151 E. Griffith Street, Jackson, MS
Time:  11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cost:  Free with light lunch
Contact:  MIRA Office at 601-968-5182
 

Domestic Violence Workshop Sponsored by El Pueblo and MIRA

When:  Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Where:  El Pueblo, 696 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Biloxi, MS
Time:  6 to 8 p.m.
Cost:  Free with refreshments
Learn, Collaborate and Live!  Come join staff members of El Pueblo and the MIRA …

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[11 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
A New Southern Strategy

By Susan Eaton
August 10, 2011
One year after Arizona’s dread SB 1070 took effect, progressives have transferred their fear and loathing to the 2011 winner in the mainstream media’s toughest-immigration-law-in-the-nation contest: Alabama’s HB 56. Its unconstitutionality and inhumanity go further than Arizona’s law by requiring children to prove legal residence before enrolling in public school and making it a crime to give an undocumented person a ride in your car.
The good news is that Alabama and Arizona are still immigration policy outliers. While legislators in at least twenty-four states filed Arizona-like …

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[11 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
Café MIRA

Our monthly Third-Thursday evening of politics, art and conversation
Thursday August 18, 2011
6:30pm-9:30
This month: Viewing of the new feature film “The Help”
A story about race relationship in 1960s Jackson, MS
 WHERE : Meet at 6:30 p.m. sharp at the
United Artists Parkway Place 10 Movie Theater
1075 Parkway Boulevard (at Lakeland)
Flowood, MS 39232
PRICE:  You must pay for your own movie ticket
Movie Ticket Prices:
$5.50 Senior-Over 60
$7 Student with College ID card
$8 Adult
CONTACT:
RSVP to i.cruz@yourmira.org or call Ingrid Cruz for information:
[MIRA Office Phone] 601-968-5182  

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[5 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]

While 2010 proved fruitless for states seeking to imitate Arizona SB 1070, the 2011 legislative sessions has been more challenging for defeating or delaying these misguided measures.  The 2010 elections changed the composition of many statewide chambers, with a number of states electing candidates who campaigned on the promise that they would introduce copycat legislation.  Despite the fact that some copycats have gained traction in a handful of states, many more of these bills have been failing across the country.  Below is a summary of the states that pose the …