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[28 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Hearing for In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students a Success

March 28, 2014
Adrian Gamboa has lived in Mississippi since he was twelve years old. In 2012, he graduated from high school in Biloxi, and had an ACT score that was high enough to earn college scholarships. Adrian was excited to attend college, but there was one problem—he is undocumented.
Mississippi students who are undocumented pay up to 3-4 times higher tuition than do legal residents (they’re required to pay out-of-state or even international tuition rates). For many, this means that college is unaffordable.
This is definitely the case for Adrian—at his school, …

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[27 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
Chokwe Lumumba ¡Presente!

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, longtime friend & ally of MIRA, Passed Away February 25, 2014 at age 66. We are deeply saddened by this sudden, unexpected loss.Chokwe Lumumba has been an active part of MIRA since our founding in 2000. Up until he was elected Mayor he served as our Legal Counsel. Patricia Ice and Chokwe both graduated from Wayne State University School of Law (Chokwe was some years ahead of her). She first met him when he came to a picket line she was on, protesting discrimination against Black law students …

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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 | ]
Major Effort Underway in 2014 Legislative Session

The session began on January 7, but it’s still in the early stages, so there are many bills that have not yet been filed. Monday, January 20th is the deadline for bills to be filed, so we should have a better idea of exactly what we’re up against by the middle of next week. While we’ll likely be facing opposition from anti-immigrant camps, we believe that we can gain some serious ground for immigrants and workers in areas like healthcare, education, and worker’s compensation.
So far, we have seen: 
- HB 209 …

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[31 Dec 2013 | No Comment | ]
Latino Family in MS brutally assaulted by US Marshals Fugitive Task Force

MIRA has requested an investigation by the Department of Justice to determine whether members of a United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force violated the civil rights of residents of a home on Archer Avenue in Jackson, Mississippi on December 3, 2013. 
Members of the task force went to Archer Avenue around 6 AM in search of Lucious Perkins, an African-American male, who was wanted for Capital Murder.
When the arrived at the home, rather than finding any suspect, the officers encountered a Mexican-American family engaged in getting their children ready for school. …

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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 | ]
They forget the “Why?”

By Bill Chandler
June 11, 2013 
A proposal called “comprehensive immigration reform” has been reported out of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to the full Senate to be debated and voted on. Meanwhile, the U.S House of Representatives is ponders what form their proposal will take. Concocted by a vast array of Washington, D.C., beltway interests, the proposal seems far removed from the lives of the people it claims to help.
The major components of the bill include heightened “border security,” as if the $18 billion already spent annually on it is insufficient—they …

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[26 May 2013 | No Comment | ]
The Price of Immigration Reform is Steep, But The Struggle for Human Rights Must Continue

By David Bacon and Mark Day
May 26, 2013
            As the Senate prepares to vote on comprehensive immigration reform, it’s important to note that workers and immigrants have never made significant progress in gaining civil and human rights in the U.S. without a fight.
The same is true today.
No political party, no Gang of Eight, and no political figure can bestow upon undocumented immigrants rights that can only be won through constant organizing and struggle. President Barack Obama would not have issued an executive order to defer the deportations of undocumented students …

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[13 May 2013 | No Comment | ]
Immigration “Reform”?

Expectations have been raised among the undocumented throughout Mississippi with the introduction of the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act.”  Besides the various reports in the media, unscrupulous businesses who prey on the immigrant communities are advertising that they will offer help to prepare for “legalization,” now-for a fee.  All we can say is beware!
The reality is that the Senate proposal has only been introduced.  There will be Senate committee hearings where amendments may be offered that could change the proposal significantly before it reached the whole Senate …

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[1 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]
We won in Mississippi! We must win in Washington!  Give now!

A message from MIRA Executive Director Bill Chandler and MIRA President Rep. Jim Evans
 March 31, 2013
Fantastic news! All 14 anti-immigrant bills introduced in the 2013 Mississippi Legislature are dead!  This success is the direct result of the mobilization by MIRA members and allies. Thank you!
Incredibly, success on the national level now also appears within reach! You know that we must act fast and work “loud” to achieve truly fair and just immigration reform. That’s why we want to ask you to make a donation right away! Click here to make …