Archive for February, 2012

Don’t Forget to Register for Immigration Advocacy Day!

Friday, February 24th, 2012

March 6 is fast approaching!  Don’t forget to reserve your spot today!

MIRA will be at the State Capitol Building in Jefferson City to advocate for the rights of immigrants and refugees across the state. There will be opportunities for you to speak with your law makers about specific legislation such as SB590 and other anti-immigrant bills, and to show your support for your communities across Missouri.

Click here to register for this day-long event.

Please be sure to indicate if you can car pool.

See you on the 6th!

Is This Alabama?

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Friends —

Last fall, the Alabama government created a humanitarian crisis by enacting the most anti-immigrant law in the country — HB 56. Right now in Alabama, families are being torn apart, parents are afraid to let their children play outside, and the state’s economy is eroding.

Chris Weitz, an Oscar-nominated Hollywood director, created a series of short videos showing what’s happening in Alabama. Please take a look.

MIRA Statement on the Passage of Question 1 in Springfield

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012


February 7, 2012

The passage of Question 1 is a loss for everyone in Springfield.  In a community that values diversity and the contributions of all its members, it has been clear from the beginning that Question 1 was an appeal to fear by an avowed nativist activist group.  As Springfield works to grapple with the problems of this unenforceable, unfunded mandate, it is inevitable that the constitutionality of Question 1 will be tested.  The taxpayers will ultimately end up footing the bill for the Minutemen’s extreme anti-immigrant agenda.

The fact that the final vote was so close is a testament to the stellar efforts and hard work of the community opposed to this effort at division.  By coming within just a few hundred votes, the local coalition surpassed the expectations of many, and created an organization that will move forward in an effort to make Springfield a more welcoming and respectful place for all its residents.

Take Action! Stop Anti-Immigrant Attacks in Jefferson City!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Should immigrants have the same right to drive as everyone else? If anti-immigrant legislators get their way, they won’t.  House Bill 1186 would force the state to only offer driver exams in English without an interpreter, undermining years of precedent of offering the exam in a dozen languages. By denying non-English speakers the ability to take the test in a language they understand, the state would remove thousands of Missourians’ only transportation to work and school.  It also endangers public safety by creating a situation in which people may drive anyway, without ever being tested on traffic laws or being able to by auto insurance.

CLICK HERE to tell your represenative to VOTE NO on legislation that discriminates against non-English speakers.

Missouri’s immigrant community defeated this bill last year, and it’s time to do it again.

Your representative will vote on this bill this week! Tell him or here to stop the anti-immigrant attacks!  CLICK HERE to tell them to Vote NO on HB 1186.