Archive for April, 2012

Act Now to Protect Naturalized Citizens’ Right to Vote!

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Last Wednesday, the Missouri House Committee on Elections passed HB2109, a bill that would make it more difficult for naturalized citizens to register to vote.  Currently, when a citizen registers to vote, there is a place to indicate citizenship on the registration form.  If a non-citizen falsely claims citizenship, there are steep penalties in place.  HB2109 would require anyone registering to vote to present proof of their citizenship, including passports, birth certificates, and naturalization documents.  For naturalized citizens who have lost their citizenship documents, this means having to pay hundreds of dollars and wait months for replacement papers before being able to register to vote!  

This is unacceptable.  Every U.S. citizen has the right to vote, and it shouldn’t be harder because a citizen is naturalized.

Click HERE to tell your representative to VOTE NO on HB 2109.  Protect every citizen’s right to vote!

Vote for Welcoming Missouri!

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Exciting news!  Welcoming Missouri, MIRA’s community education program aimed at helping make Missouri a more welcoming place for everyone, is in the running for up to $35,000 in funding from Starbucks Vote.Give.Grow. program.   Starbucks is giving away $4 million in grants to non-profits like ours around the country, working to improve our communities.  Welcoming Missouri’s reputation for working to make our state a more welcoming and respectful place got us nominated, but we need your help to succeed!

The more votes you cast, the more funding we can receive!  

What to do:
1. Go to 
2. Click on “Find an Organization” and search for “Welcoming Missouri”
3. Vote for us!
4. Each account can vote once a week, throughout April.  So, sign up for email reminders to vote again each week.
What you need:
In order to vote you need a Starbucks Community Card, or customer rewards card.  Don’t have one?  You can get one online, or at any Starbucks location.  Once you have your card, you just need to register your account online at and start voting!
How else you can help:
  • Send an email to your contacts!
  • Post on Facebook, Twitter (#votegivegrow), Google+, etc!
  • Talk about it on your blog, text your friend, tell your neighbor
  • Come back and vote once a week, for the rest of April!
Want to know more?
Check out the FAQ, or call MIRA at 314-669-1288.