2013 is coming to a close, and MIRA is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities a New Year will bring. As you consider your end-of-the-year tax-deductible gifts, a donation to MIRA can go a long way.
MIRA is taking on 10 fights in 2014, and we need your help. Your contribution will help MIRA stay a strong unified voice for Missouri immigrants and refugees. By donating $10 x 10, or becoming a sustaining member at the $10, $15 or $20 level, you can support MIRA as we continue to fight in the New Year.
Our 10 Fights
1. Immigration Reform – The Time Is Now! In 2013, MIRA joined partners around Missouri and around the country to fight for comprehensive immigration reform. We’re working for a law that defends immigrant families, strengthens the rights of immigrant and refugee workers, and provides a roadmap to citizenship for our 11 million undocumented friends, neighbors, and family members. Even as a small group of powerful congressmen drag their feet in an attempt to defeat us, the struggle continues! MIRA will not rest until there is a path to citizenship for everyone who seeks it!
2. Fighting for Families in Jefferson City – For too long, our state’s capitol has had a reputation for cruel and unnecessary attacks on immigrant and refugee Missourians. Enough is enough. In 2014 MIRA and our members will work, not just to stop anti-immigrant proposals, but to advance pro-active legislation that will protect our communities and improve the lives of our families.
3. Access To Housing – Did you know that in some places in Missouri, immigrant families can’t get a municipal permit to live in their own home? We believe everyone deserves a safe place to call home, regardless of where they come from. Support MIRA in our campaign to end discriminatory housing policies and practices.
4. Creating Safer Communities – We know all too well that when local police departments are expected to enforce federal immigration laws, the whole community suffers. If police are more interested in immigration status than the problem at hand, immigrants and refugees may not seek the help they need. Our communities need respect and cooperation, not fear and mistrust. MIRA and our volunteers will continue to work with police around the state to assure that local police are not used as immigration agents.
5. Raising Up Immigrant Voices – From the President to the local state representative, our elected officials need to be accountable! MIRA works to lift up the voices of immigrant and refugees to be heard by decision-makers at all levels. Through office visits, community meetings, and direct actions, we hold politicians accountable.
6. Access to Higher Education – Everyone deserves an education, no matter their immigration status. But for many undocumented Missouri students, the door to college has been closed. Join MIRA in 2014 as we work to ensure that DACA-eligible and undocumented Missourians have the opportunity to attend the college or university of their choice.
7. Empowering Immigrant and Refugee Communities – All of us, regardless of our citizenship, religion, or race, have rights protected by the Constitution of the United States. Support MIRA’s “Know Your Rights” efforts, as we educate and empower community members to exercise their rights.
8. Building a Welcoming Missouri – We know that our state is strongest when everyone feels welcome. That’s why, through our Welcoming Missouri initiative, MIRA works with schools, places of worship, libraries, and community members around the state to bring Missourians together. From our traveling photography show, The Missouri Immigrant Experience, to community meetings and film screenings, strive to foster respect, understanding, and a spirit of welcoming for everyone.
9. Defending Immigrant Workers – All workers should be safe and protected in the workplace, be paid a living wage, and be free from discrimination and exploitation. Unfortunately, for many immigrant and refugee workers, this is not always the case. Together, we can ensure that ALL workers are free to work and be paid fairly.
10. Investing in Immigrant and Refugee Leaders – No one knows what immigrant families need better than immigrants themselves! That’s why MIRA is dedicated to identifying, training, and empowering local leaders to advocate and organize on behalf of and within their own communities.