Lobby Day at the Capital, April 15th, 2014

February 28th, 2014

Missouri legislatures need to hear from you! Join MIRA for Immigration Advocacy Day on April 15th from 9:00 am-3:00 pm in Jefferson City to stand up for Missouri’s immigrants and refugees. Lunch and a lobbying training will be provided.  Car pools will be coordinated from some areas of the state. Register for more details.

Event Location:

Truman State Office Building
301 W High Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
 

To register, please go here 

 

MIRA’s reaction to the GOP immigration principles

January 30th, 2014

Today the House GOP released their principles for immigration reform. Below is MIRA’s response and ongoing vow:

Nearly 7 months after the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration package, today House leadership released a set of principles for reform.  While we are encouraged that Speaker Boehner is moving forward, we know this action comes only after more than a year of organized pressure by a grassroots movement  to address the critical needs of our nation’s immigrant families.

While these principles provide a starting point, we await a concrete legislative proposal to reform our nation’s broken and capricious immigration system.  There is overwhelming bipartisan support, not only in the House, but among the American public for fair and comprehensive reform.  We call on Missouri’s House delegation to work together with their colleagues in the Senate to solve the injustice of our current system.

MIRA will continue to fight for reform that provides an achievable path to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented Americans, keeps families together, and protects the rights of all immigrant workers.

10 Fights in 2014

December 11th, 2013

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.

Donate now and join the fight! 

 

 

December 5th, 2013

Ritenour School District’s World Cafe

19th February, 2013 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Ritenour Middle School (2500 Marshall Ave, St Louis, MO)

Sign up today for a Ritenour community dinner and conversation.

Our community is only as strong as the relationships that we create. Join us as we discuss topics that highlights the diversity of our region and the steps we can take together to build our vision of a welcoming community.
Dinner will be provided, sign up recommended.
Sponsored by: Ritenour School District, St. Louis County Library and Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates

Holiday Cards

December 3rd, 2013

As a special offer, MIRA is selling stationary cards (with envelopes) featuring beautiful photos from MIRA’s art exhibit, The Missouri Immigrant Experience.  The cards will include black and white historical images of Missouri’s immigrant past and full color images by artists Oscar Pedroza and Juan Montaña. They are a perfect reminder this season for all of us to be thankful for our own family, while pushing for the rights of others.

The cards come in packs of 10. Buy one pack for $12, or two for $20.

Please click here to purchase these beautiful stationary cards.

MIRA thanks you and your generosity; it is greatly appreciated.

We will ship the cards to whichever address you denote. Please call  (314) 669.1288 with any questions.

“New Kid” a Production of the Metro Theater Company

October 8th, 2013

As part of MIRA’s 2013 Welcoming Missouri Events, MIRA is presenting a play throughout November called “NEW KID,” a production of the Metro Theater Company. Performances will be in Saint Louis, Kansas City and Columbia.

 

 

Saint Louis: November 2-3 at the Cardinal Rigali Center

20 Archbishop May Dr, St. Louis, MO

Saturday and Sunday at 3pm

AND

Saint Louis: November 24 at Central Reform Congregation

5020 Waterman Avenue, St. Louis MO

Sunday at 3pm

 

Kansas City: November 15-17 at Revolution United Methodist Church

500 W 40th St, Kansas City, MO

Friday at 7pm, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm

 

Columbia: Friday, November 22-23 at the Corner Playhouse
University of Missouri Campus on the corner of University

Avenue and Hitt Street, Columbia, MO 65211

Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 3pm

REGISTRATION

Saturday Nov. 2 (St. Louis)

Sunday Nov. 3 (St. Louis)

Sunday Nov. 24 (St. Louis)

Friday Nov. 15 (Kansas City)

Saturday Nov. 16 (Kansas City)

Sunday Nov. 17 (Kansas City)

Friday Nov. 22 (Columbia)

Saturday Nov. 23 (Columbia)

 

 

Walking with Immigrant Brothers and Sisters

September 26th, 2013

Join Us for An Interfaith Pilgrimage for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Saturday, Oct. 5

Sign Up Today 

10am • Keeping Families Together• St. Cecelia’s Catholic Church • 5414 Alaska Ave 

11:15am • Refugees • International Institute • 3654 S Grand Blvd

12:30pm • DREAMERs • Saint Louis University • Corner of Grand and Lindell

1:30pm • Our Exodus Journey • St. Alphonsus “Rock” Catholic Church • 1118 N Grand Blvd.

Walk the whole journey or join us for a portion.

Sign Up Now 

More info call (314) 669-1288

A Welcoming West Plains

September 5th, 2013

Join us in West Plains, Mo for a forum on the immigration process and developing a welcoming community.

September 19th, 4:30- 5:30 pm

Melton Hall Rm 112, (129 Garfield Avenue, West Plains, MO 65775)

Sign Up Now

Join us as we march on downtown St. Charles!

August 8th, 2013

The time is now for the U.S. House to take action and give us a vote on citizenship for all.

Join us as we show our support for an inclusive immigration process.

Thursday, August 22nd at 5:00 pm

300 N 2nd St. St. Charles, Mo 63301

 Sign Up Today

Solidarity with Communities of Color

August 8th, 2013

Join us for direct conversations about the issues facing our youth and families. Take action around racial profiling and immigration reform.

August 15th, 7:30 pm 

St. Cecilia- 5414 Alaska Ave. St. Louis, Mo 63111 

Sign up today.