May 3rd marks Give STL Day, a 24-hour, city-wide fundraising initiative presented by the St. Louis Community Foundation. Give STL Day is a great opportunity to support local non-profits, and MIRA is excited to be among this year’s participants. You can make a donation from anywhere, and donors will be entered into contests to win prizes. Visit our Give STL Day site here to learn more about the event. Don’t forget to make your contribution on May 3rd!
MIRA is seeking a full-time executive director to lead the coalition and guide day-to-day operations of the statewide advocacy organization. The Executive Director will work with staff, coalition members, and the Board of Directors to develop and support programming that advances MIRA’s mission and builds the sustainability of the organization. The ideal candidate will be an experienced organizer, advocate and fundraiser who is committed to immigrant rights, racial equality, and social justice.
For full details and directions for making application, click here. Submissions are due by May 15, 2016.
Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates deeply disappointed by the Senate passage of HB 2003, the appropriations bill for the Department of Higher Education, which contains title language directing colleges to discriminate against certain immigrant students in tuition and scholarship policies. This language, while non-binding, has been implemented by colleges and universities around the state since its inclusion in the 2015 budget. This mean-spirited attack on immigrant students and their families devalues both education and students, and takes a short-sighted view of Missouri’s economic future.
The policy targets DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) recipients, who were brought to the US as children and who are lawfully present, work-authorized taxpayers. It is shameful that in the face of hearing from hundreds of impacted students and community supporters, and a bipartisan call to remove the anti-immigrant language, legislators have passed a budget bill that enshrines discrimination in its title.
As a result of the skyrocketing tuition rates this policy has foisted on immigrant students, many have dropped out or transferred out of state. Missouri will continue to lose these students to Kansas, Illinois and others states that value the contributions of immigrant students and their families. Far from saving the state or colleges money, HB 2003 will cost schools tuition-paying students. It is a disgrace when Missouri’s leaders refuse to invest in qualified students and instead attack their dreams of opportunity.
The General Assembly should be working to make Missouri a welcoming place for all families, and encouraging more Missourians to go to college, not driving capable, motivated students out of our state. MIRA and our partners will continue to build power in our communities, and to work for equity for immigrant students.
The Missouri Senate is in the process of crafting the state’s budget for this year. Again this year, immigrant college students are in the being put at risk by the inclusion of a provision in the appropriations bill for higher education that would require students with DACA and certain other immigrant statuses to pay up to three times the rate of tuition as their classmates AND prohibit those same students from receiving institutional scholarships.
This policy hurts students and families, and is bad for our economy. Join MIRA in urging senators to remove the anti-student language from HB 2003 by having your organization listed on this petition.
Please join Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates at Bailey’s Range Restaurant for their Community Table night. Bailey’s Range restaurant will generously donate 25% of all profits from March 28th 5-8 pm to MIRA!
MIRA has been an incredible advocates for the rights of immigrants and refugees in Missouri. With your support we can continue the fight.
Three ways you can help make this night a success:
- Attend the fundraiser!
- Bring at least two friends with you.
- Spread the word about the fundraiser by sharing this Facebook Event Page
Read David Bacon’s latest photo essay featuring taxi drivers at St. Louis Airport. The essay includes personal stories of local drivers and highlights the impact a welcoming community can provide for new immigrants. Read in full here: Taxi Drivers of the back 40
Photo Credit: David Bacon.
Please review and share the following resources (English and Spanish) provided by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. Contact MIRA for more information.
Join us in Jefferson City on March 9th, 2016!
This is your chance to meet face-to-face with lawmakers to discuss what’s important for immigrants and refugees in your community. RSVP today!
Our elected officials hear all kinds of stories about immigrants and refugees. They hear from national anti-immigration organizations, they hear from reporters on cable news, they hear from politicians in other states, but now, more than ever, your senators and representatives need to hear from YOU!
We will provide all the materials you need, teach you how to get a meeting with legislators, how to talk about legislation, and provide a brief orientation to the Capitol. Carpools will be organized from different parts of the state. A bag lunch will also be provided.
As politicians in Missouri and around the country seek to turn away refugee families seeking a new life in the U.S., MIRA stands with Gov. Nixon and others who are refusing to discriminate against refugees. Add your voice to those standing up to make Missouri a safe and welcoming place!
For individuals: Click Here to send an email to your state legislators telling them to do the right thing and welcome refugees from Syria and elsewhere.
For organizations and congregations: Click Here to list your organization or faith community as a supporter of safety and inclusion for refugee families.