June 21st, 2016
Understanding the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Immigration
June, 28th 10:00-11:00am CT
The United States Supreme Court issued its ruling on U.S. v. Texas this week. This ruling will impact President Obama’s two administration relief programs and the lives of millions of immigrants across the country. Join us for a free webinar hosted by MIRA and the Immigrant Service Provider Network.
This webinar will bring together immigration advocates and attorneys who will highlight how we got here, what the ruling means for DAPA and DACA, and help prepare us to answer questions from community members about the Supreme Court ruling.
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June 8th, 2016
Due to scheduling conflicts, the Javier Mendoza concert has unfortunately been postponed. However, we are working to reschedule the concert and bring you a great dinner and Javier’s beautiful music at a later date. We apologize for the short notice, and will be sure to keep you updated on the rescheduled show. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at (314) 669-1288 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
May 24th, 2016
He’s back… the unique and ever-popular Javier Mendoza is back at the Wine Press! Friday, June 10 at 7pm!
Javier’s an accomplished singer & songwriter who’s won “Best Solo Artist” at the Riverfront Time’s Music Awards, and has had songs featured on MTV’s Real World. He’s had multiple magazine features, live performances, and TV guest appearances. He’s also worked with some of the best musicians in the region and shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Blues Traveler, Everclear, Los Lobos, The Roots, Ben Folds, Idina Menzel, Duran Duran, and many more.
Friday, June 10
Dinner at 7pm, Concert at 8pm
The Wine Press
4426 Olive Street
St Louis, MO 63108
Buffet dinner menu: Chicken and Steak, Assorted Cheeses, Fruits, Vegetables, the Wine Press’s wonderful ciabatta bread, and dessert.
For $60 per person, the dinner buffet, and this special fundraising concert for MIRA will be the second to last community evening at the Wine Press.
May 4th, 2016
The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding recently conducted a survey entitled, “American Muslims in the 2016 Election and Beyond: Principles and Strategies for Greater Political Engagement.” This is the most comprehensive survey of American Muslim political behaviors, and the recently released findings will go a long way in informing political and civic engagement in the American Muslim community. Read more on the survey and results here.
April 26th, 2016
May 19th, 2016
St. Francis Community Services, South Side Center
4200 Delor St.
St. Louis, MO 63116
Reception: 5-5:20pm, Program: 5:25-6:30pm
The ISPN will be hosting the 2016 Legislative Session Report to the Community on May 19th, 5-6:30pm. This engaging forum will report back on collective actions taken by the community, state Missouri legislation affecting immigrant and refugee communities, and discuss policy priorities for the upcoming year. Panelists will feature state legislators, DACA student activists, and service providers to give insight on how Missouri policies affect our foreign-born population at every level. A reception will be held from 5-5:20pm, with programming to follow.
April 19th, 2016
MIRA is partnering with Zee Bee Market to celebrate Mother’s Day! From May 3-6, 15% of the proceeds from all sales will go to support MIRA. Zee Bee Market is a member of the Fair Trade Organization, and sells socially- and environmentally-conscious, handcrafted gifts from around the world. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it is the perfect place to purchase a unique and meaningful gift.
To celebrate this week of giving, MIRA will be hosting a Wine & Chocolate kick-off event on May 3rd from 5:30-8pm, and we hope to see you there! Zee Bee Market is located at 211 South Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63118. You can also shop from their online store at www.zeebeemarket.com
April 19th, 2016
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!
April 15th, 2016
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.
April 8th, 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.