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MIRA Congratulates Election Winners and Stresses Moving Integration Forward

President should now fulfill his promise and take immediate and extensive executive action on immigration

November 5, 2014 BOSTON —The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition extends warm congratulations to Massachusetts Governor Elect Charlie Baker and all the newly elected officials in Massachusetts, including Attorney General-elect Maura Healey, Treasurer-elect Deb Goldberg, and the 6th District's new Congressman, Seth Moulton.

"From Charlie Baker's repeated outreach into urban immigrant centers during the campaign, to his gracious election victory speech last night, we believe that the governor-elect has demonstrated his belief in building a productive relationship with the state's one million foreign-born residents," said Eva Millona, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. "The extraordinary diversity in our immigrant population points to many areas where we can work immediately with Mr. Baker to better integrate immigrants, from supporting small immigrant businesses to expediting licensing procedures for health care professionals. And we look forward to working together on all our budgetary and legislative priorities — such as the Safe Driving Bill and Trust Act — to make sure the state continues to be a national leader in the economic, linguistic and civic integration of our vital and vibrant immigrants communities."

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MIRA and Members Mobilize New Americans to Make a Difference in Mid-Term Elections

Work includes everything from door knocking to a new voter guide for the gubernatorial race

seaportvoterregwebOctober 31, 2014 BOSTON - Since the beginning of 2014, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) and its partners have helped hundreds of qualified green card holders become citizens, registered over 1,100 new citizens to vote, and mobilized thousands more to cast their vote and show New American voter participation in the November 4, 2014 mid-term elections. The work also includes targeted door knocking and phone banking, as well as a gubernatorial candidates forum and newly released voter guide..

 

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Gubernatorial Candidates Present Views on Immigration, Justice and Equality at Forum at Bunker Hill Community College

Coakley, Falchuk and McCormick agree on many controversial policies, differ in views of role of government and the political establishmentoctforumweb

October 16, 2014 BOSTON —An energetic crowd packed an auditorium at Bunker Hill Tuesday
night for the non-partisan Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on Immigration, Justice andEquality. The event marked the second gubernatorial-candidate gathering at Bunker Hill sponsored by a group of non-profits and higher education institutions: The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, Bunker Hill Community College, the Elma Lewis Center at Emerson College, MassVOTE, the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition.  The audience reflected the diversity of the sponsors, with a wide range of ages and ethnicities represented,  including students, families, union members, local leaders, and representatives of Massachusetts’ diverse immigrant communities (Spanish and American Sign Language interpretation were also provided).

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MIRA Statement Regarding Charlie Baker's Absence at Last Night's Gubernatorial Candidates Forum

October 15, 2014 BOSTON —  The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) is deeply disappointed that Charlie Baker, Republican candidate for Governor, was absent from last night's Non-partisan Gubernatorial Candidates Forum on Immigration, Justice, and Equality. Mr. Baker was the first candidate to confirm his participation at the forum, and the MIRA Coalition received no written or oral notification that he would not be present. Over a period of weeks, the MIRA Coalition followed up with the Baker campaign with logistical information and briefing materials, and never received any indication that he would not appear.

"We had no idea that Charlie Baker would not come to the forum last night and were surprised by his absence," said Eva Millona, Executive Director of the MIRA Coalition. "The event was live streamed, and we delayed the start for fifteen minutes as we waited for all confirmed participants. We hope that Mr. Baker's absence was the result of a good faith miscommunication. More importantly, we hope that the significant issues we addressed last night are not eclipsed by this unfortunate situation. We look forward to receiving his answers to the questionnaire that was sent in advance to all the candidates, by the deadline of Thursday, October 16."

   

MIRA Coalition Receives AmeriCorps Grant to Provide Legal Services to Central American Children

Greater Boston Legal Services to provide technical assistance for 12 AmeriCorps attorneys and three paralegals at legal service organizations statewide

September 25, 2014 BOSTON — On September 12, at the 20th anniversary celebration of the AmeriCorps network, President Obama announced the launch of "justice AmeriCorps," a new public service program that will provide legal services to unaccompanied children in immigration courts across the country. This week, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) was informed that it has received a $298,350 grant to create and implement that program in Massachusetts.

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