Want to join MIRA’s work supporting rights and opportunities for immigrants and refugees? You’ve come to the right place.
Scroll down below for our latest action alerts – your calls, emails and in-person engagement can make a real impact! Here are some more things you can do:
- Like us on Facebook and sign up for our email bulletin to get action alerts, learn about rallies, petitions, teach-ins and public meetings, and find more opportunities to speak out and advocate for immigrants and refugees.
- Learn about the Safe Communities Act and other key bills at the State House, talk to your legislators, and help us build support!
- Volunteer at our citizenship clinics and help new Americans navigate the pathway to becoming naturalized citizens.
- Join NAIP AmeriCorps to serve at one of our partner organizations and build capacity and provide immigrant and refugee services.
- Volunteer at our voter registration drives to help newly naturalized citizens register to vote.
- Find other volunteer opportunities at MIRA and among our member organizations.
Now more than ever: Support the Safe Communities Act!
Two years ago, we launched a movement: immigrant advocates, civil rights groups, service providers, faith leaders and allies committed to ensuring that in Massachusetts, no one has to live in fear, and everyone’s civil rights will be respected. We built unprecedented support on Beacon Hill and across our Commonwealth. Dozens of communities also adopted local pro-immigrant policies.
Now it’s time to bring our work to fruition. A new Safe Communities Act is before the Legislature: S.1401 (Sen. Jamie Eldridge) and H.3573 (Reps. Ruth Balser and Liz Miranda). It’s streamlined but has the same core provisions to restore community trust in police by avoiding entanglement in immigration matters, and protect due process for all.
We need to keep building political momentum to ensure that the SCA passes in this session. That means legislators need to keep hearing from constituents, week after week, until we succeed.
It’s time to extend in-state tuition to all Mass. high school graduates!
At least 20 states and the District of Columbia have laws or policies enabling students who meet certain criteria to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities, regardless of immigration status. A growing number of states also offer state financial aid to these students.
Yet in Massachusetts, where 1 in 6 residents is foreign-born, and immigrants and their children make up a large shares of public school enrollment in many districts, bills to extend in-state tuition and state financial aid to all eligible high school graduates have failed to advance in the Legislature. For thousands of students, that means college is simply beyond reach. In Massachusetts, students with DACA or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) qualify for in-state tuition, but undocumented students don’t – no matter how long they’ve lived here. And all these students, including DACA and TPS holders, are ineligible for federal or state financial aid.
For context, a year of full-time coursework at Bunker Hill Community College (15 credits per term, excluding health insurance, books, etc.) will cost $5,580 with in-state tuition, and $12,060 at out-of-state rates. At Framingham State University, in-state tuition and fees for day students are $10,336, while the out-of-state price is $16,416. At UMass Boston, the costs are $14,167 and $33,966, respectively.
Make a difference: Donate to MIRA
Individual donors play a key role in funding MIRA’s work, both by providing core support, and by helping us respond quickly to emerging needs. By donating to MIRA today, you can be a part of one of the most important social justice movements in our nation right now. Help us ensure that the voices of immigrants and refugees are heard loud and clear – and that everyone in our communities feels safe, welcome and able to fully participate in our economic, social and civic life.
Volunteer with MIRA!
MIRA Organizing Director Liza Ryan addresses hundreds of volunteers at an open house in Boston in February.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with MIRA!
Our volunteers play important roles in several different aspects of our work, particularly our citizenship services, voter registration drives, and communications and events. Click on the area you’re interested in scroll down for details and contact information.
Please note that we are not a direct services organization; if you would like to help immigrants and refugees in a more personal way, please look at our list of members to find an opportunity that fits your interests, and contact them directly. Some have been swamped with volunteer requests in recent months, but many can still use your help.
Help make college dreams a reality for Boston students!
Thousands of immigrants attend Boston’s high schools. They work hard and have big dreams, but at graduation time, many face a huge obstacle: If they’re undocumented, they don’t qualify for federal financial aid, and if they enroll in a public college in Massachusetts, many will have to pay out-of-state tuition.
Nationwide, only about 3% of undocumented students finish college, mainly because of the cost. The Unafraid Scholarship was created by a group of teachers to help students from Boston Public Schools who’ve been accepted to college but aren’t eligible for federal financial aid.