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.
Make your voice heard and support safe communities!
From the Boston Tea Party to the anti-slavery and marriage equality movements, Massachusetts has been a leader on civil rights. Today we need to see that kind of courage on behalf of immigrants and Muslims in our communities.
Immigrants are one-sixth of Massachusetts’ population and an integral part of our social fabric. Yet under the Trump administration, they are being demonized and targeted for mass deportation. The administration is counting on state and local law enforcement to serve as “force multipliers” for its crackdown on immigrants. The Safe Communities Act would prevent that from happening in our Commonwealth.
The Safe Communities Act asserts Massachusetts values and protects the civil rights, safety and well-being of all residents by drawing a clear line between immigration enforcement and public safety. Sponsored by State Sen. Jamie Eldridge (S.1305) and State Rep. Juana Matías (H.3269)., it ensures that our tax dollars are not used to help the Trump Administration deport immigrant families or create a Muslim registry.
Nearly half the Massachusetts Legislature has co-sponsored the bill, and more than 100 organizations have endorsed it so far. On June 9, 2017, hundreds of people came to show their support at a hearing by the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, with testimony from elected officials, to civil rights leaders, health care providers, educators and community members.
Now we need your help to keep up the momentum!
Could you be an interpreter for immigrants and refugees?
Are you bilingual and interested in volunteering as an interpreter in immigration law settings? A free training in Worcester offers an opportunity to get involved.
The trainings will cover topics such as:
• The role of the interpreter and best practices;
• Ethics and cultural considerations;
• Overview of immigration law, legal terms and documents related to immigration cases.
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. Details and contact information are below.
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.
Urge Mass. legislators to support pro-immigrant budget items!
We won key budget victories in the House – now we move to the Senate.
We did it! Eight budget amendments targeting immigrants in Massachusetts were all defeated in late April when the state House of Representatives took up its budget for fiscal year 2018.
With the help of your calls and other advocacy, we were able to kill proposals to further restrict access to housing assistance and public higher education, and to penalize cities and towns with “sanctuary” policies or laws. Special thanks to our legislative allies in the House who fought against the eight proposals!
Please thank Rep. Byron Rushing (Boston) and Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (Boston) for mobilizing such a successful rout – and Rep. Marjorie Decker (Cambridge), Rep. Denise Provost (Somerville) and Rep. Antonio Cabral (New Bedford) for their impassioned defense of immigrants and other vulnerable state residents during the House debate.
The House budget adopted April 28 included about-level funding for MIRA’s four priority line items funding citizenship programs, domestic violence prevention and services, English and adult basic education classes, and employment readiness and training programs (ESSP) – though adult education got an increase of $300,000.
We look forward to the Senate budget release in May – and will advocate for greater funding for citizenship and other programs and fight any anti-immigrant amendments there!