News from MIRA
MIRA's year-long drive closes on the last day for voter registration
October 17, 2012 BOSTON — As voter registration in Massachusetts closes today, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy
"Candidates have too often taken their immigrant constituents for granted, or worse, used them as a scapegoats," said Marcony Almeida, MIRA's Organizing Director. "We wanted to empower new Americans to fight back by representing their own interests and those of their fellow immigrants at the ballot box. That's why we've been going to naturalization ceremonies around the state, offering people the opportunity to become registered voters as soon as they are sworn in as citizens." Coalition announced that it has registered 4,000 new American citizens to vote since late last spring, the largest number ever registered by the 25-year-old coalition.
Oradores incluyen a Daniel Valenzuela, Consejero de la Ciudad de Phoenix, a María Idali Torres, Directora del Instituto Gastón y Rafael Collazo del Concilio Nacional de la Raza
Octubre 10, 2012 East Boston—El sábado 13 de octubre, El Centro Social de la ciudad de East Boston será la sede del primer encuentro entre agencias y miembros de la comunidad de Boston para examinar el tema de el poder de la comunidad Latina en la ciudad y sus comunidades aledañas. Auspiciado por EBECC (El Concilio Ecuménico de la Comunidad de East Boston), la Coalición de Defensa para los Derechos de Inmigrantes y Refugiados de Massachusetts (MIRA), Vecinos Unidos para un Mejor East Boston (NUBE), ¿OISTE? Y SEIU615, la conferencia que está programada para durar medio día explorara las dificultades que afectan a la comunidad Latina, así como el potencial electoral que la comunidad Latina en Massachusetts posee dado la cercanía de las elecciones generales más críticas de los últimos tiempos. En vista al futuro, los participantes compartirán ideas de cómo edificar el poder de los Latinos y fortalecer la unidad en entre la comunidad Latina de Boston y los proveedores de servicios sociales con los que trabajan.
Speakers include Phoenix City Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, Gaston Institute Director Maria Idali Torres, and Rafael Collazo from National Council of La Raza
September 28, 2012 EAST BOSTON — On the morning of Saturday, October 13, the East Boston Social Center will host the first gathering of Boston community agencies and residents to explore the issue of Latino power in the city and its greater environs. Sponsored by the East Boston Ecumenical Community Council (EBECC), the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (NUBE), ¿Oiste?, and SEIU615, the half-day conference will explore the issues impacting area Latinos and their electoral potential in Massachusetts before this critical general election. Looking toward the future, participants will share the possibilities for building Latino power in Boston and beyond, and they will create the foundation for future discussion and increased unity among Latinos and the social service providers working with them.
June 28th, 2012 BOSTON — The Budget Conference Committee this morning released the final version of the FY 2013 state budget and submitted it to the legislature, which was expected to approve it quickly Many of the amendments that were most harmful to immigrants were removed from the budget, including one that would have mandated the implementation of the expensive and error-prone E-Verify for all businesses contracting with the state, and one that would have excluded mixed-status families from state subsidized housing, thereby threatening to make U.S. citizen children homeless.
Dozens of volunteers help new citizens in "the first duty of citizenship"
June 29, 2012 BOSTON — Newly naturalized U.S. citizen Siewnarine Mohaber lifted his red baseball cap and gently patted the top of his head."See, my friend, I had an accident," said the Guyanese native. "It made it difficult to study for my citizenship exam."
Through perseverance, the story had a happy ending — as did the stories of almost 1,800 other people from 114 countries who became U.S. citizens today, swearing an oath of allegiance before United States Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler at the Seaport World Trade Center.