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.
Support the Salem is for Everyone campaign
Salem has welcomed immigrants for hundreds of years. Today, it’s home to people from all over the world – almost 1 in 6 residents is an immigrant. So when the Trump administration started demonizing foreign-born people and expanding the deportation machine, the Salem City Council took a stand.
The “Sanctuary for Peace” ordinance did nothing radical – it just codified existing city and Police Department policies that protect the rights of all Salem residents, regardless of immigration status. But after the measure was approved, opponents launched a campaign to overturn it. Now, in order to keep the ordinance on the books, a majority of voters have to support it in a referendum.
Now, in order to keep the ordinance on the books, a majority of voters have to support it in a referendum. Anti-immigrant groups are marshaling their forces to persuade voters to repeal it.
We believe that a positive, Yes on 1 outcome is critically important not just for Salem, but for the passage of the Safe Communities Act, as well as trust/welcoming/sanctuary policies across the state. If we can’t show that there is strong public support for these policies, we will face an even greater challenge in the State House.
DACA ending: What you can do as a Dreamer – or ally
The program has transformed the lives of nearly 800,000 young people, enabling them to study, work and fully participate in their communities. Now we must fight to protect them.
Established by President Obama in 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has allowed undocumented immigrant youth who meet strict requirements to apply for “deferred action” and obtain a Social Security number and a work permit, subject to renewal every two years.
Almost 800,000 young people across the U.S. have benefited, including more than 8,000 in Massachusetts. But now the Trump administration has said it will end DACA. The small window provided to renew, by Oct. 5, has now closed.
What can you do?
The time to act is now: Support the Safe Communities Act!
From the Boston Tea Party to the anti-slavery and marriage equality movements, Massachusetts has been a leader on civil rights. We need to show that same courage again today.
One in six Massachusetts residents is an immigrant. Yet under the Trump administration, our immigrant friends, neighbors and coworkers are being demonized and targeted for mass deportation. The federal government wants state and local law enforcement to serve as “force multipliers” for its crackdown on immigrants. The Safe Communities Act would stop that from happening in our state.
The Safe Communities Act 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!
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.
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.