Media & event alerts

America; I Too – a dramatic look at immigration enforcement

With the Trump administration cracking down on undocumented immigrants – not just criminals, but also people living peacefully in the U.S. and raising families – it’s crucial to know what rights immigrants have when they’re arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

America; I Too is a dramatic short about three immigrants who are arrested and go through the system, trying to avoid deportation. The film was written and directed by Newton native Anike Tourse, with support from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). It stars Academy Award nominee Barkhad Abdi (of Captain Phillips) and features the music of the Grammy-winning band Quetzal.

Join us on Friday, June 30, 2017, for the film's New England premiere, as part of the Roxbury International Film Festival. Get tickets here (just $10) . You can also see a trailer for the film in Spanish.

Immigrants to take concerns to legislators at major State House advocacy day

Constituent meetings, speeches, voter registration drive and rally planned for April 5

WHO:      Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), immigrants + supporters

WHAT:     Immigrants’ Day at the State House 2017 ­– the largest single immigrant advocacy day in Massachusetts

WHERE:  Massachusetts State House; speaking program in the Great Hall, rally outside on edge of Boston Common

WHEN:    Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.; speaking program 9:50 a.m.–11 a.m., rally 12–1 p.m.

The 21st annual Immigrants’ Day at the State House will bring together more than 1,000 people to Beacon Hill over the course of the day celebrate the contributions of Massachusetts’ 1 million foreign-born people to the state’s economy, culture and civic life, and to advocate for legislation and budget items that are priorities for our foreign-born residents.

Read more: Immigrants to take concerns to legislators at major State House advocacy day

MIRA open house & volunteer night

Click HERE to register for MIRA's Volunteer Open House, Feb. 16, 6:30-8:30 pm

MIRA Open House flyer 2.16.17

Click HERE to register. For directions to Emmanuel Church click HERE


Advocates stand up for 65,000 Massachusetts immigrants as Fifth Circuit hears lawsuit blocking relief

Public action offers message of support to immigrants awaiting court decision

WHO:      The Keeping Families Together Coalition, including Chelsea Collaborative, MIRA Coalition, Irish International Immigrant Center, American Friends Service Committee, Brazilian Women’s Group, East Boston Ecumenical Community Counsel, Dominican Development Center, Latinos Unidos en Massachusetts, Latinas Conozcan sus Derechos, and La Comunidad Inc. The Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians will also be present.

WHAT:     Press conference on July 10 5th Circuit Court hearing on DACA/DAPA

WHERE:  Chelsea Collaborative
318 Broadway
Chelsea, MA, 02150

WHEN:   Friday, July 10, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

Read more: Advocates stand up for 65,000 Massachusetts immigrants as Fifth Circuit hears lawsuit blocking...