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.
2020 U.S. Census: What you need to know
What is the Census?
It is a count of every person living in the United States, required by the Constitution, and done every 10 years.
The U.S. Census Bureau collects information from every household and combines the data into statistics that are used to make key policy and budget decisions. The next Census starts in March 2020.
The Census is safe and confidential!
The U.S. Census Bureau takes many steps to protect everyone’s data, and federal law strictly limits how the information can be used. Your responses cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. They can only be combined with others to create statistical analyses. Individual household data can’t be shared with anyone for 72 years.
There are big penalties for anyone who breaks this law: up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine per violation.
Now more than ever: Support the Safe Communities Act!
The Safe Communities Coalition brings together 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 have built a broad and diverse statewide movement. Now it’s time to bring our work to fruition. The Safe Communities Act, S.1401 (Sen. Jamie Eldridge) and H.3573 (Reps. Ruth Balser and Liz Miranda), aims to restore community trust in public institutions by avoiding entanglement in immigration matters, and protect due process for all.
There’s no time to waste. The federal government is actively pushing local police and sheriffs to help round up and deport immigrants, sowing a climate of fear that makes everyone less safe. We need to push hard 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, attending Bunker Hill Community College full-time in 2019–2020 (15 credits per term, excluding health insurance, books, etc.) will cost $6,090 with in-state tuition, and $12,270 at out-of-state rates. At Framingham State University, in-state tuition and fees for day students are $11,100, while the out-of-state price is $17,180. 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.