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MIRA Womens March Boston 2017Want 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:

Vote-buttonElection 2018: Let’s get out the immigrant vote!

Immigrants in Massachusetts can be a powerful political force. About 1 in 11 state residents – 1 in 7 in Boston – is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Add the U.S.-born children of immigrants and the thousands of citizens who have mobilized to fight for immigrant rights across our Commonwealth, and we have a political force to be reckoned with.

So let’s use that power to effect change!

For the 2018 election, MIRA is doing two things: 1) helping voters choose by providing videos, Q&As and other informational materials; and 2) getting out the immigrant (and pro-immigrant) vote through canvasses and phone banks – both for the Sept. 4 primaries, and for the Nov. 6 election.

We’ll have dozens of opportunities to join our get-out-the-vote efforts; sign up on Eventbrite or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.

Below is a list of the races for which we’ve produced videos so far.

Read more: Election 2018: Let’s get out the immigrant vote!

Submit comments to keep citizenship off the 2020 Census!

The U.S. Census is a vital part of our democracy. Accurate census data is critical to ensuring fair, proportional voting representation. Census data is also used to allocate funds for health care, education, community development and “safety net” programs, and to monitor for discrimination and enforce civil rights laws.

Against the advice of U.S. Census Bureau experts, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross now wants to add a question about citizenship status in the 2020 Census. This would be the first time everyone would be asked about citizenship since 1960. MIRA and advocates across the U.S. are deeply concerned that, at a time of aggressive immigration enforcement and animosity towards foreign-born people, including the question could severely depress the response rate in immigrant communities.

You can make a difference by submitting a comment by August 7, 2018. Whether you’re an immigrant yourself, a community advocate, a service provider, a local elected official or just a concerned citizen, you can help us ensure that the government receives an overwhelming number of unique comments on this issue.

Read more: Submit comments to keep citizenship off the 2020 Census!

40-hour Immigration Law Training

Help make college dreams a reality for Boston students!

College kids hands for scholarshipContribute to a scholarship for undocumented immigrants who’ve just graduated from city schools.

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.

Read more: Help make college dreams a reality for Boston students!

Volunteer with MIRA!

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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.

Along with these opportunities, we gratefully accept volunteers who are willing to do behind-the-scenes work like data entry, record-keeping and other unglamorous but much-needed tasks. Or if you might be willing to staff a MIRA table at a community festival or event, we may soon set up a team to do that. If you’re interested in any of those options, please email Joel Rivera at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and put "volunteering" in the subject line.

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.

Read more: Volunteering at MIRA

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