Immigrants’ Day at the State House 2021
Immigrants’ Day at the State House is one of MIRA’s proudest traditions, with 25 years of history in advocacy. Each May, we bring together hundreds of immigrants and refugees to the State House to hear from public officials and advocate for our communities’ legislative and budget priorities.
As we did last year, the event will be held we’re in a virtual space for safety and public health reasons, with a ~45-minute speaking program and built-in digital advocacy opportunities, followed by 45-minute regional “roundtables” with legislators co-hosted by MIRA member organizations.
This year, we are privileged to announce that Boston Mayor Kim Janey – the first Black person and first woman to hold that office – will be one of our keynote speakers. Our legislative hosts are Senator William N. Brownsberger, Senate President Pro Tempore, and Representative Ruth B. Balser, House Second Division Chair. Featured speakers will include Gabriel Camacho, Political Director of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1445, and Dalida Rocha, Political Director of Service Employees International Union Local 615 and Co-Chair of the Driving Families Forward Coalition, among others.
Our priorities include ensuring the equitable distribution and availability of the vital COVID-19 vaccines, which are desperately needed in the immigrant and BIPOC communities hardest-hit by the pandemic. We will also continue to also push forward on longstanding priorities like the Safe Communities Act and the Work and Family Mobility Act.