Local immigrant services for ICE raids in MS

$54,220 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 1,105 people in 12 days
MIRA Update 8/13/2019 

Original Message: On August 7 there was a huge raid on workers at chicken processing plants in communities across MS. This will have a devastating impact on these communities.

I’ll try to include more information when I’m not on mobile but I’m starting this because  I know this organization to be in the heart of this and organizing legal aid for those affected as we speak. My good friend in this organization is a RPCV and this is the best way I can think to help them at the moment. Please think of donating either to them directly or through this page. Thank you. 

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I wanted to share one story briefly of a family I spoke with yesterday, but I don't know if it is my place to do so. These stories will BREAK YOUR HEART. Word has not gotten to every one affected by this event that there are people and legal resources available to help them and that is exactly what this organization is doing. They are visiting as many people as they can, hearing their stories, finding out what they need and connecting them to resources. It is VITAL that this work is done by people that are known and trusted in the community and already have ties to it.

Thank you all for your actions. Please keep caring about this. I spoke with a MIRA founder this morning and have raised the goal at their request to continue awareness. Like them on Facebook and look for their updates.

The emergency phone line is 978-993-3300 for affected families. This number was set up in coordination with ACLU, MIRA and El Pueblo Biloxi.

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MIRA website 

MIRA Press Conference Held 8/8/19 in Jackson 

Link to a Jackson Free Press Article on MIRA. This gives more info on the facility in Natchez where some of the detainees are being held.

Please visit the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance website above to learn more about the organization and to donate directly. MIRA is assisting families affect by this unnecessary tragedy with legal and social aid. They are organizing a number of responses on a community level with the systems and resources they already have in place. I encourage you to connect with them through their Facebook page and get on their update lists.

This campaign began as a small effort at fundraising for an organization I trust and know to be doing good things and where I have been donating every time I am touched by a story of what is happening to immigrant communities across the United States. Personally, Attorney Patricia Ice has been a good friend to me ever since I moved back to the Jackson metro-area after completing my PC service. As I don't have the time or resources to do as much as I would like to with the organization, I wanted to try to fund raise for them. I do not wish to compete with their online donation process, but rather capture the attention of a different audience that may not be aware of this organization and wished to help. It started with a modest (and what I considered lofty at the time) $5,000 goal and I was ecstatic when it received one other donation beside my own.

Several media outlets reported this as the "official" GoFundMe for the organization and I quickly wrote to those I saw to get it corrected. I spoke with Att. Ice on the phone the next day, and got the information of who at the organization would be connecting to the account to access funds, and it is my understanding that all they have to do is link their already existing PayPal account and verify their charity status to get the funds in monthly deposits. At this point, I hope that these funds will allow them to budget and spend the money they do have access to now more freely with the knowledge that they have a large sum coming soon.

I'm including a couple more linked articles below with ways to help in the state.

Thank you all for your attention to this, please keep sharing, donating and caring.

How to Help or Get Help in Mississippi - Clarion Ledger 

How to Help Children and Families in MS - Jackson Free Press


Original Link to Article:

Clarion Ledger article 

PLEASE NOTE: I am a proud supporter and volunteer with MIRA but I do not speak on their behalf. Please direct all media inquiries to MIRA. And for your donations to have a more immediate impact (as GoFundMe I believe pays out monthly) donate through their website: www.yourmira.org


More information about Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance: The Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Works To Support Immigrants In The Free And Equitable Use Of Their Rights In Mississippi Through Public Education Organizing And Advocacy.
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I’m sorry I haven’t had time to do a thoughtful update the last few days. I want to inform a bit more about the ankle bracelet tracking that was used the obtain the search warrants, but I don’t have the article link handy. I have been trying to digest that bit of info, and why exactly it feels so wrong.

Please keep spreading the word! MIRA will be building their capacity with these funds for long term assistance within the community. They are in it whole heartedly. any bit helps as we seem to be fading out of the news cycle. There are so many issues to care about these days.

MIRA told me they got their first payment from this and they are very grateful to all of you!
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Updated Story with a MIRA update. Please read and share.
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$50k goal achieved. I am in awe, really. A huge thank you to you all, MIRA has confirmed their enrollment with PayPal and the funds will be expedited. At their request I’m raising the goal to $100k to reinforce that this will be an ongoing, long-term process.

There is news that there have been additional persons detained in Brookhaven. I’m hoping to update the story with a link later tonight. This is ongoing and MIRA hopes to bring on additional long-term staff to help meet the growing needs of the community. These funds will be going towards that in an attempt to better organize the donations, support and offers of services coming in from around the country.

Visit their website for updates, but understand their resources are limited at this point as far as media outreach.

Thank you all so much. Please think of signing up through their website for a monthly donation to continue assistance. At this time they ask that all donations be monetary as their small office space is overrun with donated supplies.
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Updated the story. Please keep caring and sharing on this. Donate through here or the MIRA website. There are so many affected and not everyone knows about these legal resources. It is VITAL that this work is done by an organization with ties to the community, with cultural sensitivity and legal expertise on the immigration system. MIRA has that.
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$54,220 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 1,105 people in 12 days
Funds raised will benefit:
Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance
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