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Announcement :: Education : Human Rights
In-State Tuition: Students Gather Outside State House on Tues: Vote on Wed
09 Jan 2006
There are a number of children who have worked hard as high school students for many years in Massachusetts to pass the MCAS, get amazing grades, and earn a seat in colleges and universities across the Commonwealth. But, because they are children of undocumented immigrants, they must pay out-of-state tuition rates -- even though their families pay sales, property and income taxes just like the rest of us!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2006
Contact: Ali Noorani, MIRA
(617) 835.1402 – Cell
(617) 350.5480 x201

Immigrant students ask, "…to pay the same tuition rates as our high school classmates…"

WHEN:
Tuesday, January 10, 2006, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

WHERE:
State House, Boston, MA

Room A-1

WHO:
Students, educators and community leaders

WHAT:

On the eve of the House of Representatives’ debate and vote on the In-State Tuition Bill (H.1230) students will gather at the State House on Tuesday, January 10th, to remind legislators and the public that their education is at stake.

Immigrant students impacted by the legislation, along with high school and college educators will call for passage of the In-State Tuition Bill at a veto-proof margin. Referring to wide support across Massachusetts communities, speakers will highlight the economic and social strengths of the bill.

Patricia, a student impacted by the bill, said, "The only thing we are asking is to pay the same tuition rates as our high school classmates. We are not asking for a discount, a break or even a scholarship. We earn our seat in college because we worked hard throughout high school – we just want to be able to attend at an affordable rate."



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MIRA works to advocate for the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees. In partnership with its members, MIRA advances this mission through education, training, leadership development, organizing, policy analysis and advocacy.



In Massachusetts, a growing number of youth have decided to fight for their own futures by forming SIM (the Student Immigrant Movement). Members of the SIM who would benefit from the DREAM Act and the In-State Tuition Bill are available to talk to the press. Contact Michele Rudy at (617) 350-5480 ext. 206 to arrange interviews.


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Take Action for In-State Tuition!! Vote is Jan. 11th 2006


Please join in the final push to pass the In-State Tuition bill into law! Please call your legislator!

There are a number of children who have worked hard as high school students for many years in Massachusetts to pass the MCAS, get amazing grades, and earn a seat in colleges and universities across the Commonwealth. But, because they are children of undocumented immigrants, they must pay out-of-state tuition rates -- even though their families pay sales, property and income taxes just like the rest of us!

As the Springfield Republican wrote on Sunday, January 8, 2006, "Most undocumented immigrants who graduate from Massachusetts high schools are as American as apple pie and Tom Brady."

Please take a minute to help these students achieve their dreams of a college education.

Immigrant students need you to CALL YOUR LEGISLATOR NOW and ask them to support the In-State Tuition Bill.

The bill is coming up for a vote in the House on Wednesday, January 11, 2006!!! That means your Representative needs to hear from you NOW. Let the dreams of education defeat the politics of fear and hate.

How to reach your Representative:

1. Go to: http://www.wheredoivotema.com
(If you know who your Rep is and just need their phone number, go to: http://www.mass.gov/legis/memmenuh.htm)
2. Enter street and zip.
3. Scroll down to ‘Rep in General Court.’
4. Click on your Rep, and pick up the phone!

What to say:

“Hello, my name is (name), I am a voter in (town/city). I am calling in support of the In-State Tuition bill. Please tell Representative (name) to support the In-State Tuition Bill, H.1230. I look forward to his/her leadership on this issue as it is very important to my community, and to Massachusetts.”

After you've called:

Urge your friends to make a call. Too many legislators are saying they never hear from supporters of the In-State Tuition Bill.

Tell us what happened. Send an email to instate (at) miracoalition.org and quickly jot down who you talked to and what they said. This will help us follow up with legislators and dispute their claim that only the opposition is calling.
Please come join us at the State House: Wed. Jan. 11th- 1 to 5 pm. We need your presence and your help!

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Re: In-State Tuition: Students Gather Outside State House on Tues: Vote on Wed
10 Jan 2006
For more information on the bill, see BIMC article:
http://boston.indymedia.org/feature/display/36515/index.php
Second Reportback
11 Jan 2006
Total News Stations present: 5.
Total Protesters: ME.

Total people present who supported subsidized education for illegal aliens: 0.

Total times I was made by surveillance in 1 hour: 6.
Re: In-State Tuition: Students Gather Outside State House on Tues: Vote on Wed
12 Jan 2006
PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ali Noorani, MIRA

January 11, 2006 (617) 835.1402 – Cell
(617) 350.5480 x201

Carly Burton: (617) 513-4628
Students’ Dreams of an Education Crushed

Boston, MA – Today, on a 57-96 vote, the Massachusetts House of Representatives defeated the In-State Tuition Bill (H.1230).

The contentious, at times ugly and misinformed debate, stoked by the fires of fear and hatred swayed legislators to dismiss the hard work and aspirations of immigrant students.

The In-State Tuition Bill (H.1230) allows students who have attended high school in Massachusetts for at least 3 years the ability to pay the same rate any resident of Massachusetts would pay – granted they have graduated from a Massachusetts high school.

The bill does not provide access to any financial aid or scholarships, and merely allows all immigrant students to pay the same rate as their high school classmates.

“We thank Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi, the Attorney General Tom Reilly, and all the courageous legislators who stood with the immigrant community on today’s difficult vote,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. “Students across Massachusetts have engaged our country’s democratic system on this issue – their hard work, dedication and passion is an inspiration, and bodes well for the Commonwealth in spite of today’s outcome.”

Noorani continued, “The fear and hatred that fueled today’s vote are a product of the Romney administration’s sheer contempt for the community. In fact, his record of eliminating health insurance for elderly and disabled immigrants, and now leading the fight against the In State Tuition Bill, shows what type of immigrant he values: unless an immigrant is of the age and skills to push a broom or clean a toilet, Governor Romney sees no need for them in Massachusetts.”

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MIRA works to advocate for the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees. In partnership with its members, MIRA advances this mission through education, training, leadership development, organizing, policy analysis and advocacy.



In Massachusetts, a growing number of youth have decided to fight for their own futures by forming SIM (the Student Immigrant Movement). Members of the SIM who would benefit from the DREAM Act and the In-State Tuition Bill are available to talk to the press. Contact Michele Rudy at (617) 350-5480 ext. 206 to arrange interviews.