Friday, September 19, 2008

FW: [MIRA! Appeal for Support] Another pay day and still no paycheck for some detained workers of Howard Industries

[Fw: An appeal for solidarity and support for families and workers affected by the ICE raid

from the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance ]


Another pay day and still no paycheck for some detained workers of Howard Industries



Dear Friend and Supporter of Human Rights:


Now three weeks since ICE arrested 595 workers at Howard Industries in Laurel, Mississippi, some workers still have not received the wages they earned prior to the raid. Howard has resisted releasing the checks for administrative reasons, but workers who depended on this income have been willing to cooperate in whatever way reasonable to obtain their wages.


Today, two paydays later, unpaid workers and family members of the incarcerated have taken signed power of attorney documents to Howard to request that their paychecks be released.


As the detainees and their families, many including underage children, assert their human dignity in a daily struggle for survival, you can show solidarity with them. Already, many generous individuals, agencies and collaborations have contributed more than $40,000 to this effort, allowing us to begin distributing grocery cards and financial assistance for rental and utilities assistance, medical needs, transportation, and such.


The need is astronomical and any financial assistance that could be granted is crucial at this time.


If you would like to make a donation of any kind please feel free to contact:


The Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance ("MIRA")

P.O. Box 1104

Jackson, MS 39215


You may also specify your donation on-line, by clicking "Donate" at , or following this link,


If you send a check, please designate "Raid Relief" in the memo.


Also, if you are in the local Laurel-Hattiesburg area, please feel free to contact


Immaculate Conception

833 W Sixth St

Laurel, MS 39440

(601) 426-3473




Sacred Heart Church

313 Walnut St.

Hattiesburg MS 39401

The phone number is (601) 583-9404


Thank you so much for generosity and consideration.




The Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance



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