Welcome to El Pueblo

We are a nonprofit in Biloxi, Mississippi that is working to extend hospitality to the marginalized and to create and empower a community of equals through transformational services and social justice advocacy.  Our goal is to change the hearts and minds of the broader, Gulf Coast community through programming that welcomes the stranger in our midst.



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Calling All Dreamers!
The Obama administration has announced that it will stop deporting DREAM Act-eligible youth. What's more, it will use its administrative authority to grant, on a case-by-case basis, deferred action and work authorization to young people who meet certain criteria.

Come to a FREE Information Session to learn more:

Saturday, August 4, 2012
4 pm to 6 pm
Office of Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance ¡MIRA!
DeMiller Hall
610 Water Street
Biloxi, MS 39530
FREE!

Co-sponosored by: Alliance for the Education of Undocumented Youth, American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi, STEPS Coalition, El Pueblo and MIRA.

The basic criteria to qualify are the following:

* Came to the United States under the age of sixteen.

* Have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years preceding June 15, 2012 and are present in the United States on June 15, 2012.

* Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United   States.

* Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

* Are not above the age of thirty.

We strongly urge you to seek a recognized nonprofit immigration program, such as El Pueblo, or a licensed attorney. Please stay away from "notarios" and other unscrupulous entities who are not authorized to practice immigration law.

No applications will be accepted by USCIS before August 15, 2012.

Last Updated ( Friday, 03 August 2012 17:15 )
 
Birdies for El Pueblo

 

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Dear Friends of El Pueblo,

Charity begins on the golf course at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.  You have the opportunity to make The Village El Pueblo a big winner by participating in the Birdies for Charity program.  We will receive every single penny of the donations generated on our behalf!  Additionally, you have a chance to win great prizes when you pitch in to help us!  Simply make a pledge of $0.02 or more per birdie or make a flat pledge of $10 or more.

To create additional excitement, the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic is giving you the chance to “Guess the Birdies” that will be made during the tournament by the Champions Tour Players! It is expected that around 700 birdies are going to be made based on past tournaments. There will also be weekly give-a-ways every Friday in April for all donors with some great additional prizes!

Why is your pledge so important? The top three organizations that raise the most money will receive additional funds from the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic thanks to our “Bonus Bucks” Program. The top 3 charities get “Bonus Bucks” with the top charity receiving up to $7,500 from the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic!

Help us make that goal by pledging here – http://www.mississippigulfresortclassic.com/birdies-for-charity.php

Thanks in advance for your support!

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 February 2011 17:13 )
 
Martha Receives a Visa

Dear Friend,

Martha was brought to the United States illegally by her abusive and controlling husband.  Now she is making a new life for herself and her children thanks to the help of El Pueblo.  Her story is an inspiration.

Martha and her husband had two children, the only light in her dark life.  She had no choice but to cross the border with him or he would have taken the children and left her in Mexico, alone.  Her husband told her that she had to stay inside all the time or "la migra" (immigration) would get her.  Whenever a car pulled into their parking space, she and the children hid in the bathroom with all the lights off and the shades drawn.  She was given only enough money to buy exactly what groceries and other supplies he instructed her to get.  After years of living in terror, suffering both physical and emotional abuse, her husband tried to kill her in a rage.  A neighbor heard the commotion and called the police.  They arrived in time to find her being held down by her husband in an upstairs bedroom with a knife to her throat.  By the grace of God, in time to prevent her murder.  Her 4-year-old son witnessed everything.  Ever since that day, he sleeps with a knife under his pillow, in case his father should return to do them harm.

El Pueblo Immigration Legal Services was able to help Martha obtain a U-visa since she cooperated with police and testified against her husband.  Last month, Martha's U-visa was approved and she now has authorization to work in the United States for four years.  After three years, she will apply for permanent resident status.  What does this mean to Martha?  "El Pueblo gave me a light of hope for my children all that time when we were suffering...I give thanks to God for this opportunity which they have given me and I won't waste it.  For my children, today, I have the desire to move ahead and leave that nightmare behind me."

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 November 2010 14:35 )
 
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