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Pan Am Economic and Climate Summits disrupted

Thanks to everyone who made #RiseUpTO such a big success! We got up early, we warmed up our voices and we hit the streets to the sound of "We believe that we will win!".

Lowdown: We split into teams and blocked the intersections of Front & York and Wellington and Bay for up to an hour and despite police barricades we blocked the front entrance to the Royal York Hotel, letting no one in and no one out. In effect, we shut out all car traffic in to the hotel and forced the delegates to scurry in the underground path system while being escorted by the police.

We then marched up Bay street, occupying King and Bay, declaring "We hold them accountable! We know who's responsible!". We said we would give those attending the Pan American Economic and Climate Summits a different sort of welcome and that we did.

#RiseUpTO // THE STORM IS COMING: Pan Am Economic & Climate Summits

Jul/08/2015 - 7:00 am

July 8, 7am.
Meet at Berczy Park.
Surround the Royal York. March up Bay Street
Free Breakfast!

On July 8th, the Pan American Economic and Climate Summits will meet at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. That morning, the elites in this city will welcome with open arms some of the people most responsible for destroying our planet, pushing communities out of their homes, and making us poor. We will be there to give them a different sort of ‘welcome.'

On the morning of July 8th, we will come together rise like the swell of the ocean; and surround the Royal York Hotel. Together, we will assert our dreams of better worlds.

Some of the leaders of destruction that will be in attendance at the summits:

*Shell's CEO, head of Precision Frac (leading Fracking Company), head of CAPP (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, head of corporate Cap and Trade groups..

Toronto City Hall Committee defers decision on police collusion with border services

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On May 21st, The Toronto Police Services presented a report to Toronto City Hall's Community Development and Recreations Committee saying that their practices of racial profiling, carding, and handing over non-status migrants to immigration enforcement is in line with ensuring access without fear for undocumented Torontonians.

Migrants and their allies mobilized to pack the committee and insist that this report must be rejected and that the City of Toronto needs to step in and demand an end to racial profiling, and police collusion with immigration enforcement.

Racist policing, particularly the practice of carding means that Toronto Police regularly stops Black and Brown people in the city of Toronto. When Police do a warrant search or call immigration, and learn that the person does not have immigration status, they are handed over to immigration enforcement and often swiftly deported.

Similarly, when racialized people call the police, sometimes the Police will ID everyone involved, and upon finding out about someone's lack of immigration status, hand them over to immigration enforcement. Thus the vast number of deportations that take place - about 30 people every day or over 10,000 each year just in Toronto - take place as a result of Toronto Police's actions.

Ontario Court of Appeals hears from Immigration Detainee Supporters

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On the morning of Wednesday May 6th, we packed the courthouse at the Ontario Court of Appeals for an important legal fight to end part of the injustice of immigration detention.

A group of detainees indefinitely imprisoned in Ontario filed an application in the Ontario Courts called a habeas corpus last December, challenging Canada to prove that their long term detention is justified. Michael Mvogo, one of the applicants, has been jailed for nearly 10 years. Glory Anawa, another one of the applicants, has been imprisoned for nearly two years. Her son, Alpha, was born in an immigration jail and has spent his entire life in prison. The Ontario Superior court recently declined to hear the application. On May 6th, lawyers for the detainees appealed the decision insisting that the Ontario courts must assert jurisdiction.

May Day 2015: Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win.

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For the past ten years, No One Is Illegal - Toronto has organized the city’s Annual May Day of Action for the celebration and reassertion of our commitment to migrant justice struggles and decolonization.

This year, we were part of a coalition of three community groups: No One Is Illegal - Toronto, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, and the Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network (LACSN). For our 10th May Day, we joined thousands of community members, friends, and supporters to rally and march, holding up a banner that read “Migrants don’t steal jobs. Capitalists and Corporations do”.

Although Canada continues to enact policies and legislation that facilitate the global temporariness and casualization of labor by allowing corporate greed and racist border enforcement to collude and entrench a revolving door immigration policy, it is migrant workers who have been wrongfully scapegoated for what capitalism has brought. To this effect, we insisted: #KnowYourEnemy.

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