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Education Not Deportation

Everyone should have access to education, without living in fear of deportation.

Education Not Deportation (END) is a campaign to ensure that all students regardless of immigration status are able to access education. END works to ensure that all people have equal access and opportunity to attend colleges, Universities, ESL classes and language schools without fear of immigration authorities and deportation.

END organizers were at schools when students and teachers organized to stop student deportations and we were at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) when students, teachers and community allies successfully pushed for access without fear policies to be adopted in 2007. We now work to get Access Without Fear policies meaningfully implemented and adopted in every local school board and at post-secondary institutions.

DENIED ACCESS TO SCHOOLS anywhere in Ontario? Get in touch with us. We will work with you to ensure that you get the education you need.

JOIN the Education Not Deportation campaign! If you are a student in high-school or University student interested in starting a campaign for access to your school, get in touch with us at nooneisillegal@riseup.net.

INVITE us to do Teacher and Staff Workshop Presentations. We have been offering Professional Development trainings for teachers and staff for the last five years and are tailored to the particular needs of workshop organizers. We work with teachers and school staff to ensure that the DADT policy is being implemented that is context-specific.

Recommendations for Toronto District School Board: Best Practices in Providing Access to Education for Students with Precarious Immigration Status

In May 2007, the TDSB issued Policy P.061 SCH, Students Without Legal Immigration Status, affirming its commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environment for students regardless of immigration status. While the policy is an important step towards ensuring that schools are adhering to Ontario’s Education Act and that all children in the TDSB’s jurisdiction are able to access public education without fear of being turned away or reported to immigration authorities, in practice students with precarious immigration status continue to face barriers to accessing public education. We have prepared this best practices guide to support the TDSB in ensuring that the promise of Access Without Fear

Catholic School Board Trustee's Resignation Demanded

No One Is Illegal - Toronto
http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org
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Media Release
June 22, 2011

CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEE'S RESIGNATION DEMANDED

Toronto -- Immigrant and refugee rights advocates from No One Is Illegal - Toronto and other organizations are demanding disciplinary action against Trustee Frank D'Amico at a special meeting of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) at 80 Sheppard Avenue East on Thursday evening (June 23) at 7pm for hateful, anti-immigrant emails sent to a concerned social work student earlier this month.

The correspondence began when the placement student Nadia Saad wrote to trustees, alarmed that schools were violating TCDSB policy and the Ontario Education Act by denying admission to an undocumented student she was working with. "I contacted several trustees to bring this issue to their attention. Trustee D'Amico's response was vile. It left me shaking," she said.

Sanctuary School Forum

May/07/2011 - 10:00 am

Sanctuary Schools Forum

Saturday May 7th (10am – 1pm)
OISE, Room 2-211
252 Bloor St. West

Organized by Educators for Peace & Justice and No One Is Illegal

Our schools, and especially our students and their parents, are increasingly under attack.

Teachers have a unique and special responsibility to ensure that our schools can be places of sanctuary where we can all create the socially just and equitable communities we expect and deserve.

In order for teachers to be effective agents for social change and justice, we must work in direct coalition with our students, their parents, and all other groups who are working to address the issues which affect the daily lives of our communities.

Often teachers find ourselves working in isolation from our colleagues, from the communities we work in, and from the lives of our students and their families.

Daniel Garcia Deported. We Continue.

At 8:30am this morning, Daniel Garcia unwillingly boarded a plane to Mexico City. The new year begins with a hole in the Parkdale community and in our hearts.

With over 1600 petitions signed, Christmas Day meetings of 50 people, New Year's Eve rallies of 150 people, some believed that perhaps the Tories would listen to the 'public' that they always invoke. With politicians, church groups, teachers unions, the Toronto District School Board, and especially Daniel's teachers and fellow students all condemning the deportation and calling for his release and with headlines in every newspaper and TV station across the country telling his 'special' story, some thought that perhaps Jason Kenney would intervene and grant Daniel Garcia a temporary resident permit. He didn't.

Yet again, the Conservative government of the day (like all governments) has shown that it is committed to a single project - one of exclusion, exploitation and ongoing violence.

Stop Daniel Garcia's Deportation!

On Thursday, Dec 23, Daniel Garcia, an 18-year old old highschool student who has been living, going to school, working, and organizing alongside No One Is Illegal-Toronto in Parkdale, was racially profiled, 'randomly' IDd and handed over to Immigration Enforcement by Toronto Police. He is presently at the Rexdale Immigration Holding Centre awaiting deportation. His sister, Brenda Garcia, was deported early Monday morning.

Daniel and his sister filed for a refugee claim in Canada in 2007 after they were assaulted in Mexico for her sexual orientation, and her partner was murdered. As is common practice in Canada for people from Mexico, his as well as his sister's refugee claims were arbitrarily denied. At 18, without a lawyer, and based on incorrect advice, he filed a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) application to stay his deportation on the grounds that his life would be threatened in Mexico.

Unknown to him, at the time of his being detained on Dec 23., Daniel's PRRA had been rejected.

A 'Friends of Daniel Garcia' committee has been established, that has organized a public meeting, a rally and mass flyering in the last few days and is presently calling for:

(1) Daniel Garcia's release from detention and a stay on his deportation.
(2) That Daniel be granted a Temporary Resident Permit
(3) That Daniel be granted Permanent Residence in Canada on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds

At the same time, communities across the city are demanding:

(4) An end to racial profiling and cooperation with Immigration Enforcement by Toronto Police!
(5) Status for All!

PLEASE ACT NOW! Sign the Petition, Call the Minister, Write an Email calling for Daniel's deportation to be stopped!

We need to act together to stop the violence of exclusionary immigration, violent detentions and deportations that impacts migrant communities every day.

(1) SIGN THE PETITION at http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41599.html
(2) CALL JASON KENNEY at 613-992-2235 and demand Status for Daniel
(3) EMAIL the Ministers of Immigration and Immigration Enforcement: http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/DanielLetter
(4) COMMENT on media coverage in support of Daniel: http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/DanielMedia

For more information, extensive media coverage, and backgrounder, visit
http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/status4daniel
or email status4danielgarcia@gmail.com

Join the Status for Daniel facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Status-for-Daniel-Garcia/151611668222106

Sample Letter:
http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/DanielLetter

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