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2006: Over 1000 People March in Toronto to Demand Status for All!

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Toronto, May 27, 2006 - Over a thousand immigrants, refugees, non-status people, trade-unionists and other supporters took to the streets as part of Toronto's mobilization for the Status for All! National Day of Action. Participating groups included the Canadian Auto Workers, the Philippine Women's Centre as well as other Filipino organizations, the Iranian Federation of Refugees, Portuguese and Hispanic groups, including the Support, Don't Deport Coalition and the Centre for Spanish Speaking People, the Canadian Tamil Congress, the Canadian Labour Congress, CUPE, KAIROS, and many others.

The march was led by Kimberly and Gerald Lizano-Sossa, the 14- and 15-year old brother and sister targeted and detained by immigration enforcement at their school, and slated for deportation alongside their parents at the end of their school year. Kimberly and Gerald were joined by their 2-year old Canadian-born sister Joshlynn, their parents and extended family.

Similar demonstrations were held in Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver and Fredericton. With historic marches of hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the US and similar mobilizations in Europe, grassroots immigrant groups across Canada organised to signal Canada's involvement in the global movement for justice and dignity for immigrants and refugees.

The demonstrators demanded an end to deportation and detention of migrants and refugees and an end to the use of secret trials security certificates, while calling for a full and inclusive regularization program.

The demonstration ended with a concert and community fair at Dufferin Grove Park, in the heart of one of the neighbourhoods most affected by the U.S.- style enforcement tactics of the Conservative immigration ministry. The fair featured immigrant rights activists and musicians Lal, and many other performers and speakers to celebrate our victories over the past months and to highlight Canada's burgeoning immigrant rights movement.

No One Is Illegal-Toronto is organizing a report back and community meeting on June 7th at 6pm at OISE (252 Bloor St.W., at St. George subway station). The report back will feature a short documentary film about the march and a slide show of photos from the day. Most importantly, we are putting an open call to affected communities and supporters to bring forward ideas and proposals about how to move forward with the struggle for Status for All.

For more information:
nooneisillegal@riseup.net
toronto.nooneisillegal.org

For pictures of the march:
http://johnb.smugmug.com/gallery/1499669
http://www.flickr.com/photos/photopia/sets/72157594146849407/

Media report:
The march and events leading up to the march were featured in a NOII-Toronto interview on Global Morning News, another interview on CBC National on the day of the march, as well as CBC radio, 680 am radio, Radio Canada, CFRB, the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun , the Globe and Mail, CTV News, Xinhua news service, Canadian Press, El Correo Canadiense, and others.