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May Day 2010: March for Status for All!

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May/01/2010 - 1:00 pm

On May 1, 2010, International Workers Day

March for Status for All!
1pm, St. Jamestown
Wellesley St. and Ontario St.
5th Annual May Day of Action

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**For more details, videos and posters, click here**

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In the past 6 years the struggle for justice for immigrants and refugees has grown immensely. Inspired by the individual and collective strength of Mohamed Cherfi, Kimberley Lizano-Sossa, Fahim Kayani, Shamim Akhtar, Isabel Garcia, Wendy Maxwell, and the many others that we have known, and the countless others that have had to fight alone, the Migrant Justice movement has fore fronted struggles of people of color, women, disAbled and queer migrants, particularly those without full status.

Rising out of schools, shelters and apartment blocks from Jane and Finch to Crescent Town, our voices have reached the streets and the hallways of power. From the 2004 No One Is Illegal march from Montreal to Ottawa, to the first Toronto May Day of Action in 2006, to the take over of Yonge and Dundas square on May Day in 2009, we have worked tirelessly to create real meaningful change – stopping deportations, winning access to schools, changing federal immigration policy. We have been on picket lines with labour unions, on barricades in solidarity with Indigenous struggles, supported people’s organizations in streets and in communities.

Now, in 2010, as the Conservative government arrests and deports our friends. As they tear apart our families. As they push us in to unsafe jobs. As they call us “bogus refugees” and “illegals”, and do it with a smile, we say no mas, no more.

On Christmas Eve, four migrant construction workers fell to their deaths, unable to demand safe working conditions. Days before International Women's Day, bullies from Immigration Enforcement raided shelters, intimidating, harassing and arresting women and children in the middle of the night. Workplace raids have increased dramatically in Southern Ontario. Faced with being sent back to certain torture, Habtom Kibraeb killed himself rather than be deported.

Kenney & Harper are writing a new story of migration. A ruthless story that claws back past victories, and launches new attacks. Now more than ever, we must fight back!

When a mother can’t bring her child to a hospital for fear of deportation, when a worker is condemned to unsafe work for fear of detention, when Immigration Canada acts as judge, jury and executioner, we need to join together across movements, across divides, and across the city to fight for Status for All.

The Struggle for Status is the fight for movement, good jobs, food, health-care, education, shelter, housing, justice and dignity for all people, irrespective of Immigration status.

On May 1, respectful of the history of struggle that has gone before us, and in the spirit of solidarity, strength and anger, join us.

March for Status for All!
1pm, St. Jamestown
Wellesley St. and Ontario St.
5th Annual May Day of Action

Endorsed by: South Asian Women's Rights Organization, Justicia for Migrant Workers, Jane Finch Action Against Poverty, Afghani Refugee Rights Organization, Good Jobs for All Coalition, Mujeres al Frente, Caregivers Action Centre, International Federation of Iranian Refugees, CUPE International Solidarity Committee, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, MataDanze, Toronto Haiti Action Committee, United Food and Commercial Workers Canada, Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre Bread & Bricks, LIFE Movement, Parkdale Community Legal Services, Toronto Forum on Cuba, Canadian Peace Alliance, Toronto Coalition to Stop the War, Latin American Trade Unionists Coalition,, Centre for Social Justice, Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, Educators for Peace and Justice, Health for All, Maggie's: The Toronto Sex Worker's Action Project, AW@L, Health Studies Students’ Union, OPIRG-Guelph, Women's Coordinating Committee Chile-Canada, CUPE 3907, Sistering, Jane Finch Family and Community Centre, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, New Socialist Group, Health Studies Students Union, University of Toronto, Residents Without Borders-University of Toronto, Students for Medicare, Public Health Interest Group-University of Toronto, Canadian Doctors for Medicare-University of Toronto, Association of Ontario Health Centres, Health Providers Against Poverty, CUPE Ontario, Ontario Coalition for Health Unions, Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children, Canadian Federation of Students Ontario, Association of Part Time Undergraduate Students, University of Toronto Students Union, Toronto Rape Crisis Centre, Hassle Free Women and Trans Clinic, OPIRG York, Common Cause-Toronto, Student Advocates for Higher Education at SJSU, Latin American Solidarity Network, CARRSU, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education - Graduate Student Association, Communist Party of Canada (Ontario), Labor Community Services, Toronto Committee in Support of Workers in Iran, CUPE 3906, Law Union of Ontario, Lost Lyrics, Workers Action Centre and many more...


May Day Festival that evening!

It Will Work!
May 1, 2010
Doors: 7:30pm
The Garrison, 1197 Dundas Street West

Mayworks Festival Closing Party

Following the No One Is Illegal! May Day of Action (1pm. St.Jamestown), celebrate May 1st by shining the spotlight on the struggles, successes and strength of working class peoples, migrants, undocumented and temporary workers, by joining the Mayworks Festival, No One Is Illegal Toronto and the Canadian Labour Congress Ontario Region in presenting musicians, dancers and artists who will ignite the stage with words, musice and movement to provoke thinking as well as dancing and laughter!

Hosted by Deena Ladd of the Workers Action Centre, the line-up includes Deidre DLishus Walton, MataDanZe, Mama D, LAL, Marinda and Solari, Red Slam Collective, Humble The Poet and Amai Kuda!

Tickets: $5-$15 (no one turned away)

This event will be a build up to community and labor organizing resisting the G8/G20 Summits in June 2010.

Part of the Mayworks Festival | April 24 - May 2 |

Co-organized and co-presented by No One Is Illegal Toronto and Canadian Labour Congress Ontario Region.


For more details, videos and posters, click here

For information on Immigration changes as of October 2009, click here
For information on the Christmas Eve killings, click here
For information on changes to the refugee system, click here


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