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Elections eve demonstration for Immigrant rights, against Tory 'very ethnic' vote strategy.

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APRIL 27, 2011

May 1: Elections eve demonstration for Immigrant rights, against Tory 'very ethnic' vote strategy

Toronto - An immigrant rights demonstration is being planned for the eve of the federal elections, criticizing the Tory immigration policy record and its 'very ethnic' vote strategy. People are marching to protest Harper, to demand status for undocumented and migrant workers and public services for immigrant families. Part of the 125th International Workers Day celebrations across the world, the 6th Annual May Day of Action will include undocumented people, refugee claimants, Filipino caregivers, Mexican, Thai and Caribbean migrant agricultural workers from across Ontario as well as community groups, labour unions, student unions, indigenous sovereignty and health organizations. The colorful, festive protest will begin in Parkdale and march to Dufferin Grove with mini-concerts and stops along the way.

What: Elections eve march for Immigrant Rights
Where: Starting at Queen St. & Jameson St. in Parkdale
When: May 1, 2011, Rally at 1pm, March starts at 2pm.
Visuals: Nearly two thousand people, massive banners, two Samba squads; ballot boxes; floats; puppets of Stephen Harper, Jason Kenney and Vic Toews and visuals of communities displaced by mining and extraction in Central Africa and South America.

On facebook:
Twitter: #May1 #elxn41
Online (with poster):
May Day 2010 photos:

This demonstration is supported by Worker's Action Centre, Canadian Arab Federation, Justicia for Migrant Workers, Caregivers Action Center, Educators for Peace and Justice, Sistering, South Asian Women's Rights Organization, Jane Finch Action Against Poverty, Good Jobs for All Coalition, Migrant Worker's Alliance for Change, Toronto Rape Crisis Center, CUPE - Ontario, Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario, Bolivarian Circle, OCAP, Davenport Neighbours for Peace, Greater Toronto Workers Assembly, Ryerson Students Union, National Council of Latin American and Caribbean Women of Canada - LATIN@S, Health for All, Environmental Justice Toronto, Hassle Free Clinic, Mata Danze, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, The Bread and Bricks Social Justice Group, The Toronto New Socialists, Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation District 12 Human Right Committee, CUPE International Solidarity Committee, York Federation of Students, Toronto Immigration Legal Committee, University of Toronto Students Union, The Women's Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu, Toronto Coalition to Stop the War, Women in Solidarity with Palestine, No One Is Illegal - Vancouver, Ontario Public Interest Research Group - York, Ontario Public Interest Research Group - UofT, Students For Medicare, The Centre for Women and Trans People (Toronto), The Trans Inclusion Group, AW@L, Communist Part of Canada - Toronto Committee, Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN), LAL, Medical Reform Group, The Public Health Social Justice Collective, Health Providers Against Poverty, Health Studies Union of U of T, York University Free Press, Toronto Forum on Cuba, Rhythms of Resistance, Student Christian Movement, People's Assembly on Climate Justice, CUPE International Solidarity Committee, Mujeres Al Frente, Social Planning Toronto, Afghans for Peace, Canadian Arab Federaion, Faculty for Palestine, Students Against Israeli Apartheid - York, Social Justice Committee of the Uof T Graduate Students Union, Toronto District of the International Socialists, Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, The People Project and more. Some of these organizations have called their own contingents to join the rally.

Student Contingent:
Health Contingent:
Environmental Justice Contingent:
Queer/Gender Justice Contingent:
Palestine Solidarity Contingent:
Rhythms of Resistance/Dancing Bloc:
Indigenous/Anti-Colonial Contingent:
Stop the War Contingent:

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For more information, for pre-interviews and for rally preparation shots contact,
Dr Abeer Majeed, MD, 647 928 5729,
Mohan Mishra, 416 270 8947,

Federal Elections and Canada's Immigration Policy: