Toronto, August 14, 2014 -- This morning immigration enforcement targeted undocumented day laborers going to work in the Jane and Keele and Jane and Wilson areas, in particular the Weston road off-ramp to 400 / 401.
Vans with workers were pulled over, workers were ID'd and at least 5 workers without immigration status were detained.
From August 21st to 24th, thousands of people are expected to converge at the People's Social Forum (PSF) in Ottawa to share ideas, strengthen alliances and carve the many worlds we wish to live in.
No One Is Illegal groups from Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver (Coast Salish Territories) are coordinating a stream of workshops, panel discussions, dialogues, films and movement assemblies at the PSF. These events are being hosted by and/or include speakers from End Immigration Detention Network, Health for All - Toronto, Justicia for Migrant Workers, Migrante Canada, Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, Solidarity City Network, and more.
If you are around, please join us at one or more of these sessions. We would love to connect with you.
Toronto -- Two migrant justice activists from No One Is Illegal - Toronto (NOII-Toronto) disrupted Employment Minister Jason Kenney's press conference this afternoon in Toronto demanding permanent immigration status for migrant workers. This action organized by No One Is Illegal - Toronto and Justicia for Migrant Workers occurred days after changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) which make it more difficult for migrant workers to change jobs, and deny them permanent immigration status. The community will stand strong to prevent the largest mass deportation in Canadian history.
12:30pm, Sunday June 15
Meet at Social Sciences Building (FSS) 120 University pvt, University of Ottawa
Over 85,000 people have been detained in immigration jails under Harper's watch. Many of them have been imprisoned indefinitely, with no known release date. Immigration detention tears apart families, taking away migrants' freedom for the crime of being born elsewhere. Join us as we march to immigration control headquarters to demand an end to immigration detention, particularly endless detention, max-security incarceration, and an overhaul of the detention review process.
On June 10th, join us in City Council to make sure Toronto implement the Sanctuary City policy that it promised immigrants without full status in February 2014. Please write to you Councilors in advance and urge them to support Motion 29.11.
Motion 29.11 is what we've been waiting for - concrete steps to make a lot of fancy language a living reality for Toronto's undocumented communities. Community mobilization shaped this policy, and it has shaped this implementation plan.
Please talk to your Councillor before - fill out this form to get started: