No One Is Illegal - Toronto condemns the Trudeau government's continuation of Canada’s colonial violence towards Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island. Indigenous communities have time and time again proven their resilience and strength, finding ways to resist and reassert their sovereignty in the face of ongoing displacement, dispossession, and cultural genocide. This violence has occurred for centuries and remains integral to Canada’s policies and practices today. Lack of drinkable water, housing, adequate health and social services, and a continual mismanagement of funds by the Canadian government has left Attawapiskat First Nation and countless other Indigenous communities across Turtle Island without adequate supports to thrive and exist with dignity.
WHEN: Sunday, May 1 at 1 PM
WHERE: Yonge-Dundas Square
WHAT: Every year on May 1st grassroots organizations in Toronto rally and march to mark International Worker’s Day, for migrant and worker’s rights and in support of Indigenous people’s struggles. Themed around the most pressing issues of the day and committed to people’s struggles against oppression and exploitation, May Day unites people’s struggles for self-determination and liberation. We continue this tradition in 2016, rallying and marching against colonial and capitalist attacks on our communities here and Canadian imperialism’s plunder and attacks on peoples across the world.
This year, May Day organizing seeks to highlight the struggles of resistance to anti-black racism, police brutality, and issues deeply affecting black communities. All themes will center these struggles (with the exception of the first):
WHEN: Thursday, June 2 at 12 PM
WHERE: Queen's Park, Toronto
WHAT: In Spring of 2016 Grassy Narrows people will travel 1,700 km to Toronto to call on Premier Wynne to finally clean up the 9,000 kg of mercury that were dumped in our river in the 1960’s. Join us as we demand justice for our people and protection for the waters and forests that give life.
To all land defenders and people in struggle for indigenous liberation,
Please join us in Toronto on June 2nd, 2016 at noon at Queen's Park, for a rally to force Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario government to take action.
Let us explain. First, 64 year old Burundian refugee Melkioro Gahungu committed suicide in immigration detention where he had been jailed without charges or trial for at least a year, possibly more.
Then four days later, on March 13th, we heard of the death of Francisco Javier Romero Astorga. All we knew at that time was his name.
Immediately after, we arranged a vigil where 70 of us gathered Together, we shared our collective grief at the 14th death in immigration detention since 2000, the 7th death in just three years. The news and outrage has spread across the country.
As 2016 begins, we take stock of the past year to celebrate our victories (victories always won by a movement much greater than ourselves) and recognize our mistakes (mistakes we alone are accountable for). Taking stock gives a snapshot of where we as an organization stand within a struggle that began the day the first colonial flag was staked, the first treaty was broken, the first slave ship sailed. It’s a struggle to end colonialism and capitalism, to destroy its illegitimate borders, to support anti-racism, indigenous sovereignty and Black liberation, for gender justice and against homophobia and to build cities and communities of solidarity. The few-dozen members of No One Is Illegal - Toronto (NOII-TO) are a small part of that enormous struggle, but we’re accountable to thousands of allies and a movement of millions.