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Toronto City Hall Committee defers decision on police collusion with border services

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On May 21st, The Toronto Police Services presented a report to Toronto City Hall's Community Development and Recreations Committee saying that their practices of racial profiling, carding, and handing over non-status migrants to immigration enforcement is in line with ensuring access without fear for undocumented Torontonians.

Migrants and their allies mobilized to pack the committee and insist that this report must be rejected and that the City of Toronto needs to step in and demand an end to racial profiling, and police collusion with immigration enforcement.

Racist policing, particularly the practice of carding means that Toronto Police regularly stops Black and Brown people in the city of Toronto. When Police do a warrant search or call immigration, and learn that the person does not have immigration status, they are handed over to immigration enforcement and often swiftly deported.

Similarly, when racialized people call the police, sometimes the Police will ID everyone involved, and upon finding out about someone's lack of immigration status, hand them over to immigration enforcement. Thus the vast number of deportations that take place - about 30 people every day or over 10,000 each year just in Toronto - take place as a result of Toronto Police's actions.

Ontario Court of Appeals hears from Immigration Detainee Supporters

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On the morning of Wednesday May 6th, we packed the courthouse at the Ontario Court of Appeals for an important legal fight to end part of the injustice of immigration detention.

A group of detainees indefinitely imprisoned in Ontario filed an application in the Ontario Courts called a habeas corpus last December, challenging Canada to prove that their long term detention is justified. Michael Mvogo, one of the applicants, has been jailed for nearly 10 years. Glory Anawa, another one of the applicants, has been imprisoned for nearly two years. Her son, Alpha, was born in an immigration jail and has spent his entire life in prison. The Ontario Superior court recently declined to hear the application. On May 6th, lawyers for the detainees appealed the decision insisting that the Ontario courts must assert jurisdiction.

May Day 2015: Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win.

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For the past ten years, No One Is Illegal - Toronto has organized the city’s Annual May Day of Action for the celebration and reassertion of our commitment to migrant justice struggles and decolonization.

This year, we were part of a coalition of three community groups: No One Is Illegal - Toronto, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, and the Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network (LACSN). For our 10th May Day, we joined thousands of community members, friends, and supporters to rally and march, holding up a banner that read “Migrants don’t steal jobs. Capitalists and Corporations do”.

Although Canada continues to enact policies and legislation that facilitate the global temporariness and casualization of labor by allowing corporate greed and racist border enforcement to collude and entrench a revolving door immigration policy, it is migrant workers who have been wrongfully scapegoated for what capitalism has brought. To this effect, we insisted: #KnowYourEnemy.

No More Deaths! Torontonians rally against migrant deaths in the Mediterranean

On April 29th migrants and allies rallied at the Italian Consulate in Toronto to insist no more migrant deaths! More than 1,750 migrants have died since January 2015 trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to find dignity and safety in Europe. Read more on why, here.

As supporters held up signs reading, ‘Stop migrant deaths. Borders kill. We are all responsible’, Tzazna Miranda of Justicia for Migrant Workers, spoke to those gathered about the connection between Fortress Europe border policies and those of Fortress America where thousands of people perish crossing in to the United States each year. The sombre note was markedly elevated by the presence of four ‘body bags’ on the pavement, symbolizing all the lives lost.

No More Deaths! Emergency Rally in Support of Migrants Crossing the Mediterranean.

Apr/29/2015 - 1:15 pm

Join us at the Italian Consulate in Toronto on April 29th, at 1:15pm, at 136 Beverly Street (Dundas & Beverly) to insist no more migrant deaths!

More than 1,750 migrants have died since January 2015 trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to find dignity and safety in Europe. European Union border policies shut out poor and racialized migrants, particularly Eritreans, Somalis, and Libyans, forcing them to get on dangerous boats to cross the water. At the same time, funding for search and rescue operations has been cut, imposing a death sentence on many that are making their way to Europe. EU countries (former and current colonial powers) occupy much of North and Central Africa, either through military presence or with EU Border Agency Frontex’s land operations. Their actions are murdering thousands well before they can get on ships to cross in to Europe.

May Day 2015: 10th Annual May Day of Action for Status for All

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May/01/2015 - 5:00 pm

Friday, May 1 | 5:00 pm | Starting at Nathan Phillips Square (Toronto City Hall) | Post-march performances & show at St. James Park
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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 2015, rallying and marching against colonial and capitalist attacks on our communities here and Canadian imperialism’s plunder and attacks on peoples across the world.


Specifically, this year, our May Day organizing seeks to highlight struggles around the following eight themes:
  1. Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination;
  2. Migrant workers' resistance to border imperialism;
  3. Solidarity with working class struggle globally;
  4. Anti-poverty and anti-austerity organizing;
  5. Student strikes and academic labour battles against neoliberalization;
  6. Environmental Justice;
  7. Militant rank and file labour movements;
  8. Gender Justice
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