Over 16 million Canadian citizens voted in yesterday’s election, the highest voter turnout since at least 1997. The result: Stephen Harper’s decade of conservative, anti-immigrant, and racist rule comes to an end, and the Liberal Party’s Justin Trudeau is now Prime Minister.
While many rejoice at the end of the Harper government, we also know that the new Liberal government must be met with radical, collective, strategic organizations, and mobilizations if we are to improve the lives of our communities.
This is a last minute call-out, and we need your help to spread the word. Share this website, and use the hashtag #refugeeswelcome #freedomtomove on Twitter and Facebook.
Cross-Canada actions endorsed by:
No One Is Illegal - Toronto
Solidarity Across Borders - Montreal
No One Is Illegal - Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories
Justice for Migrant Workers
Afghans United for Justice
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
Council of Canadians
Immigration detention petition delivery to Ontario Corrections Minister, Yasir Naqvi, on Prisoner Justice Day
August 10, 2015, 10am, Prisoner's Justice Day Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
25 Grosvenor Street (Close to Wellesley Station)
It's been two months since Abdurrahman Ibrahim Hassan (Abdi) died in immigration detention custody after being 'restrained' by police and border officials - and still no Coroner's Inquest has been called in to his death. Join us on August 10th, Prisoner's Justice Day to demand justice for Abdi, and an end to immigration detention in Ontario and across the country.
We will be delivering this petition initiated by 88 immigration detainees in the Central East Corrections Centre in Lindsay and
It's been a decade since reports surfaced of the impacts of Chemical Valley's toxic pollution on the people of the Aamjiwnaag First Nations, where the Valley processes nearly 1 million barrels of tar sands each day, and where fracking and spills cause health and environmental devastation. Despite its devastating impacts, refineries and pipelines continue to operate in the region with zero accountability or reparations to the community. Chemical Valley operates and reaps profits off of stolen land, and the lack of accountability is a living example of environmental racism.
Thanks to everyone who made #RiseUpTO such a big success! We got up early, we warmed up our voices and we hit the streets to the sound of "We believe that we will win!".
Lowdown: We split into teams and blocked the intersections of Front & York and Wellington and Bay for up to an hour and despite police barricades we blocked the front entrance to the Royal York Hotel, letting no one in and no one out. In effect, we shut out all car traffic in to the hotel and forced the delegates to scurry in the underground path system while being escorted by the police.
We then marched up Bay street, occupying King and Bay, declaring "We hold them accountable! We know who's responsible!". We said we would give those attending the Pan American Economic and Climate Summits a different sort of welcome and that we did.
July 8, 7am.
Meet at Berczy Park.
Surround the Royal York. March up Bay Street
On July 8th, the Pan American Economic and Climate Summits will meet at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. That morning, the elites in this city will welcome with open arms some of the people most responsible for destroying our planet, pushing communities out of their homes, and making us poor. We will be there to give them a different sort of ‘welcome.'
On the morning of July 8th, we will come together rise like the swell of the ocean; and surround the Royal York Hotel. Together, we will assert our dreams of better worlds.
Some of the leaders of destruction that will be in attendance at the summits:
*Shell's CEO, head of Precision Frac (leading Fracking Company), head of CAPP (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, head of corporate Cap and Trade groups..