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.
JOIN US on December 17th at Toronto Police Headquarters.
We have evidence that Toronto Police calls Canada Border Services Agency 100 times per week, that is more than police forces in Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa combined.
Four out of the five times these calls are made for people without an immigration warrant!
That means that Toronto Police look at witnesses or victims of crime, or just every days residents that they stop and quiz for no reason, and based on the colour of their skin, and their accent, call Border Services to see if that person has immigration status or not.
This is racist policing at it's worst. And it must stop.
A 16 year old woman is sexually assaulted. When she goes to the Toronto Police, they arrest her and schedule her deportation for the same day as she is to testify against her assailant. An 18 year old Mexican boy is walking down the street in Parkdale, the police card him, and call immigration enforcement because he has an accent. He is unaware that he’s lost his immigration status, so they arrest him and hand him over to be deported before he can get adequate legal defence. A mid-twenties Caribbean father sees a shooting in Jane Finch. He goes to make a statement with the Police, and they decide to just call immigration enforcement. When they find out he doesn’t have immigration status, they arrest him and he’s in jail for two and half months.
These are just three of our friends who have been racially profiled by the Toronto Police Service who choose to do federal immigration enforcement’s dirty work.
Right now, you have the power to stop that.
Sign this pledge and join the fight against Toronto Police collusion with Federal immigration enforcement.