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REUNITE: Families for Families in Detention

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Feb/16/2015 - 2:00 pm

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Immigrant detainees are being held indefinitely and without charge or trial in Lindsay’s maximum security jail. Unlike many of us, this Family Day, they will not be reuniting with their families. In fact, they are unable to see their families on most other days because Lindsay is inaccessible by public transport.

On February 16th, bring your family, young and old - sisters, fathers, sons, grandmothers and friends - and stand in solidarity with hundreds of families that are impacted by indefinite migrant detention, and the 100,000 more separated by detention over the past 8 years.

Where: The Central East Correctional Facility in Lindsay Ontario
When: 4:00pm (Bus leaves from Christie Pits Park at 2pm, and returns at 7pm, click here to register)

Everyone should be able to be with the people they love every day!

What did No One Is Illegal - Toronto do in 2014?

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As we enter 2015, No One Is Illegal - Toronto would like to take a moment to reflect on our work over the last year to prepare for the work ahead. Knowing where we came from allows us to chart where we want to go. This report is a way for us to communicate and be accountable to the many people that make up our broader movement for migrant justice. It is you, the families fighting detentions and deportations; those that are trying to access services; and the communities that take to the streets despite great risk that made this work possible.

Please read the report and let us know how we can collectively escalate our efforts, and improve our tactics and strategies for change. If you find our work important, please consider joining us or becoming a monthly financial sustainer.

No One Is Illegal - Toronto 2014 organizing highlights:

  • Organized 16 street rallies, marches, and direct actions.
  • Organized, supported or spoke at over 50 forums, panels, community gatherings and workshops.
  • Supported 95 individuals or families in their fight against detentions or deportations or to access services.
  • Released a know your rights video for immigrants to confront immigration detention.
  • Won an end to Ontario Ministry of Transportation collusion with federal immigration enforcement.
  • Won an opinion against Canadian immigration detention from the United Nations.
  • Released a ground-breaking report showing signs of political interference in detention review processes, and supported multiple mainstream media exposes on immigration detention.
  • Passed implementation steps to make Toronto a Sanctuary City at City Hall.
  • Released 18 public education, and archiving videos that gathered over 15,000 views.
  • Worked with dozens of grassroots organizations, community groups, and labour unions across the country.
  • Gary Freeman allowed back in to Canada

    No One Is Illegal - Toronto is delighted to welcome our comrade and ally Gary Freeman back to Canada.

    We have supported Gary Freeman since he was arrested in 2004 outside a Yonge Street library in Toronto for shooting a Chicago police officer Terrence Knox in self-defence in 1969.

    Listen to an interview we did with his family in 2008: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/40215

    Toronto Star coverage from today (with video): http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/01/21/former-fugitive-douglas-gary-...

    Background

    Stop an Unjust Extradition to the United States!

    [From http://www.freemandrum.org]

    Alpha has spent his entire life in jail. He is 16 months old.

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    It's Glory Anawa's 29th birthday today. Since February 2013, she has been imprisoned in immigration jails in Ontario without charge or trial. Canada cannot deport her but will not release her.

    Her son, Alpha Ochigbo was born in the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre on August 25th, 2013. Alpha has not seen a single day of freedom.

    Alpha is Glory's second child that she is raising inside an immigration jail. Her daughter Tracy was born in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre in the United Kingdom.

    Horrific as Glory's story is, it is not an exception. Racialized and poor migrants are locked up in jails around the globe for the desire to move. Without adequate supports, women, children and trans people face great harm.

    We know this also because December is the one-year anniversary of Lucia Jimenez Vega's death in immigration enforcement custody in Vancouver.

    Videos, pictures, and blogs about changes to laws for Caregivers

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    On Sunday, November 30th, 2014, Canadian immigration laws changed to shut out thousands of Caregivers from Permanent Residency. Yet Caregivers are refusing to let this injustice prevail.

    Watch short video of Justice for Caregivers Rally in Toronto
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeZeJ-EfHlI

    Syed Hussan details the regressiveness of these laws in an article titled 'Why is Harper sending Caregivers back to 1973?'
    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/syed-hussan/canada-immigration_b_6238252.html

    Toronto Star: New rules for federal live-in caregivers program
    http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/11/28/new_rules_for_federal_live...

    Caregivers rally for status and justice (pics and video)
    http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=2f8247a9a7cb1cae47b6659dd&id=dbb7bdaec7

    Jailed migrants connect with protest outside their cell windows

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    Nearly 100 migrants and allies sang, cheered, chanted and made music to the sounds of protest samba squad Rhythms of Resistance outside the Toronto Immigration Jail (Toronto Immigration Holding Centre) on Sunday, November 23, 2014.

    Across the wooden fence and barbed wires, migrants jailed indefinitely without trial or charge waved at us through their cell windows, flicking light switches, jumping and pumping fists. For a moment, despite the G4S private security guards, and the concrete walls - those of us on the outside and those locked up inside shared a joint energy and hope.

    ** Watch and share this exciting 2 minute video to see what we felt: http://youtu.be/V239r8CaoBE

    ** Flip through these beautiful pictures of the action: http://on.fb.me/1FpdE1u

    ** Watch news coverage on CBC, CTV, Radio Canada and Global TV: http://bit.ly/1xSlWyz

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