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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

United Against Raids & Detentions: Rally in Solidarity with Migrant Detainees

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Nov/23/2014 - 3:00 pm


A day of joyful protest in solidarity with migrants jailed at the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre, demanding justice for migrants, refugees, and migrant workers.

Honouring Evelyn: Solidarity with Migrant and Sex Workers

Evelyn Bumatay Castillo was murdered on Saturday, October 11th at Quality Inn near Toronto International Airport. 43-years-old and a Filipino citizen, Evelyn came to Canada as a temporary foreign worker in January 2013. While caring for a family with three children, Evelyn was also working as an independent sex worker. Evelyn is survived by an 86-year-old mother in the Philippines and a 22-year-old son, who she had not seen in 10 years while working abroad to support her family.

The pressure is working! Let's keep pushing! MTO to review collaboration with CBSA

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After much public outrage and mobilization against the mass raids of undocumented workers on August 14th in Toronto, Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca has asked officials in his ministry to review its collaboration with immigration enforcement. The Toronto Star reported that the investigations will involve the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) going above and beyond its jurisdiction and allocating provincial resources to do the work of federal ministries, including racial profiling and abuse of power.

This is a step in the right direction, but nothing short of a clear declaration of Ontario as a Sanctuary Province is enough. Join your voice with ours, and sign this petition: http://chn.ge/1lbFvON

THESE WALLS WILL FALL! Protest-Concert for #MigrantStrike

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Sep/17/2014 - 8:00 pm

Massive outdoor free protest concert to celebrate the courageous 1-year long resistance of immigration detainees on strike in Ontario.
THESE WALLS WILL FALL
w/ Indigenous & PoC Artists from Across Turtle Island
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8PM - 11PM -- WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
CLOUD GARDENS (short walk to concert site)
COME TO PROTEST! COME TO DANCE!

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Featuring:

SHINING SOUL
Arizona's finest Red-Brown power hip-hop duo

¡ALAS!
Undocumented & Decolonial Mujer Lucha Rap

ROSINA KAZI
Singer, song-writers, one-half of Toronto's own LAL

TEST THEIR LOGIK
Anarcho-Rap Rhythm Renegades

LIDO PIMIENTA
Colombian darling, Soundsister, improv virtuoso

More to be announced.

Recommendations for Toronto District School Board: Best Practices in Providing Access to Education for Students with Precarious Immigration Status

In May 2007, the TDSB issued Policy P.061 SCH, Students Without Legal Immigration Status, affirming its commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environment for students regardless of immigration status. While the policy is an important step towards ensuring that schools are adhering to Ontario’s Education Act and that all children in the TDSB’s jurisdiction are able to access public education without fear of being turned away or reported to immigration authorities, in practice students with precarious immigration status continue to face barriers to accessing public education. We have prepared this best practices guide to support the TDSB in ensuring that the promise of Access Without Fear

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