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She Speaks: Indigenous Women Speak Out Against Tar Sands (Toronto)

Oct/03/2012 - 6:30 pm
Oct/03/2012 - 8:30 pm

October 3, 2012, 6:30pm
25 Cecil Street (Steelworkers Hall)


Indigenous communities are taking the lead to stop the largest industrial project on Earth and Northern Alberta is ground zero with over 20 corporations operating in the tar sands sacrifice zone, with expanded developments being planned. The cultural heritage, land, ecosystems and health of Indigenous communities including those in the Athabasca, Peace River and Cold Lake regions of Alberta are being sacrificed for oil money in what has been termed a “slow industrial genocide”. Infrastructure projects linked to the tar sands expansion such as the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, Kinder Morgan pipeline, Enbridge Line 9 reversal, and the Keystone XL pipeline threaten Indigenous communities across Turtle Island particularly Aamjiwnaang First Nation and the Haudenausaunee Confederacy here in Southern Ontario.

To build ties of solidarity and resistance, and to create a broad base on informed support, a speakers’ series is being organized in Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver) and in Ontario.

Must see films at TPFF & Cinema Politica

Earlier this year, we launched a monthly film series to gather people together to ask whose borders are these? Why do they apply to some and not to others? Why are some people included and others excluded? After a successful Spring run, we are focusing this Fall on collaborating with exciting and progressive film festivals in Toronto. Today we are proud to announce that ..

No One Is Illegal - Toronto's Whose Borders? film series is collaborating with
Toronto Palestine Film Festival and Cinema Politica
to support their screenings of films focusing on migration, indigenous sovereignty and resistance.

October 5th and December 4th

(1) Friday, October 5th – Jackman Hall, AGO at 9:00 pm

Toronto Palestine Film Festival, together with the No One Is Illegal - Toronto and Amnesty International Reel Awareness Film Festival, will screen the North American premiere of the film Beyond the Walls on Friday, October 5, 2012 at Jackman Hall, AGO, at 9:00 pm.

Beyond the Walls
Ahmad Al Rahami | 2012 | 47 min | Film | Jordan
North American Premiere

Toronto Launch of "We Refuse To Cooperate!" campaign w FREE ICE CREAM

Jul/15/2012 - 2:00 pm

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*With your colleagues & your neighbours, come join the campaign and visit: !*

Come have your photos taken at Christie Pits Park at 2pm on Sunday, July 15, 2012 and get some free ice cream and ice lollies too!

Join us at the southeast corner of Christie Pits Park in the sheltered picnic area next to the children's waterpark.
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EVERYONE's INVITED! Under the theme 'We refuse to cooperate’, No One Is Illegal - Toronto and Health for All join with the Health Justice Collective in Montreal and call on health care providers and allies across the country to continue to organize and affirm their intention to not comply with the cuts imposed by the federal government to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), which came into effect as of June 30th.

Community allies photobomb Canada Day events to demand justice for refugees

On July 1st, immigrant and refugee allies interrupted Canada Day events at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, holding up massive foam letters that spelled out “Oh Canada, No Home for Refugees”, visible from balconies and rooftops in the surrounding area. This action was organized on the day that the federal Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) cuts went into effect, gutting a range of services delivering health care for refugees.

"Canada has a long history of extremely regressive immigration policies, such as the Chinese Head Tax. Cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program that provides health care for refugees, implementation of Bill C-11 and the recent passing of Bill C-31, otherwise known as the Refugee Exclusion Act, are all intensified efforts by this government to exclude and exploit immigrants and refugees while also denying them access to basic services", said Dr. Abeer Majeed.

May Day 2012 Ignites the Streets of Toronto

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Over 3,000 people march on Toronto's first May Day march on a working day in decades

Toronto -- Six years ago, inspired by 'A day without immigrants' marches across the United States, No One Is Illegal began organizing the May Day of Action for Status for All in Toronto. We were building for a May Day march on a working day but did not anticipate how momentous this year would be. On May Day 2012, we joined with thousands of others in over 150 cities across Turtle Island (colonial Canada and the United States) and millions around the world to mark International Workers Day and asserted the freedom to move, return, and stay for all.

What took place in Toronto could not have been possible without the commitment and energy of the May 1st Movement, Occupy Toronto, Food Not Bombs, Opirg Toronto and Rhythms of Resistance that coordinated various portions of the rally and march and the over 40 organizations that endorsed, mobilized and organized for the largest May Day in our city in recent memory.

>> Join us for a Celebration! Alien-Nation. 8pm. The Rivoli. May 5, 2012. Opening Night for Mayworks Festival. <<

"We will link our struggles", insisted Gunjan Chopra, organizer with No One Is Illegal - Toronto at the start of the rally. In one voice, the over 3,000 people assembled outside Nathan Phillips Square agreed. And link them we did. From naming war, environmental destruction, capitalism and colonization as the powers that force people out of their homes here and elsewhere, to targeting policies of immigration, policing and austerity that are making the lives of our communities miserable, May Day was a moment of unity, of building relationships across struggles, and of asserting that together, we are unstoppable.

Freedom to Move, Return, Stay

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Freedom to Move: Too many of us move because we are unable to stay stay. We aspire for a world where people move freely and are not pushed out of their homes. We want to move without fear of being targeted as queer and trans, as women, as people with disabilities, as racialized people, as political dissidents, and as Indigenous people.

Freedom to Return: Places we called home were lost to us due to military/corporate occupations, imperialism, and climate collapse. We aspire for a world without these forces so that those of us that wish to return can do so without fear.

Freedom to Stay: Some of us toil in temp jobs, often living in fear without full status. We are targeted by the police and the capitalist state. Some of us prosper by the theft of Indigenous lands. We aspire for a world where Indigenous nations live freely and migrants live in solidarity, decolonizing ourselves and our communities. We desire the freedom for all of us to stay with justice and without indignity.

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