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PUBLIC FORUM: C-51 can't stop us! Fighting Colonialism, Islamophobia and Surveillance

Mar/30/2015 - 6:00 pm

with security certificate detainees, indigenous blockaders, and others currently targeted by the national-security regime.

March 30th, 6pm - 8:30pm
United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street.

As we resist the passing of Bill C-51, join us to hear from some of those most impacted by anti-‘terror’ laws, surveillance, and state violence. Discussions at this event may violate multiple Bill C-51 provisions – join us to insist that we will continue to act irrespective of laws that target dissent.

- ANISHINAABE WOMAN ACTIVIST (Blockader) and mother who has been at the front-lines of land defense for decades.
- MOHAMMAD MAHJOUB is an Egyptian refugee in Canada who has been detained in Canada without charges or trial on a security certificate by CSIS and CBSA for nearly 15 years.


Solidarity with striking workers at York University and the University of Toronto

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No One Is Illegal Toronto affirms our solidarity with members of CUPE 3903 at York University and members of CUPE 3902 at the University of Toronto in their fight for a non-concessionary and just collective agreement.

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:

    Toronto Star coverage from today (with video):


    Stop an Unjust Extradition to the United States!


    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.

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