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Ottawa Convergence to End Immigration Detention

Jun/12/2014 - 12:01 pm

12:30pm, Sunday June 15
Meet at Social Sciences Building (FSS) 120 University pvt, University of Ottawa

Over 85,000 people have been detained in immigration jails under Harper's watch. Many of them have been imprisoned indefinitely, with no known release date. Immigration detention tears apart families, taking away migrants' freedom for the crime of being born elsewhere. Join us as we march to immigration control headquarters to demand an end to immigration detention, particularly endless detention, max-security incarceration, and an overhaul of the detention review process.

Part of the International Conference on Penal Abolition. Please register here. It's FREE.

June 10: Come to City Hall / Contact your Councilor in advance

Jun/10/2014 - 9:00 am

On June 10th, join us in City Council to make sure Toronto implement the Sanctuary City policy that it promised immigrants without full status in February 2014. Please write to you Councilors in advance and urge them to support Motion 29.11.

Motion 29.11 is what we've been waiting for - concrete steps to make a lot of fancy language a living reality for Toronto's undocumented communities. Community mobilization shaped this policy, and it has shaped this implementation plan.

Please talk to your Councillor before - fill out this form to get started:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xxbk5eWXGQ9Q2f-WWRq1KNq1hN8voLo6tWFN9b3...

We need you at City Hall on June 10 to remind Council that you're serious about Toronto being a genuine sanctuary city.

Bring a friend! Free T-shirts!

The motion: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2014.CD29.11

This International Workers' Day: Support, Don't Deport.

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International Workers’ Day Statement by No One Is Illegal Toronto and No One Is Illegal Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory

Last Thursday, Jason Kenney announced a moratorium on new and pending permits of migrant workers in the fast food and restaurant sector. This is a mass deportation order.

Though exact numbers are as yet unknown, there were 44,000 Labour Market Opinions in the food and accommodation sector issued in 2012. Thus, approximately that many migrants will be shut out this year. Migrants abroad with pending applications have also likely paid recruiters thousands of dollars to come to Canada. To do so, many have gone into immense debt that they will not be able to get out of. Workers already here will be unable to change jobs and apply for new LMOs in the sector, leaving them tied to potentially abusive employers.

The ex-Immigration Minister and now Employment Minister Jason Kenney has been on a war path since 2008, systematically shutting out refugees, spouses, permanent residents and citizens. To do so, he has fanned the flames of xenophobia and racism coining terms such as 'bogus refugees', 'marriages fraud', 'birth tourism', 'human smugglers' and 'foreign criminals'. In 2012, the Conservative government cancelled over 250,000 permanent residency applications without processing them. New refugee laws passed at the end of 2012 have halved the total number of refugee applicants in the country - in essence excluding 10,000 people. Laws passed in 2011 will mean that migrant workers who have been here for four years or more will face deportation in January 2015. Add to that the nearly 90,000 people deported under Harper's regime - we are witnessing an enormous wave of mass deportations and exclusion.

Challenges to these have been posed, but have never become a unified social justice concern. That must change.

CONFRONTING AUTHORITY: FILM LAUNCH & DISCUSSION

May/15/2014 - 7:00 pm

No One Is Illegal Toronto Presents

CONFRONTING AUTHORITY: FILM LAUNCH & DISCUSSION
60 Lowther Avenue (Friends House) | May 15 | 7pm

Join us: www.facebook.com/events/550644838389366/

On May 15, NOII-TO hosts a night at the movies. Join us for an evening of building resistance to immigration enforcement as we launch our latest film Migrants: Know Your Rights, a compilation of strategies that migrants can use to defend themselves against detention and deportations. With contributions from many local activist organizers and based on legal materials produced by the Immigration Legal Committee of NOII-TO and the Law Union of Ontario, this 25 minute film is grassroots filmmaking in action.

Featuring an introduction by award winning documentary film director and producer, Min Sook Lee (El Contrato, Borderless, Hogtown), and a moderated discussion with community organizers on the front-lines of the struggle for migrant justice, the event will be a space for our communities to gather, learn, and discuss strategies to take the fight to push immigration enforcement out of our lives to the next level.

Migrants: Know Your Rights materials have been developed by contributions from many organizers over a three year participatory process, designed to link our campaigns for access to services, and an end to detentions and deportations. The film presents a compilation of strategies that migrants can use to defend themselves against detentions.

May 1: Honour Our Communities! No One Is Illegal!

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May/01/2014 - 5:30 pm

See vids from past May Days: http://bit.ly/1gWEnv0

9th Annual May Day of Action. Rally and March.
5:30pm, Allan Gardens, Toronto

On May 1st, International Workers Day, we will march to reclaim May Day for just people's struggles and to Honour Our Communities. We are unified in our fight against poverty and capitalism. We oppose attacks on rights and income of workers, irrespective of status. We demand an end to immigration detention because no one is illegal. We will continue our support for Indigenous peoples' movements for self-determination. We oppose colonialism. We are in solidarity with struggles against Canadian imperialism. We insist on an end to environmental destruction. We resist patriarchy, racism, ableism, homophobia and transphobia both in our day-to-day work and as larger systems of oppression. Join Us!

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Take a moment and imagine with us.

End Immigration Detention! Public Forum

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Mar/26/2014 - 6:30 pm

March 26, 2014, 6:30pm
Room 2-212, 252 Bloor West, OISE, Toronto
Join the facebook event! 

* MARTIN SISAY, released after 32 months in detention, on organizing the historical and ongoing migrant strike.
* MARU MORA, Latino Advocacy in Seattle Washington, on 1,200 migrants on hunger strike in North West Detention Centre near Tacoma in the United States since March 7th.
* TAREK LOUBANI, Physcian, jailed for 7 weeks in a Cairo prison. Read about his visit to Lindsay jail here.
* TINGS CHAK, organizer No One Is Illegal - Toronto and the End Immigration Detention Network

Got time after the panel? We will be letter-writing to detainees, and making art for a creative action.

Wheelchair accessible, snacks, tokens and child-minding provided, we’re unfortunately not able to provide ASL interpretation.

More info: www.toronto.nooneisillegal.org and www.endimmigrationdetention.com
TAKE ACTION: http://endimmigrationdetention.com/take-action/

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