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Joint G20 Statement | June 2011: Our Streets Are Still On Fire

Joint statement by Disability Action Movement Now, Jane Finch Action Against Poverty, LIFEmovement, No One Is Illegal - Toronto, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, South Asian Women's Rights Organization, Students Against Israeli Apartheid and Women's Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu.

TORONTO, June 24, 2011 – During the G20 meetings in June 2010 the world was shocked by the police brutality, corporate exploitation and state repression witnessed in downtown Toronto. Yet for racialized peoples, indigenous peoples, poor people, migrant workers, and many others who live, work and organize in Toronto, this is an everyday reality. Our communities have been, and continue to be, in a state of emergency because governments insist on securing corporate profits at our expense - public services for people are cut, while corporations and cops get more money. Our streets are bleeding and the government of Canada and its allied institutions are responsible.

We supported the week of protests against the G20 in June 2010 because we refused to be silenced. We refused to be pushed to the margins as the so-called leaders of the world made decisions on our behalf. We insisted that the world would hear our stories through our voices. And just as in the years before the G20 came to Toronto, we remain committed to fight back, to mobilize, and to organize.

'Canada Jails Refugees' Banner Drop. Stop Bill C-4.

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has reintroduced Bill C-4 (formerly Bill C-49), the so-called Preventing Human Smuggling Bill. Under this Bill, any group of migrants can be designated 'a smuggling incident'. Once they have been designated as such, migrants can be jailed for up to 12 months; are denied the ability apply for permanent resident status for five years after they have been granted refugee status; cannot apply on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, for a temporary resident permits or refugee travel documents for five years or longer; are banned from appealing an unfavorable decision and cannot sponsor their families five years. Bill C-4 also gives immigration officers powers to arrest and detain any foreign national or permanent resident on suspicions of criminal activity without proof.

On June 20, 2011, World Refugee Day, migrant justice activists from No One Is Illegal - Toronto hung a 40 feet by 10 feet banner off a major highway in downtown Toronto reading "Canada Jails Refugees".

See images here: http://bit.ly/jeoRkq & http://bit.ly/iTMvvW
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yGyxN9rCKY

See more details below.

**TAKE ACTION**

(1) Contact your MP and demand that this bill be scrapped. Find your MP: http://bit.ly/mfMkVq

(2) Take a minute to write letters to the editor, comment on online news stories & post on social media! Reinforce your support for migrants, demand that Bill C4 be scrapped. All letters must be short (100 words), include name, mailing address and daytime phone number of the writer; state “Letter to the Editor” in subject; and content should be in the body of the email. Globe and Mail: letters@globeandmail.com; Toronto Star: lettertoed@thestar.ca; National Post: letters@nationalpost.com; 24 Hours: news@sunmedia.ca; Now Toronto: letters@nowtoronto.com; Metro News: http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/contactus

(3) Let Jason Kenney know what you think about his racist anti-migrant bill. Call him 403-225-3480 or 613-992-2235; Email kennej@parl.gc.ca; Twitter @kenneyjason

No One Is Illegal - Toronto supports Canadian Union of Postal Workers and CAW Local 2002

With the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and Canadian Auto Workers Local 2002 (CAW 2002) forced into necessary and inspiring strike actions against the Canada Post Corporation and Air Canada, we at No One Is Illegal - Toronto add our support to the workers out on picket lines across the country. In defending the rights of workers in a sustained climate of corporate attacks, the Canadian Union of of Postal Workers & CAW Local 2002 are adding a forceful voice to the struggle for respect and dignity for all workers.

These strikes are fights against 'austerity'. They are fights against job cuts and against the transfer of wealth from our communities to cops, border guards, prisons, wars and corporations.

Canada Post wants to cut 7,000 jobs and take away compensation for dangerous work. They want to put in a discriminatory new hires policy which would pay newer workers 30% less, reduce their benefits, weaken their job security and reduce their pension benefits.

Parkdale: NoOneIsIllegal-Toronto fights to Stop the Cuts

Jun/29/2011 - 6:00 pm
Jun/29/2011 - 8:30 pm

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=152705721464376

Do you live/work in Parkdale? Come to this meeting!
June 29, 6:00-8:30pm
Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre
220 Cowan Avenue (east of Queen & Lansdowne)

Take the People's Poll: http://bit.ly/TorontoPeoplesPoll

On June 16, two dozen Parkdale community members and service providers met in Masaryk-Cowan Centre to defend public services in the neighborhood. After much discussion, we decided to organize march through Parkdale marking out publicly funded agencies in the city and set up an outreach committee. We will be meeting on June 29 at 6pm, to decide on details of the march and outreach campaign, and determine our actions for the next three months. Do join us! To help us along, please forward this invitation to people you know that live and work in Parkdale.

Nell Touissant Wins but Federal Court of Appeal Victory Bittersweet

June 09, 2011 (Toronto) -- In 2008, Nell Toussaint, a non-status woman living in poverty in Canada after working one precarious job after another and surviving life-threatening medical conditions, asked the Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney to allow her to apply for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate grounds (an H&C application) without having to pay the exorbitant $550.00 fee usually required for these applications. This excessive fee effectively bars poor and working class people from filing an H&C application because they are unable to afford it. Nell Toussant based her request on a provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act which explicitly allows the Minister to exempt a person from any requirement under the Act. A reasonable person would think this would include the requirement to pay a fee, but Jason Kenney is not a reasonable person and told Nell she would have to pay to have her application considered.

Alvaro Orozco to be released from detention; Immigration status on H&C grounds granted!

“Thank you. To all the people that signed petitions, that came out to rallies, all the organizations that have supported me, Thank you from the bottom of my heart. The detention centre is still full, with kids and families. It's not fair. It's not fair that police are working with immigration to arrest people. We need change now. I hope that people in the community will continue to fight for justice for immigrants and refugees.” Alvaro Orozco, May 31, 2011

No One Is Illegal - Toronto joins Toronto’s queer and arts community in celebrating the upcoming release of Alvaro Orozco from immigration detention. Alvaro has been in detention since Friday, May 13th, after being racially profiled and arrested by Toronto Police outside Ossington station. Alvaro Orozco’s Humanitarian & Compassionate application for immigration status was approved late Tuesday afternoon and he will be released back to his community on Wednesday.

Community power, grassroots organizing from St.John's to Victoria, and Alvaro’s inspiring resilience in the face of immigration-detention created this people’s victory. Even though most mainstream media outlets refused to cover Alvaro’s story, we were able to organize immense public pressure in the last two weeks. Undaunted by the continuous attacks of the Harper government, and their neo-con agenda, we assert again today that when we fight together, we win.

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