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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

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)

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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.

Comment: Spousal Sponsorship Changes (by the Immigration Legal Committee)


The Immigration Legal Committee (ILC) of the Law Union of Ontario (LUO) calls on the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada to scrap proposals to impose a two year “conditional residency” on sponsored spouses, common law partners and conjugal partners and a five year prohibition of sponsored persons who have left a relationship with their sponsor to sponsor their new spouse, common-law or conjugal partner. The proposals were published in the Canada Gazette as amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPRegs) on March 26, 2011 and April 2, 2011 respectively.

May Day 2011: Stop the Cuts! Status for All!

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May Day 2011 bannerOn May 1st 2011, International Worker's Day, workers waged and unwaged, people with and without status took to the streets of Parkdale. For the 6th year in row we gathered to demand Status for All, to march for justice, for freedom, for access without fear, for the right of all to live with respect and dignity.

As people gathered in front of Parkdale Collegiate they were greeted with delicious food, high-energy musicians and Samba bands, and hundreds of vibrant flags, placards and banners. Powerful messages of solidarity were delivered by indigenous sovereignty activist Missy Elliot, Jethro Tulin from the Porgera Alliance of Papua New Guinea, the Caregivers Action Centre, the South Asian Women's Rights Organization and the International Federation of Iranian Refugees.

Over 1800 people braved the gray and rainy day to be a part of the demonstration, and Parmbir Gill, an organizer with No One Is Illegal – Toronto explained that commitment when he said: "Those who are the most marginalized, the most gunned down, the most kicked, beaten, spit on, treated like dirt, we who bear all of these acts of violence on our minds and bodies - we are also the most rugged, the most stubborn, the most resilient.”

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