In a stunning move, the Canadian Border Services Agency issued a national policy late Friday afternoon ordering its officers to enter and wait outside anti-violence against women spaces to detain and deport women survivors of violence. Immigration Enforcement has also been given instructions to follow women survivors of violence on their way to and from spaces where they may seek support.
In passing this policy, Immigration Enforcement has declared that it supports abusers, and is willing to deport women to places of grave danger. This new policy forces survivors of abuse and violence to live with the added fear of deportation. Immigration Enforcement is sending a clear message to women survivors of violence that for undocumented women, no space is safe from the violence of deportation.
WHAT: Sacred Fire for the South March Highlands
WHERE: Queen's Park, Toronto
WHEN: Wednesday (Tomorrow) at 9:00am - Sunday, Feb. 13, Ceremony and Gathering on Sunday, Feb 13 at 10am
On Feb. 1 2011, two Algonquin men, Robert Lovelace and Daniel Bernard, chained themselves to trees in the Beaver Pond Forest (part of the South March Highlands) near Kanata, Ontario, to block a second day of clear-cut logging from destroying a forest considered sacred by Algonquin First Nations.
No Toronto Money to Support Fear & Deportations
End Austerity! Ensure Public Services for All.
10am - 1pm
10 February 2011
Toronto City Hall
On February 10, 2011, the budget committee of the City of Toronto is meeting to cut 6,000 beds for refugee claimants, as well as access to food and services. They want to increase funds for a Toronto police force that does Immigration Enforcement's dirty work, and puts cops in schools to harass undocumented and racialized youth. Rob Ford would rather give tax cuts to the rich than ensure that Toronto's 200,000 undocumented residents can go to school, get healthcare, get good food, get community housing or live with justice and dignity.
Cuts to public services, increased money on policing and repression, and money for corporations are part of the Austerity agenda. The worst impacts of Austerity are felt by those already excluded from public services, and those already heavily criminalized - undocumented communities, migrant communities and poor and working people of color around the world. In times of recession, governments try to blame immigrants and refugees to distract from the real enemy - themselves.
February 14 National Day of Action
Toronto’s 6th Annual Rally & March for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women
Monday, February 14, 2011 @ **5 pm** (NOTE THE NEW TIME)
Rally at Police HQ, 40 College St at Bay
March to the Coroner’s Office, 26 Grenville St.
Gathering with food following rally & march (6:30-8pm); a bus will be available to transport participants to the gathering. TTC tokens will be available for those attending by public transit.
According to research conducted under the Native Women Association of Canada’s (NWAC) Sisters in Spirit project, over 580 Indigenous women have been murdered or gone missing, most of them over the last 30 years. Despite the clear evidence that this is an ongoing issue, the federal government decided in Fall of 2010 to end funding to Sisters in Spirit. In a move to detract attention from this cut, Rona Ambrose announced a $10 million fund to be put primarily towards creating a central RCMP missing person centre. It is evident that few of those in power have a genuine interest in ending the violence against Indigenous women. On February 14th, we come together in solidarity with the women who started this vigil in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, and with the marches and rallies that will be taking place across this land. We stand in defense of our lives and to demonstrate against the complicity of the state in the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women and the impunity of state institutions and actors (police, RCMP, coroners’ offices, the courts, and an indifferent federal government) that prevents justice for all Indigenous Peoples.
No One Is Illegal - Toronto invites you to a film screening and talk
Secret Trial 5, Sophie Harkat and the Human Impact of Canada's Anti-Terror Laws
February 3, 2011
6:30pm - 8:30pm
103, Fitzgerald Building, UofT
150 College Street
The Secret Trial 5 is a new crowdfunded documentary, currently in production, that examines the human impact of Canada’s “war on terror”; specifically the use of security certificates, a tool that allows for indefinite detention, with no charges, and secret evidence. Over the last decade, 5 Muslim men, Hassan Almrei, Adil Charkaoui, Mohamed Harkat, Mahmoud Jaballah and Mohammad Mahjoub have been held under security certificates in Canada. They’ve spent between 2 and 7 years in prison each. None of them has been charged with a crime.
Though Adil Charkaoui and Hasan Almrei's certificates have been quashed, Mohamed Harkat's security certificate was ruled "reasonable" on December 9, 2010. On Jan 21, 2011, Immigration Enforcement served him with a deportation notice that his lawyers have vowed to fight all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada if necessary. The Justice for Harkat Campaign is calling for individuals and organizations to sign the statement at www.harkatstatement.com (and below). Sophie Harkat, Mohamed Harkat's wife and and organizer with the Justice for Harkat Campaign will be speaking at the event.
Dear friends, allies, and supporters of No One Is Illegal-Toronto,
As we move into another year, it’s important to take a step back and look at everything we were able to accomplish in 2010. Our victories, our most inspiring moments, and our growing links of solidarity, which are at the heart of the work we do. We worked daily to build power in migrant communities, and we felt that power when we saw thousands of people take to the streets in the pouring rain to demand Status for All on May Day, and tens of thousands more marching against the G20.
But like every year, we also saw some of our closest friends and allies arrested, detained and deported because of Canada's racist immigration machinery. Many continue to struggle with issues of status, jail and unjust arrests. In the face of it all, we strengthen our resolve to continue to lay the foundations to build a Sanctuary City, and to continue to fight for justice for our communities.
So as we look back at 2010, we also look forward to 2011. We know what to expect from those in power in 2011: more cutbacks, more racist attacks on our communities, and more attempts to usher us into an age of austerity. But we plan to meet these challenges head on, and we hope that you will be standing right beside us all the way.