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Public Forum: Can Human Smuggling be defended?

Jan/11/2011 - 6:00 pm

The South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario and No One Is Illegal - Toronto invite you to join in a public conversation with Barbara Jackman (Lawyer), Kamala Kempadoo (Professor), Graciela Flores Mendez (No One Is Illegal - Toronto) and Macdonald Scott (Immigration Consultant and No One Is Illegal - Toronto)

Can Human Smuggling be defended?

11 January 2010
Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College Street
6:00pm - 8:00pm

** BARBARA JACKMAN is a lawyer specializing in immigration and refugee law. She has served as a Director in the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Working Women Community Centre, INTERCEDE, and Defence for Children International.
** KAMALA KEMPADOO is a Professor in the Department of Social Science at York University and author of Trafficking and Prostitution Reconsidered (Paradigm 2005)

Stop Daniel Garcia's Deportation!

On Thursday, Dec 23, Daniel Garcia, an 18-year old old highschool student who has been living, going to school, working, and organizing alongside No One Is Illegal-Toronto in Parkdale, was racially profiled, 'randomly' IDd and handed over to Immigration Enforcement by Toronto Police. He is presently at the Rexdale Immigration Holding Centre awaiting deportation. His sister, Brenda Garcia, was deported early Monday morning.

Daniel and his sister filed for a refugee claim in Canada in 2007 after they were assaulted in Mexico for her sexual orientation, and her partner was murdered. As is common practice in Canada for people from Mexico, his as well as his sister's refugee claims were arbitrarily denied. At 18, without a lawyer, and based on incorrect advice, he filed a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) application to stay his deportation on the grounds that his life would be threatened in Mexico.

Unknown to him, at the time of his being detained on Dec 23., Daniel's PRRA had been rejected.

A 'Friends of Daniel Garcia' committee has been established, that has organized a public meeting, a rally and mass flyering in the last few days and is presently calling for:

(1) Daniel Garcia's release from detention and a stay on his deportation.
(2) That Daniel be granted a Temporary Resident Permit
(3) That Daniel be granted Permanent Residence in Canada on Humanitarian and Compassionate grounds

At the same time, communities across the city are demanding:

(4) An end to racial profiling and cooperation with Immigration Enforcement by Toronto Police!
(5) Status for All!

PLEASE ACT NOW! Sign the Petition, Call the Minister, Write an Email calling for Daniel's deportation to be stopped!

We need to act together to stop the violence of exclusionary immigration, violent detentions and deportations that impacts migrant communities every day.

(1) SIGN THE PETITION at http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41599.html
(2) CALL JASON KENNEY at 613-992-2235 and demand Status for Daniel
(3) EMAIL the Ministers of Immigration and Immigration Enforcement: http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/DanielLetter
(4) COMMENT on media coverage in support of Daniel: http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/DanielMedia

For more information, extensive media coverage, and backgrounder, visit
http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/status4daniel
or email status4danielgarcia@gmail.com

Join the Status for Daniel facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Status-for-Daniel-Garcia/151611668222106

Sample Letter:
http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/DanielLetter

Vigil for Migrant Worker Rights: Remembrance & Action

Posted in
Dec/24/2010 - 2:00 pm

Friday December 24, 2010
Vigil at 2:00 pm
2757 Kipling Avenue

*Buses leave from 252 Bloor Street West at 1:00pm SHARP

What & Why?

A public gathering to remember the four migrant construction workers who died on Christmas Eve 2009 and all migrant workers who still face health and safety problems due to their ‘status’.

Where?

The vigil is being held at 2757 Kipling Avenue (the location where the four migrant workers were killed).

When?

The vigil will be held on Friday December 24 (Christmas Eve) at 2:00 pm.
Buses will leave from 252 Bloor Street West (in front of OISE) at 1:00pm SHARP.

Who?

This is a public event and all are welcome.

Make a declaration: No One Is Illegal!

Dec/18/2010 - 12:00 pm
Dec/25/2010 - 12:00 pm

Dec 18-25, Make a declaration: No One Is Illegal!

As we see a global push towards silencing dissent, it has become increasingly necessary to build and expand our own networks of communication and strengthen our capacity for resistance.

Dec 18 is International Migrants Day. We are calling upon our allies to help us build Dec 18 – Dec 25 as a week of online action and support for No One Is Illegal-Toronto.

** DONATE to No One Is Illegal-Toronto (encourage your friends to do the same)
http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/support
(consider becoming a monthly sustainer or give us a holiday gift to continue our work)

** MAKE this IMAGE your FACEBOOK and TWITTER PROFILE from Dec 18-Dec 25
http://www.flickr.com/photos/31000504@N06/5266102077/sizes/m/in/photostream/

In defense of human smuggling, for the free movement of people.

No One Is Illegal-Toronto

It remains to be seen if Bill C-49, the newest anti-migrant bill introduced by the Harper government will become law.

Even after public condemnation by nearly a 100 healthcare and religious organizations, concerned community, refugee rights, legal advocacy and environmental groups, as well as thousands of individuals signing petitions and writing letters, the Conservative government continues to push forward this racist legislation.

With no real support anywhere for Bill C-49, Stephen Harper spins blatant lies saying, "Canadians of all ethnic backgrounds, old Canadians, new Canadians, urban Canadians, rural Canadians' want anti-human smuggling legislation". (for a partial list of organizations opposing Bill C-49, click here)

Noticing the breadth of public outcry, the Liberals, the NDP, the Green Party and Bloc Quebecois have come out in opposition to this Bill. The Liberal Party declared that Bill C-49 “masquerades as human smuggling legislation” and “does not adequately target human smugglers”, with Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff stating that the bill “[punishes] the victims, and not the criminals”.

But the opposition parties, like the Tories, have refused to define “human smuggling”.

Throughout the political jockeying and the manufactured media circus that surrounded the arrival of the Tamil migrants aboard the Ocean Lady and the MV Sun Sea, “human smuggling” has consistently been framed as an unquestioned evil, a practice that must be combated through anti-smuggling legislation and criminal punishment.

We reject this presumption.

Immigration Enforcement Pushed Out of Anti-Violence Against Women Spaces across the GTA

The Greater Toronto Enforcement Centre (GTEC) of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), GTA Region, has issued a directive to all its officers, stating:

1. When conducting a road investigation, officers will not enter shelters or other spaces designated as resources for women fleeing/experiencing violence.
2. Officers are not to wait outside or approach the above-noted spaces and will maintain a reasonable distance.
3. Officers are not to approach the above-noted spaces to make any inquiries into the identity of women who may be the subject of an immigration investigation. This includes inquiries made to the staff, volunteers and other residents.

After 2 years of grassroots organizing with migrant women and trans activists, residents and users of anti-violence against women agencies and anti-violence against women service providers the Shelter|Sanctuary|Status campaign has successfully pushed immigration officers out of spaces for women surviving violence and abuse. To see video of the April 2010 SSS delegation to GTEC, click here. To see the chronology of the campaign, click here

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