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Community Open Letter Denouncing the Jewish Defense League’s Rally in Support of the English Defense League

On Tuesday, January 11, 2011, the Jewish Defense League of Canada (JDL) will be hosting a rally in support of the Islamophobic English Defense League (EDL) in Toronto. The JDL is hosting an online address from Tommy Robinson, the leader of the EDL. Both groups have a history of violence aimed at Arab and Muslim people. We are community groups that work daily to fight racism. We have come together to condemn the Jewish Defense League for their Islamophobia and for their support for the racist English Defense League.

Who is the English Defence League (EDL)?

Daniel Garcia Deported. We Continue.

At 8:30am this morning, Daniel Garcia unwillingly boarded a plane to Mexico City. The new year begins with a hole in the Parkdale community and in our hearts.

With over 1600 petitions signed, Christmas Day meetings of 50 people, New Year's Eve rallies of 150 people, some believed that perhaps the Tories would listen to the 'public' that they always invoke. With politicians, church groups, teachers unions, the Toronto District School Board, and especially Daniel's teachers and fellow students all condemning the deportation and calling for his release and with headlines in every newspaper and TV station across the country telling his 'special' story, some thought that perhaps Jason Kenney would intervene and grant Daniel Garcia a temporary resident permit. He didn't.

Yet again, the Conservative government of the day (like all governments) has shown that it is committed to a single project - one of exclusion, exploitation and ongoing violence.

NEW YEARS EVE 2011: STOP THE COUNTDOWN ON DANIEL'S DEPORTATION

Dec/31/2010 - 11:00 am

11 AM
31 DECEMBER 2010 (New Year's Eve)
FEDERAL COURT OF APPEAL (180 QUEEN WEST)

Daniel Garcia's deportation has been set for Saturday, January 1, 2010 by the Canadian Border Services Agency. An urgent show of community support is needed at 11am on December 31, 2011, at 180 Queen Street West.

Since Daniel Garcia's unjust arrest, a week ago today, over 1,500 of us have signed petitions, nearly 200 of us have written emails and made phone calls, teachers, friends, community leaders, union activists and Members of Parliaments have spoken in support for freedom and status for Daniel Garcia.

Yet, the Greater Toronto Enforcement Centre of the Canadian Border Services Agency has ordered Daniel's deportation on Saturday, January 1, 2010.

An application to get him status has been filed with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. It is essential Daniel's deportation be stopped so that he has the ability to stay in Canada and have access to a fair hearing.

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

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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.

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