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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.”

On the Justice of Tearing Down Fences and Dismantling Borders

A Joint Statement of No One Is Illegal Toronto, No One Is Illegal Vancouver, No One Is Illegal Halifax, No One Is Illegal Montreal and No One Is Illegal Ottawa – April 28, 2011

No One Is Illegal groups continue to struggle on the streets for migrant justice across North America against increasingly repressive and racist immigration controls. We join together once again this year with workers around the world during May Day demonstrations to assert our dignity and affirm international solidarity with those who dare to challenge borders and capitalism. We also take our struggle to the courts where a member of No One Is Illegal, Jaggi Singh, is pleading guilty to counseling to commit mischief and is facing six months in prison (INFO: www.clac-montreal.net/jaggi), for rightfully asserting that the G20 security fence was illegitimate and courageously calling for it to be torn down!

Toronto: Who will you be marching with on May 1?

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(1) Intl. Workers Day-Elections2011: Status for All!
(2) Join Rhythms of Resistance for May Day - Dancing Bloc!
(3) May Day 2011: Education Not Deportation Contingent
(4) May Day 2011: Health for All Contingent
(5) March with the May Day Queer Contingent!
(6) May Day 2011: Green Bloc
(7) Palestine Solidarity Contingent - May Day of Action (CAIA)
(8) Toronto Coalition to Stop the War at May Day!
(9) May Day Indigenous/Anti-Colonial/Anti-Authoritarian Contingent
(10) Jane and Finch Bus to Parkdale. 11:30am, Yorkgate Mall
(11) Join Maggie's in marching on May Day: Status for All!
(12) March with the DAMN contingent

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Elections2011: 'Vote' on the Streets!
6th Annual No One Is Illegal May Day of Action for Status for All

On May 1, International Workers Day, join tens of thousands of people across North America and millions across the planet. Workers waged and unwaged, migrants with and without status: refuse to be silent in the face of deepening austerity, job losses, environmental destruction, imperialist wars and corporate greed.

We are encouraging people to bring their dreams, visions and hopes for justice and dignity on placards, on clothing and on pieces of paper. We will be accompanied by marching bands, floats, puppets, and more.

The collusion of immigration enforcement and policing must end

Calls for police accountability and community control over policing, and connected demands to stop prison expansion and prison abolition often tie together municipal, provincial and federal security apparatuses, but one branch of federal policing often gets off scot-free: Immigration Enforcement.

Immigration Enforcement (officially known as the Canada Border Services Agency or CBSA) is a daily brutal reality for the 500,000 people living without status in Canada. Cruising through the streets in unmarked cars, or raiding entire apartment buildings at 5 a.m. on Saturday mornings, Immigration Enforcement is an armed policing unit that terrorizes people as they work, as they access healthcare, as they try to sleep. With the ability to issue warrants, enter places where people live or gather, and to carry out arrests, Immigration Enforcement is a police force that must be made accountable to communities.

Elections2011-MAY DAY: 'Vote' on the Streets. 6th Annual May Day of Action for Status for All

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May/01/2011 - 12:00 pm
May/01/2011 - 4:00 pm

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1pm, May 1 (International Workers Day)
Rally and March. Free Meal.
Queen St. W & Jameson St. (Parkdale)
TTC: 47 South from Lansdowne Station
Wheelchair accessible van, departs from Dundas West station at 12:30pm

They want the 'very ethnic vote', but they don't want Immigrants. On the eve of the Federal Elections, resist the racist political agenda: 'Vote' on Streets!

On May 1, International Workers Day, join tens of thousands of people across North America and millions across the planet. Workers waged and unwaged, migrants with and without status: we refuse to be silent in the face of deepening austerity, job losses, environmental destruction, imperialist wars and corporate greed.

We are encouraging people to bring their dreams, visions and hopes for justice and dignity on placards, on clothing and on pieces of paper. We will be accompanied by marching bands, floats, puppets, and more.

Up Against the Temp Shop: May Day Assembly on Immigrant Rights with Ai-Jen Poo (Domestic Workers’ Alliance), Lee Maracle, David McNally & Farrah Miranda

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Apr/04/2011 - 6:30 pm

facilitated by organizers from Workers Action Centre, Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, Justice for Migrant Workers, Caregivers Action Centre and No One Is Illegal - Toronto

April 4, 2011
6:30pm
72 Lib, 350 Victoria Street
Ryerson University

On April 4th, join the May Day Assembly on Immigrant Rights with Ai-Jen Poo, National Co-Chair of Domestic Workers Alliance, New York City.

Migrant Justice organizers across Turtle Island have fought to create workplace protections, benefits, access to services, and full status for undocumented and precarious status workers. On April 4th, join us to continue this struggle!

In the face of cutbacks, privatization, and forced displacement around the globe, and anti-immigrant policies in Canada, we continue to build a community-labour vision to ensure that the rights of the most vulnerable and precarious members of the working class continue to be fore-fronted during May Day, and within all struggles for justice.

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