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Migrant Workers March in Historic Pilgrimage to Freedom

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On Sunday October 10, 2010 migrant agriculture workers, accompanied by allies from across Ontario participated in a grueling 50 km walk, from Leamington to Windsor Ontario. Organized by Justicia for Migrant Workers, the march was a grassroots effort led by migrant workers.

Beginning at 7am, the exuberant and historic "Pilgrimage to Freedom" demanded immigration status for all, an end to exorbitant recruitment fees, better housing, safe working conditions and an end to racism and sexism in the workplace.

Making stops at local politicians offices and the Canadian Border Services Agency, the march ended nearly over 12 hours later at the Underground Railroad Memorial in Windsor to mark, honor and be inspired by the resilience of migrant and indentured workers that have slaved in exploitative conditions over the centuries, yet have still fought back, and have still survived.

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Toronto — No One Is Illegal-Toronto, a grassroots migrant justice organization, is shocked and enraged at the most recent deaths of two migrant workers from Jamaica, Ralston White and Paul Roach, on September 10 while working at Filsinger's Organic Foods apple orchard and processing facility near Owen Sound, Ontario. Deaths and injuries to migrant workers are a hidden face of Canada's exclusionary immigration system, bursting in to light only when immense tragedies take place.

Four construction workers with precarious immigration status, Alexander Bondorev, Aleksey Blumberg, Fayzullo Fazilov and Vladimir Korostin, fell to their deaths on Christmas Eve 2009 in one of the worst workplace disasters to shake Toronto. The swing stage scaffolding they were working on broke into two pieces, plummeting the four workers over 13 stories to the concrete below at 2757 Kipling Avenue. A fifth man was in critical condition and will need medical attention for the rest of his life. A vigil was organized by No One Is Illegal-Toronto and Justice for Migrant Workers on January 7, 2010 (

The deaths of September 10 are presently under an Ontario Provincial Police and Ministry of Labor investigation. Such investigations do little to attack the root cause of the problem - the exclusionary, racist immigration agenda of Canada that forces migrants into temporary jobs with minimal protection or access to justice and dignity.


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Toronto - No One Is Illegal–Toronto joins the Canada wide call for actions on 21 August, 2010 to demand that the Tamil migrants that have arrived on the MV Sun Sea be immediately released from detention, that their rights as migrants be upheld and they be granted permanent status and that the racist criminalization of refugee claimants immediately cease.

A 40 feet x 6 feet banner was dropped over the Gardiner Expressway near Roncesvalles. See images at and

Rallies are taking place in Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Victoria, Kitchener-Waterloo and unsurrendered Wet’suwet’en Territories throughout the week. Details for these actions can be found here

National Day of Action: THE PEOPLE vs. JASON KENNEY (and everything he stands for)

Jul/24/2010 - 3:00 pm

24 July 2010
National Day of Action: THE PEOPLE vs. JASON KENNEY (and everything he stands for)

  • All Day: follow @noii_to (on twitter)
  • @3pm, Football Showdown @ Dufferin Grove Park

JK (aka Jason Kenney) is the Immigration Minister
JK wants to be the new Harper
JK cut the refugee program
JK makes lives miserable for Immigrants
JK cuts funds for women’s groups and people opposing Israeli Apartheid
JK wants more temp workers with few rights
JK wants more corporate profit and few people’s freedoms

JK needs a kickin’

On July 24, a National Day of Action against JK, his anti-people policies and everything else he stands for has been declared.

On July 24, creative actions will take place across Toronto opposing JK and his agenda.

Follow us @noii_to (Twitter!) to find actions all day on July 24 as they happen - #kickjasonjenney

No One Is Illegal Solidarity with the anti-G20 Resistance / Legal Defence Fund

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, July 3, 2010

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