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Migrant Justice @ The People's Social Forum

Aug/21/2014 - 9:00 am

Dear friends,

From August 21st to 24th, thousands of people are expected to converge at the People's Social Forum (PSF) in Ottawa to share ideas, strengthen alliances and carve the many worlds we wish to live in.

No One Is Illegal groups from Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver (Coast Salish Territories) are coordinating a stream of workshops, panel discussions, dialogues, films and movement assemblies at the PSF. These events are being hosted by and/or include speakers from End Immigration Detention Network, Health for All - Toronto, Justicia for Migrant Workers, Migrante Canada, Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, Solidarity City Network, and more.

If you are around, please join us at one or more of these sessions. We would love to connect with you.

No One Is Illegal - Toronto Statement on Israeli Attacks on Gaza

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No One is Illegal Toronto calls for an immediate end to the ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza and the Palestinian people. We insist: End the Siege of Gaza!

Israeli air strikes and the subsequent ground invasion have resulted in almost 1300 deaths, majority civilian including over 200 children. The number of dead and injured innocents continues to rise. This callous attack on human life is an extension of Israeli policy that has suffocated life in the occupied territories for 60 years and imprisoned millions in the world's largest open air prison. These attacks and the ongoing occupation of Palestine must end.

Since 1948, millions of Palestinians have been turned into refugees, forced out by the theft of their land. Palestinians today face check-points, an illegal apartheid wall, blockades, bombings, and starvation at the hands of the Israeli government. Food, medical supplies, oil, water, energy and access to education are denied to Palestinians living under Israeli occupation. In the face of this onslaught, Palestinians resist. We in No One Is Illegal - Toronto support that resistance.

Video: Kenney Disrupted / Kenney interrompu

Migrant Justice Activists Disrupt Kenney, Demand Permanent Residency for Migrant Workers

Des activistes pour les droits des migrant(e)s interrompent Kenney et demandent la résidence permanence pour les travailleurs et travailleuses migrant(e)s

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdC4r1m6hKc

Toronto -- Two migrant justice activists from No One Is Illegal - Toronto (NOII-Toronto) disrupted Employment Minister Jason Kenney's press conference this afternoon in Toronto demanding permanent immigration status for migrant workers. This action organized by No One Is Illegal - Toronto and Justicia for Migrant Workers occurred days after changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) which make it more difficult for migrant workers to change jobs, and deny them permanent immigration status. The community will stand strong to prevent the largest mass deportation in Canadian history.

Toronto forges ahead with ‘sanctuary city’ plan

Advocates for undocumented migrants watch the Toronto City Council meeting Tuesday as it debates a motion to improve access to services by non-status residents.

Advocates for undocumented migrants watch the Toronto City Council meeting Tuesday as it debates a motion to improve access to services by non-status residents.

By: Immigration reporter, Published on Tue Jun 10 2014

Toronto has taken a baby step towards living up to its self-declared status as a “sanctuary city” for undocumented residents, by adopting some key recommendations.

Council voted 29-8 Tuesday to take concrete steps on a plan to give Toronto’s estimated200,000 non-status residents access to city services without fear of being turned over to border enforcement officials — including training city staff and revising policies to prevent discrimination based on immigration status.

“Last year, the city just committed itself to being a sanctuary city safe for people without immigration status, but not a lot has happened,” said Tzazna Miranda Leal of the Solidarity City Network, an umbrella advocacy group.

“This will help the city to start hammering out a detailed plan to make it a reality, and give city staff the tools they need to make it happen.”

Ottawa Convergence to End Immigration Detention

Jun/12/2014 - 12:01 pm

12:30pm, Sunday June 15
Meet at Social Sciences Building (FSS) 120 University pvt, University of Ottawa

Over 85,000 people have been detained in immigration jails under Harper's watch. Many of them have been imprisoned indefinitely, with no known release date. Immigration detention tears apart families, taking away migrants' freedom for the crime of being born elsewhere. Join us as we march to immigration control headquarters to demand an end to immigration detention, particularly endless detention, max-security incarceration, and an overhaul of the detention review process.

Part of the International Conference on Penal Abolition. Please register here. It's FREE.

June 10: Come to City Hall / Contact your Councilor in advance

Jun/10/2014 - 9:00 am

On June 10th, join us in City Council to make sure Toronto implement the Sanctuary City policy that it promised immigrants without full status in February 2014. Please write to you Councilors in advance and urge them to support Motion 29.11.

Motion 29.11 is what we've been waiting for - concrete steps to make a lot of fancy language a living reality for Toronto's undocumented communities. Community mobilization shaped this policy, and it has shaped this implementation plan.

Please talk to your Councillor before - fill out this form to get started:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xxbk5eWXGQ9Q2f-WWRq1KNq1hN8voLo6tWFN9b3...

We need you at City Hall on June 10 to remind Council that you're serious about Toronto being a genuine sanctuary city.

Bring a friend! Free T-shirts!

The motion: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2014.CD29.11

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