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2013: No One Is Illegal - Toronto in Review

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The turning of the calendar gives us an opportunity to reflect on our struggles, and prepare for the work ahead. Here is a brief report of our activities.

2013 HIGHLIGHTS

Toronto Declared A Sanctuary CityToronto Declared A Sanctuary City

On February 21st, 2013, after over a decade of work involving organizations acrosss the city, No One Is Illegal – Toronto made a major breakthrough as Toronto was declared Canada’s first Sanctuary City. See a partial history of that struggle by clicking here. Check out a report by the Solidarity City Network on the next steps that Toronto must take.

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Canada’s largest immigration detainee strikeCanada’s largest immigration detainee strike

Since September 17, 2013, nearly 200 migrants have been on strike in Lindsay, ON. Though strike participants have faced deportation, segregation and violence, their actions have continued. Over 2,500 people have signed petitions, hundreds of us have protested, and the mainstream media has begun to question the unfairness of immigration detention. See the campaign website at www.endimmigrationdetention.com

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End Immigration Detention!

Migrants in a maximum security prison in Lindsay Ontario have been on strike since September 17, 2013. They have refused to enter their cells, boycotted their detention reviews and have been on hunger strike - 2 of them for over 60 days. Striking detainees have been deported, locked up in segregation, denied medical services and transferred to other prisons.

Inspired by their actions, we have formed the End Immigration Detention Network. There are a lot of actions taking place right now that are all on our campaign website. Please visit www.endimmigrationdetention.com

Vigil in Support of the Walji family : In Sadness, Remembrance and Rage

Nov/15/2013 - 4:00 pm
Nov/15/2013 - 5:30 pm

Friday, November 15th
4:00pm
Immigration Enforcement & Refugee Board Offices
74 Victoria Street, Toronto

Mohamed and Shyroz Walji and their daughter Qyzra had been trying to get permanent residency status in Canada for 15 years. Qyzra had cerebral palsy and the family was supported by a patchwork of help and donations. Rather than waiting for their forced deportation to Tanzania, the family was found dead in their London apartment earlier this month in an apparent murder - suicide.

Please join us for a vigil at sunset in support of the Walji's family and friends and to hold Immigration Canada and immigration enforcement accountable for what they and Canada's immigration system have done and continue to do to people.

We are full of tears and rage about an immigration system that would have families die rather than give them status. Join us as we remind the people that denied the Walji family status that they are literally forcing people to their deaths.

ACTION ALERT: Ruling on Mohammad Mahjoub's security certificate coming "late this week"

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Oct/23/2013 - 9:00 am

The Federal Court will render its final decision on Mohammad Mahjoub's case this week. The decision could come as early as Wednesday.

The court will announce whether or not it is upholding the "security certificate" that has kept Mr. Mahjoub in immigration detention on the basis of secret suspicions for more than 13 years. Mr. Mahjoub has been waiting for this ruling since December when the hearings on his case wrapped up.

However, the actual reasons for the decision will be withheld for another five days on "national security" grounds, while the government and 'special advocates' decide what to keep secret from Mr. Mahjoub and the public.

If the certificate is not found to be "reasonable", Mr. Mahjoub will walk free. If Justice Blanchard bows to political pressure and upholds the reasonability of the security certificate, Mr. Mahjoub would be forced to appeal the decision all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.

IN TORONTO:

Support Striking Prisoners in Ontario: Panel Discussion and Letter Writing Night #MigrantStrike

Oct/27/2013 - 6:00 pm
Oct/27/2013 - 9:00 pm

Friends!

The Toronto ABC, No One Is Illegal - Toronto and the End Immigration Detention Network are organizing a panel of speakers and letter writing night to support striking prisoners in Ontario.

Sunday, October 27th 2013
6pm - 9pm
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Avenue, Toronto.

Migrant prisoners held in the Lindsay, Ontario Provincial detention centre, many of whom have been on strike over the conditions of the jail since September 17th have been resisting their conditions and have been punished for their resistance by being put in solitary confinement. Please read more about them here:

http://endimmigrationdetention.wordpress.com/

A number of Federal prisoners are currently striking because their already low earnings have been cut by 30%. Read more about them here:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/federal-inmates-go-on-strike-to-protest-pay-cuts-...

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