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#May1TO, May Day: Solidarity City! Status for All! Decolonize Now!

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May/01/2013 - 5:30 pm

Join us in the streets for our 8th Annual May Day of Action!

1PM – 4PM: Occupy Gardens @ Queens Park
5:30 PM: Rally and March starting at City Hall and ending at Little Norway Park in solidarity with striking workers at Porter (Queens Quay and Bathurst)

On facebook: www.facebook.com/events/306795326114626
Videos from previous year: http://bit.ly/MayDayTOVids

Poster series imagining a Solidarity City: http://on.fb.me/12HV9DO

For seven years, you have marched on May Day to celebrate and invigorate migrant justice struggles in Toronto. On International Workers Day, we march to build a Solidarity City. Solidarity City is a unified struggle for: Respect for Indigenous Sovereignty, Status for All, an End to Imperialism and Environmental Destruction, an End to Austerity and Attacks on the Poor and Working class, continued resistance against Patriarchy, Racism, Ableism and Homophobia and Transphobia

Access Without Fear policies pass at Toronto City Hall

Today, after a marathon nail-biting debate, Toronto City Hall strengthened its promise to provide services to residents without full immigration status or all their immigration documents. Read the exact motion here.

You called, wrote, met, and pressured your Councillors and they were forced to listen. The first step is complete, and we have a new mission for you.

We need you to go out and make sure that Toronto services are now actually accessible. Sign up here and we will get in touch with you on exactly how. There is a lot of work still to be done, and together we will make it happen.

City Hall instructed Chris Brillinger, Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to put together a report on how to improve access to services without fear including training, a complaints protocol and a communications blitz by September 2013.

That means we need to spend the next six months ensuring the right recommendations get on this report and that these recommendations actually pass at City Hall after that.

Feb 21st: Toronto votes on Access Without Fear policies

Feb/21/2013 - 9:00 am


https://www.facebook.com/events/151498678338243/

Toronto City Hall is voting to keep its promise of providing basic services to undocumented residents on February 21st. We still don't have the 23 Councillors we need to win the vote. Many Councillors will be deciding which way to vote on the day itself. That means we need you, and 99 of your best friends, sitting in City Hall letting them know they are being watched.

Meet at 9am on Feb 21st at City Hall for your free T-shirt
facebook and tweet this image: http://on.fb.me/XfPqmk

For nearly 400,000+ Torontonians who don't have full immigration status or all their papers this is critical. This vote could mean feeling a little bit safer when trying to go to the community centre or getting your kid into daycare.

Call the Healthcare Denied Campaign Line!

No One Is Illegal - Toronto has launched an anonymous phone line for migrant patients and service providers to share information about healthcare services they are being denied or are unable to provide due to recent changes to refugee healthcare by the federal government.

CALL 1 888 602 6365
press 1 if you were denied services, press 2 if you are a service provider who is facing constraints

"We are trying to figure out exactly where immigrants and refugees are facing obstacles, what medication and services people need the most, which hospitals and services are denying or charging for services," explained Nanky Rai of No One Is Illegal - Toronto. "We are hearing stories about the impacts of the cuts to refugee health care on refugees individually but we don't know enough about which healthcare institutions are most vehemently implementing the federal regulations."

Justseeds: Migration Now! And More Graphics for Social Change

Feb/08/2013 - 9:00 am

February 8-14, 2013
at OCAD University's Graduate Student Gallery
205 Richmond St
All events free and open to the public. Accessible space.

Migration Now! is a limited-edition portfolio of handmade prints addressing migrant issues from Justseeds & CultureStrike. In addition to the members of Justseeds, participating artists include former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party Emory Douglas, and Undocumented DREAM Act agitators, Julio Salgado and Felipe Baeza. The exhibit will also feature a selection of graphics from No One Is Illegal Toronto, Justseeds portfolios on resource extraction and prisons, and the Imaging Apartheid poster project, based in Montreal. Programming will highlight the knowledge and experiences of activists and organizers from Toronto, and how art and social justice can impact one another.

No One Is Illegal 2012 Year in Review

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Dear friends, allies, and supporters of No One Is Illegal - Toronto,

As we welcome 2013, we want to take this moment to reflect on some things that we accomplished together in 2012. We would like to remember the moments that inspired us and the relationships we built in the struggle for status for all. With the victories come the realities that our communities face every day, the detentions, deportations, and injustices because of Canada’s racist immigration machinery.

2012 began with ongoing austerity and the gutting and dismantling of the immigration system.

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