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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-...

Family members and protesters confront Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services in support of immigrant detainees on hunger strike.

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Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fifth_business/sets/72157636332131824/with/... and http://johnb.smugmug.com/Journalism/Family-members-supporters/i-3QTRWCW

On Tuesday October 8th, families of immigration detainees on strike and dozens of supporters confronted Thomas Chanzy, Chief of Staff for Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services in Toronto. Protesters dressed in orange jumpsuits and tied in chains held out empty food plates and delivered a petition signed by over 1,200 people, demanding an end to cruel prison conditions and indefinite immigration detention.

ACTION ALERT: Support nearly 200 immigration detainees on strike over prison conditions

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Joint statement by Books to Bars Hamilton, Dignidad Migrante, Fuerza/Puwersa, No One Is Illegal-Montreal / Personne n'est illégal, No One Is Illegal Toronto, No One Is Illegal - Vancouver, Solidarity Across Borders / Solidarité sans frontières (Montréal)
Over a 180 immigration detainees in Lindsay, Ontario’s Central East Correctional Centre (CECC) began protest actions on Tuesday, September 18th against conditions of their detention. The detainees were recently moved from other prisons in the Greater Toronto Area, about two hours away, and have lost touch with families and legal support as a result. Conditions at Lindsay are substantially worse for them then before. Some prisoners began a hunger strike on Wednesday which has now ended but other strike actions are continuing.

CBSA: "What, your Mom doesn't cook you bugs in Africa?”

Prominent political activist, Muhammed Sillah was slated for deportation to the Gambia where he fears for his life because of his outspoken activism. Community pressure stopped his deportation on June 11th, yet today, a month later, he is still in detention and facing racist abuse.

In retaliation for protests and actions in his support, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) refuses to let Muhammed Sillah rejoin his family, despite a Federal Court ruling insisting that he be able to contact a lawyer and file new applications for his stay.

Not only has CBSA put up obstacles in front of Muhammad’s release, they and their private prison profiteers G4S use racist slurs against him, denying him basic rights and have refused to let his wife visit him.

Sign, share, and tweet this petition! Demand that Muhammed Sillah be released and the racist CBSA officers be held to account: http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/cbsa-what-your-mom-doesn-t-cook-yo...

Toronto support action for McDonald's workers

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June 6, 2013: NOII-Toronto and allies are in solidarity with the McDonald's migrant workers. In over 30 countries today, people demanded that McDonald’s end labour abuse and support freedom of association for all its workers worldwide.

See full details at www.notlovinit.com

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