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

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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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La version française de cet appel est ci-dessous

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

Canadian Immigration: Family Reunification for the Rich and the Lucky

No One Is Illegal – Toronto responds to the May 2013 changes to the Parent and Grandparent Program for Sponsorship

Last week, under the guise of “re-opening” family reunification, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney revealed significant changes to the Parent and Grandparent sponsorship program, once again making it harder for families to be reunited in Canada. With more exclusive conditions, only the wealthy or the lucky ones who make the first-come-first-served cut-off will be reunited with families, leaving behind the thousands who have been waiting for the past 10 years.

In 2011, Minister Kenney imposed a two-year freeze on immigration applications from parents and grandparents, shutting out the 165,000 people who had applied under the program many of whom had been waiting over eight years. Under the new restrictions, most of these families will remain shut out.

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