Immigrant detainees are being held indefinitely and without charge or trial in Lindsay’s maximum security jail. Unlike many of us, this Family Day, they will not be reuniting with their families. In fact, they are unable to see their families on most other days because Lindsay is inaccessible by public transport.
On February 16th, bring your family, young and old - sisters, fathers, sons, grandmothers and friends - and stand in solidarity with hundreds of families that are impacted by indefinite migrant detention, and the 100,000 more separated by detention over the past 8 years.
Where: The Central East Correctional Facility in Lindsay Ontario When: 4:00pm (Bus leaves from Christie Pits Park at 2pm, and returns at 7pm, click here to register)
Everyone should be able to be with the people they love every day!
As we enter 2015, No One Is Illegal - Toronto would like to take a moment to reflect on our work over the last year to prepare for the work ahead. Knowing where we came from allows us to chart where we want to go. This report is a way for us to communicate and be accountable to the many people that make up our broader movement for migrant justice. It is you, the families fighting detentions and deportations; those that are trying to access services; and the communities that take to the streets despite great risk that made this work possible.
Please read the report and let us know how we can collectively escalate our efforts, and improve our tactics and strategies for change. If you find our work important, please consider joining us or becoming a monthly financial sustainer.
No One Is Illegal - Toronto 2014 organizing highlights:
Organized 16 street rallies, marches, and direct actions.
Organized, supported or spoke at over 50 forums, panels, community gatherings and workshops.
Supported 95 individuals or families in their fight against detentions or deportations or to access services.
It's Glory Anawa's 29th birthday today. Since February 2013, she has been imprisoned in immigration jails in Ontario without charge or trial. Canada cannot deport her but will not release her.
Her son, Alpha Ochigbo was born in the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre on August 25th, 2013. Alpha has not seen a single day of freedom.
Alpha is Glory's second child that she is raising inside an immigration jail. Her daughter Tracy was born in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre in the United Kingdom.
Horrific as Glory's story is, it is not an exception. Racialized and poor migrants are locked up in jails around the globe for the desire to move. Without adequate supports, women, children and trans people face great harm.
We know this also because December is the one-year anniversary of Lucia Jimenez Vega's death in immigration enforcement custody in Vancouver.
Nearly 100 migrants and allies sang, cheered, chanted and made music to the sounds of protest samba squad Rhythms of Resistance outside the Toronto Immigration Jail (Toronto Immigration Holding Centre) on Sunday, November 23, 2014.
Across the wooden fence and barbed wires, migrants jailed indefinitely without trial or charge waved at us through their cell windows, flicking light switches, jumping and pumping fists. For a moment, despite the G4S private security guards, and the concrete walls - those of us on the outside and those locked up inside shared a joint energy and hope.