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Gary Freeman allowed back in to Canada

No One Is Illegal - Toronto is delighted to welcome our comrade and ally Gary Freeman back to Canada.

We have supported Gary Freeman since he was arrested in 2004 outside a Yonge Street library in Toronto for shooting a Chicago police officer Terrence Knox in self-defence in 1969.

Listen to an interview we did with his family in 2008: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/40215

Toronto Star coverage from today (with video): http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/01/21/former-fugitive-douglas-gary-...

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Stop an Unjust Extradition to the United States!

[From http://www.freemandrum.org]

Alpha has spent his entire life in jail. He is 16 months old.

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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.

Videos, pictures, and blogs about changes to laws for Caregivers

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On Sunday, November 30th, 2014, Canadian immigration laws changed to shut out thousands of Caregivers from Permanent Residency. Yet Caregivers are refusing to let this injustice prevail.

Watch short video of Justice for Caregivers Rally in Toronto
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeZeJ-EfHlI

Syed Hussan details the regressiveness of these laws in an article titled 'Why is Harper sending Caregivers back to 1973?'
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/syed-hussan/canada-immigration_b_6238252.html

Toronto Star: New rules for federal live-in caregivers program
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/11/28/new_rules_for_federal_live...

Caregivers rally for status and justice (pics and video)
http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=2f8247a9a7cb1cae47b6659dd&id=dbb7bdaec7

Jailed migrants connect with protest outside their cell windows

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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.

** Watch and share this exciting 2 minute video to see what we felt: http://youtu.be/V239r8CaoBE

** Flip through these beautiful pictures of the action: http://on.fb.me/1FpdE1u

** Watch news coverage on CBC, CTV, Radio Canada and Global TV: http://bit.ly/1xSlWyz

United Against Raids & Detentions: Rally in Solidarity with Migrant Detainees

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Nov/23/2014 - 3:00 pm


A day of joyful protest in solidarity with migrants jailed at the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre, demanding justice for migrants, refugees, and migrant workers.

Honouring Evelyn: Solidarity with Migrant and Sex Workers

Evelyn Bumatay Castillo was murdered on Saturday, October 11th at Quality Inn near Toronto International Airport. 43-years-old and a Filipino citizen, Evelyn came to Canada as a temporary foreign worker in January 2013. While caring for a family with three children, Evelyn was also working as an independent sex worker. Evelyn is survived by an 86-year-old mother in the Philippines and a 22-year-old son, who she had not seen in 10 years while working abroad to support her family.

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