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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.

Poster Series: Imagining a Solidarity City

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The theme for the #May1TO, May Day: Solidarity City! Status for All! Decolonize Now!? is Build a Solidarity City. In this image series we try to imagine what a solidarity city would look like.

Click on the images for hi-resolution version. Click here for facebook album you can share.

Whose Borders? Panel and Coffee Table Discussion

Apr/25/2013 - 6:30 pm

SPEAKERS UPDATED! Presentations from Sebastian Rodriguez (Arizona, USA); Indigenous land defenders from Akwesasne Mohawk Territory; Nayrouz Abu Hatoum (on Palestinian border realities) David Moffette (on the Ceuta (Morrocco/Spain) border crossing) and Tings Chak (No One Is Illegal - Toronto).

On facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/452041198205073/

With Canada clamping down on permanent immigration, borders becoming more lethal globally, over 50 million people displaced around the world, indigenous communities demanding and asserting control over their territories while trade agreements take away community self-determination, join us in lead up to the 8th annual May Day of Action for a discussion on Borders. What are they? What are they not? What is a no-border struggle in the current context? Is it the same everywhere? What does decolonization work mean when thinking about borders?

#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.

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