Canada, Turtle Island - Immigrant and refugee rights groups from Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver were brought up in Parliament yesterday  and targetted in a press release by Minister of Deportation Jason Kenney . The Tories have charged that No One Is Illegal is "not simply another noisy activist group but hard-line anti-Canadian extremists".
However as Sozan Savehilaghi from No One Is Illegal - Vancouver Coast Salish Territories notes, "It seems as if everyone who is a dissident and stands up for equality and social and environmental justice is an extremist in Harper's corporate Canada", referring to Tory government recently targeting Indigenous communities and environmentalists against Enbridge pipeline also as "extremist"‘.
Please note that only the 4pm and 7pm actions on May 1 and the party on May 5th are being coordinated by No One Is Illegal - Toronto along with many allies. Others are posted here in solidarity, and plans may radically change in the next week. Please check the links directly for updates.
Canada is shutting out Refugees and Families! On May Day 2012 march for Status for All!
For the last six years, No One Is Illegal - Toronto has coordinated a May Day of Action to celebrate and invigorate migrant justice struggles. This year dozens of groups across the City are collaborating in a show of solidarity and strength to mark the May Day of Action. On May 1st, 2012 No One Is Illegal - Toronto will take the streets to push back against the refugee exclusion act (Bill C-31), ensure family reunification in the face of cuts to permanent immigration for parents and grandparents, and support decolonization struggles on Turtle Island. JOIN US!
Mohammad Mahjoub, a Torontonian, detained without charge for over 11 years, is going to court to seek to have proceedings against him quashed on April 23 - 25, and the proceedings are open to the public. Sign up for a morning or afternoon shift by clicking here: http://www.doodle.com/244bzmq2x9m6asdt (Federal Court, 180 Queen Street, 6th floor, Toronto).
In the summer of 2011, government officials entered Mr. Mahjoub's lawyers' room in the Federal Court, seized boxes of documents, viewed and read the materials and then mixed them up (commingled) with their own government documents. This represents a serious breach of attorney-client privilege, an essential part of a fair trial.
This latest, entirely illegal and unprecedented access to confidential defense documents by government officials representing the Department of Justice, proves yet again that no legal, fair or just processes are being followed in security certificate detentions and hearings.
Members of No One Is Illegal Toronto and allies in St. Catharines hand delivered letters to seven of the twelve members of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) today in a coordinated blitz demanding that the Refugee Exclusion Act (Bill C-31) be thrown in to the dustbin of history.
How the proposed new Refugee Exclusion Act - Bill C-31 - affects our Communities & How to Stop It.
A Community Forum and Call to Action by No One Is Illegal Toronto & the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario
Thursday, APRIL 12, 6pm
Friends Meeting House
60 Lowther Avenue (just 1 block north from St.George Station - Bedford Exit).
Speakers: Audrey Macklin (Faculty of Law, UofT), Gina Csanyi-Robah (Roma Community Centre) and Karin Baqi (South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario)