On May 15, NOII-TO hosts a night at the movies. Join us for an evening of building resistance to immigration enforcement as we launch our latest film Migrants: Know Your Rights, a compilation of strategies that migrants can use to defend themselves against detention and deportations. With contributions from many local activist organizers and based on legal materials produced by the Immigration Legal Committee of NOII-TO and the Law Union of Ontario, this 25 minute film is grassroots filmmaking in action.
Featuring an introduction by award winning documentary film director and producer, Min Sook Lee (El Contrato, Borderless, Hogtown), and a moderated discussion with community organizers on the front-lines of the struggle for migrant justice, the event will be a space for our communities to gather, learn, and discuss strategies to take the fight to push immigration enforcement out of our lives to the next level.
Migrants: Know Your Rights materials have been developed by contributions from many organizers over a three year participatory process, designed to link our campaigns for access to services, and an end to detentions and deportations. The film presents a compilation of strategies that migrants can use to defend themselves against detentions.
Migrants in a maximum security prison in Lindsay Ontario have been on strike since September 17, 2013. They have refused to enter their cells, boycotted their detention reviews and have been on hunger strike - 2 of them for over 60 days. Striking detainees have been deported, locked up in segregation, denied medical services and transferred to other prisons.
Inspired by their actions, we have formed the End Immigration Detention Network. There are a lot of actions taking place right now that are all on our campaign website. Please visit www.endimmigrationdetention.com
Friday, November 15th
Immigration Enforcement & Refugee Board Offices
74 Victoria Street, Toronto
Mohamed and Shyroz Walji and their daughter Qyzra had been trying to get permanent residency status in Canada for 15 years. Qyzra had cerebral palsy and the family was supported by a patchwork of help and donations. Rather than waiting for their forced deportation to Tanzania, the family was found dead in their London apartment earlier this month in an apparent murder - suicide.
Please join us for a vigil at sunset in support of the Walji's family and friends and to hold Immigration Canada and immigration enforcement accountable for what they and Canada's immigration system have done and continue to do to people.
We are full of tears and rage about an immigration system that would have families die rather than give them status. Join us as we remind the people that denied the Walji family status that they are literally forcing people to their deaths.
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.
Over 400 protestors took to the streets of Toronto Sunday night gathering outside Toronto's Royal York Hotel. Inside, Israel's apartheid institution Haifa University supported by Stephen Harper, Peter Munk, Ezra Levant and others had organized a ceremony to give Immigration Minister Jason Kenney an honorary degree.