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End Immigration Detention!

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.

These detainees represent about 600 migrants detained on any given day, nearly 10,000 detained by immigration enforcement in a year. Unlike international legal norms Canada has no limit on immigration detention. As a result, at least 60 of them have been in detention for over a year, some for up to 10 years, separated from their families, jobs and communities. A number of these migrants are facing double punishment - that is they are facing deportation based on prior criminal convictions even though they have already served prison sentences.

Inspired by their actions, we have formed the End Immigration Detention Network. Find updates about the campaign, and join us in support at www.endimmigrationdetention.com

May 1: Honour Our Communities! No One Is Illegal!

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May/01/2014 - 5:30 pm

See vids from past May Days: http://bit.ly/1gWEnv0

9th Annual May Day of Action. Rally and March.
5:30pm, Allan Gardens, Toronto

On May 1st, International Workers Day, we will march to reclaim May Day for just people's struggles and to Honour Our Communities. We are unified in our fight against poverty and capitalism. We oppose attacks on rights and income of workers, irrespective of status. We demand an end to immigration detention because no one is illegal. We will continue our support for Indigenous peoples' movements for self-determination. We oppose colonialism. We are in solidarity with struggles against Canadian imperialism. We insist on an end to environmental destruction. We resist patriarchy, racism, ableism, homophobia and transphobia both in our day-to-day work and as larger systems of oppression. Join Us!

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Take a moment and imagine with us.

Vigil in Support of the Walji family : In Sadness, Remembrance and Rage

Nov/15/2013 - 4:00 pm
Nov/15/2013 - 5:30 pm

Friday, November 15th
4:00pm
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.

CBSA: "What, your Mom doesn't cook you bugs in Africa?”

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.

Sign, share, and tweet this petition! Demand that Muhammed Sillah be released and the racist CBSA officers be held to account: http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/cbsa-what-your-mom-doesn-t-cook-yo...

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