In 2012, we co-founded the Solidarity City Network to organize to declare Toronto Canada's first Sanctuary City. In February 2013, we won a policy and in June 2014 implementation steps were established.
Right now we are working with Toronto City staff to ensure their promise becomes a reality and supporting other cities across Ontario to pass similar policies.
Visit our coalition website at www.solidaritycity.net to get the latest info. If you are being denied municipal services, and want to organize with us, get in touch. If you're a Toronto city staff person and want to be part of the campaign, send us an anonymous email.
In 2014, Canada deported 19,000 people. These were the people that were physically forced on to planes and separated from their families and communities. That is 52 deportations a day, over half of which take place in the GTA. This number doesn't include the large numbers of people who are coerced to leave by immigration enforcement, because their permits are not extended.
No One Is Illegal - Toronto supports individual families and communities resisting deportation. Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about yourself. Please note that because of high volume of requests, we are not able to provide lawyers in most cases.
Scroll below to see our latest actions and updates on individual deportations and the collective deportation regime.
As we fight for freedom to move, return and stay, we organize against unjust immigration policies. This includes public education on impacts of regressive laws, protests and direct actions to stop the laws from passing, confronting decision makers and building pressure in the mainstream media.
Scroll below to see our latest actions and updates on current immigration policies in place.
Since 2006, No One Is Illegal - Toronto has organized an annual rally and march to coincide for migrant justice to coincide with International Workers Day. Since 2010, the rally and march has taken place on May 1st, International Workers Day itself, and is currently coordinated with a number of radical grassroots organizations in the city.
Scroll below for calls outs and report-backs for each of the years. Join us again on May 1st to build an anti-capitalist movement for justice that fights alongside racialized migrants and non-status people.
WHEN: Sunday, May 1 at 1 PM
WHERE: Yonge-Dundas Square
WHAT: Every year on May 1st grassroots organizations in Toronto rally and march to mark International Worker’s Day, for migrant and worker’s rights and in support of Indigenous people’s struggles. Themed around the most pressing issues of the day and committed to people’s struggles against oppression and exploitation, May Day unites people’s struggles for self-determination and liberation. We continue this tradition in 2016, rallying and marching against colonial and capitalist attacks on our communities here and Canadian imperialism’s plunder and attacks on peoples across the world.
This year, May Day organizing seeks to highlight the struggles of resistance to anti-black racism, police brutality, and issues deeply affecting black communities. All themes will center these struggles (with the exception of the first):
Over 16 million Canadian citizens voted in yesterday’s election, the highest voter turnout since at least 1997. The result: Stephen Harper’s decade of conservative, anti-immigrant, and racist rule comes to an end, and the Liberal Party’s Justin Trudeau is now Prime Minister.
While many rejoice at the end of the Harper government, we also know that the new Liberal government must be met with radical, collective, strategic organizations, and mobilizations if we are to improve the lives of our communities.