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Building a Sanctuary City

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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.

Confronting deportations

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 nooneisillegal@riseup.net 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.

Fighting unjust immigration policies

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.

May Day of Action for Status for All

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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.

May Day 2015: 10th Annual May Day of Action for Status for All

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May/01/2015 - 5:00 pm

Friday, May 1 | 5:00 pm | Starting at Nathan Phillips Square (Toronto City Hall) | Post-march performances & show at St. James Park
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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 2015, rallying and marching against colonial and capitalist attacks on our communities here and Canadian imperialism’s plunder and attacks on peoples across the world.


Specifically, this year, our May Day organizing seeks to highlight struggles around the following eight themes:
  1. Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination;
  2. Migrant workers' resistance to border imperialism;
  3. Solidarity with working class struggle globally;
  4. Anti-poverty and anti-austerity organizing;
  5. Student strikes and academic labour battles against neoliberalization;
  6. Environmental Justice;
  7. Militant rank and file labour movements;
  8. Gender Justice

PUBLIC FORUM: C-51 can't stop us! Fighting Colonialism, Islamophobia and Surveillance

Mar/30/2015 - 6:00 pm

with security certificate detainees, indigenous blockaders, and others currently targeted by the national-security regime.

March 30th, 6pm - 8:30pm
United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street.

As we resist the passing of Bill C-51, join us to hear from some of those most impacted by anti-‘terror’ laws, surveillance, and state violence. Discussions at this event may violate multiple Bill C-51 provisions – join us to insist that we will continue to act irrespective of laws that target dissent.

Speakers:
- ANISHINAABE WOMAN ACTIVIST (Blockader) and mother who has been at the front-lines of land defense for decades.
- MOHAMMAD MAHJOUB is an Egyptian refugee in Canada who has been detained in Canada without charges or trial on a security certificate by CSIS and CBSA for nearly 15 years.

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