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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.

Gary Freeman allowed back in to Canada

No One Is Illegal - Toronto is delighted to welcome our comrade and ally Gary Freeman back to Canada.

We have supported Gary Freeman since he was arrested in 2004 outside a Yonge Street library in Toronto for shooting a Chicago police officer Terrence Knox in self-defence in 1969.

Listen to an interview we did with his family in 2008: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/40215

Toronto Star coverage from today (with video): http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/01/21/former-fugitive-douglas-gary-...

Background

Stop an Unjust Extradition to the United States!

[From http://www.freemandrum.org]

Honouring Evelyn: Solidarity with Migrant and Sex Workers

Evelyn Bumatay Castillo was murdered on Saturday, October 11th at Quality Inn near Toronto International Airport. 43-years-old and a Filipino citizen, Evelyn came to Canada as a temporary foreign worker in January 2013. While caring for a family with three children, Evelyn was also working as an independent sex worker. Evelyn is survived by an 86-year-old mother in the Philippines and a 22-year-old son, who she had not seen in 10 years while working abroad to support her family.

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