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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

End Immigration Detention! Public Forum

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Mar/26/2014 - 6:30 pm

March 26, 2014, 6:30pm
Room 2-212, 252 Bloor West, OISE, Toronto
Join the facebook event! 

* MARTIN SISAY, released after 32 months in detention, on organizing the historical and ongoing migrant strike.
* MARU MORA, Latino Advocacy in Seattle Washington, on 1,200 migrants on hunger strike in North West Detention Centre near Tacoma in the United States since March 7th.
* TAREK LOUBANI, Physcian, jailed for 7 weeks in a Cairo prison. Read about his visit to Lindsay jail here.
* TINGS CHAK, organizer No One Is Illegal - Toronto and the End Immigration Detention Network

Got time after the panel? We will be letter-writing to detainees, and making art for a creative action.

Wheelchair accessible, snacks, tokens and child-minding provided, we’re unfortunately not able to provide ASL interpretation.

More info: www.toronto.nooneisillegal.org and www.endimmigrationdetention.com
TAKE ACTION: http://endimmigrationdetention.com/take-action/

MIGRANT DIGNITY NOT MIGRANT DEATH: END IMMIGRATION DETENTION RALLY

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Feb/28/2014 - 12:30 pm

February 28, 2014
Greater Toronto Enforcement Centre, Border Agency HQ, 6900 Airport Road
1:45pm. Buses leave Bloor & St George at 12:30pm, Kipling Station Parking at 1pm

February 28th marks the two-month anniversary of Lucia Vega Jimenez’s attempted suicide while in immigration enforcement custody awaiting deportation. She died 8 days later. February also marks the five-month anniversary of the historic migrant strike in Lindsay ON against endless detentions, maximum security incarceration and a broken detention review system.

Get on the bus! Confirm your seat: http://bit.ly/1kFzQys. If you are coming from Guelph please contact fuerza.puwersa@gmail.com for a ride.

ACTION ALERT: Ruling on Mohammad Mahjoub's security certificate coming "late this week"

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Oct/23/2013 - 9:00 am

The Federal Court will render its final decision on Mohammad Mahjoub's case this week. The decision could come as early as Wednesday.

The court will announce whether or not it is upholding the "security certificate" that has kept Mr. Mahjoub in immigration detention on the basis of secret suspicions for more than 13 years. Mr. Mahjoub has been waiting for this ruling since December when the hearings on his case wrapped up.

However, the actual reasons for the decision will be withheld for another five days on "national security" grounds, while the government and 'special advocates' decide what to keep secret from Mr. Mahjoub and the public.

If the certificate is not found to be "reasonable", Mr. Mahjoub will walk free. If Justice Blanchard bows to political pressure and upholds the reasonability of the security certificate, Mr. Mahjoub would be forced to appeal the decision all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.

IN TORONTO:

Support Striking Prisoners in Ontario: Panel Discussion and Letter Writing Night #MigrantStrike

Oct/27/2013 - 6:00 pm
Oct/27/2013 - 9:00 pm

Friends!

The Toronto ABC, No One Is Illegal - Toronto and the End Immigration Detention Network are organizing a panel of speakers and letter writing night to support striking prisoners in Ontario.

Sunday, October 27th 2013
6pm - 9pm
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Avenue, Toronto.

Migrant prisoners held in the Lindsay, Ontario Provincial detention centre, many of whom have been on strike over the conditions of the jail since September 17th have been resisting their conditions and have been punished for their resistance by being put in solitary confinement. Please read more about them here:

http://endimmigrationdetention.wordpress.com/

A number of Federal prisoners are currently striking because their already low earnings have been cut by 30%. Read more about them here:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/federal-inmates-go-on-strike-to-protest-pay-cuts-...

Family members and protesters confront Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services in support of immigrant detainees on hunger strike.

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Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fifth_business/sets/72157636332131824/with/... and http://johnb.smugmug.com/Journalism/Family-members-supporters/i-3QTRWCW

On Tuesday October 8th, families of immigration detainees on strike and dozens of supporters confronted Thomas Chanzy, Chief of Staff for Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services in Toronto. Protesters dressed in orange jumpsuits and tied in chains held out empty food plates and delivered a petition signed by over 1,200 people, demanding an end to cruel prison conditions and indefinite immigration detention.

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