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Don't Believe the Hype: 150 Years of Migration on Stolen Land

Jun/24/2017 - 6:00 pm
Saturday, June 24, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, Friends House (60 Lowther Street)
Refreshments will be provided!
This venue is accessible.
As part of the Canada 150 "celebrations," many narratives celebrate the history of immigration as part of Canada's history. Canada's boosters will revise violent settler history as one of multiculturalism and tolerance, erasing Canadian genocide, slavery, and racialized hyper-exploitation in the process. We aim to shine a light on the living legacies of that history, and look at ways we can connect struggles against Canada's continuing colonial and imperial project.
As a migrant justice organization also dedicated to indigenous sovereignty and solidarity, we bring three speakers to discuss the tensions, contradictions and possibilties for solidarity when it comes to indigenous sovereignty and migrant justice.

No One Is Illegal welcomes Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights Canada

We in No One Is Illegal (Toronto) welcome the Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights (Canada) wholeheartedly, as a member organization and as a comrade to sister struggles across Turtle Island and around the world.

You can sign a petition by the Coalition here:

Videos, pictures, and blogs about changes to laws for Caregivers

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On Sunday, November 30th, 2014, Canadian immigration laws changed to shut out thousands of Caregivers from Permanent Residency. Yet Caregivers are refusing to let this injustice prevail.

Watch short video of Justice for Caregivers Rally in Toronto

Syed Hussan details the regressiveness of these laws in an article titled 'Why is Harper sending Caregivers back to 1973?'

Toronto Star: New rules for federal live-in caregivers program

Caregivers rally for status and justice (pics and video)

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.

Toronto support action for McDonald's workers

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June 6, 2013: NOII-Toronto and allies are in solidarity with the McDonald's migrant workers. In over 30 countries today, people demanded that McDonald’s end labour abuse and support freedom of association for all its workers worldwide.

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Whose Borders 2. El Contrato & Borderless

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Apr/20/2012 - 7:00 pm

No One is Illegal - Toronto Presents:
Whose Borders?
An evening of politics and picture shows!

Friday, April 20, 2012 at 7:30pm (doors at 7:00 pm)
Palmerston Library Theatre
(560 Palmerston Ave., North of Bloor St. W., west of Bathurst Subway Station - the station is wheelchair accessible)

*El Contrato (dir. Min Sook Lee, 51 mins.): El Contrato follows Teodoro Bello Martinez, a father of four from Central Mexico, and several of his countrymen as they make an annual migration to southern Ontario. For eight months of the year Leamington's population absorbs 4000 migrant labourers who pick tomatoes for conditions and wages no local will accept. Facing racism, exploitation, and constant threat of deportation, the workers voice their desire for dignity and respect, and better working conditions.

*Borderless (Min Sook Lee, 25 mins): They sew clothes in Montreal, clean high rises in Vancouver and build houses in Toronto. Their low wages subsidize Canada's first world economy. Using silhouetted interviews and stylized imagery shot on Super 8 and mini-dv, Borderless tells the story of Angela and Geraldo. Angela works as a domestic help caring for other people's children while her own child is growing up motherless in the Caribbean. Geraldo arrived from Costa Rica to work in

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