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Vigil: Celebrate Migrant Workers

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Dec/18/2011 - 5:00 pm
Dec/18/2011 - 6:30 pm

Migrant Workers Alliance for Change invites you to

Vigil: Celebrate Migrant Workers

5pm, Sunday December 18, 2011
Chinese Railway Workers' Memorial (Map:

Flowers, food, fruits and wine are the markers of the holiday season - grown, packaged, shipped, cooked by migrant workers across this country. As people begin to plan festivities, the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, is calling on migrant workers, undocumented people and their allies to join us at the Chinese Railway Workers` Memorial at 5pm in a vigil of somber reflection and to reiterate the need for immediate, urgent action to ensure justice, dignity and status for all migrants.

We demand:
* A right to landing status be granted upon arrival for migrant workers. They must not be tied to one employer, be required to live in their employer's home, or be subject to further medical examination;

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Vigil on the 1-year anniversary of Christmas Eve migrant worker deaths

(Toronto) A candlelight vigil is being held on the one-year anniversary of the tragic deaths of four migrant workers who were killed last Christmas Eve when the scaffolding they were working on collapsed in half. The vigil will take place Friday December 24, 2010 at 2757 Kipling Avenue (the site of the scaffolding accident) at 2 pm and demands that more action be done to protect migrant workers.

Vigil for Migrant Worker Rights: Remembrance & Action

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Dec/24/2010 - 2:00 pm

Friday December 24, 2010
Vigil at 2:00 pm
2757 Kipling Avenue

*Buses leave from 252 Bloor Street West at 1:00pm SHARP

What & Why?

A public gathering to remember the four migrant construction workers who died on Christmas Eve 2009 and all migrant workers who still face health and safety problems due to their ‘status’.


The vigil is being held at 2757 Kipling Avenue (the location where the four migrant workers were killed).


The vigil will be held on Friday December 24 (Christmas Eve) at 2:00 pm.
Buses will leave from 252 Bloor Street West (in front of OISE) at 1:00pm SHARP.


This is a public event and all are welcome.

No More Deaths: People's Resistance to Undocumented and Precarious Work

Nov/04/2010 - 6:00 pm
Nov/04/2010 - 8:00 pm

please participate in a Community-Labour discussion hosted by No One Is Illegal – Toronto

November 4, 2010
6:00pm – 8:00pm
OPSEU Union Hall, 31 Wellesley Street
(across from Wellesley Subway Station)

supported by: Justicia for Migrant Workers, Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario, OPSEU Workers of Color, Caregiver Action Centre, Labor Education Centre, Workers Action Centre, Health for All, Latin American Trade Unionist Coalition


FRANCA IACOVETTA is Professor of History and author of “Such Hardworking People: Italian Immigrants in Postwar Toronto” that focused on the Hoggs Hollow disaster.

TZAZNA MIRANDA LEAL is an organizer with Justicia for Migrant Workers

MOHAN MISHRA is an organizer with No One Is Illegal – Toronto

Criminal charges not enough, more needs to be done to ensure migrant workers come home alive, say community organizations


Oct. 19, 2010 - (Toronto) Community organizations welcome the decision to lay criminal charges against those responsible for the Christmas Eve deaths of four migrant workers killed on the job. However, migrant workers need immigration status on landing and drastic changes in provincial laws to ensure that these unnecessary deaths do not continue.

Fayzullo Fazilov, Aleksey Blumberg, Alexander Bondorev, and Vladimir Korostin tragically fell to their deaths after the scaffolding they were working on collapsed in half on December 24, 2009. A fifth worker, Dilshod Marupov, was severely injured. Only 1 of these 5 workers had permanent immigrant status.

On October 13, nearly a full year later, charges have been laid against three Metron executives and Metron.

Migrant Workers March in Historic Pilgrimage to Freedom

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On Sunday October 10, 2010 migrant agriculture workers, accompanied by allies from across Ontario participated in a grueling 50 km walk, from Leamington to Windsor Ontario. Organized by Justicia for Migrant Workers, the march was a grassroots effort led by migrant workers.

Beginning at 7am, the exuberant and historic "Pilgrimage to Freedom" demanded immigration status for all, an end to exorbitant recruitment fees, better housing, safe working conditions and an end to racism and sexism in the workplace.

Making stops at local politicians offices and the Canadian Border Services Agency, the march ended nearly over 12 hours later at the Underground Railroad Memorial in Windsor to mark, honor and be inspired by the resilience of migrant and indentured workers that have slaved in exploitative conditions over the centuries, yet have still fought back, and have still survived.

For pictures and videos, visit:
For a Toronto Star Op-Ed by Justicia organizers, read:

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