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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:

NOII-TO Statement on Anti-Black Racism


We live in a constant “migrant crisis” in times of boats sinking in the Mediterranean, overcrowded refugee camps, mass incarceration of immigrants, racial profiling, and police brutality. But within in this global crisis, Black/Afrikan migrants are disproportionately targeted by criminalization, border enforcement, and immigration policies in Canada -- this “crisis” is built on anti-Black racism. As an organization that fights for justice and dignity of all migrant peoples, No One is Illegal - Toronto (NOII-Toronto) has failed to centre anti-Black racism in our political work and to build Black leadership within our organization. As a result, we have been responsible for perpetuating anti-Black racism. This statement comes as a result of the labour that Black-led organizations and Black organizers have put in over the years to hold NOII-Toronto accountable.

Solidarity Statement with #LaSalle14 and #Hutto27

On behalf of No One is Illegal - Toronto and the End Immigration Detention Network, we are writing to express our solidarity with the wave of hunger strikes by immigration detainees in the U.S. over the past two weeks.

As an organization of migrants and allies, we fight for the rights of all migrants to live with dignity and respect. We firmly oppose all detentions and deportations. We condemn immigration and border policies rooted in colonialism and racism, designed to exploit and scapegoat migrants, and we acknowledge that both Canada and United States are colonial states founded on stolen Indigenous lands. We also recognize the complicity of the Canadian government and corporations in the displacement of millions across the global south due to militarism, climate catastrophe, and resource extraction.

We are in solidarity with #ElPaso54: On October 14, 54 South Asian long-term detainees from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan detained at the El Paso Detention Center started a hunger strike, who lasted 7 days without food and water.

We are in solidarity with #LaSalle14: Today is day 12 of the hunger strike at La Salle Detention Center in Louisiana, which began after some of the detainees were transferred from El Paso Detention Center.

We are in solidarity with #Hutto27: On October 28, at least 27 women began their hunger strike at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Taylor, Texas. 18 of the women have released public statements, please read and share:

"I am a woman fleeing a country where women are given few rights, all of which are violated, and land in this place where the people of immigration condemn us to a process with little or no security, since this process will ultimately end with our deportation. With no objection to a lack of defense, condemning us to an assured death upon being deported back to our countries, then where are our rights?"

Solidarity with striking workers at York University and the University of Toronto

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No One Is Illegal Toronto affirms our solidarity with members of CUPE 3903 at York University and members of CUPE 3902 at the University of Toronto in their fight for a non-concessionary and just collective agreement.

What did No One Is Illegal - Toronto do in 2014?

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As we enter 2015, No One Is Illegal - Toronto would like to take a moment to reflect on our work over the last year to prepare for the work ahead. Knowing where we came from allows us to chart where we want to go. This report is a way for us to communicate and be accountable to the many people that make up our broader movement for migrant justice. It is you, the families fighting detentions and deportations; those that are trying to access services; and the communities that take to the streets despite great risk that made this work possible.

Please read the report and let us know how we can collectively escalate our efforts, and improve our tactics and strategies for change. If you find our work important, please consider joining us or becoming a monthly financial sustainer.

No One Is Illegal - Toronto 2014 organizing highlights:

  • Organized 16 street rallies, marches, and direct actions.
  • Organized, supported or spoke at over 50 forums, panels, community gatherings and workshops.
  • Supported 95 individuals or families in their fight against detentions or deportations or to access services.
  • Released a know your rights video for immigrants to confront immigration detention.
  • Won an end to Ontario Ministry of Transportation collusion with federal immigration enforcement.
  • Won an opinion against Canadian immigration detention from the United Nations.
  • Released a ground-breaking report showing signs of political interference in detention review processes, and supported multiple mainstream media exposes on immigration detention.
  • Passed implementation steps to make Toronto a Sanctuary City at City Hall.
  • Released 18 public education, and archiving videos that gathered over 15,000 views.
  • Worked with dozens of grassroots organizations, community groups, and labour unions across the country.
  • 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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