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No One Is Illegal - Toronto needs your support

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Dear friends, allies and fellow organizers,

No One Is Illegal - Toronto has recently been forced out from our storage space in the building we shared with LIFT (Low Income Families Together). The building was repossessed by the city and many community groups have lost their space as well. We are writing today with an urgent call for space and financial support.

Since 2002, we at No One Is Illegal - Toronto have stopped multiple deportations, fought and won against unjust immigration laws, and worked with you to ensure safer access to schools and anti-violence against women spaces for undocumented people. We've mobilized against the G8 and G20 Summit, have joined the Toronto Stop the Cuts Network to stop the Ford austerity agenda, and continue to struggle to decolonize ourselves and stand with Indigenous land defenders on Turtle Island.

No One Is Illegal - Toronto Statement on 25 years of Maggie's Sex Workers Action Project

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As Maggie’s Sex Workers Action Project celebrates 25 years of existence, we at No One Is Illegal - Toronto would like to take a moment to commend your organization on a quarter century of creating substantive change in the lives of sex workers.

We stand in firm solidarity with Maggie’s Sex Workers Action Project mission to support and advance sex workers’ right to live and work with dignity and in safety. These struggles for dignity, for justice, for self-determination unite our organizing efforts at a foundational level and continue to strengthen our bonds of solidarity.

Are Ford’s cuts racist? Yes! And this is why!

Colonialism, imperialism and neoliberal economic policies keep pushing us out and displacing us! The Indigenous people of this land have been displaced by centuries of ongoing colonial policies and practices, pushed away from the regions settlers wanted to occupy and pushed away from the areas mining and logging companies wanted to exploit. Migrants from other lands have also been displaced by colonial and capitalist projects of expansion and exploitation; with many of these projects directed from corporate offices right here in Toronto. And today in our city, migrants and Indigenous people are displaced once again. Along with other communities, impoverished year after year so the rich can get richer, we are displaced in our own city. Displaced from the downtown east-side, displaced from Parkdale, displaced by gentrification and pushed out of libraries, shelters, daycare and food banks facing cuts.

Nell Touissant Wins but Federal Court of Appeal Victory Bittersweet

June 09, 2011 (Toronto) -- In 2008, Nell Toussaint, a non-status woman living in poverty in Canada after working one precarious job after another and surviving life-threatening medical conditions, asked the Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney to allow her to apply for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate grounds (an H&C application) without having to pay the exorbitant $550.00 fee usually required for these applications. This excessive fee effectively bars poor and working class people from filing an H&C application because they are unable to afford it. Nell Toussant based her request on a provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act which explicitly allows the Minister to exempt a person from any requirement under the Act. A reasonable person would think this would include the requirement to pay a fee, but Jason Kenney is not a reasonable person and told Nell she would have to pay to have her application considered.

On the Justice of Tearing Down Fences and Dismantling Borders

A Joint Statement of No One Is Illegal Toronto, No One Is Illegal Vancouver, No One Is Illegal Halifax, No One Is Illegal Montreal and No One Is Illegal Ottawa – April 28, 2011

No One Is Illegal groups continue to struggle on the streets for migrant justice across North America against increasingly repressive and racist immigration controls. We join together once again this year with workers around the world during May Day demonstrations to assert our dignity and affirm international solidarity with those who dare to challenge borders and capitalism. We also take our struggle to the courts where a member of No One Is Illegal, Jaggi Singh, is pleading guilty to counseling to commit mischief and is facing six months in prison (INFO: www.clac-montreal.net/jaggi), for rightfully asserting that the G20 security fence was illegitimate and courageously calling for it to be torn down!

The Wrongs of the Canadian Immigration System

December 2012, Toronto - Some believe that the Canadian immigration system is fair and generous. It isn't. And Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney are swiftly making it even worse.

They are underhandedly taking apart the so-called 'objective' points-based system. They are moving quickly to get rid of its 'humanitarian' part: the refugee process. In its place, they are setting up temporary work programs that are designed to push most migrants into vulnerable, precarious and temporary jobs without access to services or the ability to unionize.

Today, the only means to apply for permanent residency from outside the country is as a spouse. That too, is not open to all, certain applicants will only get temporary residency for the first two years!

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