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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: http://bit.ly/1HdxVso

"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?"

Prisoner Justice Day 2015: Justice for Abdi! End Immigration Detention!

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Aug/10/2015 - 10:00 am

Immigration detention petition delivery to Ontario Corrections Minister, Yasir Naqvi, on Prisoner Justice Day

August 10, 2015, 10am, Prisoner's Justice Day
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
25 Grosvenor Street (Close to Wellesley Station)

It's been two months since Abdurrahman Ibrahim Hassan (Abdi) died in immigration detention custody after being 'restrained' by police and border officials - and still no Coroner's Inquest has been called in to his death. Join us on August 10th, Prisoner's Justice Day to demand justice for Abdi, and an end to immigration detention in Ontario and across the country.

We will be delivering this petition initiated by 88 immigration detainees in the Central East Corrections Centre in Lindsay and

Ontario Court of Appeals hears from Immigration Detainee Supporters

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On the morning of Wednesday May 6th, we packed the courthouse at the Ontario Court of Appeals for an important legal fight to end part of the injustice of immigration detention.

A group of detainees indefinitely imprisoned in Ontario filed an application in the Ontario Courts called a habeas corpus last December, challenging Canada to prove that their long term detention is justified. Michael Mvogo, one of the applicants, has been jailed for nearly 10 years. Glory Anawa, another one of the applicants, has been imprisoned for nearly two years. Her son, Alpha, was born in an immigration jail and has spent his entire life in prison. The Ontario Superior court recently declined to hear the application. On May 6th, lawyers for the detainees appealed the decision insisting that the Ontario courts must assert jurisdiction.

PUBLIC FORUM: C-51 can't stop us! Fighting Colonialism, Islamophobia and Surveillance

Mar/30/2015 - 6:00 pm

with security certificate detainees, indigenous blockaders, and others currently targeted by the national-security regime.

March 30th, 6pm - 8:30pm
United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street.

As we resist the passing of Bill C-51, join us to hear from some of those most impacted by anti-‘terror’ laws, surveillance, and state violence. Discussions at this event may violate multiple Bill C-51 provisions – join us to insist that we will continue to act irrespective of laws that target dissent.

Speakers:
- ANISHINAABE WOMAN ACTIVIST (Blockader) and mother who has been at the front-lines of land defense for decades.
- MOHAMMAD MAHJOUB is an Egyptian refugee in Canada who has been detained in Canada without charges or trial on a security certificate by CSIS and CBSA for nearly 15 years.

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REUNITE: Families for Families in Detention

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Feb/16/2015 - 2:00 pm

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Immigrant detainees are being held indefinitely and without charge or trial in Lindsay’s maximum security jail. Unlike many of us, this Family Day, they will not be reuniting with their families. In fact, they are unable to see their families on most other days because Lindsay is inaccessible by public transport.

On February 16th, bring your family, young and old - sisters, fathers, sons, grandmothers and friends - and stand in solidarity with hundreds of families that are impacted by indefinite migrant detention, and the 100,000 more separated by detention over the past 8 years.

Where: The Central East Correctional Facility in Lindsay Ontario
When: 4:00pm (Bus leaves from Christie Pits Park at 2pm, and returns at 7pm, click here to register)

Everyone should be able to be with the people they love every day!

Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is #MigrantStrike and #EndIndefiniteDetention?

Over 191 undocumented migrants began a strike in Lindsay’s maximum security jail on September 17th, 2013. That strike is continuing. The detainees are protesting Harper’s prison policy which jails them indefinitely and are calling for better better prison conditions. They insist “remove us within 90 days, or release us!” There are hundreds of other such migrants locked up in provincial jails across the country, as well as in women’s jails in Ontario.

Detained migrants, their families and supporters have formed the Campaign to End Indefinite Detention and are making four simple, pragmatic demands:

1 – Freedom for the wrongly jailed: Release all migrant detainees who have been held for longer than 90 days.

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