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Alpha has spent his entire life in jail. He is 16 months old.

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It's Glory Anawa's 29th birthday today. Since February 2013, she has been imprisoned in immigration jails in Ontario without charge or trial. Canada cannot deport her but will not release her.

Her son, Alpha Ochigbo was born in the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre on August 25th, 2013. Alpha has not seen a single day of freedom.

Alpha is Glory's second child that she is raising inside an immigration jail. Her daughter Tracy was born in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre in the United Kingdom.

Horrific as Glory's story is, it is not an exception. Racialized and poor migrants are locked up in jails around the globe for the desire to move. Without adequate supports, women, children and trans people face great harm.

We know this also because December is the one-year anniversary of Lucia Jimenez Vega's death in immigration enforcement custody in Vancouver.

Jailed migrants connect with protest outside their cell windows

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Nearly 100 migrants and allies sang, cheered, chanted and made music to the sounds of protest samba squad Rhythms of Resistance outside the Toronto Immigration Jail (Toronto Immigration Holding Centre) on Sunday, November 23, 2014.

Across the wooden fence and barbed wires, migrants jailed indefinitely without trial or charge waved at us through their cell windows, flicking light switches, jumping and pumping fists. For a moment, despite the G4S private security guards, and the concrete walls - those of us on the outside and those locked up inside shared a joint energy and hope.

** Watch and share this exciting 2 minute video to see what we felt: http://youtu.be/V239r8CaoBE

** Flip through these beautiful pictures of the action: http://on.fb.me/1FpdE1u

** Watch news coverage on CBC, CTV, Radio Canada and Global TV: http://bit.ly/1xSlWyz

United Against Raids & Detentions: Rally in Solidarity with Migrant Detainees

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Nov/23/2014 - 3:00 pm


A day of joyful protest in solidarity with migrants jailed at the Toronto Immigration Holding Centre, demanding justice for migrants, refugees, and migrant workers.

THESE WALLS WILL FALL! Protest-Concert for #MigrantStrike

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Sep/17/2014 - 8:00 pm

Massive outdoor free protest concert to celebrate the courageous 1-year long resistance of immigration detainees on strike in Ontario.
THESE WALLS WILL FALL
w/ Indigenous & PoC Artists from Across Turtle Island
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8PM - 11PM -- WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
CLOUD GARDENS (short walk to concert site)
COME TO PROTEST! COME TO DANCE!

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Featuring:

SHINING SOUL
Arizona's finest Red-Brown power hip-hop duo

¡ALAS!
Undocumented & Decolonial Mujer Lucha Rap

ROSINA KAZI
Singer, song-writers, one-half of Toronto's own LAL

TEST THEIR LOGIK
Anarcho-Rap Rhythm Renegades

LIDO PIMIENTA
Colombian darling, Soundsister, improv virtuoso

More to be announced.

Detention and Deportation

In Securing Borders: Detention and Deportation in Canada, Anna Pratt writes “[d]etention and deportation are the two most extreme and bodily sanctions of this immigration penality, which constitutes and enforces borders, polices non-citizens, identifies those deemed dangerous, diseased, deceitful, or destitute, and refuses them entry or casts them out. As such, detention and deportation and the borders they sustain are also key technologies in the continuous processes that make-up citizens and govern populations.”

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