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.
SPEAKERS UPDATED! Presentations from Sebastian Rodriguez (Arizona, USA); Indigenous land defenders from Akwesasne Mohawk Territory; Nayrouz Abu Hatoum (on Palestinian border realities) David Moffette (on the Ceuta (Morrocco/Spain) border crossing) and Tings Chak (No One Is Illegal - Toronto).
With Canada clamping down on permanent immigration, borders becoming more lethal globally, over 50 million people displaced around the world, indigenous communities demanding and asserting control over their territories while trade agreements take away community self-determination, join us in lead up to the 8th annual May Day of Action for a discussion on Borders. What are they? What are they not? What is a no-border struggle in the current context? Is it the same everywhere? What does decolonization work mean when thinking about borders?
February 8-14, 2013
at OCAD University's Graduate Student Gallery
205 Richmond St
All events free and open to the public. Accessible space.
Migration Now! is a limited-edition portfolio of handmade prints addressing migrant issues from Justseeds & CultureStrike. In addition to the members of Justseeds, participating artists include former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party Emory Douglas, and Undocumented DREAM Act agitators, Julio Salgado and Felipe Baeza. The exhibit will also feature a selection of graphics from No One Is Illegal Toronto, Justseeds portfolios on resource extraction and prisons, and the Imaging Apartheid poster project, based in Montreal. Programming will highlight the knowledge and experiences of activists and organizers from Toronto, and how art and social justice can impact one another.
Dear friends, allies, and supporters of No One Is Illegal - Toronto,
As we welcome 2013, we want to take this moment to reflect on some things that we accomplished together in 2012. We would like to remember the moments that inspired us and the relationships we built in the struggle for status for all. With the victories come the realities that our communities face every day, the detentions, deportations, and injustices because of Canada’s racist immigration machinery.
2012 began with ongoing austerity and the gutting and dismantling of the immigration system.
Alien-Nation is a celebration of creative resistance in struggle - through art and music to build more resilient communities. By focusing on workers’ struggles and systemic discrimination and injustices, we raise our voices in solidarity with undocumented and precariously documented migrants for justice.
Performing are three amazing spoken word artists and one feature band who have consistently celebrated the resistance of migrant workers. Don’t miss Lishai, an award winning poet and powerful performer; Truth Is... - back by popular demand - whose passion is only surpassed by her desire to explore and express the truth itself; and Ritallin, a highly respected name in Canada’s spoken word community and arts educator who