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Against Ford: Access Without Fear. No One Is Illegal - Toronto and Parkdale Contingent walk together to Mass Meeting to Stop Ford's Cuts

Sep/10/2011 - 11:24 am
Sep/10/2011 - 5:00 pm

10 September 2011
11:45am: Meet at Queen & Dufferin in Parkdale
12noon: Join us at Dufferin Grove Park

Since before Rob Ford lied his way into City Hall, undocumented people and migrant workers have been shut out from basic community services in Toronto. We've had to fight for access to schools and shelter, and still cannot get public housing, decent health care, social services, and often, something as basic as a library card. For years, No One Is Illegal - Toronto has fought to expand services, worked to push immigration enforcement out of our city, and dismantled the borders that shut our communities out of social services so that undocumented people and migrant workers can live with dignity and respect. Now Ford wants to reduce services even further. We cannot allow this to happen.

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.

Sanctuary School Forum

May/07/2011 - 10:00 am

Sanctuary Schools Forum

Saturday May 7th (10am – 1pm)
OISE, Room 2-211
252 Bloor St. West

Organized by Educators for Peace & Justice and No One Is Illegal

Our schools, and especially our students and their parents, are increasingly under attack.

Teachers have a unique and special responsibility to ensure that our schools can be places of sanctuary where we can all create the socially just and equitable communities we expect and deserve.

In order for teachers to be effective agents for social change and justice, we must work in direct coalition with our students, their parents, and all other groups who are working to address the issues which affect the daily lives of our communities.

Often teachers find ourselves working in isolation from our colleagues, from the communities we work in, and from the lives of our students and their families.

NYC's Movement for Justice in El Barrio: El Barrio is Not for Sale, It is to be Loved & Defended

Mar/24/2011 - 4:00 pm
Mar/26/2011 - 9:00 pm

24-26 March 2011, Toronto

25 March 2011
6pm – 8pm (includes food)
St Lukes United Church, 353 Sherbourne Ave

[El español sigue]

NYC's Movement for Justice in El Barrio: El Barrio is Not for Sale, It is to be Loved & Defended
24-26 March 2011, Toronto

Come hear Juan Haro and Maria Mercado from Movimiento por Justicia del Barrio, or Movement for Justice in El Barrio, in East Harlem, NYC, as they share stories of their struggle, build connections, and raise funds. Movement for Justice in El Barrio is an organization composed mainly of immigrant tenants in El Barrio, New York City that fights for human dignity and against community displacement. They fight for the liberation of every marginalized group, including immigrants, people of color, women, gays, lesbians, transgender communities, and all the poor of the world. Movement for Justice in the Barrio is part of The Other Campaign, initiated by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.

Movimiento’s members, at over 600 strong, have never taken on a battle they have not won. In addition to taking on and defeating greedy landlords and multi-national corporations, they also target the city institutions and politicians who facilitate gentrification and displacement. Of the many organizing tactics and strategies members utilize to build solidarity with other organizations and advance their struggle, include Zapatista-inspired community consultations (consultas) and gatherings (Encuentros).

The Seventh Annual Israeli Apartheid Week Toronto 2011

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Mar/07/2011 - 7:00 pm

The 7th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week: Institutional Complicity and Campus Resistance
March 7 - 13, 2011
Toronto, ON

We are very proud to announce our preliminary list of confirmed speakers along with the specific themes of each evening for IAW 2011. Mark your calendars with the different topics for each evening and speakers.

A complete list of speakers and events is available at:

MONDAY, March 7th: Interrogating Apartheid: Campus as a Site of Resistance
Speakers: Judy Rebick, Abigail Bakan, and SAIA (Students Against Israeli Apartheid)
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: University of Toronto, Fitzgerald Building, Room 103, 150 College Street
Hosted by Students Against Israeli Apartheid UofT– a working group of OPIRG-Toronto

No Toronto Money for Fear and Deportations

Feb/10/2011 - 10:00 am
Feb/10/2011 - 1:00 pm

No Toronto Money to Support Fear & Deportations
End Austerity! Ensure Public Services for All.

10am - 1pm
10 February 2011
Toronto City Hall

On February 10, 2011, the budget committee of the City of Toronto is meeting to cut 6,000 beds for refugee claimants, as well as access to food and services. They want to increase funds for a Toronto police force that does Immigration Enforcement's dirty work, and puts cops in schools to harass undocumented and racialized youth. Rob Ford would rather give tax cuts to the rich than ensure that Toronto's 200,000 undocumented residents can go to school, get healthcare, get good food, get community housing or live with justice and dignity.

Cuts to public services, increased money on policing and repression, and money for corporations are part of the Austerity agenda. The worst impacts of Austerity are felt by those already excluded from public services, and those already heavily criminalized - undocumented communities, migrant communities and poor and working people of color around the world. In times of recession, governments try to blame immigrants and refugees to distract from the real enemy - themselves.

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