On May 15, NOII-TO hosts a night at the movies. Join us for an evening of building resistance to immigration enforcement as we launch our latest film Migrants: Know Your Rights, a compilation of strategies that migrants can use to defend themselves against detention and deportations. With contributions from many local activist organizers and based on legal materials produced by the Immigration Legal Committee of NOII-TO and the Law Union of Ontario, this 25 minute film is grassroots filmmaking in action.
Featuring an introduction by award winning documentary film director and producer, Min Sook Lee (El Contrato, Borderless, Hogtown), and a moderated discussion with community organizers on the front-lines of the struggle for migrant justice, the event will be a space for our communities to gather, learn, and discuss strategies to take the fight to push immigration enforcement out of our lives to the next level.
Migrants: Know Your Rights materials have been developed by contributions from many organizers over a three year participatory process, designed to link our campaigns for access to services, and an end to detentions and deportations. The film presents a compilation of strategies that migrants can use to defend themselves against detentions.
Today, after a marathon nail-biting debate, Toronto City Hall strengthened its promise to provide services to residents without full immigration status or all their immigration documents. Read the exact motion here.
You called, wrote, met, and pressured your Councillors and they were forced to listen. The first step is complete, and we have a new mission for you.
We need you to go out and make sure that Toronto services are now actually accessible. Sign up here and we will get in touch with you on exactly how. There is a lot of work still to be done, and together we will make it happen.
City Hall instructed Chris Brillinger, Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to put together a report on how to improve access to services without fear including training, a complaints protocol and a communications blitz by September 2013.
That means we need to spend the next six months ensuring the right recommendations get on this report and that these recommendations actually pass at City Hall after that.
Toronto City Hall is voting to keep its promise of providing basic services to undocumented residents on February 21st. We still don't have the 23 Councillors we need to win the vote. Many Councillors will be deciding which way to vote on the day itself. That means we need you, and 99 of your best friends, sitting in City Hall letting them know they are being watched.
Meet at 9am on Feb 21st at City Hall for your free T-shirt
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For nearly 400,000+ Torontonians who don't have full immigration status or all their papers this is critical. This vote could mean feeling a little bit safer when trying to go to the community centre or getting your kid into daycare.
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.
On January 17, Toronto City Hall votes on budget 2012. Though mayor Rob Ford has insisted that Toronto has over a $700 million deficit, we now know that the City actually has a $154 million surplus.
Since December 2010, when we began mobilizing against the Ford agenda, No One Is Illegal - Toronto has insisted that we need to fight against the global austerity agenda by creating more services, particularly for people without immigration status who have historically been shut out of Toronto. Those that work and use the services, we insist, must be the ones that decide what happens to them - not millionaire politicians.
On January 17, at 5:30pm, come to City Hall to demand justice for undocumented people and migrant workers in this city. Come to ensure that the workers in this city keep working and providing services to more people, not less.
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.