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Building a Sanctuary City

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In 2012, we co-founded the Solidarity City Network to organize to declare Toronto Canada's first Sanctuary City. In February 2013, we won a policy and in June 2014 implementation steps were established.

Right now we are working with Toronto City staff to ensure their promise becomes a reality and supporting other cities across Ontario to pass similar policies.

Visit our coalition website at www.solidaritycity.net to get the latest info. If you are being denied municipal services, and want to organize with us, get in touch. If you're a Toronto city staff person and want to be part of the campaign, send us an anonymous email.

Childcare for All - Call your Councilor

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CALL YOUR COUNCILLOR NOW!
REMIND THEM! TORONTO IS A SANCTUARY CITY! CITY SERVICES SHOULD NOT BE DEPENDENT ON IMMIGRATION STATUS! WE NEED CHILDCARE FOR ALL.

JOIN US:
February 16, 9:30am
People's Daycare at City Hall

Here is a list of key decision-makers to contact: https://goo.gl/zFWg6S
Alternatively, get your councilor’s contact info here: http://bit.ly/2nMKU2S

The City of Toronto is denying Torontonians their childcare subsidies on the basis of their immigration status. This is against Toronto’s sanctuary policy, which guarantees all residents access to all city services regardless of their immigration status.

Parents have been told - with no notice - that their Toronto childcare subsidy was being cancelled because of their status. Now they are left scrambling to find an alternative in the most expensive city in the country for childcare.

Toronto City Hall Committee defers decision on police collusion with border services

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On May 21st, The Toronto Police Services presented a report to Toronto City Hall's Community Development and Recreations Committee saying that their practices of racial profiling, carding, and handing over non-status migrants to immigration enforcement is in line with ensuring access without fear for undocumented Torontonians.

Migrants and their allies mobilized to pack the committee and insist that this report must be rejected and that the City of Toronto needs to step in and demand an end to racial profiling, and police collusion with immigration enforcement.

Racist policing, particularly the practice of carding means that Toronto Police regularly stops Black and Brown people in the city of Toronto. When Police do a warrant search or call immigration, and learn that the person does not have immigration status, they are handed over to immigration enforcement and often swiftly deported.

Similarly, when racialized people call the police, sometimes the Police will ID everyone involved, and upon finding out about someone's lack of immigration status, hand them over to immigration enforcement. Thus the vast number of deportations that take place - about 30 people every day or over 10,000 each year just in Toronto - take place as a result of Toronto Police's actions.

Toronto forges ahead with ‘sanctuary city’ plan

Advocates for undocumented migrants watch the Toronto City Council meeting Tuesday as it debates a motion to improve access to services by non-status residents.

Advocates for undocumented migrants watch the Toronto City Council meeting Tuesday as it debates a motion to improve access to services by non-status residents.

By: Immigration reporter, Published on Tue Jun 10 2014

Toronto has taken a baby step towards living up to its self-declared status as a “sanctuary city” for undocumented residents, by adopting some key recommendations.

Council voted 29-8 Tuesday to take concrete steps on a plan to give Toronto’s estimated200,000 non-status residents access to city services without fear of being turned over to border enforcement officials — including training city staff and revising policies to prevent discrimination based on immigration status.

“Last year, the city just committed itself to being a sanctuary city safe for people without immigration status, but not a lot has happened,” said Tzazna Miranda Leal of the Solidarity City Network, an umbrella advocacy group.

“This will help the city to start hammering out a detailed plan to make it a reality, and give city staff the tools they need to make it happen.”

Access Without Fear policies pass at Toronto City Hall

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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.

Feb 21st: Toronto votes on Access Without Fear policies

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Feb/21/2013 - 9:00 am


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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
facebook and tweet this image: http://on.fb.me/XfPqmk

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.

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