1)Troops Out NOW DEMO: March 17th
2)Stop the Brutality Evening of music and Spoken word: March 17th
3)Queering the Fight for Status Rights: March 18th
4)WORLD WATER DAY Screenings with the NFB: March 20th
Also, for MORE events happening around the city updates for Action Group meetings visit our website: www.opirguoft.org
1) Troops Out Now! Rally
Saturday, March 17 at 1:00pm
United States Consulate
360 University Avenue
(TTC: Osgoode or St. Patrick)
Troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan! Bring them home now!
Rally – march – giant peace sign
On the four-year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, join the Toronto Coalition to Stop the War and people all over the world to demand: “Troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan: bring them home now!”
We don’t want to wait for the Canadian equivalent of the Iraq Study Group to tell us what we already know now: that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been a total disaster and it’s long overdue that we bring the troops home.
Join us for a rally featuring special guest speakers and performers, a march through the streets of downtown Toronto and – at the end of the march – the formation of a giant peace sign made up of thousands of people. More
details to follow!
Organized by the Toronto Coalition to Stop the War.
Issued by the Canadian Peace Alliance and Collectif Échec la guerre For updates, please visit www.acp-cpa.ca and www.echecalaguerre.org.
Toronto Coalition to Stop the War
TCSW is Toronto’s city-wide anti-war coalition,
comprised of more than fifty labour, faith and community organisations, and a member of the Canadian Peace Alliance.
www.nowar.ca firstname.lastname@example.org 416-795-5863
2) STOP THE BRUTALITY!
The Cat’s Eye
Saturday, March 17
Cat’s Eye 150 Charles Street
(TTC: Exit Museum Station, walk a few meters East on Charles St. and it’s on the left side of the street)
FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY:
*Logikal Ethix and Unknown Misery
…. and many more
Everyday across the city, immigrants, poor people, indigenous people and people of colour are confronted by the violence of the Toronto Police.
In our schools, near our workplaces and in our neighbourhoods, on our streets, we are met with racial profiling, random identification checks, beat downs and shake downs. People without status face the worst of it:
racist targeting and deportation!
Despite the horror of these intimidation tactics, we refuse to remain quiet. We continue to organise for justice, dignity and respect.
Join us as we celebrate our power and our resistance with a night of hip-hop, singing and spoken word.
Organised by: No One Is Illegal-Toronto, OPIRG-Toronto, No One Is Illegal-Brampton
For more info contact: email@example.com
3) No One Is Illegal ? Toronto and CUPE 3903 and Trans Feminist Action Caucus present:
Queering the Fight for Status Rights: Trans and Queer Immigrants Speak Out!
Sunday, March 18th
2:30 at 5pm
The 519 Community Centre
519 Church St.
Rocio Velasquez, No One Is Illegal ? Toronto
El-Farouk Khaki, Salaam
Alvaro Orozco, currently fighting for refugee status
Yasmeen Persad, Trans Access Project @ the 519
Suhail AbualSameed, Supporting Our Youth
Immigrant and refugee activists from local organizations speak on key issues facing trans and queer immigrants and refugees fighting for status in Canada. Multiple barriers face trans and queer people living without legal immigration status as they seek access to services in the Toronto area, such as housing, health care, legal representation, employment, and others. In their fight for status rights, immigrants and refugees encounter the transphobia, heterosexism and racism of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Rocio will speak on the broad issues facing queer and trans immigrants in Canada. El-Farouk will provide a more in-depth criticism of the Canadian immigration system.
Alvaro will explain his encounters with the Immigrant and Refugee Board, who judged him ‘not gay enough’ for refugee status. We’ll hear Yasmeen discuss the need for access to services for newcomer and non-status immigrants living in Toronto. Suhail will address the need for broad community involvement and community development initiatives
to challenge barriers facing queer immigrant/refugee youth in Toronto.
And we will all strategize about how to mobilize for change.
Free childcare available on-site. Wheelchair accessible.
This event is part of a series leading to the May 5th “Status for All!
Stop the Deportations” demonstration called by No One Is Illegal
4) In CELEBRATION OF WORLD WATER DAY, CITIZENShift/National Film Board of
Canada, the Council of Canadians, KAIROS – Canadian Ecumenical Justice
Initiatives and OPIRG Toronto
WHOSE WATER? A CITIZENShift Screening
Tuesday March 20, 7:00pm
60 Minutes of new documentary material with panel discussion on the
Right To Water from various perspectives
Tim Morris, Sierra Club of Canada: “Ecological Approaches to the Current and Pending Water Crisis” Eduardo Sousa, Council of Canadians: “Civil Society and the International Right to Water Movement”
Sara Stratton, KAIROS – Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives:
“Bottling the Right to Water”
Moderator: Stephen Scharper, Author and Professor – University of Toronto
Location: Innis Town Hall – Innis College, University of Toronto
(1 block south of Bloor St. West; TTC: St. George Subway Station)
For more information contact:
Denise Hastings, CITIZENShift/NFB (citizen.nfb.ca), 416.952.5092 or
Eduardo Sousa, the Council of Canadians (www.canadians.org),
416.979.5554 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
Sara Stratton (www.kairoscanada.org), 416.463.5312 x 241 or